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This is one heck of cafetiere! This is a 12 cup mega Cafetiere, you want a proper mug size this is the one for the job, no 3 cup, no 4-cup but 12 cup- of coffee mugs that is not a tea mug however this can do 4-5 mugs of coffee!
I recommend with this to rinse the glass for a few moments with warm water to heat the glass up ready for the hot water.
You will need 5-6 scoop of measured coffee because this holds 1500ml of water! After following the instructions you can see what really works for you.
After applying the water to the ground coffee we put the lid on with the plunger retracted at first and left to infuse for a few minutes with this size cafetiere it is definitely best to retract the plunger three to four times gently to move the ground of coffee around and the water to blend and bring out the full flavour.
I would also recommend that you use strong coffee. I prefer using, in this type of coffee maker, medium coffees but because of the amount of water it holds there is the possibility that it may taste weaker, again it's all about your personal taste.
I found that a strong coffee appeared medium. and when I really wanted a strong coffee than I would add extra scoops of ground coffee.
This is heavy when you first pour and need a little backbone to lift [By eck!] it but it pours very well and is fantastic to serve friends and family all at once instead of offering instant or running back and forth to make more cafetiere.
This kept warm for up to 15 minutes with a cafetiere warmer wrapped around it this stayed warm for 45 minutes which would be good if the coffee had lasted that long!
There have been few occasions I can recall when I have had cause to make coffee for twelve people. If I was required to do so on a daily basis however, I wouldn't have purchased this one. I have always been confused as to what the standard cup measurement is in the cafetiere manufacturer's world. It is certainly not what the average consumer would consider to be an average cup, that is for certain. Having said all that, I was aware of this discrepancy before I purchased this model, so was not left cold by my purchasing experience.
This cafetiere would best suit a household of 3 - 4, and this will provide one or two mugs of coffee per person. The glass jug is reasonably weighty, so when you add enough water to fill the device you will need to lift it with both hands. The durable glass is framed by a chrome surround, which is both stylish and functional. The 'dome' is ribbed for aesthetic purposes, and the 'head' of the plunger fits snugly into place without any room for movement. The mechanism is smooth and the process effortless, which is what you would expect from a product in this higher end price range.
When the cafetiere is placed on a surface it will not cause any marking, as the glass cup is raised, so the device stands on four 'feet.' This prevents condensation accumulating on surfaces when the contents are hot. Similarly, the mesh within the plunger device is very high quality, and the openings so small that very little coffee debris will transfer to your cup when the coffee is poured.
The machine is very easy to clean. The glass cup merely requires swilling, and while the plunger is slightly more troublesome being as you may need to scoop some coffee particles from its surface, if this is done reasonably soon after use it does not present much difficulty.
All in all this is a stylish, high quality product which, while it does not hold the twelve cups of coffee it claims to, is more than adequate for the needs of a modest household. Other options within the range include the three, four and eight cup varieties.