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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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  • Item Weight: 2.1 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 (193 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 79,344 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

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    103 of 105 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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    90 of 95 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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    10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By onrus69 on 2 Jan 2012
    Great little product but like previous users found the alarm going off first frustrating as I was falling asleep again waiting for it to boil, plus the buzzing noise is horrible. Its fiddly but not impossible to disconnect the buzzer so you can have just the tea on the automatic setting so you can use a more ear friendly alarm/clock radio to gently rouse you once the tea is made. To be fair the machine has a noisy hissy-fit making the tea which will probably wake me anyway but I'll see how it goes.
    To access the buzzer lift the top lid where you add water, prize out the white rubber stoppers covering the 2 screws on the raised bit, if they are the security type just get a cheap flat blade screwdriver and file out the middle bit, you'll see what I mean when you see them. THIS WILL INVALIDATE YOUR WARRANTY but I hated the buzzer so much I didn't care. Slide off the top cover. The buzzer is not on the circuit board you can see so don't remove that. You have to remove the upright plastic bit between the board and the water container. The wires are hooked over this bit so make sure they don't get caught. Then remove only the screws necessary to remove the black plastic box that the visible board is connected to. This pulls up exposing a second board containing the blue LED display and all the buttons. The buzzer is top right, the round black thing with a hole in the top. You don't have to remove the board. The black thing prizes off easily leaving a metal plate behind to which it was glued.
    When you put it back together just check the two LED lights under the black box (above the cup space, next to the hot water spouts) are in their holes otherwise the black box and buttons don't click back to place.
    I know this all seems a faff but the buzzer was driving me nuts, and what can I say, I am a stubborn bodger.
    Tea tastes just fine after discarding the first few cups.
    Four stars because I'm not the only one the buzzer irritates.
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    85 of 91 people found the following review helpful By J. Lyne VINE VOICE on 7 Jan 2011
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    The Breville Wake Cup hot water dispenser is a new take on an old idea. The idea of having a hot cup of tea when you wake up in the morning is something that has been around for a long time, and I can remember my parents having a Teasmade back in the 70s.

    The idea behind it is very simple, in the evening you fill the device with enough water for either one or 2 cups,add the teabag or coffee to each cup and then set the alarm. In the morning the alarm will sound and then within two minutes for one cup or four minutes for two cups you have a hot cup of drink ready to help you wake up. There is even a flask included to keep your milk cool and fresh.

    The device does this very well, and the the water seems to be boiling for the tea. The first couple of times we used it there was a slight after taste to the water, but this has got less over the weeks. Any device which holds water over night is bound to add a very slight taste to water - that is why hot drink purists will always empty a kettle of water and fill it fresh from the tap. The after taste is more than made up for by not having to get out of bed to make your beverage!

    A few people here have commented that the device doesn't make the drink until after the alarm has gone off. There are a couple of reasons for this - the first is that the device has a snooze function. Press the button and the alarm will go quiet for five minutes. You can continue this until you have had enough snoozing and are ready to face the day. Obviously if your drink was made before you decided to have those extra five or ten minutes in bed then you would not be able to snooze! The second (and for me most important) point is that I can remember back to my Parents' Teasmade which did make you a drink before sounding the alarm.
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