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Nespresso latissiam Pro

Capsulated coffee machines have been hitting the high street shops of late, but what if you want the best of the best of the best? DeLonghi and Nespresso have teamed up to show just what is possible with a new Lattissima Pro, built for people who really love a good cup of coffee but also want a machine that has quality and style set at its for-front.

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A new machine designed for the Nespresso range of pods, the Lattissima Pro is the new model and the most premium machine in the Nespresso range of coffee pod machines.
The water tank in the Lattissima Pro holds more water than the previous generation, which potentially translates into more cups of coffee.  Something that is different, however, is the connection port for the milk frothing system, which not only allows for the milk frother to be plugged in, but when unplugged, can also support an included hot water spout, which will dispense hot water instead of textured milk.

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Controls for the machine are handled through a light-up tactile button panel, which includes three espresso varieties: ristretto, espresso, and lungo, as well as two milk-based coffee styles, letting you make cappuccino and a latte macchiato.  A hot milk option is also available, as is one for hot water when the water spout is plugged in.
Nespresso have really gone to town on making this your kitchen centre piece as the white light that is built into the Nespresso unit, lighting up the glass or cup, and the foldable drip tray

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If the tech behind this gadget wasn’t enough then the look will add to that wow factor as it is encased in a brushed aluminium casing, and sporting a big water tank capable of making several cups of coffee, the machine is pretty much geared at the Nespresso lover who is going for the most convenient cup they possibly can have, with an automatic milk preparation system capable of creating a cappuccino or latte macchiato with only one button pressed.
To me this machine is like having my very own Barista but with out the £3.25 a cup price tag you would expect to pay in places like Starbucks, Costa Coffee or Caffe Nero.
Overall this is a quality, stylish machine built to last and yet will deliver the most professional cup of coffee in your home with only a push of a button.
Okay it may not be one of the cheapest machines on the retail market, but if like me, you love your coffee then only after a few cups this machine would have paid for itself compared to high street coffee house prices that I loth to pay.

Jawbone UP - Move

Activity trackers help people come to grips with how much or how little movement and sleep they get in a day. Figuring out your current habits of walking, exercising, and sleeping can be the first step toward making big changes to your health and because it gives you a baseline to beat then that helps you set new goals that are truly within your reach.
Priced at only £40 the Jawbone UP Move is a very good entry-level activity tracker.
The Jawbone UP Move would make a great gift for someone using a fitness tracker for the first time and the price is right but it would likely disappoint a more experienced user looking to upgrade to a product that could provide a richer experience.
The UP app gives you more information about your habits but that might not be enough for serious runners, swimmers, and other athletes who would probably want a device that tracks their specific activity in greater detail, there are certainly other choices for them.
The Jawbone UP Move, however, is best suited to entry level users who do not mind its looks.

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When you buy a Jawbone UP Move, you get a small disc-like tracker, a clip holster, a coin cell battery and a tool to open the tracker. Jawbone claims that the battery will lasts several months. The benefit of the coin cell battery is you never have to remember to recharge it, but if you are the kind of person who is lazy about buying a new battery when it is needed, then you will probably be better off with something you can plug in every few days.
The tracker comes in five colours: slate with yellow accessories, ruby with red accessories, grape with purple, blue with white, and black with black. You can buy additional clips and wristbands of different widths and colours for about £10 each.

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The function of the UP Move is very easy to use and makes for a fun way of tracking health. A simple press the UP Move and the whole thing is a giant button, really, a dial lights, spinning around the perimeter to tell you how close you are to reaching your steps goal for the day. You will see a little orange running man icon light up, too, so you are sure of the data you are seeing. When you put the device into sleep mode by pressing and holding the device, a blue moon lights up. Double-tapping causes the dial to indicate the time by lighting up the hour marker and flashing where the minute hand would be on a traditional clock.
Some might see it as looking like a child like toy with its design and funky fun colours but I like that in a fitness tracker.
When you set up the Jawbone UP Move, you will have to download the app, tell it a few things about yourself, and enable syncing. Once the app and device know your age, weight, sex, and height, it can begin estimating how many calories you burn throughout the day, based on activity and inactivity. Of course, it is little more than informed guesswork. Better calorie burn estimations only happen with more data, so the more you use it the more it works in your favour and the more accurate the tracking can be using its ‘Smart Coach” approach.

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As with any activity tracker, you really need to dive into the companion app or web dashboard to get a good look at all the activity the device is tracking. The Jawbone UP app is easy to use and provides a good overview of your day, showing a graph of different times when you were active, and letting you add notes to activities that you completed. The app also has areas for tracking your weight, mood, and foods you eat. One really fascinating companion app that can sync with Jawbone's fitness tracking app is called ‘UP Coffee’, it lets you track caffeine intake specifically and shows you how it affects your sleep.

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The Jawbone UP Move is a very good activity tracker for entry level users, with helpful indicator lights and an app that is easy to use.
Some might not like it due to its funky design and bright colours so I guess when it comes to choosing a fitness tracker that is right for you, looks really do matter. If you do not like wearing it, you will not and then you cannot quantify your exercise.

Nespresso Pixie

As a company, Nespresso have made their coffee machines to look cool, trendy, slick and just oozing style but have followed one of the golden rules of business, “Do one thing, and do it well”. However you choose to put it, Nespresso machines have all pretty much stuck to doing one thing, make espresso! This newest addition to the Nespresso range, the Pixie, has slotted very nicely into the ‘Have a tiny espresso machine, will travel’ niche.

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The footprint of this machine is just tiny. You can take this unit to the office, the work shed, the college recreational room, the toilet, hey even the bedroom, the options are endless! Yet it still somehow manages to pack in a walloping 19 bars of pump pressure, and heats up in just 25 seconds. It has two programmable brew size buttons, which can also be manually overridden, has an auto off feature, and a foldaway drip tray if you want to use a larger mug.
As far as ‘bells and whistles’ goes and other than a warning light that flashes when your water is low, or your coffee capsule bin is full, that is about it. The Pixie keeps things very simple, and that I believe is a huge advantage!
For all you cappuccino or latte fanatics out there, the Pixie works really well with the Nespresso Aeroccino, the unit that makes pretty decent milk froth and also heats the milk at the same time. For all those that love a nice iced coffee or a frappuccino then the Aeroccino also has a cold setting too.

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For those that need a tech spec of this wonderful stylish machine then see below.

Absolutely tiny espresso pod maker measuring 12.8 x 4.3 x 9.2 inches
Comes in 6 color choices and 2 different finishes
Works exclusively with Nespresso coffee capsules
19 Bars of pressure for the creamiest espresso crema
Thermoblock heating system that dramatically reduces heating time to just 25 seconds
Improved internal system means the Pixie needs to be de-scaled 3 times less than standard machines
Choose from Espresso or Lungo size
Manual override of brew sizes
24 oz. water reservoir
Foldable drip tray to accommodate larger mug sizes
Auto power off after 9 minutes
Warning lights for ‘low water’ or ‘full capsule bin’

Nespresso gets a lot of flack from some people due to the expensive price, small variety of Nespresso coffee capsules, and having to buy your capsules through Nespresso, however I have to disagree. I find Nespresso machines some of the highest quality, best designed and beautiful coffee machines on the market. Yes, they are a bit more expensive than some, but if they produce a good consistent product, with little fuss and look great doing it, is not that worth a little more? Also, I do not find that the selection of coffee capsules is prohibitive.
Honestly, how many styles of espresso do you need?

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