Italian company Smeg, perhaps better known for its imposing fridges, has just launched its first coffee maker, the ECF01 espresso machine.
Despite following Smeg’s usual retro-chic ’50s styling and being, at heart, a manual espresso machine that will appeal to purists, there are plenty of smarts beneath the ECF01’s beautifully bulbous exterior.
Thermoblock technology helps it switch quickly between brewing coffee and jetting out steam, there’s a cup warmer on the top, and a de-calc alarm will let you know when it’s in need of a clean through. The drip tray even has a clever indicator to tell you when it’s full.
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By holding down the coffee button until you’ve filled your cup to the desired level, the ECF01 will store that knowledge to pop out exactly the same amount of coffee next time, just with a single press.
The Smeg ECF01 will be available in December for £279.95 in white, black or red, with a blue option joining the line-up in January.
Also launched was the Smeg CJF01 citrus juicer, available from December in cream, pastel blue, pink, red, black or pastel green for £109.95.