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Lavazza and Smeg have collaborated on a sleek machine: read our full review.
The result of two power-house Italian brands, this coffee pod machine combines classic SMEG design with Lavazza’s technology to brew bold and aromatic coffee. The styling is very much in keeping with SMEG's 1950's aesthetic, with rounded lines and prominent SMEG and Lavazza branding across the front. The outer is made of plastic, as is the removable drip tray, and the overall footprint sits large but comfortably on the countertop.
It wouldn’t be SMEG without warranting the investment-price tag. Lavazza alone does some excellent coffee pod machines for a third of the price. However, this machine buys into the quality culture that SMEG appliances excel in, so in that respect, it’s a winner.
The pod load and release lever lifts vertically. It only adds about 15cm extra in height but could be tricky under very low cupboards. However, it has a lovely soft lift and lower mechanism that makes loading the pod an enjoyable part of the process.
The drip tray really is only for espresso cups. Any standard sized cup needs the drip tray removed and that leaves nothing to catch the drips if you remove the cup. This can prove frustrating for lungo drinkers. We noticed dripping for approximately 10 seconds after the espresso was pulled, and again when releasing the handle to allow for pods to drop into the internal bin. We recommend releasing the cap before removing your cup. However, one positive was the machine is incredibly quiet whilst in use.
The grinds bin pulls out from above the second cup holder and consists of two compartments that rinse easily. You need to be careful in emptying it as there was water in the base of ours.
The tank is an irk. The top is removable but it is lower than the height of the machine, so proves tricky to fill, even by using a jug with a controlled spout. There's also no discernible handle to help lift the tank out.
Compatible with Lavazza's eco pods and containing its A Modo Mio brew technology, both the espresso and lungo drinks produced were packed with flavour without any bitterness and topped with a hazelnut swirl of crema. This is in part thanks to the tampered grounds within the pods, unlike others which contain loose grinds. The espresso is noticeably hot.
You pay for the privilege of SMEG’s designs, but for those that want to introduce statement elegance in a coffee pod machine format, it’s an excellent choice of machine. A box of nine Lavazza eco compostable pods also accompany the machine which is a nice touch.
Cord length: 0.8m
Water tank: 0.9L
Drip tray: single height but removable
Coffee functions: espresso and lungo
Dimensions: 29 x 36 x 15.7cm