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3.0 out of 5 stars Adequate, small water tank, weak coffee, 28 Feb 2013
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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This is a very nicely built and finished piece of kitchen equipment, and is very stylish. The AEG name is a well known and trusted one, and I am sure that the machine will give good long service.
The water tank lifts off the back, and contains .9 litres. This is rather too small as far as I'm concerned, and it is also a bit of a faff to fill. The water tank lid is removable - which means that it will - sooner or later - get lost or fall down the back of something else in the kitchen.
The pods that it uses are my least favourite, and don't compare in quality or flavour to the Dolce Gusto pods or the Senseo 'bags'.
The coffee is weak - even the strongest coffee in the range is weak compared to an average "proper" coffee from a Gaggia or similar machine. It also takes a very long time to fill even a small cup, and if you want a 'lungo' - a long coffee with milk - you will need two pods to get a coffee with a kick. For a quick 'espresso' it is fine, and if this is your coffee of choice you will be very happy with it.
The lever that is used to pierce the pods is a rather long affair - which I assume is so that the user can generate the required amount of force with a minimum effort - and you will need to allow clearance for this lever if you decide to site your machine under a kitchen cupboard. That said, I wouldn't recommend you do this because you will be forever pulling it in and out to refill the small water tank (see comments above).
The machine is a very tidy one, and deals with the used capsules in a very clever way - they fall down inside the body of the machine and you empty them by simply pulling the cup tray out and tipping the liquid waste into the sink, and the used capsules into the bin.
This is by far the best system I have come across, and wish that other manufacturers would adopt similar methods.
It is very noisy at start-up - until the water comes through the system and into the capsule - at which point is is much quieter.
Overall it is a compromise - but at the current price it is a rather expensive one. For an extra 40 or 50 pounds you can buy an entry level Gaggia machine, which will give you proper 15 bar coffee at a very competitive price (as you just need to buy the beans or ground coffee, and there is no investment in pods or capsules) which will just end up in landfill.
I will use mine for my quick morning espresso and be very happy with it for this. I will continue to use my Gaggia for all my daytime 'long' coffees. Overall it is a nice machine, but I think it's a bit pricey for what you get.
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Initial post: 20 Sep 2014 09:06:02 BDT
mervyn lang says:
This machine is excellent, superior to all others in price range and superior to more expensive machines. I have owned mine for 2 years with no quibbles or problems whatsoever. Its price varies from store to store but new I would not pay for it more than £80. In Italy and Germany these machines cost two thirds to half of price in U.K. The coffee I prefer is a CORTADO which this machine makes perfectly.

Posted on 21 Sep 2014 12:02:49 BDT
mervyn lang says:
I am very fond of this machine and its particular capsule system. Agree that the prices are very erratic, this machine and others would cost in Italy and Germany about 2/3 or half price in U.K.In U.K. price varies to maximum in some stores and reduced price in other outlets. For me the maximum price is £80.
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