Advantages quality coffee at home
Disadvantages Not many flavours
Don't you just love a feel-good tale? I do, as long as it's not one of those Americanised saccharine sweet one's that induce chronic vomiting, but maybe that's just me. Anyhoo, this is one of the former variety; just a simple tale of a bargain crazed ciaoer being washed in a satisfying wave of pure bargain joy.I warn you, this review will date. You see at the mo there is a super-duper sale on in Boots. They are calling it the July sale, but I am absolutely sure that I took advantage of it in August, so perhaps its moniker is a tad misleading. Luckily it also means that there is still time! YAY! But time for what I hear you mumble, frustrated at my refusal to get anywhere near spitting distance of the point. Allay your fears that this review will do nothing for you. I am sure the tension is nigh unbearable, but it is all part of the theatre of the 'ciao' experience.
I have been recently indulging in homemade cocktails, and for the good ones it seems you need a blender. I had just over £30 worth of boots points and thought I might splurge them all on a £29.99 blender and juicer set that was being toted by my local Boots. Yes, I would have had a few points left, but they would have been negligible. I spit on them.After careful deliberation with Mr Queenangella we decided that, yes, it was indeed a good idea. So off we trot on a Thursday (late night shopping dontchaknow), and GADZOOKS, it's gone. Cue embarrassing outbreak of sobbing and squeals of "WHY? Why does everything always happen to us?" After a few deep breaths we resigned ourselves to the awful truth of what our sensible reasoning had cost us, and vowed never to be so coy again. Before we shuffled off to our hollow lives, we thought we'd have a gander at what was still on offer. Mr spotted the black Senseo machine, which I had previously coveted in a shockingly open manner. Before I could dismiss his foolishness, he drew my attention to the price. I stood open mouthed- agog.
I happened to know that the RRP of the black Senseo machine was around £50. The label said: £12.50. Panic hit me; what if everyone else found out? What if I didn't get my bargain? It was a bargain wasn't it? Of course, and we couldn't delay. I threw caution to the ever present wind and grabbed the slightly dearer silver version (£15). We spotted an equally unbelievable toaster deal and hot-footed it to the till. The cashier was almost as impressed as us. I left my favourite store with less Boots points and an increased sense of pride; I would go so far as to say I was smug. I still am.Our excitement lasted all the way home, and I simply had to try the glorious coffee making abilities of my new best friend. As always, the instructions are essential, but luckily Philips has supplied a quick-start guide. The machine needs to be 'flushed' before you can have your first coffee. This is a process of filling the removable back reservoir with water to fill the internal boiler. It's a quick and simple process and really no trouble at all.
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