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Lavazza Desea LM950 Coffee Machine review

Capsule home espresso coffee machine. Priced at $349.

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We recommend models which score 70% or more overall, so long as they also score well on other crucial factors including taste and milk frothing.

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The CHOICE Expert Rating is made up of taste (60%), ease of use (20%), milk frothing ability (15%), and coffee temperature consistency over consecutive cups (5%).

Taste test score View more details.

Three experts test the espressos in a 'blind' tasting, checking the colour and thickness of the crema (the tan-coloured foam on the top of an espresso), aroma, flavour, mouth-feel (for example, creaminess or wateriness) and aftertaste.

Ease of use score View more details.

How easy the machines are to use. We try the controls, fill the water tank and the bean hopper, adjust the grinder, make a coffee, and clean inside and out.

Milk frothing score View more details.

We experiment with each machine to find how it best froths milk, looking for fine, pourable froth. We use what the manufacturer recommends (a milk frother, milk-based capsule or coffee capsule extracted over milk).

Coffee temperature consistency score View more details.

We measure the consistency of four consecutive coffees for each machine after it warms up.

Measured heat-up time View more details.

Not scored, but will affect how quickly you can turn out a cup of coffee.

Time taken to froth 200ml milk
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Tested model
Price View more details.

The manufacturer's recommended retail price. Prices are often flexible, so shop around both online and in bricks-and-mortar stores for options.

$349
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Shop Ethical rates the environmental and social impact of the company (not the product or the pod supplier, if applicable) using independent sources. This rating is not included in our total score. N/A means there is no rating for that company

B
Capsule type View more details.

The recommended capsule (pod) type for each model. Nespresso (original) refers to the older-style capsules, while Nespresso Vertuo is the newer patented and barcoded system which comes in different sizes (these are incompatible with third-party capsules).

Lavazza
Type of heating system View more details.

Thermoblock heats up only a very small quantity of water on demand as it flows through the system. Boilers heat a larger amount of water and keep it heated fairly consistently. A dual boiler includes two boilers; one for making coffee and one for steaming. Heat exchanger models use a single boiler but are designed to produce coffee and steam at the same time. 

Thermoblock
Water reservoir capacity (L)
1.1
Stated pump pressure (bar) View more details.

The pressure the pump exerts when pushing hot water through the ground beans; measurement given in 'bar'. Some trial and error with the pressure and grind is required. A high bar does not necessarily mean a superior machine. We optimise the machines before giving them a taste test to give them their best chance.

Not stated
Warranty (years)
2
Dimensions (cm, HxWxD)
27 x 13 x 38
Weight (kg)
4.2
Country of origin
China
Contents of packaging
Espresso machine, Lavazza Milk Frothing Jug, Welcome Kit including assorted Lavazza Capsules, Instruction Booklet, Quick Guide, Warranty Sheet
Website
lavazza.com.au
Jug for milk frothing View more details.

Whether the machine comes with a milk jug for frothing or not.

Milk frothing View more details.

Manual machines generally contain integrated milk frothers. Capsule machines often have a separate milk frother which you either need to buy separately, or as part of a bundle. Some capsule machines use milk-based capsules.

Built-in milk frother
Standby mode
Yes
Automatic power turn-off
Yes
Removable water reservoir
Yes
Water tank empty reminder
Yes
Hot water nozzle
No
Removable drip tray
Yes
Cup warming plate
No
Recycle scheme View more details.

Some capsule manufacturers provide a recycling scheme.

Cord storage
No
Programmable coffee quantity
Yes
Digital display
No
Espresso pressure or milk temperature gauge
No
Adjustable water temperature for coffee making
Yes
Adjustable steam pump rate
No

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