“ Brand: TU / Subcategory: Coffee Press / Type: Manual „
Lets face it, instant coffee might not be as nice as fresh but its far more convenient, its so easy to just plonk a teaspoon of coffee granuals in my favourite mug top it up with hot water from the kettle and carry it around with me as I attempt to get the children ready for school and out the house by 8:30. So, for the majority of the time instant coffee suits me well. The weekends though, thats a different story, I like to sit in bed with a cafetiere of fresh coffee reading Dooyoo reviews, it simply doesn't get any better than that.
I must admit, I have gone through countless cafetiere in my time, being a bit clumsy I inevitable drop them causing them to smash or split. I bought this TU cafetiere in my local Sainsburies, figuring at just £12 it wouldn't be the end of the world if it broke, a year on its still going strong.
TU's cafetiere is nothing spectacular to look at, its basic so may not be suitable for those who want a cafetiere to use when entertaining important guests. Its just me and my boyfreind who use this, so its no problem for us. The cafetiere is plastic, but still feels of a decent quality, it has a matt black surround. There is one handle at the side which is easy enought to grip and I have never had a problem with it slipping out of my hands, it is also quite large in size so my hand does not touch the hot plastic and get burned. The top of the cafetiere is easily removed, there is a small circular handle on top which works the plunger and filter. I have never experienced any problems using the plunger and it has never gotten stuck. Of course, there is also a spout to pour the coffee from, it is of a good size and allows for easy accurate pouring without any unwanted spills.
There are actually two versions of this cafetiere available, 4 cup and 8 cup, we have the latter. We tend to use large mugs rather than cups, I find we get 3-4 mug fills from a full cafetiere.
Coffee made in the cafetiere always tastes pretty good, but perhaps this is more to do with the brand of coffee than the product itself. The cafetiere works well at filtering out the coffee and I find the coffee is smooth with no unwanted floaty bits. The coffee stays hot enough inside for a good 15 minutes before turning too cold for my liking, but I guess this is a personal preference.
I am not sure if this can be put in the dishwasher or not, we haven't got a dishwasher so I have to wash it by hand anyways, this is simple enough to do. After use I tend to wash the cafetiere out with cold water from the tap, then wash it with washing up liquid alongside all my other dirty dishes. I tend to leave it on the dish drainer to dry before putting it away. It always comes up clean and after a years use it is still looking pretty good with no noticible scratches or marks.
I have been really happy with this TU cafetiere and don't really think there is anything I could complain about, it is rather basic in both looks and use but this suits us just fine, at just £12 I think its a great, so its the full 5 Dooyoo stars from me.
I bought this on a trip out after my dad told me that I should get one. I drink a lot of coffee and I like the taste of the real stuff as opposed to instant coffee.
This cafetiere was fairly cheap, I think it cost around £10 when I bought it a while ago. It is also very simple to use. All you have to do is pour in how much coffee you want and then fill it with water. You have to wait a few minutes for some of the coffee to dissolve and for it to develop its taste. Then all you have to do is press the plunger down, but it needs to be done slowly so that you collect all the coffee granules in the mesh underneath the plunger. Then just pour into a mug and add milk if required.
It is quite fiddly to clean because it is quite hard getting into all the little spaces that the coffee granules can do. The cafetiere is quite small so it doesn't take up a big amount of space and it can just be left in a cupboard if you want it out of the way. It also looks quite stylish with the black plastic, which doesn't look cheap.
I would definitely recommend it for someone that loves coffee.
I absolutely love the taste and the smell of proper ground coffee, but don't really have any space in my cluttered kitchen for a coffee machine. To satisfy my desire for the "real thing" I have tried different brands of instant coffee with varying results, but nothing can beat the taste of the proper stuff. The husband of a friend of mine actually loves coffee so much that she told me that they own 3 coffee machines and a cafetiere! It was when she told me this, that the penny dropped. Why hadn't I considered a cafetiere before? They are cheap, easy to use and don't take up much worktop space. The hunt for a cafetiere had begun!
Then I got lucky on a routine trip to Saisburys. On the first aisle, there was a whole row of reduced items, including this rather nice looking TU cafetiere, reduced from £12 to £6. There wre only two left on the shelf, so I grabbed on quick and put it in the trolley. Then it was round to an aisle I had never been down before, the ground coffee section. I spent a few minutes perusing my options, before deciding on a pack of Sainsburys own Continental blend, a bargain at £2.99.
I couldn't wait to get home and try out my new cafetiere! Although it is a Sainsbury's own brand product, there is little to distinguish it from a premium branded item, as it looks rather stylish and contemporary. The black plastic finish does not look at all cheap, but gives the impression of a very high quality product that actually looks more expensive than it is. The cafetiere makes 3 cups of coffee on average.
Using the cafetiere is really simple. I had never used one before, but basically, if you know how to use a teapot, you will be fine with this! No plugs, fiddly buttons ot technical wotsits to deal with, which makes it the ideal product for me! The cafetiere consists of a main glass jug with a plastic handle and a lid, which has a plunger filter attatched to it to prevent the coffee grains from entering the cup of coffee. To use the cafetiere, you simply spoon in the desired amount of coarse ground coffee, in my case about 3 heaped dessert spoons, gently stir with a spoon, preferably a non metal spoon to prevent the glass from getting scratched or chipped, and replace the plastic lid. You then leave the coffee to brew for a few minutes, before gently pressing down the plunger, which traps all of the coffee grounds at the bottom of the jar. You then simply pour the fresh coffee (I bet you can smell it already!) into your cup and add milk and sugar as desired. The jug also has a larger mesh filter my the spout as an extra prevention measure to stop grounds entering the coffee.
The only slight disadvantage of this product is that it tends to get cold quite quickly, although that is not much of a problem for me, as I drink my coffee pretty quickly! I can find though, that when I come to pour a second cup, the coffee in the cafetiere is lukewarm.
Cleaning the cafetiere is also really easy. The coffee grounds can be binned, or used on the garden as a slug repellent or fertiliser for acid loving plants like azaleas or rhododendrons. Then the jug just needs a gentle swill out in the washing up, and the filter can be washed to remove any remaining coffee grounds. I usually leave the cafetiere to drain dry naturally and then just pop it next to the kettle for my next coffee fix!
I am really glad I bought this product. I think it is really good value, especially when i compare it to the Kenco Millicano that I bought the other week (see other review), which costs nearly a fiver for a tub and tastes nothing like ground coffee. My friend told me that you can get really nice ground coffee in home bargains for 99p, so this actually, over time, works out cheaper than buying instant coffee, and tastes and smells a whole lot better. After all, who doesn't love entering the kitchen to the lovely aroma of ground coffee in the morning?