How do I get the best espresso?
Pre-brewed pods receive less of GaGu’s trademark disdain than you might expect – they’re quick and easy, not messy, and delicious enough. But banging out one of Clooney’s finest auto brews offers none of the satisfaction of the small cup you’ll get out of a Gaggia Naviglio (£439), an affordable bean-to-cup device from a company that’s been producing espresso makers for nearly 80 years.
Miele’s sexy coffee rectangle, the £850 CM 6110, deserves a little recognition for its great interface and hidden bean grinder, and there’s a wealth of more expensive chromed kit that you can stick in your kitchen in order to play Starbucks at home. But that Naviglio? It’s really good. Don’t pay more until you’ve tried it.