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Bodum CHAMBORD Coffee Maker (French Press System, Spill Over Protection, 1.0 L/34 oz, 8 Cup) - Shiny
Bodum CHAMBORD Coffee Maker (French Press System, Spill Over Protection, 1.0 L/34 oz, 8 Cup) - Shiny
Price: £20.00

3.0 out of 5 stars The plunger is too tight in the glass, and the glass is too tight in the cradle., 28 Jan. 2015
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
I own a 2-cup Bodum chrome press, and for French presses, I have only ever used them. Whilst friends have had problems with the cheaper plastic ones and also their thermal glasses, I have enjoyed years of happy coffee making. As the 2-cup is not really enough for a Sunday I decided to buy the larger 8-cup. When the first product arrived with a small nick out of the class, but Amazon soon replaced it. My new press is great, made to the same very high standards I would expect from a product at this price-point, however, there is a discrepancy in the 'fit' of the plunger. In engineering terms it might only be a fraction of a hair's width off, but off it is. The plunger is too tight in the glass, and the glass is too tight in the cradle meaning the glass cannot be removed to be hand-washed and I have to wash the whole unit. This will mean that the chrome will not only likely scratch but will eventually rust, whereas my 10 year-old 2-cup is still pristine. Disappointing. My advice would be to perhaps stump up the extra cash and buy one from a shop where you could check the plunger fit before purchase.


Guy Laroche Drakkar Noir EDT Spray 200 ml
Guy Laroche Drakkar Noir EDT Spray 200 ml
Offered by OTC Global Trading Inc
Price: £32.69

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great fragrance, unbeatable price, 21 Jan. 2015
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
I first used this back in the late '80s and have recently revisited it again largely due to this price. Like many of the classics from that day: Kouros, Aramis, Obsession, it is a fragrance that is both unmistakable, and unmistakeably masculine, and has stood the test of time. It actually has a very distinctive fragrance rather than being an unclear melange of shower-gel/room-freshener/deodorant, which I find most contemporary mens' EDT tends to be. This is an unusually large bottle (which makes it all the more reasonable) so don't buy it if you are not sure as you will never get through 200ml. But if you know the scent you will not be disappointment and will also find the generous nozzle that delivers a good spray a plus.


Villeroy & Boch 0.10 Litre Premium Bone Porcelain La Classica Nuova Espresso Cup, White
Villeroy & Boch 0.10 Litre Premium Bone Porcelain La Classica Nuova Espresso Cup, White
Price: £14.90

5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful cups at an unbelievable price, 21 Jan. 2015
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
These cups are £15 each in House of Frazer (although the seller has now upped the price, I paid about £3 each for them!!*). Great little espresso cups perfect for people with large hands. Very ergonomically designed, great weight and balance, very elegant to boot. Now I am waiting for the £10 saucers to be reduced ^_^

*N.B. This review was initially written when they were cheap now they are normal price, so why not go to House of Frazer...?


Cafédirect Fairtrade Machu Picchu Organic Roast & Ground Coffee 227g (Pack of 2)
Cafédirect Fairtrade Machu Picchu Organic Roast & Ground Coffee 227g (Pack of 2)
Price: £5.00

4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Go to Tesco!, 21 Jan. 2015
Fantastic coffee, but not at this price, I'm afraid! Head on down to Tesco and you will likely find it (as always) on a 3-for-2 deal or some such price-breaker and then it is an absolute bargain. They also have another roast by the same company. Incidentally, their Guatemala (Tesco Finest) is one of the best coffees I have ever purchased for a French Press, so grab a pack of that too if you like this flavour, and that's FairTrade too!
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Waterman S0293970 Carene Fountain Pen, Fine Nib, Black Sea Lacquer with Palladium Trim - Blue Ink
Waterman S0293970 Carene Fountain Pen, Fine Nib, Black Sea Lacquer with Palladium Trim - Blue Ink
Price: £139.15

8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Inferior product, avoid!, 4 Dec. 2014
I received this a leaving present and initially chose it due only to the style. Having owned it for over a year and used it pretty much every day I can say that it is faultlessly smooth in the flow of ink. It only ever dries as it should - when it is getting low on ink and I use the standard converter with Waterman ink, so would recommend that combination. It feels good in the hand and looks impressive too. If there are gripes, and there are, then I would say that the fact the metal foot doesn't align with the nib (quite an important aspect, with a design like this) is very annoying and can only be rectified by unturning it a quarter of a screw. The other low point is the material. I am super careful with this and yet there are scuffs around the nib where the cap must have touched it when being applied, there are also a few scuffs on the body and yet this lives inside my suit or coat pocket. All in all, I would recommend the product though, especially as a fine celebratory gift; the very least it will do it impress your friends, and it might even improve your writing!

Addendum.
Soon after writing the above, and for no apparent reason cracks started to appear round the nib making the product unusable. Clearly this is not the kind of quality you would expect from a product of this 'quality' and price. Needless to say I will be contacting Waterman!
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Acrylic Paint 175ml of 6 Assorted Colours Water-Based Paint for Children's Painting & Crafts - Pack of 12
Acrylic Paint 175ml of 6 Assorted Colours Water-Based Paint for Children's Painting & Crafts - Pack of 12
Offered by Yellow Moon UK Ltd
Price: £19.00

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Image not to scale, 20 Sept. 2014
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
Whilst I don't think the company was 'intentionally' deceitful about the size of the bottles (they Do state the volume as being 170 - but how many people can visualise that?). Their 'product image' is, however, either photoshopped or originally shot against a white background, and is thus, difficult to determine the actual size of the bottles. I was quite disappointed by the smallness of these bottles, and if you are expecting stout squeezy bottles full of paint, you will no doubt also be disappointed. Whilst I haven't used them yet. so can't confirm how far the paint will go, I am anticipating it not being enough. For the price (they are not cheap) I would suggest then, that you can find cheaper elsewhere. Certainly not recommended if you are working with large groups and they squeeze out more than they need. Shop around.

Addendum
Having used the paints I can say they are excellent. very easy to use straight out the bottle, and although they are runny (be careful) a little goes a long way! I would suggest either the facilitator dishing out the paint or putting them in resealable 'caps' otherwise it will soon be gone.
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RSVP Terry's Tamper
RSVP Terry's Tamper
Offered by US-ZINC
Price: £5.87

5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Sold by the US-Kitchen Company, made in Taiwan!, 11 Sept. 2014
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
Well, if there was ever a product that epitomised the mantra, 'you get what you pay for' then this is it.

I think a lot of people rave about this because it is 'cheap' - but is it cheap? Or have we just become accustomed to paying through the nose for shiny metal - which is essentially what it is. I'd argue the latter.

In the description they say 'made of heavy cast alloy' - which of course could be any recycled material/junk metal (hence it would be cheap). The product is however, NOT heavy, and by the very fact it is made of an alloy is proof of that. It is quite light and this also explains the 'free' postage, because were it heavy that wouldn't be thrown in.

In terms of quality, well, as a piece of cast alloy you might think there is not much room for debate on quality, but this product proves there is. As you can see from my customer photos, the two-part cast has a very thick and unsightly lip that runs along the joint - conveniently this cannot be seen their product photo! There is no sign of finishing nor refining either and this means that with the added ridge sticking out, the tamper won't fit into my espresso basket and thus won't tamp tightly. So I will have to use the smaller end and move it around - risking an uneven tamp. Furthermore, the tamping surface is not flat/level, it is slightly convex but not enough to give the impression that this is a genuine design, rather a shoddy finish.

My advice? Pay a bit more and buy a product with style, class; and one that you will be proud of and enjoy using. if you need a tamper for camping (which is what this one will end being used for) that is cheap and light, then buy one of these.
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Please close this door - Mandatory Sign
Please close this door - Mandatory Sign
Offered by KPCM Display
Price: £1.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Super thick vinyl sticker, 11 Sept. 2014
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
Superb sticker on very thick vinyl. Speedy delivery too.I bought these to stick on the inside and outside of the entrances to my apartment building as people keep leaving the doors open (postman included!). Whilst I am convinced people may simply ignore them (do signs ever work?) at least i am going to try to resolve the problem through passive means.


VonShef Stainless Steel Milk Jug - Free 2 Year Warranty - Suitable for Coffee, Latte & Frothing Milk (600ml) Grade 202 Stainless Steel
VonShef Stainless Steel Milk Jug - Free 2 Year Warranty - Suitable for Coffee, Latte & Frothing Milk (600ml) Grade 202 Stainless Steel
Offered by DOMU UK
Price: £12.99

6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars VonShef sounds German, made in China!, 30 Aug. 2014
VonShef sounds German, made in China!
A fine looking product at first glance reveals that it is just a stainless jug that could be bought in PoundLand. The Germanic sounding name is a conscious attempt to frame the product as being European in origin; to evoke a pseudo German-Swiss engineering legacy and stimulate neurological metaphors of quality, style and excellence. A legacy to which this Chinese manufactured product has no legitimate right to claim, align with nor assign itself to.

Not surprisingly given the above, my jug arrived with dents, scratches and pits at the welding spots. Quite inferior, would not recommend.

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Addendum.
Having complained to the manufacturer I received EXCELLENT customer service, and a full refund in a matter of days. For this, they should be applauded as so many sellers use on-line sales as a way to negate or ignore their statutory responsibilities.
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aerolatte Milk Frother with Stand, Stainless Steel
aerolatte Milk Frother with Stand, Stainless Steel
Offered by Cutting Edge Retail
Price: £15.81

5.0 out of 5 stars Great physics, 26 Aug. 2014
I have to say that if you can't get this to work, you are likely making one of the following to major errors:
i) Heating the milk too much,
ii) Using full-fat milk.
That said, however, it will froth full-fat milk if it's cold.

Furthermore, I would also suggest a couple of points (and no I am not being sarcastic, when I say that) the potential purchaser needs to stop and think a little about the physics of what they are trying to do and what this machine is capable of (and what it's not). What I mean by that is that if you understand what is going on in terms of how the milk (volume) is appearing to be expanded in mass by the act of simply adding air (and nothing more) then I think you will be moving from a good starting point. There are also a couple good videos on YouTube, which you can find if you search, one from the manufacturer and the other from a third party.

A number of other people have also mentioned the stand, and I think that is a big selling point too. Whilst I have issues with the finish on mine (I'll mention this later) I would certainly recommend paying a bit more for the stand version because if not I could see how you will easily bend the wand if you shoved it in with your cutlery.

As for the finish, well it is (surprisingly for these days) actually stainless steel. This version apparently also has a beefed up motor and thicker wand - but I haven't seen another model to compare to verify that.

The only problem I have with mine, and this most likely relates to Amazon, not the manufacturer per se. is that whilst the stand was wrapped in plastic, the frother was not. In fact the fold-out portion of the box where the frother was placed is WAY too small. The end result is that it was very difficult to retrieve (without pulling the actual wand, which for obvious reasons I did not want to do) and as a result the actual body has a number of scratches on the surface. My stand too, although well-protected liiked like a 'Friday afternoon' version as it is not quite symmetrical. I did mail Amazon about this but no response as yet. So, my key reason for mentioning this is (apart from the obvious), if you are planning on buying it as a present, beware! it could be pretty disappointing for whomever gets the gift.


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