Every single time we go to town the Hubby insists on spending money on overpriced coffee at a well known coffee shop. For months and months we have been searching for a coffee machine that will not only deliver excellent tasting coffee but also spare our wallets a bit!
When I got asked if we would like to review a Lavazza A Modo Mio Piccina Espresso Machine the Hubby was almost jumping for joy. He was even more thrilled when it arrived with a sample kit containing all the different exquisite flavours that Lavazza have to offer. We pulled the Lavazza A Modo Mio Piccina Espresso machine out of it’s box and were pleasantly surprised at how compact and good looking it is. We we sent a very stylish white machine which would compliment any kitchen. (It is also available in red or black.) The Hubby got cracking straight away and went straight for the instructions. They are extremely clear and easy to follow which made setting up the machine super easy. It comes as a complete unit so there is no construction but it does require you to run the system before you make any coffee. The sample pack also comes with a very detailed guide explaining each flavour. My favourite of course had hints of chocolate and the Hubby was very partial to the caramel flavoured one. There is also a decaf capsule which tastes no different to the the caffeinated capsule but is more suited to pregnancy and breastfeeding.
We found that running a whole 1.4 litre tank of water through the machine was quite time consuming and the Hubby started to get very bored and impatient for his coffee. The good news is this only needs to be done when you first get the machine and occasionally to clean out the pipes after long periods of non use. The water heats up very quickly and there are lights on the top to tell you that it is ready to use so even someone like me who has never used a machine before can operate it easily.
When the Hubby went to put a capsule in there was a moment of confusion about whether or not you remove the lid and it doesn’t state either way in the instructions. Eventually we decided that as there was no easy peel tab it must be designed to be kept on. The machine pierces holes on both the top and the bottom of the capsule and the water runs through it producing a lovely velvety coffee. We were mightily impressed with the capsule concept as there was absolutely no mess. Espresso’s tend to be made in smaller cups which meant that none of our mugs fitted nicely under the machine so the Hubby had to tilt them awkwardly or use Spud’s Lightning McQueen mug.
The Lavazza A Modo Mio Espresso machine retails for £99 and the capsules from £3.89 (pack of 16) it is excellent value for money considering it effortlessly makes a gorgeous tasting cup of coffee in the same time it takes to boil a kettle and make one with instant granules and less time than it takes to queue in a shop and hand over money!