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Brilliant machine - especially when combined with a separate milk frother!
on 7 January 2011
I received the Philips Senseo Quadrante Coffee System as a gift this Christmas. I am a huge latte fan and had spent many hours weighing up the pros and cons of more expensive machines that ground coffee beans and frothed milk. Ultimately, I was put off by the fantastic price of these professional/industrial coffee makers (£200-£400), so I chose this machine for the coffee and a Bodum Milk Frother for the necessary milk. I couldn't be happier! Sure, it probably takes a little while longer (2 minutes to froth and heat the milk) but the results once perfected are sublime! The Senseo Quadrante is compact, well made, and very easy to use. It has a few removable parts which make cleaning easy. The water chamber is huge, so it will easily make 8 drinks from one fill up, but the whole machine is actually very compact. The pods (essentially coffee in a 67mm diameter teabag) are readily available in supermarkets (and indeed are the cheapest pod coffee available in my supermarket, undercutting the Dulce Gusto and Nespresso pods) and can also be purchased online. The price is not prohibitively expensive (£2.60 for 18 pods = 14.4p a coffee), but bear in mind that the machine has a double pod holder for making two drinks, so if you drink a lot of coffee you might be better off investing in a professional machine with bean grinder. Furthermore, no cups are supplied with the machine and it ships with only 4 pods on board = 4 drinks. Also, the machine requires a monthly descale with citric acid and the Senseo brand descaler is VERY expensive. However, citric acid is readily available in powder form for a much cheaper price (I bought 2kgs for £13 and this will be sufficient for over 3 years of descaling!)
In response to some of the criticism levelled at this machine in previous reviews, I have not been able to detect a plastic taste in any of the drinks made (I flushed the machine twice before use) and the coffee is always hot. Add a milk frother for £10 and you have a very professional drink at a reasonable price. This machine is now available for [...] online from Philips (we paid [...] before Christmas - I do not know if January's VAT hike has pushed this price up a bit now!)