Espressgo review

This capsule espresso machine from Lavazza runs from a car's 12V power socket. Is it any good?

Coffee on the go

The Lavazza A Modo Mio Espressgo is an espresso maker intended for travellers, four-wheel drivers, truckies and other road warriors who often find themselves out in their vehicles, craving a good coffee and far from any decent coffee shops.

The Espressgo has a water container with a built-in heating element powered by plugging it into the vehicle's 12V socket (a.k.a. the cigarette lighter). An espresso capsule holder screws onto the top. The unit comes with a carry bag that holds the unit, a cup and 16 Lavazza A Modo Mio capsules.

To use it, you pour 50mL of cold water into the water container using the supplied espresso cup. Place a Lavazza capsule in the capsule holder, and close it onto the base, plug in the machine and turn it on. When the machine beeps three times and the gauge shows that the temperature is in the OK range, you unplug the unit, turn it upside down and press the espresso button to release the coffee into the cup. The whole operation takes about three minutes.

The espresso is pleasant enough, though not up to the standard of a good home espresso machine or coffee-shop barista. And the Espressgo won't heat or froth milk, so latte and cappuccino fans might need to look elsewhere.

It's easy to use; all you need is water and a Lavazza Amodo Mio espresso capsule, and of course a vehicle with a 12V socket.

CHOICE verdict

The Lavazza A Modo Mio Espressgo makes a reasonable espresso coffee and while it might not excite the discerning coffee drinker, it's a decent option when you're on the road and craving a quality caffeine hit. For the regular long-distance driver who likes their coffee, this gadget could make the trip much more pleasant.

Lavazza A Modo Mio Espressgo – $199

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