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Smartcafe Hot Cafetiere Mug, Platinum
Format: Kitchen & HomeChange
Price:£7.50-£12.99
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 21 March 2011
I have just used this for the first time and it was great!

1. Great tasting coffee
2. No spillage when plunged (use common sense! Don't do it quickly or overfill it - see other reviews...)
3. No grit at all
4. Was a good amount of coffee

I can't fault it after this one and only use. Will take it to college to keep me alive after lunch. Might also get a second one for mornings, if it continues to be this good.

I got the red one. Very pleased all in all.

EDIT: Been using this almost daily for some time now and thought I'd largely confirm all of the above. It does taste slightly different to having it in a mug, but if your coffee is good, it won't matter too much. I am starting to get some grit, but I can't tell whether it is coming through the mesh or whether I'm just not cleaning it properly enough!

One of the big plusses of this mug, however, aside from the fact you can use great coffee with it, is how long it keeps it hot for.

So, after much use (approx. 20 months), I recommend to anyone who wants cafetiere coffee without having to actually use a cafetiere at work/college. I grind my beans at home and keep the ground coffee in a jar on my desk.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on 30 September 2012
This is a well though-out and designed product, that's well-made and couldn't be simpler to use.

However, the reality didn't live up to my expectations. The first time I used it the coffee tasted odd, something I put down to inadequate washing and rinsing of the mug before use. Unfortunately, my experience remained unchanged even after cleaning/rinsing the product several times. I even double-checked I was using the same coffee and making it the same way as in my cafetiere but to no avail.

This product adversely affects the taste and flavour of whatever it holds. Maybe different materials would solve the problem but for now I'm consigning mine to the bin.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 2 February 2010
Now this is a great invention. I've used one (or several actually) for years. I get them in my local coffee merchant.

Just like a cafetiere you put the coffee in the bottom, two level scopes of strength 5 in my case. Add boiling water, and this is the very important bit, give it a good stir. That way the coffee works its way to the bottom making it easier to plunge. After 5 mins press down the plunger, add milk and hey presto perfect freshly ground coffee. Magic. You can pre warm if you want but it is not necessary.

The mug itself is bulky but very light weight. It is insulated to keep the coffee hot for longer. The drinking edge is tapered and it works perfectly well.

Bear in mind that the mug won't last forever. I use mine about four times a day and i'll get about 6-9 months from one. The mesh filter starts to clog with frequent use and this adds resistance to the plunge. The rubber ring also wears over time. Eventually plunging takes a good old push and this is the point that you should consider a replacement.

Well worth it. I keep a spare and wouldn't dream of going back to a cafetiere pot. Treat yourself, indulge and enjoy your favourite brew.

: )
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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful
on 5 November 2007
I thought this was a great buy until the rubber seal around the filter started to wear out. Now I get mouthfuls of coffee granules and I have had to stop using it. However they are cheap, and as someone else pointed out it can save a fortune if you drink a lot of coffee at work.

I will probably replace mine but I will have my fingers crossed that the seal is better on the next one.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 11 February 2015
I have tried to get one that did not arrive but glad I have it now, it is a really useful piece of kit. I love fresh coffee and like spending time outdoors were it is not so easy get a cup. I have everything I need to go camping and make coffee on a stove, sometimes though I don't want to make a stove top espresso and boil a kettle to let it down to a mug of fresh coffee, I don't like taking a cafetiere as they get broken, this mug is not so fragile so is great. It makes a good coffee with the right ground coffee, it is easy to do and stays warm for a long time outdoors.

The slight down side is if you rush it or use a fine ground coffee like for espresso you end up with grounds on top of the filter, I recommend a medium to course ground coffee of your preferred beans, then take your time, stir the coffee before you put the filter into the mug then add sweetener of choice and stir again, then put the filter in and press down very gently. I do not understand the hole in the filter handle it can let coffee grounds into the top part as there is no seal below it.

A useful coffee press but slightly flawed design
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 10 March 2011
I've had the Smartcafe Cafetiere for a couple of weeks now, ever since changing jobs and moving to a company that has nothing to drink except terrible tasting instant coffee. Sick of paying nearly £2 for a cup from high street chains I decided to to give the the Smartcafe a go - it costs less than I was spending on coffee a week, so I figured it was worth a punt!

In short, an excellent product. Very simple, consisting of just an insulated plastic mug, with an integrated 'plunger', which slots into the side of the mug, the top of the plunger sitting just above the handle out of the way. The filter is very fine and as long as you are careful not to fill the mug past the MAX mark (about level with the top of the red part of the mug), I don't find any coffee grains at all. If you do put too much in the coffee sneaks past the filter at the top where the mug is slightly wider. But filled to the maximum level its still a generous sized cup of coffee - a medium sized high street size roughly.

Simple to clean and use, it's pretty much perfect, and has already paid for itself three times over.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 29 May 2011
This mug has changed my life. It not only makes the task of making real coffee as easy as making instant, it goes on to keep it hot. You no longer need an expensive machine or a French press that needs to be assembled and then taken apart for cleaning. No, you just put the coffee in, then the hot water and then push the press down. I have three of them at home and two at work. They go in the dishwasher and they last! Don't hesitate; get one now. You will not regret it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 21 May 2014
I tried two of the Zyliss mugs ordered and both allowed coffee grains to pass the filter ending up with a mouth full of BITS. I've been using the Smart Café version for some 12 years now and never had that problem. The rubber seal in the Smart Café one I have is stronger and tighter in the cup.
I understand that a change took place some 18 months ago from Smart Cafe to Zyliss and there could be a change in quality of the seal (either before or after).
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful
on 16 March 2009
I wanted a quick and easy way to make fresh, cafetiere coffee in a cup that I could then drink it from. This fits the bill perfectly and I have yet to experience coffee grains floating in my drink. Follow the instructions though and enjoy.(The cup is rather large so I rarely choose to fill it).
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 31 October 2011
Anyone who says this doesnt work, doesnt fit etc either had a very bd experience or isnt using it properly.

Used it for the first time today and the seal fits perfectly, makes perfect filter coffee without any fuss, what more could you want from it, and i have also found out i work with a colleague who has had one for years and the seal is still tight.

All round great buy and a rare 10/10 from me :)
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