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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 Dimensions: 22.5 x 25 x 19.5 cm ; 2 Kg
  • Boxed-product Weight: 3.3 Kg
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  • Item model number: VCF042
  • ASIN: B003L77HDM
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 14 Sep 2010
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (204 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 45,126 in Kitchen & Home (See Top 100 in Kitchen & Home)
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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 Questions & Answers

    Customer Reviews

    4.0 out of 5 stars

    Most Helpful Customer Reviews

    118 of 121 people found the following review helpful By David Cross on 12 May 2011
    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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    9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Neds on 10 Sep 2012
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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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    25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Mr. M. Green on 1 Feb 2011
    Well, where to start? I recently received this hot water dispenser as a birthday present and straight from day one, i was not disappointed. The machine produces boiling hot water in just a couple of minutes and saves the effort of dragging yourself downstairs at the crack of dawn. The alarm functions take a while to get used to but I found a quick skim through the manual did the job and I set it into motion.
    If you have read other reviews, people may have said that there is a chemical, slightly plasticky taste to the water but i have noticed nothing of the kind (despite forgetting to run it through first). The flask and drip tray are great additions as is the fact that you can set the hot water boiling manually. The flask is a great addition and the cup sizes are just right, meaning you always get the right amount of water without using excess electricity to boil what you don't need.

    Overall a great invention, well worth the price especially if you bad at getting out of bed in the morning like myself.
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    94 of 100 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. S. M. Catchpole on 4 Dec 2010
    This is a wonderful machine. I agree with all the comment made by the previous reviewer, although you CAN in fact make a drink at any time, just press the dispense button till it turns red.
    HOWEVER - when water is left in the machine overnight, by morning it has taken on a distinctly strange chemical taste which makes the morning cuppa almost undrinkable. We contacted customer services who suggested that it might be residue from the manufacturing process and recommended using a bicarbonate of soda solution in the water for several hours and then rinsing out. I've done this twice, leaving it in all day the second time. It has improved but isn't right yet which is a great pity because in all other respects it is a great machine. But ultimately, the taste of the end product is the important thing and if it means using fresh water in the morning in order to avoid the tast, then it somewhat defeats the object.
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