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This tall-standing, gorgeous hunk of quintessential Smeggishness is just the ticket for those who love a bit of retro in their Hampstead kitchens. It’s not just the smooth bulbous shape and exquisite finish that draw the eye, it’s the unmissable presence of that classic embossed Smeg logo; a logo that somehow manages to displace the smutty comic value of the brand name.


Available in four rich colours (along with a forthcoming Dolce&Gabbana-designed version), the unflatteringly monikered ECF01 comes with an extremely weighty stainless steel portafilter, a one-litre removable water reservoir, a cappuccino steam spout, a cup warming plate that rarely gets warm and three simple buttons: one cup, two cups and steam.


To say it’s easy to use is an understatement. Just load up the portafilter with your favourite espresso blend, tap one of the cup buttons and either leave it to complete a predetermined measure of water or press the button to stop it. The milk frother is just as simple to use though you may need to adjust the angle of the milk container to find the sweet spot.


Needless to say, the espresso this pretty appliance produces is bloomin’ marvellous. If style and design are your main prerequisites and cost isn’t much of a hindrance, then mosey on down to your local branch of John Lewis and snap one up.


Smeg ECF01