The instant espresso thing we call “inspresso” is heating up, and not just because the beverage is hot. With Nespresso putting the pressure on with less expensive models, it’s time for Lavazza to fire a shot in return with the miniature Minu.

A newbie to the Lavazza A Modo Mio range of encapsulated coffee pod machines, the Minu looks to be Lavazza’s smallest model, taking the Lavazza pods found in supermarkets and pouring our espresso within a minute or so.

New to Lavazza’s models, the Minu brings with a magnetic mechanism for the capsules, making it harder to put the pod in the wrong way, which is something some people still struggle with.

Different to Lavazza’s previous entry-level model (the Simpla), there is now a “stop and go” knob to control how much espresso you want out of the pod, rather than relying on button pushes alone, with a more manual take.

That said, the Lavazza Minu is priced like the Simpla, hitting supermarkets in Australia, as well as the Lavazza online presence for Australia, coming in with a retail price of $99.99, without a milk texturiser, which Lavazza sells for $129 (Lattemento).