We were lucky to get a sneak peek into the NEW and coming soon SMEG Manual Espresso Machine. This machine is a stunning addition to the world of coffee enthusiasts, seamlessly blending retro aesthetics with modern functionality. From the built in grinder, to the 58mm portafilter, this espresso machine is sure to put up a good fight against some competitors. This machines anticipatory launch is coming at the end of September 2023!
Design and Build Quality
The SMEG Manual Espresso Machine is a visual delight, boasting a retro-inspired design that effortlessly captures attention. With its sleek curves, vibrant colour options, and chrome accents, it adds a touch of elegance to any kitchen countertop. The sturdy build quality ensures durability, and the machine feels robust and well-made. If you have ever owned a semi-automatic home espresso machine you know the importance of good quality parts, the portrafilter and tamper both boast heavier weight, and thoughtful design.
Brewing Performance and Espresso Quality
Equipped with a 15-bar professional pressure pump, and a dual-thermoblock heating system, the SMEG Manual Espresso Machine delivers exceptional brewing and steam performance. It consistently extracts rich, flavourful espresso with a creamy crema, satisfying even the most discerning coffee aficionados. The machine's manual control over brewing variables allows for precise customization, empowering users to experiment with different grind sizes, coffee doses, and extraction times, and equipping this machine with a 58mm portafilter will give you professional level extraction. The addition of a dual-thermoblock heating system allows for fast nearly instantaneous switching from brewing temperature to steaming temperature.
User-Friendliness and Interface
Operating the SMEG Manual Espresso Machine is a breeze, thanks to its intuitive interface. The clearly labeled buttons and knobs provide easy control over the brewing process. While the machine lacks digital displays, its simplicity adds to its charm, making it ideal for those who appreciate a more hands-on approach to espresso making. A thoughtful addition was two steaming pressures, a lower pressure, and a high pressure option. A lower steaming pressure makes learning how to steam milk easy and less intimidating, it is also beneficial to use when steaming smaller amounts of milk at lower temperatures.
Maintenance and Cleaning
Keeping this machine in top shape is relatively hassle-free. The removable water tank and drip tray simplify the cleaning process, while the stainless steel cup warmer ensures your espresso cups are preheated and ready for use. Regular descaling and backflushing are recommended to maintain optimal performance.
Durability and Longevity
Crafted with quality materials and solid construction, the SMEG Manual Espresso Machine is built to last. Users can expect it to withstand daily use without compromising its performance or aesthetics. Additionally, SMEG's reputation for reliable appliances and their commitment to customer satisfaction instills confidence in the machine's longevity.
Value for Money
While this espresso machine falls into the higher price range of manual espresso, with the expected price point being around $1,299 CAD, its combination of style, performance, and durability justifies the investment. The machine's timeless design and exceptional brewing capabilities make it a worthwhile addition to any coffee lover's arsenal.
The SMEG Manual Espresso Machine seamlessly marries form and function, capturing the essence of classic Italian design while delivering an outstanding espresso brewing experience. With its eye-catching aesthetics, user-friendly operation, and impressive coffee quality, it stands as a compelling choice for those who value both style and performance in their pursuit of the perfect cup of espresso.