Mama Mia! When I was first told about Lavazza Voicy I thought it was a joke. You know that playful, Italian humor that no one in Britain has? This kind of joke. I said, ‘Why the hell would I want a coffee machine with Alexa in it?’ only I probably didn’t say “hell”. However, a funny thing happened. Lavazza then invited me to Wimbledon, and I found my cynicism evaporated once they explained Voicy to me, over a delicious free lunch followed by a few rounds of vigorous Roger Federer action. . This is the value of education.
I have a LOT of devices with Alexa. I’m not bragging; it’s just a fact. If I was a rapper, I’d say “I have so many Alexa devices, I have Alexa devices in spades.” You may think you have a lot of Alexa devices. But I have more. But if you don’t have one, or at least you don’t have one in your kitchen, I can’t think of a better way to add one than Lavazza Voicy.
- Jura Z10 – a serious coffee bean that can even make cold brew coffee
- Smeg BCC02 – a coffee bean barely bigger than a Nespresso machine
Voicy looks and sounds like someone nailed one of the new Echo spherical speakers to a coffee pod machine. It’s not the best speaker I’ve ever heard, but it’s by far the best coffee machine ever made. I played some popular hits such as Black Coffee by Billie Holliday, Black or White (coffee) by Michael Jackson, Cream by Prince, CREAM by Wu-Tang Clan and the greatest hits of the group Cream – because you add coffee cream, see you? – and they sounded good. And not just good by coffee machine standards, but really good.
Alexa is also good-voiced. Ask her to “make a coffee” and she obeys! Of course, Alexa isn’t a real person, so she can’t put a pod in the machine, fill it up with water, place a cup under the spout and then bring your order to you as you lay down in a chair. long. But if you’ve placed a pod and a cup, Alexa will do the arduous task of pressing the single espresso button on your behalf.
Speaking of which, I spent a very frustrating 15 minutes trying to convince Alexa to make me a double espresso. I tried “make a double espresso”, “make a large espresso”, “make a large coffee” only to be emphatically informed that Alexa had no idea what I was saying. Lavazza finally told me the correct phrase was “Alexa, make the long espresso”, which I’m not sure anyone would ever guess.
You can, however, use Lavazza’s iOS and Android app to create and name your own favorite coffee – this includes setting the extraction time, water temperature and, well, that’s about it – so you can proudly say, “Alexa, make Duncan extra special.” favorite cafe.’ So it’s good.
Anyway, too bad for all that. Only basic people would bother to make coffee via voice command. The important thing is that it’s a full-featured Alexa speaker that sounds way better than you’d ever imagine with a coffee machine. He can play music, control your smart home devices, tell you the news and recipes and so on, and keep your teeth on edge with his awful dad jokes and “jokes”, delivered in a cool voice. disinterested computer. That’s how she tells them!
Oh ok, do you want to know more about the coffee part of Voicy too? People more expert than me – that is, T3 brewmaster Derek Adams – have long said that Lavazza’s A Modo Mio is a superior pod coffee system to Nespresso, and it turns out that “they” – that is: Derek – were right. There’s nothing wrong with Nespresso, but Lavazza’s pods taste slightly but noticeably better, and the Italian brand is also playing a lot more game with compostable pods and more sustainable supply chains. Bellissimo!
The coffee preparation process is identical: push in the pod, pull the large lever, press the “small” or “large” button. Please note that according to British standards, ‘small’ means ‘absolutely tiny’ and ‘large’ means ‘small’. You can fill the supposedly large one with hot water for a very passable Americano, but if you like your coffee served in a Starbucks-sized bucket, this might not be the machine for you. ‘you need. There’s also no milk frother included, so you’ll need a separate one if you like your lattes and cappuccinos. Lavazza makes several good ones, in this case.
Lavazza Voicy: price and availability
In the UK, Lavazza Voicy is available direct from Lavazza and all your favorite online retailers for £249 or less. In the USA and Australia this product does not seem to exist but in Europe it is found around 249€.
So is Lavazza Voicy worth it? If you think of it as a coffee machine with a speaker whose quality is somewhere between a 4th-gen Echo and an Echo Dot nailed to it, maybe not. You can pick up an A Modo Mio machine and a 4th Gen Echo for a lot less than the price of a Voicy – see below. Admittedly, taking this budget approach won’t let you tell Alexa to make you a coffee — once you’ve put a pod and cup in place — but that might not be such a bad thing.
However, if you’re looking for a sleek, space-saving, and rather witty gadget that also brews delicious coffee, I say stick around. Ciao!