Have you ever thought coffee machines needed to be connected to the online world?

We’re not sure we did either, but a product on the way from Nespresso might just change your mind, as the company that more or less changed the way we all view “instant” coffee seeks to change the way coffee machines connect to us.

This week, Nespresso has pulled the cover from the “Prodigio&Milk” machine, a model that grabs your everyday typical Nespresso coffee machine with Aeroccino milk frother and throws in some extra functionality: wireless connectivity to talk to a smartphone or tablet.

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With this technology inside, the Prodigio can send alerts to a smartphone about capsule management, when you should be de-scaling the machine or running maintenance, and to even schedule coffee making for a specific time.

Your phone will get the information via an app and this is sent using Bluetooth, so while it’s a “connected” coffee machine, it isn’t a web-connected one.

“Innovation and convenience are core elements of the Nespresso business so we’re delighted to be able to announce the launch of our first connected machine,” said John Ciaglia, Commercial Manager at Nespresso in Australia.

“We like to continually surprise and delight our club members and the Prodigio&Milk offers them a unique, integrated way to enjoy their favourite Nespresso moments.”