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      20.02.2012 01:33
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      A great coffee machine that does the job

      I've been the proud owner of two REALLY cheap coffee machines in my life. One from Argos for £5 and this one from Asda for about £7. I bought this coffee machine about 2 years ago in store in Asda - I remember it being cheap, under a tenner for sure. Nowadays Asda don't seem to stock this model, instead have a nicer looking £20 machine as their 'cheap' option. Why they still don't sell this I will never know, because its great. I still have this one, its lasted me a couple of years and whilst its been in storage for a while as the cafetiere gets more attention, it still works fine.

      ------COFFEE ADDICT------


      Drinking coffee for me isn't optional - I can't function without it. Literally, like many people these days if I've not has a cup or 7 by 9/10AM my brain simultaneously seizes up and explodes. I wouldn't say I'm a connoisseur of coffee - its very functional for me, thats why a cheap coffee machine that can take daily abuse and do what its designed to do, is ideal. I don't need anything fancy. All I will ask is it can make coffee quite quick - I don't like waiting around.


      -----ADSA SMARTPRICE COFFEE MACHINE------


      This, like other cheap coffee machines I've owned works in a very simple way - two compartments that open via the top of the machine. One is where the cold water is poured in and another has the removable filter, that when the filter is in place the coffee sits in. I measure coffee with a dessert spoon, one per person and use the just to measure water - as its handily got 'cups' marked on the side. Simply put the filter coffee in the filer, water in the back, close the lid and switch on - then comes the impressive bit, just how fast this works.

      Within 10-20 seconds this machine will start slurping and pumping hot coffee into the glass jug, that sits on a hot plate to 'stay warm' - and thats very quick. At the same time as me getting this a housemate bought an 'instant boil' kettle for about £70 - that took about 30 seconds and made hot, not boiling water. It became a bit of a joke my cheap coffee machine actually boiled water and did it faster. It will start trickling in coffee after about 20 seconds, but will take about 2-3 minutes to fill the 12 cup jug, if your making a full jug. As I was only ever making a couple of cups for myself, I had coffee in about 2 minutes - pretty good, especially considering coffee is something I usually need the most when I have limited time to spare.

      All in all, the coffee tastes great - depending on what you use of course. Coffee needs a little time to brew to get the full flavor and this against the cafetiere resulted in no difference.

      The 'stay warm' feature is just that - it keeps the coffee warm. This is rightfully called stay warm rather than 'stay hot' as it doesn't keep it that hot. It will be OK for a few hours, heat wise - but usually by then the coffee has lost its taste anyway.

      -----CLEANING------


      As I mentioned, its easy to use - and its also easy to clean. I'm not a fan of cleaning things, especially coffee machines and cafetieres. Chances are I forgot (read; couldn't be bothered) to clean this after I used and need to clean it in a rush before I run out of the house for work. Its simple, pull out the filer and discard the old coffee much, rinse and replace. Clean out the jug and then your good to go. Every so often I ran water through the machine, nothing else. I have done this with all coffee machines in the past - it cleans the insides out and helps prevent coffee tasting stale. This again, was easy to do - just use as normal without coffee.

      The only downside cleaning wise is that the filter gets stained very quickly - within days and it only comes with one plastic filter. This is impossible to keep totally free of coffee stains but washed thoroughly its not to bad. Other, more expensive coffee machines don't tend to have the kind of plasticy-fabric this has and are much easier to clean. They worst thing you get with this through is just your coffee tasting like coffee.


      ------NO FRILLS------


      This is a no frill machine. It has no steamer, espresso function - it simply turns filter ground coffee into the coffee of the hot wet variety that's is much nicer to consume. If your looking for something to make espresso with a creme this will not do that, nor will it froth milk or anything else spectacular.


      ------OVERALL-------

      Overall, this coffee machine is great for the simple reason it works and does what it should. It doesn't seem that readily available right now, but if you spot one second hand its worth picking up. It retailed for about £7-8 and that was amazing value - hopefully it will return to the Smart P rice range one day (in any case, the Argos value model is very similar to this, but white not black and is available for £5 - both work in almost exactly the same way)

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        19.05.2011 17:36
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        A good all rounder for the price.

        I recently needed to purchase a simple to use and basic coffee machine for our small office at work and my first port of call was Asda where I knew I would be able to find a bargain. Sure enough, this basic model was on sale for £7 and looked to be exactly what we were after.

        This model is a 12 cup coffee maker of the most simple design imaginable. All you have is a large water reservoir at the back, a stand for the jug to sit on and a filter to sit the coffee grains in. The water heats at the back via an element (much like a kettle) and then drips through the ground coffee and into the jug below. So far so good.

        I have a pretty decent (DeLonghi) coffee machine at home and therefore am accustomed to having a pot of coffee ready in a matter of minutes, this machine is a lot slower than that - but then what do you expect for £7? From switching it on to having a full pot of steaming coffee you are probably looking at a good 12-15 minutes or so. For us at work this is not really a problem as whoever gets in first switches it on and then we don't tend to stand around waiting for it anyway.

        Aside from being slow it is very effective and makes decent coffee, it also seems to cope very well with being on for pretty much the entire day. People have commented on the racket it makes whilst perculating and I can confirm that compared to my home model this does do an awful lot of hissing but as it is locked away in the kitchen this does not really matter so much for the office.

        The jug provided with the machine actually cracked fairly soon after we bought the machine when someone knocked it rather hamfistedly into one of the taps, however, someone bought in a very similar size replacement from home and this is working fine. I do not think this is because the jug was of a low quality but purely because of the force with which it was knocked. I am pretty sure any jug would have at least cracked in the same circumstances.

        This is far from an all-singing, all-dancing coffee machine, it does exactly what it says on the tin, no more and no less. If you need a cheap and basic machine then you would struggle to find a better one for this price.

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          16.09.2010 11:05
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          A Cheap Coffee Maker That Actually Makes A Nice Cup Of Coffee!

          I bought this coffee maker from Asda when I decided to stay at home for another couple of years, the plan was I was going to be moving out but then my circumstances changed and my dad ended up coverting my big bedroom into a kind of bedsit so that I could chill out without having the rest of the family in my face. I've got a couple of different cafetierres but when I saw this 12 cup coffee machine in Asda for £7.00 I thought it would be worth a go.

          It's a dead easy machine to use, you just fill it with water and add fresh ground coffee to the cone then switch it on and wait for the coffee to drip through into the jug.

          I think the coffee takes quite a long time to come through with this machine but to be honest when I first bought it I expected that because of how cheap it was. When the coffee is in the jug though it's piping hot and actually I think the jug keeps it a lot warmer than I thought it would. The glass that the jug is made from is quite a lot thinner than on the coffee machine we've got downstairs in the kitchen.... but that cost MEGA BUCKS compared to this one so you've kind of got to expect that. Even though it's thin glass it seems a lot stronger than it looks, actually I know it is because I've banged it on the taps a few times and haven't chipped or cracked the jug so that's a bonus!

          The machine is a bit loud and that does my head in because I wake very early sometimes and would like to be able to make a pot of coffee while I'm messing around in my room in the morning. The problem is that this machine has always made a weird hissing noise, not a nice one like you get out of the machines in Starbucks but a sort of hissing noise that always makes me think the machine is about to break down!

          Apart from that the only other bad thing is how this machine looks. When it was new it was a shiny black colour and even though it still looked cheap at least it didn't look madly crap, now though after a few months the plastic has gone dull and the coffee machine looks years old. That's a shame and a bit weird as well because the plastic looks bad now but the glass jug still looks shiny and new!

          The machine is very easy to clean in hot water because all the bits are made out of such shiny plastic, it's electric so you've obviously got to be careful about washing it where the plug and lead are but apart from that most of it will just pretty much rinse clean. The glass jug can stain a bit if you don't wash it quick but if that happens all you have to do is rub the inside with some washing up liquid and a scourer to get it back looking shiny again.

          I went away for a few days and like a div left some coffee in the jug, when I got back the coffee had gone all mouldy on the top and the coffee had made the jug go all brown and manky looking. That took a bit of cleaning but eventually I got it looking as good as new again with a bit of Fairy liquid and a LOAD of elbow grease!

          Recommended.... a cheap coffee maker that is dead basic and easy to use, but I'd only say to get this one if you haven't got the pennies for a more expensive one!

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            21.07.2010 20:26
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            Cheap but very cheerful

            As I get up for early most days for work I seem to have a set routine which must include coffee first thing in the morning. After many years of using nescafe I stumbled across this ASDA coffee machine at my local store and just had to get it.

            The price was right at an amazing £9 for the machine which I really couldn't turn my nose up at.

            In all honesty with this product its a case of what you pay for is the quality you are likely tho get. Its basically a no frills machine which comes in a no frills box but hey it does the job well.

            Its so simple to use put the coffe beans in and the water then turn on the machine and away to go, so very simple. My advice is to se a good coffee bean to get the desired taste as its not the machine but the beans that create the great taste and aromas.

            The coffee maker hold the heat in and stays warm for a long time after draining the beans, if you fill the jug full then it will take a few minutes before you are ready to make your coffee, this however is standard with most machines. The maker is very easy to clean aswell as it comes apart very easy and the most difficult part is the filter but it really doesn't cause that much of a problem

            What a great purchase and if you are looking for a cheap and cheerful coffee making machine this could be the one for you.

            I have to admit though that you will be far stretched to get 12 cups out of the one jug full, I would say more like 9.

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            19.07.2010 21:38

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            For the price this coffee machine is great. Its functionality is basic, its not an all singing all d

            My partner decided he would like fresh coffee in a morning, but didnt know if he would get enough use out of a coffee machine - so decided that we would buy a cheap one to see if he used it.

            For the price this coffee machine is great. Its functionality is basic, its not an all singing all dancing machine - but you get a decent cup of coffee.

            The machine is easy to set up, the instructions that you get are clear and before you know it the machine is ready. And compared with others machines i have known, it wasnt that bad to clean.

            The finish isnt brilliant, it does look a cheap machine - but what do you expect for the small price tag.

            On a whole we were pleased with the coffee machine, we in the end decided not to bother with buying an expensive machine so have stuck with the cheap one. If we get a years use out of it , well be well chuffed.

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            13.04.2010 13:08

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            until i could not find a decent coffee maker I decided to buy this one so that I dont have to use my coffee mug press. After only two days of usage, every once in the morning, on the third day after smelling coffee burning on the hot plate, I noticed the coffee mug had a crack underneath and coffee was leaking onto the hot plate. Everything else is reasonably fine about the product, except I have my doubts about this plasticy mug. The quality may not be good enough to stand the heat coming from the hot plate and coffee puiring into it for too long.

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            12.01.2010 00:44
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            If you're not bothered about looks and just want decent coffee then this is worth a try

            I decided to pick up a cafetiere at Asda but found that this coffee machine was cheap so it seemed like a no brainer.

            Turns out it was a good purchase at 8 pounds or so and I have put many cups of coffee through this machine.

            It's designed to be very easy to use and with limited functionality so no frothed lattes here! It's also quite plasticy and is very lightweight.

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            But for those who like filter coffee this is worth considering. Black in design the coffee machine doesn't look particularly attractive and is rather bulky compared to other filter machines I've had. There's a very large reservoir at the back which holds 10 cups of coffee or around 5-7 mugs. The machine comes with a coffee filter which means you don't have to use filter papers and is easy to clean. It also features a hotplate which will remain on providing the machine is turned on and keeps your coffee nice and warm.

            Function

            The machine isn't particularly fast at producing coffee and does make lots of noise once it's steamed through most of the water. I find that the coffee is very drinkable but possibly a slightly funny taste - although this is probably me moving to a new location with different water. If I was to be really picky I would say that the coffee comes out slightly too hot straight away but to be honest it's not a real issue.

            Overall

            Very very cheap machine, ideal when you don't care for anything fancy with three handles and a frothing funnel or whatever. Easy to use and a fine coffee machine.

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              18.09.2009 04:37
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              This is great for anyone!

              So my best friend and I moved into our new flat just recently, and both being coffee addicts (at least 6 cups a day, each) and students, we had to find a decent coffee machine that would satisfy our needs and our budget.

              I sent him on his way and he brought this 12 cup coffee maker back from Asda. I wasnt very impressed. It was cheap as hell, so I wasnt expecting the quality to be very high. It looked quite tacky on the box, too. Like something I could make in 10 minutes with a chunk of cardboard and some blu-tac.

              Alas, a rare thing happened. I was wrong!
              This 12 cup coffee maker is in fact a life saver. Forget about the quality of the coffee, that all depends on the beans you buy. But the coffee machine itself is brilliant. It comes with all of the things you need. The jug, the draw for the coffee, the filter etc. It's so easy to use, too. Just put the water in the back, put the coffee in the filter, and flick the On button. Simple!

              If you use a whole jug of water it takes about 5 minutes to filter the coffee, but it has a hotplate so the coffee stays heated as long as the machine is turned on. Admittedly, it doesnt keep the coffee HOT, it cools down a bit throughout the day, but not to the point where it isnt drinkable. The only thing I dont like about this amazing machine is that it says it is a 12 cup. More like a 5 cup, really. Asda's "cups" must be really small if they think you can get 12 out of it.

              But no matter, it's cheap and it's very very cheerful. It's simple to use, makes good coffee, and it hasnt yet broken down on us. Even if it did, we'd definitely buy another one. It also looks a lot cooler than it does on the box. A very helpful and sexy addition to your kitchen!

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                16.06.2009 21:38
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                Is this the cheapest decent coffee maker on the market? I think it might be.

                I have to admit when our 10 year old Morphy Richards coffee maker decided to leak in February we were rather gutted, only because we only had ground coffee in and no instant, and at the time, the weather was still miserable. Well that and it took the kettle out with it!

                I have to admit finding a coffee maker for as little as £7 had me major sceptical, but as we were caught short at the end of a shopping fortnight, we basically didn't think it would last 5 minutes. We just hoped it would last long enough to get enough money for a decent coffee maker.

                OK so for your £7 you get a rather basic black apparatus, with a jug, draw, basket filter and a cone scoop (for measuring coffee). There is no water guide at the side.

                The basket filter drops conveniently into the draw which slots nicely into a shelf slot just above the jug area. The filter is made of the same black plastic as most of the machine and fine plastic mesh, and although it doesn't lend itself to normal paper filters, the plastic filter is beautifully designed and doesn't break when dropped (yes we tried that accidentally a few times). Its also convenient as it seems to drip less on removal for easy swift tap on the bottom to remove the contents into the compost collector bucket. I've also found the filter much much easier to clean than the old conical versions as it fits more conveniently into the washing up bowl & dishwasher (I didn't try the dishwasher though as I always rinse by hand)

                The unit heats its own water and has a "stay warm" pad under the jug, which is rather standard in coffee makers nowadays. The on/off switch is lit when on, which is rather convenient when you turn off the kitchen light and realise you have left the coffee maker on. Its decent brightness for that at least, but as normal sunlit hours take over I have noticed we don't notice it during the day as the LED cant compete with sunlight. I did leave it all ready to go thinking it was on yesterday, and only realised a hour later I had no coffee!

                The Jug is supposed to take 12 cups, which I can confirm is correct. The instructions have you use the jug to measure the water to place into the well at the back (which is accessible by lift top) which I found rather impractical during times of increased coffee consumption mainly as you cant actually place a cooled jug on the heat pad. I can say though, its the same as about 1.4 to 1.5 litres, so using a measuring jug is fine.

                OK the instructions were so nicely laid out and clear, however, after running the first clear water through (this removes any remnant plastics & dust) I did try using the scoop and the instructions with Asda Everyday medium ground coffee. This is the only time I found the instructions lacking. For the amount of coffee they instructed to put into the basket it was really really strong! I found the machine rather quick at making coffee, however, use caution in removing the jug to early. Its rather deceptive due to the black of the plastic on occasions and I have been known for some dripage to happen. There is no cut off mechanism between the filter and the jug, as the coffee "free falls" between the two pieces.

                The jug is nicely shaped with a wide neck making it really easy to clean.

                OK we had 1 set back. Our first one after 2 months developed a flaw in the manufactured plastic at the base of the water tank causing leaking. Asda acted really well on their promise, and promptly replaced the coffee maker and renewed the warranty for 12 months. I also got to keep the old jug & filter basket as spares! (this may not happen for everyone)

                You know for what I expected to be a cheap piece of trash I could replace in a few weeks, its certainly outlasted and exceeded any of my expectations. So has Asda's guarantee promise! I even bought my Dad one for Easter! What's even easier is the fact you can order the coffee maker along with normal Asda grocery shopping on-line, and you get is delivered with your shopping for no extra cost. (depends on your delivery store)

                Although I would say, if your giving this as a gift, make sure you take it out of the box and buy some coffee to go with it, at £7 you could afford 2 bags of decent coffee to go with it and still spend under £10!

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