jolie and Milk Up from LavAzza
Always popular with Gadgetspeak readers are coffee machines of all types no matter if they are pod or bean machines and if they have good coffee with them then this reviewer gets his fill of extra nice coffee as his reviewers perk.
While the quality of the coffee is the most important factor, for those who love a cappuccino then being able to foam the milk is also important and the kit as supplied to me does that. Few will disagree that the Italians know about coffee.
The ‘jolie’ coffee machine is 20x32x11cm and the Milk Up milk heater and frother is 21x17x11cm
The ‘jolie’ is small and as such normal cups and mugs will not fit under the nozzle, if of course you use small Expresso offerings all is fine I have a couple of what I deem small mugs and they will fit if I remov3e the top of the drip tray unit, a normal mug will fit if both parts of the drip tray are removed.
The sculpted clear Perspex water container holds around 500ml (just over a pint) but as you are making strong coffee this will make probably eight to ten coffees before needing to be refilled. The reason I cannot be certain is that the amount of water that goes into your cup/mug is up to you as the mechanism is pressed once to start and once again to stop.
The used pod container that sits in the heart of the machine holds around five used pods before it needs to be emptied.
So put water in the container, plug in the machine, put a pod in the machine, press the single button at the top back of the machine and the water is heated when it reaches temperature then press it again and water goes through the pod and into the cup, that’s it if you want black around a minute from start to finish.
If however you want a frothy coffee you need to add a ‘Milk Up’. Open the top of the machine and place milk in the stainless steel part up to the ‘max’ level and press the single button on the top rear of the unit. You hear it being rotated in the unit and you can feel the unit being heated around 150 seconds later it beeps and stops work you then remove the top part of the unit and pour over your coffee if you do so at an angle you should get a coffee shop head.
The person demoing this at the event said a good coffee should have a brown ring around the edge of the cup with whatever white pattern you want – with practice – in the centre. This I managed without any problem.
However good the coffee machine and the milk frother the most important thing is the coffee and Lavazza have been doing it since 1895 in Torino Italy.
You get a box of nine different coffee pods in with the jolie machine. Extra pods are available at varying prices. They have just introduced two new pods from Peru and Brazil which have distinctive tastes.
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