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Breville wake cup hot - strange taste!,
This review is from: Breville VCF042 Wake Cup Hot Water Dispenser (Kitchen & Home)
This is a wonderful machine. I agree with all the comment made by the previous reviewer, although you CAN in fact make a drink at any time, just press the dispense button till it turns red.
HOWEVER - when water is left in the machine overnight, by morning it has taken on a distinctly strange chemical taste which makes the morning cuppa almost undrinkable. We contacted customer services who suggested that it might be residue from the manufacturing process and recommended using a bicarbonate of soda solution in the water for several hours and then rinsing out. I've done this twice, leaving it in all day the second time. It has improved but isn't right yet which is a great pity because in all other respects it is a great machine. But ultimately, the taste of the end product is the important thing and if it means using fresh water in the morning in order to avoid the tast, then it somewhat defeats the object.
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Initial post: 20 Jun 2011 10:36:33 BDT
That is your water from your tap- use a water filter and fill up the machine- I wonder also if you did not flush enough water through the machine when you first used it!
In reply to an earlier post on 29 Dec 2011 11:44:51 GMT
Last edited by the author on 29 Dec 2011 11:45:40 GMT
Mrs. Margaret Dear says:
Breville wake cup hot - strange taste : Don't think it's anything to do with the water. Ours has been well flushed, bicarbed (!) and this is lovely soft Scottish water. Still smells and tastes bad! Trying even more bicarb.
Posted on 4 Jan 2012 18:11:35 GMT
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Posted on 4 Jan 2012 18:12:49 GMT
I agree about the taste - I live in a hard water area, and a glass of water left out all night develops a stale taste. The water in the, otherwise lovely Teasmade, also seems to go stale overnight- I would desperately like to know how to overcome this.
In reply to an earlier post on 5 Jan 2012 07:25:58 GMT
Thankyou - I've purchased a water filter, and using the filtered water has solved the problem!
Posted on 20 Feb 2012 09:42:53 GMT
J. HOWARTH says:
I completely agree. We've just purchased one and the morning cuppa is undrinkable because of the strange "chemical" taste of the water. Also, we found it strange that the alarm was not synchronised with the tea-making. The alarm goes off before the tea has even been made which takes away the biggest reason for purchasing this - waking up to a freshly made cuppa. Disappointed and now thinking of replacing with a different product.
In reply to an earlier post on 4 Aug 2013 22:15:27 BDT
Amazon Customer says:
Its caused by a chemical reaction between the Cholorine in the water and the plastic in the machine that produces a TCP like taste. It does reduce in time but one way of solving it is to store water in an open glass container for a few hours at room tempriture. Most of the cholorine evaporates and this will solve the problem.
Another issue with leaving water standing is that in a warm room desolved oxygen will also gas off from the water, this makes the water taste flat or dead. Nothing much can be done about that short of fitting one of those bubble devices that have in aquariums. :)
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