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Wonderful machine.Coffee beans well ground, water temperature seems to be right, the carafe keeps the coffee hot
26 April 2017
Wonderful machine. Just had it for just over a year and so far, a good experience.
Feed it good coffee beans and it will give you a great brew. Coffee beans well ground, water temperature seems to be right, the carafe keeps the coffee hot for a considerably long time.
We add pre-filtered water into the machine, even though its got its own filter.
We use filtered water for everything and our kettle is a testament that it works. Hardly ever needs to be cleaned and even then any scale is so minor you do it for routine than anything else.
Each cup requires around 150ml of water
The coffee ground amounts to around 1 heaped tablespoon, or 8gr per cup.
Majority of the time we just not much more than what we are doing at that point.
The cups setting is to indicate to the machine how much coffee to grind. Water-wise, it will use all the water in the water container. Normally its straight, just put the right stuff and the right settings and off it goes.
On occasion when had the incorrect coffee/water match,] only realising after turning the machine on, its still possible to correct and save the brew. All because the machine will use all the water its been supplied.
If its too much water for coffee grind setting: Let if finish the grind, turn it all off. Add more coffee pre-ground to the basket, press the no grind button and let the machine to brew. You can also choose to let the machine grind an extra 4 cups and do as above.
If its too much coffee, you can simply add more water as you go.
Pre-heating the carafe with hot water prior to the brewing, allows it to keep the produced coffee at a good temperature for hours. Anything 6 cups and above will remaing good for 3or 4 hours. Great when working from home or a lazy weekend.
It was a great shift from one of those glass carafe's with a thermal heater underneath, which many point fingers for burning coffee not consumed soon.
Preferred this machine over the slightly cheaper model as the grinder mechanism is supposed to be better. And no complaints. The final grind seems even and a good size for filter coffee.
The water seems to be dispensed evenly enough over the coffee grinds.
Small issues, all with
Brewing for 4 cups is not reliable for me, sometimes the resulting drink is over brewed. But anything 6 and over is great.
Ground coffee gasket is not that big and struggles with 12 cups. So never tend to do more than 10.
The basket itself needs to be in a particular 'slot' to allow the top cap to fit correctly for the door to close. caused a few issues initially as the door just wouldn't close and would push itself open even though the arrows were perfectly aligned. However, getting the basket in some slots it sits slightly lower than others which then allows the whole thing to be set correctly.
The carafe's valve system means that inside its a rounded vessel and to get the whole of the liquid out (final 1/2 cup), you need to remove the top and gently turn the carafe completely upside down!
Also the opening is not wide enough to use a handle sponge to clean and so one of those brushes with a handle is preferred for that.
On the upside, its this system that keeps the carafe's temperature up without the need to press any coffee dispense buttons (and forgetting to close it), so I can live with these slight inconveniences.
All in all, for £135, what else could you hope for?
Oh, free fertiliser for the garden?! Check!
The finished grounds still provide a great source of nitrogen for all your composter and later benefit your garden/lawn/flower beds.
I keep a 1kg yogurt tub (which you can quick rinse and reuse for a few months then replace and recycle, which we do every couple of months usage) under the sink to hold the spend grounds for a number of brews.
They are quite fine so rather than adding to ground directly where they can compact and strangle the supply or air and water to the root systems, compost the grounds first.
www . gardenmyths . com /coffee-grounds-in-garden