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Saeco 10002307/F Lavazza coffee machine
Saeco 10002307/F Lavazza coffee machine

5 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good for espressos - bad for cappucinos, 1 Jan. 2009
I bought this for my girlfriend for Christmas and while it looks nice enough, it doesn't quite live up to my expectations. It's certainly not the hassle free -- push in a pod and press a button -- coffee I'd expected.

Every morning when you switch it on you have to go through the hassle of "priming" the machine (running water through the system), only when its finished doing that can you push in a pod and press a button -- at which point low and behold a nice little espresso appears. However if, as is the case with my girlfriend, you require a cappuccino then a great deal more hassle ensues. You duly make an espresso first, then you grab another mug and hold the steam button down for 20-30 seconds(as your espresso is getting cold) before opening the steam valve and allowing any remaning water to run out. Then you grab another cup in which you have your milk, and feed the steam into it inorder to give it some froth. The problem is that the milk never gets that frothy, and never gets that warm, but you carry on and add it to that espresso that has been getting cold and the end result is that after a couple of minutes effort you have a luke warm, half hearted, not quite frothy, cappuccino. Now if you're planning to sit down and join your partner with a cappucino then you've got another couple of minutes to endure while you prepare your own (by which time she's finished hers...)

To conclude; this machine is best left to espressos. If it's cappucinos you're after then you'll find it less hassle heading down to your local coffee shop on the corner.
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Heinemann Advanced History: The Extension of the Franchise: 1832-1931
Heinemann Advanced History: The Extension of the Franchise: 1832-1931
by Mr Bob Whitfield
Edition: Paperback
Price: £19.19

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Help, 10 Jun. 2008
I found this incredibly useful for my studies, particularly the third section on representation and democracy 1832-1931. It's very clearly written and breaks downs the key areas of historical intepretation and analysis which you need to get a grip of inorder to achieve a top grade. As a previous reviewer has noted it may well be a little thinner on the detail than some A level texts, but there is more than enough to fill any exam essay several times over. My only quibble is that at the end of each of it's three main sections there are questions in the style of either AQA or Edexcel exam boards. However the Edexcel versions aren't correct, either they are source based questions when they shouldn't be or vice versa. But no matter, the content here is what counts. And it's very good.

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