01.Lavazza Minu and Espressotoria AdessoLavazza Minu
Capsule coffee machines are praised for their convenience and ease of use. And in our testing we’ve come across some models that rank just as well as manual and semi-automatic machines when it comes to taste. Here, we put the recently released Lavazza Minu and Espressotoria Adesso capsule machines, both available from Coles, to the test.
The Lavazza is a manual machine, so has to be switched off manually at the end of coffee delivery. It’s compact and weighs 2.9kg; however, its water reservoir only has a 500mL capacity. It can accommodate larger cups easily but you’re not able to program the amount of coffee delivered into your cup. It takes only 30 seconds to warm up and another 30 seconds to deliver the coffee.
The Espressotoria is a semi-automatic machine - it switches off automatically once the coffee delivery process is finished. It’s a bit bulkier than the Lavazza, weighing in at 5kg but it also has double its water reservoir capacity. It accommodates larger cups and by simply holding the coffee button you can program the amount of coffee delivered to your desired level. It takes 35 seconds to warm up but only 15 seconds to deliver coffee into your cup, which we think is too fast to make a really good cup of coffee.
We recruited 10 CHOICE staff members to taste the coffee from each machine. In the Lavazza we used the Deciso capsules and in the Espressotoria the Vittoria Coffee Espresso capsules.
Tasters ranked the coffee from the Lavazza as OK overall, describing the coffee as:
- slightly bitter and
- slightly burnt.
They ranked the coffee from the Espressotoria as poor, describing it as:
- unpleasant and
- lacking flavour.
When making four consecutive cups of coffee, the first cup from the Lavazza was much cooler then the following three cups, while consistency in coffee temperature was a bit better with the Espressotoria.
We purchased the optional milk frother for the Espressotoria; however, it made froth that was too hard with large air bubbles. The milk was burnt at the bottom of the jug, requiring effort to remove.
Both these machines are easy to use - simply place the capsule into the group head, turn on the switch or pull the lever down and press a button, and then remove the spent capsule once the coffee is made. The water containers are easy to fill, remove and replace and while the drip trays are small it’s very easy to clean the plastic exteriors of these machines.
These machines are easily accessible in your local supermarkets if you’re thinking of ditching instant coffee and trying out a capsule machine. You can experiment with the range of capsule flavours that are available for each - but when it comes to taste the Lavazza was more acceptable to our tasters than the Espressotoria.
For more about manual and semi-automatic coffee machines, including capsule machines, see our coffee machines section.