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Andrew James Programmable Filter Coffee Machine with Integrated Bean Grinder
- The built-in grinder on this Filter Coffee Maker means you can enjoy fresh coffee straight from the bean
- Strength control and 24 hour programmable timer for hot coffee how you like it, when you like it
- The machine has an eco-friendly reusable mesh filter and can also be used with ready ground or filter coffee
- With a 1.5L carafe and water tank, the machine makes up to 12 cups of coffee so is ideal for the home or office
- Clear digital controls
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Incorporating style, convenience and performance, this coffee machine has it all! With an integrated grinder and a 24 hour programmable timer, our Coffee Maker guarantees you the freshest possible coffee, exactly when you need it, and exactly how you like it.
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You can make 2 - 12 cups at a time in the Coffee Maker, and set the strength of your brew to weak, medium or strong. Coffee takes only a few minutes to brew, and you can enjoy it as soon as there's enough in the carafe thanks to the anti-drip spout which shuts off if the jug is removed. The gauge on the side of the machine lets you know when water needs topping up.
Add whole beans to the grinder section at the top of the Coffee Maker and choose the 'grind on' function. Beans will be ground and used right away to make your coffee. You can change how finely or coarsely ground the coffee is using the knob by the grinder compartment.
You can also simply use ready ground beans or filter coffee as you would with a standard coffee machine. Just choose the 'grind off' setting and add the powder into the filter compartment, where hot water will rush through, picking up all the delicious flavour and filtering through into the carafe.
The ultimate in convenience, you can set the Coffee Maker to start brewing coffee at any time using the 24 hour clock. Once brewed, the hotplate will keep coffee warm for up to 30 minutes, so you can go back for a refill.
The reusable mesh filter can simply be removed and cleaned, so you don't need to stock up on paper filters. The coffee machine can be cleaned with a damp cloth to keep it looking smart, and occasionally running through water with some descaler will keep the machine in good condition.
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Top Customer Reviews
There seems to be some confusion regarding the water reservoir - I can confirm that if you completely fill the water chamber (with 12 cups-worth of water) and then tell the machine to make say 4 cups, it does as instructed. It does not automatically use all the available water. I tend to drink from a mug rather than a cup and 2 cups = 1 large-ish mug.
The water and bean chambers can be fully filled and will keep producing coffee for a couple of days before refill needed (subject to consumption volume obviously). The filter mesh needs cleaning prior to each brew however - failure to do so will affect machine speed and coffee quality. Filter clean only takes a few seconds.
There is an adjustment for the bean grinder whereby you can set the resultant particle size; this does make a difference to the taste and it's well worth experimenting with this, particularly if you use beans of various types and flavours.
The program control is a bit of a gimmick imho....as the machine makes a couple of cups in 2 or 3 minutes, I don't really see any compelling reason to program it in advance. Might be more useful if a large quantity of coffee required.
On one occasion, there was a coffee puddle remaining in the carafe and I forgot to turn the unit off. On my return hours later I noticed that the liquid had evaporated; fortunately the glass was easy to clean and the residue was not badly burnt onto the glass. I think it automatically turns itself off after 2 hours.Read more ›
I had actually never heard of Andrew James when I started investigating a replacement coffee maker. If that is the case for you then please don't let that put you off in the slightest. This is a very well made and thought out piece of equipment which I wouldn't hesitate to recommend and that's before taking the bargain price into account.
Many bean to *cup* machines will cost several times this price. There are other bean to *jug* machines available, some of them for not a great deal more than this and made by "better known" names. However upon investigating these rival coffee makers I found various "features" which I didn't like. Some of them required the use of carbon filters in the water system, others would simply take and use all of the water you put into the reservoir each time you brewed. I also liked the fact that this machine makes use of a glass jug on a hot plate simply because that is what I'm used to rather than an insulated jug with no hot plate.Read more ›
Firstly the pro's:
- the price is unbeatable
- it looks nice, it certainly doesn't look cheap.
- there are a full range of controls; grind size, strength, number of cups.
- can be used with ground coffee as well as beans
- if you remove the carafe mid brew the filter basket seals tight so you don't get drips
- you can set the machine to brew automatically
- There is a very cool steam vent in the top. I don't know why I like this so much, but it's great!
- the most significant drawback is that sometimes the water only drips on one side of the coffee grounds in the filter, wasting most of the coffee grounds and making very weak coffee. I haven't worked out what causes this, but it is a major problem
- the plastic of the filter and the carafe lid feels a bit weak.
There are also a number of common sense things to be aware of:
- you will still have to empty and clean the filter after every brew
- you will still have to top up the water every 12 cups (or 6 mugs)
- the grinder sounds like an industrial drill. Don't put this in your bedroom and expect to wake up gently to the smell of coffee brewing...
In summary, this is a great looking, capable machine at an unbelievable price. However, it doesn't reliably make good coffee because of the way it drips onto the coffee grounds.
EDIT: I have not had a repeat of the 'one sided water drip' problem for months now, so it's possible something was not fulling closed or done properly. I would add a few things that I've noticed over time: 1) it is very sensitive to hard water and will slowly make smaller and smaller cups of coffee, until you switch to soft water which clears it up fairly quickly. 2) It is quite generous with the amount of coffee it grinds.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
So I was looking for a filter coffee machine with an integrated grinder - not an easy thing to find because there aren't many around. Read morePublished 14 days ago by Joachim
some people have commented on the noise - and it's probably not possible to have a machine that grinds coffee without noise. Makes a great cup of coffee though.Published 17 days ago by George
Great machine other than the fact the coffee just doesn't come out hot enough. I've had the machine replaced and yet it's still not coming out hot enough. Read morePublished 28 days ago by Bigeck
Like others have said will need regular descale or less water gets from the tank to the pot, we live in a hard water area so same for our kettle so no surprises. Read morePublished 29 days ago by Freestyla
Christmas prezzy for myself. Generally works well, although it only makes 4 cups/2 mugs at a time, despite settings allowing upto 12 cups.Published 1 month ago by McTavish
It works well and create nice cups of coffee. Overall, I think the quality of the product is pretty good. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Maru
This is a brilliant buy. My husband and I are coffee mad and good coffee is a must as well as the machine that brews it.
Love the timer option for the morning. Read more