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4.0 out of 5 stars Good, solid machine but could do with more flavours, 20 Mar. 2013
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This review is from: AEG A Modo Mio Favola Lavazza Espresso Coffee Machine, 0.9 Litre, 1300 Watt, Chocolate Brown/ Ice White (Kitchen & Home)
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I was very glad to get hold of one of these machines as I have owned a Nespresso machine for a little while now and was intrigued to see what the biggest Italian coffee brand would bring to the high-end-coffee-at-home market.

Lavazza are interesting. As I say, the biggest coffeed brand in Italy. I guess the temptation for a UK coffee drinker is to make the link with Italy, assume great coffee and think they would automatically be a step above our standard brands over here. I have to say that where Lavazza are concerned this would be a mistake as I find that they are only slightly better than our main brands here. And this is sadly carried over to the quality of their capsules used with these machines.

It really is a review of two halves. First up is design of the machine and then we'll look at quality of the coffee. Of particular interest to would-be purchasers is that I already own a Nespresso Krups machine so am able to do something of a comparison between the two.

The AEG Modo Mio is a neatly designed unit which does not take up too much room on the worktop and has quite a stylish look. AEG have built a very attractive, sturdy and well functioning machine. The AEG water reservoir is easily removed from the back of the machine which gives you the option of either doing this to fill it or leaving it in situ and using a jug to top it up. It only holds 0.9 litres which is ok if just making 1 to 3 cups but would be a bit of a pain if you were having a dinner party and trying to cater for more. However the number of cups you get will depend largely on how much water you decide to add to each pod.

Usage is very easy to use you simply press the power on button then press the Espresso button and wait until it stops flashing ( approximately 50 seconds ) . Insert your coffee pod , place your cup on the top of the drip tray and press the Espresso button again. It will then dispense your coffee and continue until you press the Espresso button again. The spout that dispenses the coffee is height adjustable to cater for different cup sizes.

There is a separate steam / hot water function which takes about 10 seconds to achieve the right temperature once you have pressed the Steam button. Steam or hot water is dispensed through a spout when you turn the steam/hot water knob located on the side of the machine from the off to on position. To achieve frothy milk you immerse the spout into a container with milk in it and turn the knob to the on position and the swirl the container round the spout. When your milk is frothy enough return the knob to the off position and like all good Baristas wipe the spout clean.
The drip tray and empty pod container are easily removed for cleaning.

And that covers the machine bit. Now onto the coffee

It comes supplied with a sample of 12 pods covering 7 of the different flavoured varieties available. These range from Decaf to Creamy. The pods do not seem to be available in the supermarkets and therefore ordering on the internet is the only option. The coffees produced are good flavoured and thanks to the sample pack you can try each of them to work out your favourite. I found that comparing the coffees from the Lavazza range with the Nespresso range there is more variety with Nespresso, and I like the favourite one of my Nespresso more than what I think is the best of the Lavazza, however taste is obviously completely subjective. Both are good though and are streets ahead of instant coffee from a jar!

If you were looking to choose between a Nespresso Krups machine or this AEG Lavazza the main area that I think will decide people, besides the variety of flavours available, is probably how automated the machine is. The AEG Lavazza machine has a time-off function after 30 minutes but with the Lavazza you need to start and stop the hot water yourself. So you can choose how much water you add per cup. Comparing this with my Krups Nespresso machine I can put a capsule in that, hit the Espresso or Lungo button and it will do everything from there, making the coffee as soon as it has warmed up and then stopping it automatically once the relevant amount of water has been pushed through. It even turns itself off after a few minutes of not being used to save energy. For me I like the fully automated Nespresso world as it guarantees a consistent result every time. However I am sure many people will appreciate the ability to control exactly how much water comes out per cup, and so they shoudl go for the AEG Lavazza

Overall then, the AEG Lavazza machine is very good but a slightly different proposition to the Nespresso. It is less automated but certainly of decent quality and solid build. For me the lack of variety in the range of coffees at the moment puts it a bit behind Nespresso but it is still better than standard instant coffee out of a jar, and produce a cup in much the same time as boiling a kettle.
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