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5.0 out of 5 stars A great way to start the day., 7 Jan. 2011
This review is from: Breville VCF042 Wake Cup Hot Water Dispenser (Kitchen & Home)
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The Breville Wake Cup hot water dispenser is a new take on an old idea. The idea of having a hot cup of tea when you wake up in the morning is something that has been around for a long time, and I can remember my parents having a Teasmade back in the 70s.

The idea behind it is very simple, in the evening you fill the device with enough water for either one or 2 cups,add the teabag or coffee to each cup and then set the alarm. In the morning the alarm will sound and then within two minutes for one cup or four minutes for two cups you have a hot cup of drink ready to help you wake up. There is even a flask included to keep your milk cool and fresh.

The device does this very well, and the the water seems to be boiling for the tea. The first couple of times we used it there was a slight after taste to the water, but this has got less over the weeks. Any device which holds water over night is bound to add a very slight taste to water - that is why hot drink purists will always empty a kettle of water and fill it fresh from the tap. The after taste is more than made up for by not having to get out of bed to make your beverage!

A few people here have commented that the device doesn't make the drink until after the alarm has gone off. There are a couple of reasons for this - the first is that the device has a snooze function. Press the button and the alarm will go quiet for five minutes. You can continue this until you have had enough snoozing and are ready to face the day. Obviously if your drink was made before you decided to have those extra five or ten minutes in bed then you would not be able to snooze! The second (and for me most important) point is that I can remember back to my Parents' Teasmade which did make you a drink before sounding the alarm. I can fondly recall quite a few mornings when I was awoken by the sound and sight of clouds of steam billowing from my bedside cabinet and leaping out of bed thinking that the central heating pipes had burst! Not the best start to the day!

The Wake Cup has some very nice features. It is reasonably quiet in use. You can over ride the auto function, and just have an alarm sound, or you can manually start the tea making process. A lot of thought has gone in to the design - there is a removable drip tray and a pop out place to put your used tea bags. There are two spouts so you can have two different drinks (unlike the Teasmade which just had the one tea pot). The lights come on gradually in the morning to assist you waking gently. The lights are not the brightest which is a pity although there is enough light to make your drinks. There is a back up battery so even if you have a power cut the alarm will still sound.

The downsides - the display has an auto dimmer but is still amazingly bright. So much so that I had to tape a Quality Street wrapper over it to make it dim enough to sleep (thank goodness it was Christmas!) There is storage for the water jug inside the machine, but no storage for the flask. I would maybe have preferred flask rather than jug storage.

But overall this is a great product despite the slight drawbacks mentioned, and now takes pride of place beside our bed and gives us a little boost every morning.
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Showing 1-4 of 4 posts in this discussion
Initial post: 7 Oct 2012, 15:44:16 BST
Richard Ahl says:
Good review, thank you, does the package have the cups shown, what actually is 'in the box'?

In reply to an earlier post on 8 Oct 2012, 02:33:25 BST
J. Lyne says:
Hi. It has been over 18 months since I unwrapped the Wake Cup but I am pretty certain that it did not come with any cups. It came with a measuring jug to fill it up and a flask to keep your milk cool. We have found that almost any standard mug fits under the spout. Hope this helps.

Posted on 8 Apr 2013, 06:15:51 BST
Great review and quite amusing in parts. I particularly enjoyed sharing the nostalgia of the teasmaid days ! I spend a lot of time in France in a non centrally heated house and that first half asleep wander down to the kitchen for my life giving cup of tea is not a too pleasant experience . Thanks I will give it serious consideration :)

Posted on 21 Aug 2013, 01:06:43 BST
Miss S says:
Can anyone tell me please if i would be able to fit a "one cup" tea pot on this tray , as in the type they sell here on Amazon UK for one cup tea and pot or two cup tea pots , those mini pots if you know what i mean as i thought id get one while purchasing the machine and have two lots of tea in the two cup pot??? - sorry long winded .
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J. Lyne

Location: Forres, Morayshire United Kingdom

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