Sitting back with a cup of fine, freshly brewed coffee is arguably one of life’s greatest pleasures. Some enjoy this most in the modern surroundings of a café, craft coffee shop or restaurant. However, the vast selection of modern coffee makers now offered by leading manufacturers allows consumers to create cups of coffee worthy of the finest artisans, all in the comfort of their own kitchen. Lavazza, we’re looking at you.

Having recently launched Jolie, a small, stylish coffee maker, Lavazza continues to place itself at the forefront of coffee-making innovation. Seeing as the company was established back in 1895, we thought it apt to take a step back in time to see just how far coffee makers have come since their beginnings.

A short history of the coffee maker

Coffee makers are nothing new, but innovation has always been at the heart of the coffee industry, with manufacturers forever looking for ways to help coffee lovers achieve that perfect cup with the smallest amount of effort.

Hundreds of years back, coffee was brewed in pots and pans. The infusion brewing process was introduced in the 1700s, with coffee often being wrapped in a linen bag before being submerged in water. The drip brewing method was also pioneered in the 1700s. Although effective, methods like these raised certain problems. For example, questionable materials such as old socks were often used as filters, which could lead to a less than desirable taste.

In the 1800s, James Napier—an English engineer—invented the vacuum siphon coffee machine. Percolators appeared around the same time, with a design patented by an American, James Nason. There was the moka pot, too, a stove-top coffee maker introduced in the 1930s, and of course, the cafetière (or French press—introduced in the late twenties. A lot of these methods are still used to brew coffee today, with many people staying loyal to their chosen method.

There are also industrial-sized machines typically used in restaurants and bars, with the almost theatrical release of steam adding a certain “je ne sais quoi” to an establishment’s ambiance. But what about the modern day coffee maker? What’s the latest?

Coffee at the push of a button

Things are advanced today. Achieving a great cup of coffee involves several elements: finding the perfect temperature, adding the correct amount of pressure and getting the extraction level just right. It can be hard to do all of the above efficiently if you’re not a trained barista, but with today’s sophisticated array of machines, all you actually need to do is press a button.       

Jolie is the latest machine to be added to the Lavazza A Modo Mio range of coffee makers. It’s smaller and quieter than any of the other A Modo Mio machines—letting the coffee do the talking.

Jolie is very much designed with the user in mind, with convenience at its core. True to its Italian nature, style hasn’t been compromised. It’s suitably compact, allowing it to fit into small kitchens easily. You can choose from four vibrant colors too: red, blue, white and green. In addition, you can select how much coffee you would like, whether that’s a full cup (caffé lungo), or an expert espresso. This is done using one single “Stop & Go” button. Once you’ve brewed up, you can put all the removable parts in the dishwasher. Simple. The best part is, this adept machine still produces an authentic Italian coffee; after all, Lavazza is the retail market leader in Italy.

Could it be possible that irresistible machines like these are changing the way we approach the ritual of making coffee? The innovation continues.  

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