This attractive, straightforward to make use of espresso machine will certainly be showing on a number of Christmas lists.
It is related in dimension and performance to different espresso makers in Lavazza’s A Modo Mio vary. It measures 15.7 x 29 x 36.6cm, so it has a reasonably small countertop footprint and, as it is a pod espresso maker, it is fast and handy.
You solely must fill the water reservoir, add a pod and press a button to get your espresso hit. You’ll be able to select between a daily and a protracted espresso and the cup shelf is adjustable to suit a bigger vessel. This sort of machine can be very straightforward to scrub.
It has a zero.9 litre water reservoir and can routinely eject capsules right into a drawer, which holds six used capsules. The machine has mild alerts to let you already know when the capsule drawer is full, when the water tank must be refilled and when the machine must be descaled.
It is suitable with Lavazza’s Eco Capsules, which are available seven varieties and are industrially compostable. What this implies is that, though you possibly can’t stick them in your compost heap at residence, you possibly can add them to your meals waste they usually’ll be damaged down and biodegrade by way of your native council’s services. If you do not have meals waste assortment, you possibly can ship them again to Lavazza for recycling.
What’s extra, we expect that the Lavazza capsules are about nearly as good because it will get by way of flavour for pod espresso, though these are preventing phrases so far as Nespresso followers are involved.
Nonetheless, the Lavazza A Modo Mio Smeg espresso machine has one limitation, past its overly lengthy title. It is espresso solely, so it will not make combined drinks. That is to say, in case you’re a cappuccino or latte drinker, you will must get a separate milk frother.
We will extremely advocate Lavazza’s MilkUp (£59, accessible from Lavazza in black or white), or, in case you have a bit extra to spend, Smeg’s milk frother is £149.95 (accessible from John Lewis, amongst different retailers).
We have reviewed two of the machines in Lavazza’s A Modo Mio vary and rated them fairly extremely: the Desea and the Idola. They’re dependable and simple to make use of and we reckon the co-branded Smeg espresso maker can have very related performance to the Idola.
Nonetheless, as helpful as these machines are, they don’t seem to be fairly as enticing as a Smeg equipment, which is all gleaming retro curves. Smeg itself does a improbable espresso espresso maker, which is suitable with each floor espresso and ESE pods. Nonetheless, at £319, it is over a 3rd costlier than the Lavazza-Smeg joint providing.
And that’s actually the important thing level in favour of the (deep breath) Lavazza A Modo Mio Smeg espresso machine. You may get all of the countertop enchantment of a Smeg machine at a Lavazza worth level.
It value £199 and is offered in purple, black or cream from the Lavazza web site and can quickly be accessible from John Lewis on the similar worth. In November, each websites will even launch a £300 bundle deal (saving virtually £50), combining the espresso maker with Smeg’s milk frother.
It is onerous to think about anybody who would not be pleased with this as a Christmas current.
When you’re looking out for extra choices, try our round-up of the very best espresso makers we have examined, the place you will see three machines from Smeg and Lavazza within the high ten.