“ Brand: TU / Type: Manual / Subcategory: Coffee Press / Number of Cups: 3 Cups „
While working in a bed and breakfast last summer, I discovered the Tu Plastic 3 cup cafetiere. I had never used filter coffee before, but soon learnt how easy it was to make, and how good it tastes!
The cafetiere is very simple to use (unlike the word cafetiere is to type!!). Simply place the desired amount of ground coffee in the base, add boiling water and insert the plunger. Push the plunger down and pour the coffee. It is best to allow the plunger to fall down slowly, and use gentle pressure to push it down.
Do not force the plunger down, or the coffee will flood out and the granules will mix with the filtered coffee, making a mess and undrinkable coffee.
I find that using this cafetiere makes 2 mugs of coffee so 3 the cups in the name means 3 small cups. It is 17cm high and 11cm in diameter.
After use, I immediately remove the plunger, and rinse out the coffee grains. These are best thrown on a compost heap or food waste bin, as there is rather a lot to keep throwing them down the drain. I then soak the cafetiere in hot soapy water, which has so far prevented any stains forming.
The cafetiere is not dishwasher safe, which was a bit of a pain when I worked in the B&B, as everything else was chucked in the dishwasher. I have dropped my cafetiere a few times, and have not caused any cracks, so it is fairy sturdy. It is made of plastic, with the black parts being matt-effect plastic.
Available to purchase from Sainsburys stores or online for only £6.50! Overall I think that this is a great cafetiere, and for this price I have to give it 5 stars, as it is strong, easy to use, makes delicious coffee and is cheap!!
A treat of a proper cup of ground coffee is a must our house on a weekend. But not having a large kitchen we have tried various cafetiere's over the years rather than a coffee machine which we don't have room for. One of our latest tries was a Sainsbury's own brand TU black plastic cafetiere. The version we have is a 3 cup model that cost around £6.50.
Size wise as with all cafetiere's the cups it states never seems to fit my mugs so 3 cups translates in our house to one and a half mugs so great for a bit of a top up without going too much into caffeine overdrive.
The plastic element of the body is nice and robust and the wrap around design I actually find makes the body more substantial so the odd knock doesn't result in breakages. The handle is a nice curvy design which is lovely and tactile to hold so when pouring coffee from it I find it is nice and easy to control the direction the coffee goes into.
The depression of the plunger is easy to do the fit whilst not too tight to cause a problem I however think in some way there must a be a slight gap as often a few coffee grounds slip through and end up in the mug which is a bit disappointing. The square shape in the front of the top by the filter seems to let the grounds through too. Whilst this a few it is certainly not them all but just enough to have a small scattering in the mug
Keeping it clean is nice and easy to and due to its plastic nature so there is no chance of chips but the disappointment is that it can't go in the dishwasher which would be great.
Overall this is a great little cafetiere for the price and nice and robust I just wish it would not let through a few coffee grounds. I am giving it 4 stars deducting one star for the grounds issue.
This cafetiere was bought as a present presumably because I love coffee and drink a lot. I had used an espresso machine before but not a cafetiere.
I didn't know exactly how to use it as I normally make instant coffee, but after trial and error I worked out that you just put the coffee in the cafetiere and pour the water in and then it pours out through the filter.
I use 1 heaped teaspoon of coffee ( fresh) and maybe a bit more depends what I feel like, ( fresh) then put the boiling water in then I just leave the plunger to drop on its own, after a couple of minutes it more or less will fall with a bit of help as the coffee is made ( I am not a coffee expert). I was advised to not push the plunger down as this not only rushes the process but can cause coffee to pass through the filter.
It takes a couple of minutes to make the coffee with this cafetiere and is a pleasant change from instant where the smell has a preserved packaged sense to it.
I have Douwe Egberts Time Together velverty and smooth for making coffee in this cafetiere , as it was on sale I normally have a smooth Kenco or similar if there is nothing on offer.
The only thing I do not like is the messy filter which gets all the coffee bits, and you have to rinse it under the tap. I think this is practical and works fine, as a gift I do not want to criticize the way it looks, but it is good value at under £10. I sometimes just top up the coffee in there instead of rinsing it out to see if I can get an extra cup, and I can get a mug of coffee by using half the amount of coffee.
This cafetiere is just big enough to make one good mug size of coffee, which is what I drink. It has a black plastic covering which is durable if not a classic design. It is okay for a single person like me but probably not enough if you have two people who both drink coffee from mugs. Although it is fairly quick and easy to use and seems quite durable.
I also have an expresso machine in the cupboard which requires lots of cleaning, so I have plenty of choices of how to make coffee, it depends how long I have and who is here.
I've been drinking Kenco instant coffee religiously for the last few years and up until recently have had no cause to grumble or even consider changing what is a fairly trivial ritual in my day. After all, what could be simpler than making a cup of instant coffee? It certainly beats having to stand around whilst waiting for a cup of tea to brew. However, either my tastebuds have acquired an immunity to my regular dose of bitterness and caffeine or Kenco have pulled a crafty one and decided to make weaker instant coffee. I have since being using more and more coffee in each cup and as a result have been driven to buying a new jar more regularly (I don't mean to imply anything Kenco but it's funny how that one has worked out isn't it!). As a result I decided to take the plunge and try freshly ground coffee in the hope that I wouldn't have to heap 3 spoonfuls into my cup just to be able to taste the damn stuff! Pardon my bitterness (pun intended).
I saw this cafetiere on Amazon and though that with change from a tenner I couldn't go far wrong. I then bought a pack of freshly ground cafetiere coffee from Sainsbury's and was ready to begin my new coffee tasting adventure (It says a lot about me that this actually provided me with more excitement than it perhaps should have!). Following the instructions on the packet carefully I removed the filter/plunger from the cafetiere, added a desert spoon of freshly ground coffee to the cafatiere and then filled it up with recently boiled water (hot, not boiling!). Waiting 2-3 minutes I then gave it a good stir and replaced the plunger and...well erm plunged. I had already being enjoying the smell of the coffee whilst it was infusing and was immediately reminded of that coffee shop smell. Pouring the coffee into my favourite mug I then retreated to the comfort of my sofa and so began my transition from instant to not-so-instant coffee.
I can't say I was disappointed. I immediately noticed the enhanced flavour, bitterness and smell. The thought of returning to the brown water that Kenco instant produces makes me shiver with trepidation. The main drawback of this improvement in flavour is the time it takes to make. After all, if one of the words in 'instant coffee' is excactly what it promises to be - it's the word instant. On top form I could make a cup of coffee in around 15 seconds - if the kettle was already boiled. It now takes me the same to even open the packet of freshly ground coffee (which I keep sealed tightly to last). The whole process or preparation, infusion and pouring can extent to around 5 minutes - and then there's the not so small matter of washing the cafetiere out! However, bar my occassional impatience, I don't regret jettisoning instant coffee for a minute (even if I could have made 4 cups of coffee in that minute).
This cafetiere certainly does its job well. The filter is very effective at not allowing the large bits of ground coffee to seap through. You do get the unavoidable smaller bits in your final coffee but these collect at the bottom of your mug and providing you are on your toes for that final sip you will be sure to leave that bit. You could banish these minute bits of coffee for good if you couple the mesh filter with a sheet of filter paper. I have not tried this though and you may find that the plunger takes some depressing if you do choose to do this. Without this the plunger depresses firmly but easily. Firmly enough so you feel confident that only drinakable coffee is making its way into your coffee but easily enough so you don't have to take a running jump onto the plunger just to get it to move. The filter does such an effective job because it has two fine mesh layers which fit the beaker exactly and a surrounding metal coil which retains the shape of the filter so it doesn't leave any gaps around the sides of the beaker. As further insurance against any floating bits making the journey into your mug there is also a plastic grate on the lid of the cafetiere which acts like the filter on your kettle. The gaps between these do seem a little large to prevent anything getting past them but it is possible I've misunderstood the purpose of this. That said, only the smallest particles of ground coffee ever make it into my mug.
The top of the plunger also has a round ball to help you grip it when in use which also makes it easy to remove the plunger after use. The plastic handle is molded pleasantly and is thus easy to grip and pour the coffee out of the cafetiere and the spout of the beaker provides a gentle flow which never threatens to turn the kitchen side into a disaster zone.
So there is no doubting that this cafetiere does a very good job at making your morning coffee providing you have a supply of decent ground coffee to go with it. Much of the added time it takes over instant coffee is in the infusing of the coffee itself and you can busy yourself whichever way you please whilst this is in process. There is very little actual fathing about that is added to the coffee making process and in my view, depressing the plunger and pouring your coffee actually adds some excitement and interest to an otherwise mundane task. The biggest downside for most people will undoubtedly be the washing up of the cafetiere. You will have to rinse away the coffee slurry from the bottom of the beaker and then rinse the filter thoroughly to remove all traces of ground coffee. This can be fiddly and requires you to manipulate the shape of the filter to get all the bits out of the mesh. But don't let this put you off. You will have a very good cup of coffee as a result and don't have to put as much effort in as you might think to get it.
This stylish modern-looking cafetiere is large enough to make three delicious cups of your favourite coffee. Made from matt-effect plastic it'll perfectly complement any kitchen.