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Breville VCF042 Wake Cup Hot Water Dispenser

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  • Boiling water dispenser for two cups making tea and/ or coffee
  • Includes digital alarm clock with drink-making on alarm or alarm only option and gradual wake up light
  • 700 ml capacity
  • Fitted with non-slip base, easy clean drip tray and cord storage
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Product Information

Technical Details
Brand Breville
Model NumberVCF042-01
Item Weight2 Kg
Product Dimensions22.5 x 25 x 19.5 cm
Capacity0.7 litres
Volume Capacity0.7 litres
Power / Wattage3000 watts
MaterialPlastic, Stainless Steel
Additional Information
Best Sellers Rank 169,656 in Kitchen & Home (See top 100)
Shipping Weight3.3 Kg
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Date First Available14 Sept. 2010

Product Description

Product Description

Wake up to a tasty hot drink without leaving the cosy comfort of your bed with the Breville VCF042 Wake Cup Hot Water Dispenser. A hot drink can provide that all important energy boost on busy days or be part of a relaxing lie-in. However you start your day, it's an essential part of the morning ritual. And thanks to the Wake Cup you don't have to traipse to the kitchen or even leave your bed to enjoy a freshly brewed hot drink.

The Wake Cup sits by your bedside and includes a digital alarm clock. This can be programmed to start making a hot drink when the alarm rings and boasts a number of other features designed to help you start the day feeling refreshed.

The Breville Wake Cup's digital display
Set the digital alarm clock for hot drinks in the morning
The Wake Cup's drip tray
Any messy spillages are caught in the easy-to-use removable drip tray
Wake Up To a Hot Drink from Your Bed

Start your day with a freshly brewed hot drink care of the Wake Cup. This compact unit dispenses boiling water into two cups without you having to leave your bed. You can use all varieties of regular and herbal teabags, as well as instant coffees, hot chocolate and other soluble drinks. With the option of making one or two cups, you can make the same beverage or two different ones.

Set the Digital Alarm Clock for an Immediate Hot Drink

The process begins when the included digital alarm clock is programmed. Confirm what time you wish the alarm to sound and the next morning, you'll be awoken by the alarm to find the Wake Cup is moments away from a hot drink. The hot drink and alarm features can also be used separately. If you don't fancy a brew one morning, simply set the alarm without the beverage option. Or if you want a drink without the alarm press the beverage button alone.

The Wake Cup's stainless steel flask
Keep milk cool overnight with the flask

If you like to gradually start your day, there's the snooze option. Once the alarm has rung, pressing the snooze button will schedule it to ring again in a short period of time so you get a second nudge out of bed.

Found on the top of the Wake Cup unit, the digital alarm clock display is illuminated so it can be seen throughout the night. This reacts in accordance with a built-in light sensor which alters the display in relation to the ambient light. This prevents your sleep from being disturbed.

You can also insert a battery into the unit which will prevent oversleeping should you experience a power cut.

Gradual Light to Help Get Out of Bed

Getting out of bed can be tough in the mornings, especially in winter when it can still be dark. That's why the Wake Cup includes a Dawn Simulator. This helpful design feature gradually lights up the room 90 seconds before the alarm rings. This provides a gentle, less intrusive introduction to the day and works with the alarm to bring you to ready alertness. It remains lit for up to 30 minutes or until it is switched off manually.

The Wake Cup's water tank and filler jug
Pour water into the unit with the additional filler jug
Compact Unit with All the Important Kit

The Wake Cup is compact so it doesn't take up too much space by your bedside and is kitted out with a number of helpful additions. Stored at the rear of the unit is the filler jug to be used to fill the Wake Cup with water and there is also a 350 millilitre (ml) stainless steel flask. This provides somewhere to keep your milk cool overnight so there's no need to trek to the fridge to complete your drink or alternatively pour your drink into the flask if leaving the house in a hurry.

The unit itself includes an integrated storage compartment for you to keep teabags and other small equipment out of the way and can also be used to rest used spoons on. The Wake Cup is easy to clean and care for thanks to the drip tray. This keeps things tidy, collecting any spilled liquid in one place and with a cover so there's no fear of knocking this over. This tray can then be removed from the unit and the mess conveniently disposed of.

The Wake Cup is fitted with a non-slip base to hold the unit secure and in place and cord storage to keep your bedside table fuss-free.

Easy to use

Remove the filter jug from the rear of the unit and fill it with the desired amount of fresh, cold water. Pour this into the 700 ml water tank and place your cups--complete with your chosen drink ingredients--on the tray. Press the dispensing button to begin the process, or alternatively press it to cancel it completely.

When the alarm sounds, the boiled water will automatically begin to fill the cups. The dispensing lights will illuminate during the pouring process and these will remain lit a few minutes after dispensing. This acts as a safety feature, confirming that the unit has been in recent use and so is still warm. Once the cups are filled, prepare the drinks to your taste.

Breville is the leading brand of small home kitchen appliances in the UK, with a hugely successful range of products across the spectrum of kitchen appliances including kettles, toasters, irons, blenders, food processors, microwaves and many others. Breville's success is driven by innovation and design, as well as a determination to provide great looking, high quality products that meet the demands of every kitchen in the country.

Box Contains

  • 1 x Breville VCF042 Wake Cup Hot Water Dispenser
  • 1 x Water jug
  • 1 x Vacuum flask
  • 1 x Information booklet

  • Customer Reviews

    Top Customer Reviews

    I was given one of these Breville Wake Cup machines by my daughters as a present after they had carefully read the reviews. Like a number of people I also found a taste problem despite boiling water through the machine a number of times (at least 10). I then tried bicarbonate of soda (as Breville had recommended to other reviewers) a couple of times and still we had a taste problem. This was still there after a further week's use and, if anything, the off taste was getting more noticeable. I have to ask myself why have Breville not identified what is giving the taste problem and done something about it? Not rocket science with the chemical analysis techniques available today at little cost.

    Reading the instructions I saw about de-scaling the machine "every three months or so". Although I had only had it for about two weeks I decided to try Sainsbury's appliance de-scaler. Eureka! After a few flush throughs and a couple of days use we now wake to a perfect cuppa with no off tastes.

    So having solved the taste problem what do I think of it? Well it is nice, after all the years since we had to ditch our elderly Teasmade, to be able to wake up to a cup of tea in the morning. Once you have mastered the instructions for the alarm (it is not difficult but not intuitive) it is easy to use and works well. It also looks good. What would I like to see changed? Only one thing really and that is the brightness of the display at night. It seems everything you buy these days has a light built into it. What with our radio clock/alarm, the telephone with it's LCD display and now the Wake Cup it is not exactly dark in the bedroom at night!

    If it had not been bought as a present would I buy one? Definitely - but it would have helped if I had known about using de-scaler.
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    Bought this as a birthday present and it has been ideal!

    The clock is bright enough to see in the dark but not so bright it keeps you awake. There's a light sensor on the top that adjusts the clock brightness so it's never too bright/too dim.

    The alarm is loud enough to wake you but not an evil noise that wakes you up with a shock. The Amazon description says there are loud and soft alarm tones, I believe this is incorrect, it's not adjustable.

    At first the drinks do come out tasting a bit plasticy but this wears off and it does tell you in the instructions to run it through a couple of times first.

    The thermos flask is a nice touch, you can have a hot drink when you wake and another in the flask to take on your journey to work.

    There is a small pull out tray, it's not very useful though, it could hold a couple of tea bags but that's about it, not even long enough for a spoon so pretty pointless.

    Since you need to supply your own cups/mugs the height from the drip tray to the dispensing nozzles is 12cm so make sure they aren't any taller than that.

    Not sure if the gradual wake up lights have any effect, at maximum brightness they're not very bright so the alarm wakes you rather than the lights. Perhaps they help you to wake up more comfortably or that they will be more effective in the darker winter mornings.

    A feature not mentioned anywhere is that if you hold down the snooze/light button it appears to show the time in seconds, you can't set this time though and it only shows while you're holding down the button so not sure what use it is.

    Size wise it's nice and compact, it fits on our very small bedside table along with a tea tray that's used to ferry the cups etc. back and forth to the kitchen.
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    This is a modern update on the old Teasmaid units that some of us were lucky enough to have in the early 1980s - it's basically the same, but it has an LCD alarm clock and no radio (mine had a radio, I seem to remember...)

    The water tank is only 700ml - enough for two cups of tea; I'd have preferred a slightly larger capacity. It has no way of telling if the cups are overflowing or not, so you need to make sure to use only the amount of water that you need; the cups sit on an overflow tray, so no catastrophes occur should you put too much in, but it's a bit of a shocker to wake up to!

    The other gripe I have is that the water comes out very hot - my Chinese partner insists that tea should have hot but not boiling water poured onto it, so she's not too happy. Everyone seems to have different theories regarding the correct way to make tea, but there's no way to alter the serving temperature.

    It's a very simple machine. I got rid of a slight plasticky taste by boiling and emptying the resrvoir a few times.

    The design is nice - plastic of course, but that's par for the course. There's a little hidden tray for sugar sachets, which is a thoughtful touch. It's a nice light unit which is easy to move around. When you unplug it you have to set the time again, unless you buy some batteries - another slightly annoying point; I do have one clock that has an internal battery that charges off the mains to provide temporary power when it's moved.
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    The Breville Wake Cup does everything its manufacturers claim it will do. It makes me a lovely hot cup of tea first thing every morning without the need to traipse down to the kitchen.

    The Wake Cup is much more modern and stylish in appearance than the rival Teasmade and also more modern in the makers' acceptance of the fact that not everyone uses teapots to make their tea, some people prefer other hot drinks to tea - or would simply like the option to have other drinks on occasion and people like various sizes of cup/mug ....all of which can be catered for by the Wake Cup.

    The supplied flask for milk is of excellent quality and the water filler has its own designated slot.

    My one problem with this item is the clock diplay which illuminated the entire bedroom and made sleeping next to it difficult. I have resolved this problem by creating my own makeshift cover to hide the display at night - the need to do this is the reason for giving four stars to what is otherwise a five star product.
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