Most mornings I have coffee crankin’ through my sys and over the years have accumulated a range of associated coffee paraphernalia, including two filter coffee machines, espresso maker, grinder and French Press. I also have precious little kitchen space. However, Hope & Glory were kind enough to lend me their new pod-based coffee machine, so I cleared my kitchen top and tried life with an automatic coffee machine.

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The first thing you notice about the machine is the pure bulk. The lovely, almost industrial design dominated my kitchen top and it’s not a dainty machine by anyone’s standards. It’s pretty easy to set up, with minimal reference to instruction manuals. There are two water filters for the water tank, which prevent the build-up of limescale. This is all neatly encased around the back in sturdy metal housing. The front of the machine is fairly simple, with on/off buttons, coffee and steaming options and lights that let you know when the right temperature has been reached.

Below the drip tray is a handle that you use to seal in the pods. You need to make sure this a tight fit (adjusting via the included allen key) otherwise coffee will leak all over your kitchen top. It took a few goes to get “just right” but once you’re there everything else is uncomplicated. I really enjoyed the handle and the slight bit of force needed to get it into place. It helped provide a slight mix between the one button simplicity of coffee capsule machines and the rolled-up sleeves and hands dirty nature of a traditional espresso machine.

Of course coffee machines are nothing with coffee and the range of pods tasted great, including flavours such as Mocha Mysore and Brazilian Bourbon. If you’re a fancy coffee drinker you can used the included steam wand to make cappuccinos, flat whites and macchiatos. Hope & Glory also sell a starter kit that includes a milk frothing jug, milk thermometer and some cups.

Available from £349 in red, blue, yellow and silver Hope & Glory.