I purchased this cook works coffee maker from Argos a week ago and was really excited but much to my dismay it just wasn't what I wanted. I bought this temporarily before I bought an expensive coffee machine but I regret spending eleven pounds on this. I used it once and Because the filter is now stained with coffee I cannot return it. I have just cleaned it and packed it away.
It looked nice and classy on my kitchen counter, it was easy to use, simply fill the tank up at the back, put a spoon of coffee in at the top and turn it on. It just made a grumbling sound, which I was ok with, as long as it gave me good coffee but the coffee just wasn't warming up like I'd like it too. It was just about warm and the hot plate that is supposed to keep it warm just wasn't much help at all unfortunately. I know I can't expect much from an eleven pounds coffee machine but it wasn't soaking up the coffee like I wanted it too, nor was it hot enough. I wouldn't recommend this to anyone. It makes more sense to save up and get a more expensive, better quality one.
The coffee maker is relatively well made although it is your usual plastics that we are all used to with the majority of kettles. The main thing that pulled us towards its purchase is the fact that it has a permanent coffee filter so no need to buy papers. The unit itself fits well between cupboards and uses about as much room as a kettle so its not really a big obtrusive machine. Its anti drip function enables you to remove the jug before the end of the cycle but be careful because it will still drip a little, probably the steam in the middle of the process.
The cups work out as 10 cup capacity I have found this equals to 4 1/2 standard sized mugs, the keep warm function enables you to just fill and sip which is brilliant if you are on the go alot. Its not the lowest power cunsumption machine and not the worst. It's certainly okay for the average person/ small family.
A standard coffee machine by cookworks that cost less than 10 pounds!! i saw this coffee machine on offer and thought i'd buy it as i'd never had one before and was keen to try it out and for the price what a bargain i got. cookworks are reliable and cheap ive never had any complaints with anything i have bought of theirs. very easy to use instructions, simply by putting the required amount of coffee into the permanent filter (that comes with coffee machine)and filling up the water container which holds up to eight cups of water and switching it on. coffee filters in to glass jug which is quite sturdy this sits on the hotplate that keeps your coffee warm for up to an hour. i personally like the twinings coffee not to strong there is alot of different varities to choose from. filter coffee is alot stronger than instant. nothing like a good strong coffee in the mornings.
I likes my cakes, and I likes me biscuits, but neither me any of my standards if they are not supported by a cup of good coffee. I usually drink Kenco Rapport instant coffee which I find very nice and more than acceptable even with a cake or biscuit, but it is the good filter coffee that's makes either sweet taste so much better.
There are vary grades and types of filter coffee and I guess as with most drinks its all a matter of taste. My current preference is Dow Egberts, which I switched to recently, and in all likelihood will switch from sometime in the future in order to keep my coffee experience new.
Of course the crucial element in making these delicious coffees is a coffee maker. I only have two or three of the filter coffees over the period of a week so there was no need to go splashing out tons of cash which was only going to result n the coffee maker being used so little.
I have had many Cookworks products over the years and the main reason I continue to purchase their brand is reliability. Most of the products I've had for years and they are still working perfectly with no complaints from me.
I purchased this coffee make about a year ago for a modest £14.99 although I have seen it on offer since for cheaper. It has probably now been replaced by a newer model but according to Ebay it is still available.
It's a very basic coffee maker with no fancy frother; it has a hotplate, which actually keeps coffee hotter than some more expensive brands. I am led to believe though that the reason some brands do not keep the coffee piping hot is because it is thought to impair the flavour. Best served just short of boiling. I suppose looking at some of the more modern coffee makers this would be considered quite large, but it does look quite smart being mostly black with the odd piece of clear here and there.
The large water container holds eight decent cups and if you so desire you can make this quantity, however using so much water I feel does significantly reduce the strength of the coffee produced. I rarely go above four cups and find that this produces a rather nice strength of brew. You could of course use more coffee but unless you plan to drink it all that would be very wasteful.
In the past I've had problems with the jug being too fragile, but I have found this one has taken a few knocks and is still without any cracks or chips. The filter section of the brewer is reusable being that it is basically a plastic sieve. It is in this section you place your desired choice of coffee blend, the water is heated and passed through this section quite slowly to provide a nice fresh coffee smell and brew. It does take some patience and time to get the desired strength, but it is definitely worthwhile in the end. I think it is best to use less to start with and gradually build up to the preferred brew. I find that in most blends two scoops is sufficient for a reasonably strong brew.
Operation of the brewer is simplicity itself, in that all you do is put the desired amount of water in the rear receptacle and the desired amount of coffee in the filter section. Turn on via the main on/off switch on the side and in a few minutes your brew will be ready. In the meantime you will get the odd whiff of coffee, which will psyche you up for your cuppa.
The brewed coffee collates in the nice clear glass jug and is kept hot through the thermostatically controlled hot plate. There is no way of adjusting this temperature it is factory set and shall always be so.
If you are not a big coffee drinker and just have the odd one now and then this is an ideal unit. That is not to say it isn't suitable for frequent use, just that at this low price it isn't too much to pay for a good fresh coffee. I think a substantial coffee drinker may want to invest in something which gives you more variation in your choice of coffee i.e latte's and the like. I've got absolutely NO complaints about this unit. It has worked of and on and sometimes tirelessly without any problems. A great little investment in my book.
My friend got me this as a present for my birthday as i had casually told her on many occassions i would love a coffee machine, i believe it was a fairly cheap price which actually amazed me that you could buy a coffee filter machine for less than ten pounds but there you go, you can.
The instructions were very easy to use and i found it very simple to use the machine from the onset, simply adding water and coffee into different compartments.
The coffee in itself is ofcourse much stronger tasting than the instant but i like this especially in the mornings, and you can keep it warm however in the instructions it says only keep it heating for an hour although i know people that keep it warm all day so that would probably be alright to do so.
The downside of this machine as oppose to instant is that it can be hard to judge the amount of coffee to add but after using a few times you can judge according to taste, also the temperature is luke warm and not hot as you would get from a kettle, but if you leave it warming on the hot plate it will get warmer.
Overall a great buy for the price and simple to use and clean but could be hotter.
I've requested that the standard white Cookworks Filter Coffee Maker be added to this site more times than I care to mention. Dooyoo insist that this is the same product as the one I want to review, even though it isn't, so I'll just have to write my review here. The product I'm actually referring to is Argos Catalogue number 423/3244.
The full retail price for this bargain machine is only £14.99, which is a darn good price in my opinion. But you can get it even cheaper in the sale at the moment for £7.79, and more amazing still, I paid only around £4 for one of these in the January sales just past!! At that price I didn't expect a lot, so I was pretty surprised to find myself the owner of a very effective little machine. I'm not even sure how they've managed to make this for that little money.
I'd never had a coffee maker before, so I had a quick read of the little instruction leaflet when I first opened up the box. It was all quite easy to understand, and I was set up and ready to go in a matter of minutes. The main preparation was that I had to boil up some water and throw it away a couple of times, to clean the machine out following the manufacturing process, and that didn't take very long at all.
Once it was ready for use, all I had to do was to fill up the kettle area of the coffee maker with water, put the glass jug on the hot plate section, put coffee powder into the removeable reusable filter section, and hit the on button. The water began to boil and drip through the coffee, down into the jug (sorry, carafe) within seconds - as fast as those instant one-cup kettles can manage. To make a whole pot of coffee, it takes the same amount of time as it does to boil up a full regular kettle.
The hot plate is the bit that really surprised me with this machine. I thought that it would be the most likely part of the machine to be ineffective and poorly made, because of the cheap price. But nope, it works wonderfully! It keeps the coffee pot almost as hot as it is when it's first made for a good hour or so. I love that I can go back to the pot when my half-empty mug of coffee has started to cool and instantly replace it with a fresh, hot mugful.
There are a couple of minor gripes with this machine, like the 10-12 cup guideline really does refer to cups - those tiny little ones like you get in posh hotels. If you want a standard mug count, I'd say this makes more like 5 or 6 mugfuls. That's plenty for most people's private use needs though. The other bit that annoys me a little with this is that the carafe spills liquid everywhere if you don't pour extremely slowly. The spout is really narrow, and short, so it's all too easy to wind up with a little pool of coffee on your kitchen side.
The only other thing I think is worth mentioning with this, is that the reusable filter is a bit fiddly to clean. It's not very environmentally friendly to use disposable ones, but it really is considerably easier! You can get a packet of 40 from Tesco for around £1 which isn't too bad.
For the price I paid I feel like I got a total bargain, but I would have been equally pleased if I'd paid the full £15 for this. The machine is nice and compact sat on the kitchen side, it meets our needs perfectly, it's really effective, quick and easy to use, and most importantly of all, it results in hot, smooth coffee. If you fancy giving real coffee a try at home over your usual instant stuff, you're not going to be much out of pocket giving this machine a try.
== Cookworks Coffee Machine ==
=== Introduction ===
Me and my husband love coffee, and drink it daily. We used to have a café tier, you know the little glass things which you put ground coffee into and press down? But one day my husband smashed it by accident and so since it's been instant coffee all round. Two days ago I saw an advertisement for this Cookworks coffee machine from Argos for just £4.99, it said it would make 10-12 cups of coffee, so we decided we would buy one for when the family came down as it would mean we could make a pot for all of us, as if it would make 10 cups of normal sized coffees, it would make around 5 large cups of coffee which is how big our cups are. We weren't expecting much from a £5 coffee machine, but thought if we got good quality coffee , it would be fine, and then when we did get another café tier, we would be able to use that for me and my husband, and use the coffee machine when we had more people to tend to!
So today we went out and bought the machine after reading good reviews of the coffee machine, we thought it would be well worth the £5!
=== Technical Information ===
*The coffee machine is white, but does also come in black (but this is around £8).
*It holds 1.25 litres of water.
*Has a permanent filter which can be taken out and cleaned, meaning there is no need to buy filter papers!
*Has an anti drip device, meaning no hot coffee dripping all over your worktops!
*Has a hot plate which keeps warm for around an hour after the machine is turned off, meaning you can keep topping up with hot coffee at breakfast time!
*Has a water level gauge on the side of the water holder at the back of the machine, which shows from one to ten, which as far as I know shows the amount of cups, so you can fill it up to as many "cups" as you want to make, meaning you don't make more coffee than you need!
=== Appearance ===
The machine is very small and compact, with a cute little white glass jug, if you have other white appliances in your kitchen, it will fit right in, we actually have silver appliances, so a silver one would be better, but at £4.99 I am not going to complain!
It's a good looking coffee machine, and although it doesn't have all the big extras to it, it's still a fabulous looking machine for the money, I was expecting an old fashioned looking machine something ugly and bulky, something I would want to hide away, but it is actually very good looking.
=== Ease of Use ===
The machine is extremely easy to use. Simply take the lid off the back of the machine, and fill a jug with water to fill (this doesn't come off to fill up which is a bit of a pain!). Then you need to pull open the coffee compartment, this is a little stiff at first, and I was worried I would break it by pulling too hard, but it did eventually open up. Just put the coffee inside (any filter coffee will do to!).
Then make sure the jug is under the machine (with the lid closed), and turn it on. The coffee takes around 5-7 minute to brew a full jug of coffee, as soon as the water has run dry turn the machine off otherwise it will keep on heating up and will break the machine.
You can then remove the jug and pour coffee into cups with milk, sugar etc.
To keep the coffee warm put it back on the machine and the hot plate will keep it warm for an hour or so.
Very simple to use, I didn't even have to read the instructions to use the machine!
=== Cleaning ===
Cleaning the filter is very easy as it comes out without a problem. The only part of the machine which is hard to clean is the water jug at the back of the machine as it doesn't come out of the machine, it can build up scum, so you do need to buy a bottle cleaner and use that with warm water (no soap) and brush it out, and then fill with water again and run a full jug through without any coffee in it. This is a bit of a pain, but won't need doing often!
=== Downsides ===
The machine claims to make 10-12 cups of coffee, but there is no way it will make that much coffee! We have some small cups which we use for espresso's which hold around 200ml of water, we can only fill around 5 or 6 of those with coffee from the jug before it runs out. According to the water capacity, it will make 12 100ml cups of coffee, which is only espresso sized cups of coffee, so basically it will make 12 espressos, 6 normal sized coffee's, and around 3 large coffees (mug sized coffee's). Which is fine for a couple, but not good for what we bought it for, and we are now going to have to buy 6 small cups to use when we have company!
The cleaning aspect is a downside, and filling up the water jug at the back of the machine. But not impossible to do!
Other than that, it is a great little coffee machine for a great little price!
=== Overall ===
This is a fabulous machine which will do us great when we have family around. We are still going to invest in a café tier for use when it is just me and my husband so we're not wasting a huge jug of coffee! But it is great for if you have a few people at the breakfast table wanting coffee, well if you have small cups that is!
I love this machine for its ease of use, but also for the fact that it was incredibly cheap and does the same job as machines that come in at ten times the price. It was purchased as my third coffee maker in one year (I'm a clumsy beast), so I think I am now in a position to offer an objective view on the budget coffee maker market ;-)
After the initial clean out, I've not had a single issue with this machine, it's flawless. Coffee is dumped into the small basket, water goes into the reserve and *surprisingly quickly* you have a passable cup of the black stuff.
I will point out two things for potential purchasers to consider:
1) Remember that the size of a 'proper' cup of coffee is fairly small. If you're using mugs/larger tea cups, plan to make two cups as shown on the machine for each of your normal cups
2) Coffee from a drip machine will not be as strong as that from a good machine operating under pressure. I recommend using half as much coffee as you normally would again!
Short name: Cookworks XQ663