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An insipid brew
17 May 2014
I'm afraid that this machine now sits largely unused on our worktop. If you want a cuppa ready when you wake in the morning, then it will do that for you, which is a plus (though of course the ground coffee will have been exposed to the air all night and the water will not be freshly drawn), and mechanically speaking it does its job well. To be honest, though, the results aren't great if you really care about flavour. This morning I had a cafe au lait made with a freshly ground Santos and Old Brown Java blend, prepared in a cafetiere. It was sublime. I've just now made a cafe au lait with the same beans in the Morphy Richards, and it has been positively insipid in comparison, with most of the flavour going AWOL. What's more, I seem always, in a very subtle way, to be able to taste the machine, so to speak, in the coffee I make with it.
If you want good brewed coffee, use a cafetiere (French Press) instead. If you want something more intense, but don't want to spend a fortune, use a Bialetti Moka Express moka pot. And if you want the best coffee you've ever drunk at home, again without remortgaging the house, then do yourself a favour and buy an Aeropress.
On the other hand, if you aren't much concerned about drawing out the flavour in your coffee, and just want a readily available jolt of caffeine in the morning, then feel free to buy this. It's better than instant.