Product Type: Debenhams coffee machines
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The perfect gift for a coffee lover
Debenhams Silver 8 Cup Cafetiere
Member Name: i_am_joy
Debenhams Silver 8 Cup Cafetiere
Advantages: Easy to use and produces excellent coffee
Disadvantages: Very thin glass
I am not a big coffee drinker, finding the taste far too harsh for me, so I was understandably perturbed when my sister bought me this Debenhams cafetiere for my birthday last year. She is aware of my general dislike of coffee and when questioned admitted she only bought it to ensure I was prepared to make her a decent cup of coffee when she visited rather than handing her a seemingly unimpressive cup of Kenco, which is the coffee I tend to keep in for visitors.
This is an eight cup cafetiere, remember a 'cup' in coffee terms is rather smaller than you would think and in reality this item will hold a little more than three mugs worth. You need to follow the instructions on the packet of whichever coffee you are using as the brewing time will differ, I am using a flavoured coffee at the moment and the brew time is four minutes but in the past I have used coffee which takes half the time.
To work the cafetiere you simply spoon the ground coffee into the glass jug, add water that has been boiled and allowed to cool for a minute or two, allow brewing time and then depress the plunger to push all the floating coffee to the bottom. Allow it to settle for a few moments and pour your hot drink into a cup or mug, adding milk and sugar to your personal requirements.
This particular cafetiere has a very smooth action when you come to press down on the plunger, it gets fairly stiff the closer you get to the base of the jug but this is not unmanageable and cannot be prevented as by this time you are fighting against the coffee grinds. The fine mesh attached to the base of the plunger does an excellent job of keeping the small bits of coffee at the bottom of the jug, occasionally a few tiny bits will appear in a cup of coffee but I understand this can happen with any coffee maker of this type.
The whole cafetiere is suitable for washing in a dishwasher, but I actually enjoy the process of rinsing out the coffee grinds and washing it manually so haven't attempted this. As long as you wash it out within an hour or two of use it really is a very quick and easy job, although if you leave the cafetiere with a residue of coffee in it you may find it stains the glass somewhat and makes cleaning trickier. The silvered casing lost it's shine quicker than I thought it would, I have managed to buff it back up but it continues to show fingerprints up quite badly.
My only real criticism of this cafetiere is the fact that the glass used to make the jug is incredibly thin which means your coffee will not stay hot for long once brewed. I myself very rarely drink the coffee I have made but when my daughter visited recently I brewed her a cafetiere full of a vanilla flavoured coffee I had bought; she drank the first two mugs but by the time she was ready for the third it was only lukewarm, not piping hot as is required for a drinkable cup of coffee. The thin glass also worries me when I come to wash it up as I feel even the clink of a teaspoon coming into contact with it in the washing up bowl could cause some damage.
Overall, however, I am more than impressed with my cafetiere - even as someone who is not a coffee lover. I adore the smell of the brewing coffee as it makes my home seem more lived in, in fact I believe it's a tried and tested method of convincing someone that your house is the ideal place for them to live while it is on the market - the smells of freshly brewed coffee and freshly baked bread subliminally working on the emotions of buyers. Having looked online I can see this cafetiere retails for £16, this is slightly more expensive than Bodum cafetieres but I would not have expected anything less from Debenhams.
Summary: A more useful birthday present than I initially thought.
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