AEG and Lavazza launch stylish espresso machine

AEG is launching a stylish, new espresso machine, A Modo Mio Favola, in collaboration with the Italian coffee producer, Lavazza.

A Modo Mio and AEG represent the marriage of Italian taste and German engineering. Based on Lavazza’s unique capsule system, the machine delivers perfect functionality and the sensational taste of fresh Italian coffee.

It ensures the premium taste of real Italian espresso with perfect crema at the touch of a button and Lavazza’s capsule technology provides a convenient and fast alternative to ground coffee. From espresso to cappuccinos, A Modo Mio Favola makes it easy to enjoy an authentic Italian coffee.

Ensuring every taste is catered to, A Modo Mio capsules comes in eight carefully selected coffee blends, from the mild Caffé Crema Lungo to the full flavoured and rich Intensamente.

A Modo Mio Favola is compact in size, easy to clean and comes in a choice of six colour combinations. Available in two models, the A Modo Mio Favola and the A Modo Mio Favola Plus, both are equipped with a steam arm making it easy to prepare a cappuccino or espresso macchiato.

A Modo Mio Favola (£149) and A Modo Mio Favola Plus (£179) are available at

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And for those who have everything…


If you love coffe and you love bling, what more could you ask for than this blingtastic coffee maker by Bugatti. You can personalise it with a range of unique finishes including gold, leather, crystal and pearlescent. Each piece is hand made to order using the finest leather and Swarovski 431 silver crystals.

The Bugatti Diva Espresso machine from Casa Bugatti makes fab esspresso thanks to a high brewing pressure, a short extraction time and perfect water temperature. Featuring a powerful 15 bar pump and complete with milk frother for cappuccinos or lattes – as well as having an origingal design to say the least. And you can even heat your cup on the warm plate on top of the machine – just like in Italian coffee bars!

Price £799


  • It is coffee pod ready as well as ground coffee ready.
  • Steam function for cappuccino & tea.
  • Design intergrated water tank.
  • Storage and pre heating for cups.
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My BBC2 ‘Something for the Weekend’ Gadgets

Sony ICF-CL75iP Alarm Clock

The Sony ICF-CL75iP alarm clock is so much more than an annoying bedside device to wake you up in the morning.

It has a 7-inch WVGA screen, 1GB of internal storage (and a USB port for more), a retractable iPod dock and an FM radio. It may seem kind of excessive to have an extra screen when an iPod or iPhone is sitting right there, but the clock can actually play videos too (MP4, Motion JPEG and AVI).

The alam clock has been a feature of the bedside table for the best part of 150 years, but it seems that more than 50% of all mobile phone users now set an alarm on their handset before climbing into bed, rather than using a traditional bedside clock.

Sony’s ICF-CL75iP alarm clock is a step forward in terms of alarm clock technology and they hope to bring back the traditional way to wake you up, as well as offering a modern solution for those who like all-in-one gadgets.

It’s a great little thing to take with you on holiday, on a business trip or anmy kind of travel, as it has so many functions in one, including the capability to watch a film.

The Sony’s ICF-CL75iP is available for around £120

Handpresso Domepod

The new Handpresso Domepod is a portable, hand powered and eco-friendly espresso coffee maker, which now works with all of your favourite ground coffee, unlike previous models where you need special cartridges.

The big selling point of the Handpresso Domepod is it’s lightweight portability, meaning you don’t need a huge coffee machine to get the same great tasting results, not only that, but also the amount of money you’d save by not plugging in a huge espresso maker and using this eco alternative.

The Handpresso is good if you’re going camping, spending an afternoon fishing, having a picnic, going to a festival etc, all you need to make a real espresso is this machine.

Working the device is simple, all you do is use the hand pump to build some pressure up, fill up the Domepod with you’re ground coffee, place some hot water in the reservoir and press the pressure release button, easy.

It’s available now online for around £80

Race in a Case

The Race in a Case Slot Racing Track is a unique eco-friendly alternative to other classic head-to-head tabletop racing games. Instead of having to use mountains of batteries or plug in the mains and run up your electricity bills, the Race in a Case runs purely on wind-up power.

Its hand-cranked electricity and speed generator technology gives a player all the power and control in order to have more fun.

The main selling point of the product is its portability due to its lightweight design, it’s eco-friendly (the fact you can take it anywhere and don’t need to worry about finding a power supply) and there’s minimum assembly as it’s all contained in a hard heavy-duty plastic casing that you simply unfold.

The more you wind the controller, the more you accelerate, the less you decelerate or maintain speed. The aim is to beat your opponent and win by depending solely on your manual winding skills and self-control. Also included in the case are various decorations to spruce up your racetrack and make it look more realistic, i.e. a chequered flag, landscape backgrounds, fake starting line lights etc.

Race in a Case Racing Track will be available online from the 14th October from around £50.

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