We have seen a steady stream of retro kitchen devices from Smeg in the recent past, including the blender and mixer, the slow juicer plus the toaster and kettle. But the Smeg ECF01 espresso machine is brand new.
But the design is unmistakably Smeg, inspired by the 1950s and perfect for a retro environment. But also, like all those other pieces, this is only retro in looks. The functionality is very 2016.
For example, the machine uses thermoblock technology to switch between brewing coffee and jetting out steam, which an alarm will let you know when the machine is in need of a clean. It also has a cup warmer on the top, plus a drip tray with an indicator to tell you when it’s full.
Also, once you have filled your cup once using the coffee button, the machine will remember the amount for next time- so you just need to give it a single press. Finally, you get a mug tray for latte macchiato glasses, an adjustable cappuccino system and a tank that holds a litre of water.
Getting one before Christmas might be a problem as this only hits the shelves this month in a choice of white, black or red for £279.95. A blue version lands in January.
If you are after one, it’s probably worth keeping an eye on the John Lewis website, which already has the black model.