Advantages Cheap, simple coffee machine.
Disadvantages Is a bit of an ugly blighter.
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I'm the sort of person who generally loves my tea! However in the morning I need my fresh coffee hit with a bowl of cereal! Now for a long time, I had a coffee machine and that was wonderful. Kept it warm for me so I could enjoy it leisurely.
But then disaster struck, and the carafe (you know that glass bit the coffee actually lands up in) broke while being washed. Just cracked straight through!
But fear not - I did at least have a cafeteria! My coffee ritual could continue, albeit in slightly altered form.
So I was walking through our local town centre, and decided to pop into Argos to see if they had anything. Now I simply didn't and couldn't afford much, and I was just getting exasperated because I had seen plenty of machines, but they were just far too expensive and fine in their own right, but I wanted a nice simple basic machine. No bells, no whistles, just something that made fresh coffee! You would think you can find one with ease wouldn't you!? Yeah, so did I.Anyway, eventually I spotted this in the Sale items on the shelf of our local Argos. Its normal retail was around £10-00 if memory serves me right, but it was down to £5-99!
So, I get it home, plug it in and just run some water through the system as recommended to clear out any possible gunk that might have collected in there. I then made a coffee in the machine, and it does exactly what it said on the packaging!
The warm plate keeps at a nice even temperature (neither too hot or too cool); the water rate as it heats up and pulses through is nice; even and fairly quick so even if you want a full amount it doesn't take too long.
The filter is easy to remove and clean, and so is the overall surface.
The lid opens nicely giving you plenty of room to pour the cold water into the chamber to heat up, and the filter compartment also allows easy access.
You get a nicely placed light to show the machine is turned on, and the on/off switch is easy to reach.
I don't know why, but on Ciao they have it listed as 15 cups capacity, however ours is only listed as 10 cups. So it isn't for someone who might make a lot of cups at one go, but for the average user, this will give you 4 or 5 mugs of coffee easily, and you can stretch this out to 6 mugs if needed.The details of this machine are:
I've had this now since June 2006 and its still working as well as it did, and considering the price I certainly have had more than good value from this machine. However, this is just used once a day generally in the morning so I wouldn't like to say how well it might hold up under harsher conditions or use.Overall, a great machine for you to use if you want something simple and functional and aren't too bothered by the overall look! I was surprised to find out this machine has been out since 1993, so it must have something going for it to still be around today.
Currently found on Amazon.co.uk for £7-47
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10 cup 1.5 litre capacity Anti drip mechanism Permanent removable and washable filter Neon power indicator Thermostatic keep warm hot plate
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