“ Brand: TU / Type: Manual / Subcategory: Coffee Press / Number of Cups: 8 Cups „
WHAT IS IT?
A replacement glass jug for the TU cafetiere.
It is just the jug with no case and it is for when you break yours so that you can use it again without having to buy another cafetiere. It is to hold 8 cups of coffee and it it very standard sizes so I think it would fit other makes of cafetiere as long as it is not wider.
WHAT I THINK
I bought mine because there was a discount when you bought the cafetiere and I got both a little bit cheaper. I hoped I would not have to use it but I did because my husband banged it and cracked the part that makes a spout where you pour out the coffee.
I thought it was very hard to remove the jug that was in there that I wanted to replace and so I asked my husband to break it careful into large pieces so that I could pull out the broken pieces and put my replacement jug inside. We did this and then I thought it was very easy to put the new jug in, I had to push down quite firm to make sure it was safe and secure but that was not difficult. The jug does not clip but the outside part holds it very tightly as long as you push it all the way down so that there is not a wobble at all.
The jug is made of very thin glass just like the one that was original and I think it will break just as easy! The spout is the same also and the replaced jug pours my coffee very smooth, you do not get a new lid it is just the jug so you have to keep all of your pieces like the lid and handle part.
I bought my replacement jug at the same time as my cafetiere and because of that I paid only £3 for it and the usual price is £6. I think that is value because it stops you from having to throw away your whole cafetiere.
5 Dooyoo Stars.
When I accidentally smashed my only coffee jug in my Tu Plastic 8-cup Cafetiere, leaving just the plastic part in tact only 2 months after buying it, I was relieved to find that Sainsbury's sold replacement cafetiere jugs so I didn't need to buy a whole new one. It cost me £3 (Half the price I paid for the original machine) which I thought was pretty reasonable.
I ordered my replacement jug online and it came securely packaged inside a cardboard box with plenty of wrapping to prevent it from getting damaged along the way. It consisted of a simple and very plain smooth glass jug which measures about 20cm high. The glass feels quite thick and despite the price, it did seem robust (although I've already demonstrated that when dropped on the floor it will smash).
It wasn't particularly easy to get the jug back inside the casing and you don't get any instructions with it either. When I tried to replace the jug inside it took a fair bit of fiddling around to get it back in. However, once properly fitted, it functioned and looked exactly the same as the original jug. The plastic fit exactly around the curved edges of the jug and kept it securely in place while tipping it to pour out the coffee and the thickness of the glass prevented the sides from getting to hot when touched.
Just like the original it held a good amount of liquid but not enough to fill 8 decent sized coffee cups. I usually make my coffee in medium-sized mugs and find that this manages to fill about 4-5 of them. It also has the same problem of being a bit of pain to wash as it cannot be put in the dishwasher.
However, these complaints are more due to the cafetiere itself rather than the replacement jug and I have to say that on its own the jug functioned and performed exactly as I needed it to. Aside from the initial struggle of fitting it back inside the plastic it has performed perfectly and it basically identical to the original. Although I no longer own this cafetiere as I have since upgraded to a better quality model, I would recommend this replacement jug as a virtually identical one to the original.
The first cafetiere I brought was from Sainsbury's about a year ago from the TU range. As I wasn't used to drinking real coffee, I only brought a cheap one so it wouldn't be a complete waste of money if I lost interest. Not long after purchasing though, I managed to break the glass but luckily, I was able to pick up a replacement jug. The jug is available in Sainsbury's, both online and in store and retails at £6.
The glass jug stands around 22cm tall and it very plain looking, it doesn't have any fancy patterns, engravings or the product name. When not being used with the actually casing of a cafetiere, this just looks like a plain jug.
I must admit, that when I first tried to put the jug into the casing for the first time, it was a little difficult to do so and I was a bit concerned that I was going to crack the glass in doing so but after about 10 minutes of trying, it fitted in and felt quite secure, just like the original one. The plunger and the lid were also quite a nice fit too, meaning that no bits managed to escape or spill when pouring or making my coffee.
Once in place, I would say that the jug performs just as well as the original and I couldn't tell any difference in performance; adding water was really easy, the angle of the spout on the jug is just right so when pouring my coffee, it flows at a nice speed without overflowing and spilling.
The jug does have a three downsides; it is advertised as being an 8 cup jug, although I haven't tested, I very much doubt that the jug would hold enough water to make this many 'normal' sized cups. Another is that this is not dishwasher safe which I find a bit of a pain and the last is that the glass is quite thin and just like the original jug, within a few weeks of purchasing, I managed to crack this one too!
Overall, although the jug is a good price and does what it should, the thin glass and the inability to put in dishwasher mean that this gets 3 out of 5 stars from me.
Thanks for reading.
~A replacement glass jug for your cafetiere~
After having had a number of cafetiere style coffee makers over the years which all eventually succumbed to the dustbin... due to me having accidently broken the central glass pouring jug on all of them, I guess that it was with a sense of hope that I purchased one of the range of Sainsburys Tu cafetieres you can buy. After having been initially pleased with the purchase of my 8 cup coffee maker I hoped that the glass jug section would stay intact for a while, so that it would provide good value for money. Sadly my hopes were dashed when I knocked the glass part of the cafetiere when cleaning it after use and had to hunt down a replacement for it.
The replacement glass jug I purchased actually came from the same range of Sainsburys home ware products, meaning it ought to be a good fit when placed tightly in to the original plastic housing of the now broken Tu 8 cup cafetiere I had. I was pleased with the price paid for the replacement glass jug at the time, as when I compared it to other options I could have opted for (from a variety of other more pricey branded ranges) the Sainsburys Tu replacement glass jug was available at just £6. Whilst I feel £6 is still not as cheap as I may have hoped for, it most certainly was heaps cheaper than most other replacement glass jugs I spotted prior to purchase, making it a good buy in my opinion.
The finish and quality of the replacement glass jug was in my opinion just as good as the original part that came with the cafetiere. The glass was smooth and cleanly finished with no sharp edges and it came packed in such as way that meant it arrived home intact and ready for use after a light rinse with warm soapy water. I must admit that I did try to handle the replacement glass jug with great care both when washing and preparing it for use with the original plastic housing, as from experience I have found these types of glass jugs to be something that can easily be knocked and chipped or shattered in an instant during cleaning.
~Using the item~
When wanting to insert the new replacement part in to the original plastic housing that would then make up a fully functional cafetiere, I felt it was best to allow the glass jug to cool after washing and drying, so it would hopefully fit in place without having to be pushed or pulled in to place. I did find that the glass jug was a snug fit when I eventually managed to wrestle it in to the plastic housing and I most certainly felt that it made the cafetiere look as good as new when fitted with the original lid and plunger.
In use I found that the replacement glass jug performed as well as the original part, with it being easy to fill with the required amount of coffee and hot water so as to make up as much or as little coffee as was needed at any given time. I found that adding a little warm water (that could be poured away prior to use), in order to prepare the glass jug for the steaming hot water and coffee that was to follow, ensured that the glass jug stayed intact and did not crack when suddenly filled with very hot water during actual use. I don't feel that a full 8 coffee cups is achievable if using this to fill standard sized kitchen mugs. A total of 4 generous servings is more like what you can expect when using this, which is in line with what you get from many other 8 cup cafetieres.
The replacement part worked as well as the original in all ways and I am fairly sure that it would have lasted far longer in the hands of someone less clumsy than myself if using enough due care and attention when washing and cleaning it after use. Unfortunately after some time, though thankfully after it having almost earned its keep, the glass jug did fall foul to a similar fate as the original one! I accidently knocked the glass when washing it out after use, making it unfit for further usage as it broke at one side by the very top, cracking off a fair sized piece of glass.
I do feel that you need to take great care when washing these types of items as the glass is very thin and can so very easily be broken in an instant if you catch the jug against kitchen taps or against some types of cleaning utensils, etc. In my opinion if you are a little clumsy when washing out such a thin piece of glass time and time again by hand (as you do with these types of items), then it is almost a certainty that in some hands, given a degree of time any similar glass jug may be prone to a similar fate. I have in the past broken other cafetiere jugs by accident, so my feeling is that perhaps a slightly thicker glass jug may stand up better to the daily pressures of being used and constantly washed.
The thickness of the glass on this item is in my opinion very similar to other cafetiere jugs I have used, so it seems no better or worse than others I have used in the past. The price of the item is fair when comparing it to other similar replacement glass jugs you can buy and the item will last for some time as long as you handle it with extreme care when cleaning it after use. I did not replace the glass again and decided to try a filter coffee machine instead as I managed to pick one up at a very good price with it having a separate jug that I hope will last for a little longer than this one did. My rating for this product is 3 stars as I feel had it been a little thicker it may not have broken quite so easily, although the price of the item is fair when compared with other similar items you can buy.
When accidents happen in the kitchen just reach for the Tu 8-cup Replacement Glass. Just the job to restore your cafetière to full health!