Mr. Martin G. Smith

Helpful votes received on reviews: 69% (57 of 83)
Location: Ayrshire, Scotland


Top Reviewer Ranking: 148,693 - Total Helpful Votes: 57 of 83
Impress Coffee Brewer (Stainless Steel with Navy d&hellip by Impress
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Expensive, 1 May 2014
I don't like this. I really wanted to, and I liked their advert when they talked about research, passion, endless prototypes, yadda, yadda. I fell for it.

I opted for this over the ubiquitous Aeropress as, despite everyone loving the Aeropress, and little mention of the Impress, my gut told me, after watching the advert on YouTube, that this was THE one. Turns out - it ain't.

- double wall insulation, so whatever you keep in this will remain very hot for a very long time. This is rather negated by the first 'con'.

- it's crap as a travel mug. It's very wide and so does not fit in the cup holder in my car, which I thought was rather… Read more
Jeeves and the Wedding Bells by Sebastian Faulks
Jeeves and the Wedding Bells by Sebastian Faulks
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
I was skeptical about a Jeeves and Wooster book written by anyone other than PGW. His writing is unique and I thought it would be hard to mimic/reproduce.

Hats off to Seb. Faulks though. Thoroughly enjoyable read, and, the ending aside (which I loved), if I'd read this book without knowing it wasn't by PGW's own hand, I'd never have guessed. Which is as good a compliment as I think Seb. could ask for.

Time for a b and s Jeeves.
As you wish, sir.
De'Longhi EC820.B Pump Espresso Coffee Machine - B&hellip by De'Longhi
2.0 out of 5 stars Great when it works., 2 Jan 2014
I love this machine. It makes really flavoursome coffee, the best I've ever made at home, with great crema too. It heats around 250ml of milk to 75*c in 1 minute 15 seconds, in one go. This for me is crucial. Too many coffee machines I've had in the past take ages to heat the milk, having to pause several times for the pressure to build back up. This Delonghi EC820b heats the milks in one continuous go.

My issue is that within 2 months, making an average of one cup per day, the coffee pressure disappeared, and any coffee I managed to get from the machine tasted awful. This seems to be a common problem with coffee machines. I returned the machine, hassle free, to Amazon (much… Read more

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