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Debenhams Silver 8 Cup Cafetiere
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Debenhams Silver 8 Cup Cafetiere
Date: 07/12/11, updated on 17/05/12 (58 review reads)
Advantages: Small and quick
Disadvantages: Doesn't make 8 cups
When I first think of coffee, the name Debenhams doesn't spring to mind. Nescafe Maxwell house and definitely Starbucks. But Debenhams? Well this isn't actually about the coffee it's about the maker and that's where Debenhams comes in.
I love my coffee. And thing in the morning I NEED my coffee. With out a large mug of Joe I couldn't even be described as human. But, and this is a big but, I won't drink just anything. Yes the caffeine works wonders in waking me up, but taste is also important, in fact it's THE most important thing when it comes to coffee.
I drink a lot of freeze-dried coffee when at School (don't worry I'm in Med school, not high school) this isn't through choice it's just what they have there and it's ok I guess. But when I'm at home I always use my parents coffee machine as the results are so much better. I don't think there is any comparison between freeze dried coffee and freshly ground.
But when I can't use my favourite machine I always use this little handy gadget. The reason I use this so often is this is my coffee machine when in my Dorm Room. This way I get the great taste of real coffee yet it takes up little too no room at all, and can be put away out of sight straight after use.
This Debenhams Silver 8 Cup Cafetiere doesn't actually make 8 cups of coffee, not what I consider a cup anyway. When it says 8 cups it means the little small cups you get in a hotel after your meal. The kind that you could empty three or more of into a mug. This said it makes enough for my large coffee thermos in the morning and that's good enough for me.
This cafetiere works like any other cheap or expensive model. It works by a plunging action which pushes and filters the ground coffee to the bottom of the jug. First of all I put on the kettle, and as it's coming to the boil I choose which coffee I would like strong, mild, French blend whatever. Once the kettle has boiled I leave it to cool ever so slightly, this is what's recommended as poring on boiling water will apparently scorch the coffee and result in an inferior end product. I literally leave it for around five minutes, so it's still hot but not boiling, plus this will minimise the chances of the jug cracking from the shock of boiling water.Then I simple add the amount of scoops of coffee I require depending on the strength desired. Pour on the water, and then pull the plunger up to the top of the inside of the lid. This is done by pulling up the thin silver central pole than is attached to the mesh covered strainer. There is a nice little silver ball-like finial on the top of this bar so is easy to hold as I screw on the lid. Then I leave it for a few minutes (again the time you leave it depends on how strong you want your coffee) all I have to do is slowly push down on the plunger, the slower you push, the longer the coffee has to infuse into the water. Push all the way down to the bottom to trap the grounds between the mesh and the glass. Then simply pour and enjoy.
To ensure you get no little gritty bits of the beans slowly pour it out, don't tip it too far forward as it's not necessary and may result in some residue ending up in your cup.
Cleaning this item is also very easy, it can be washed by hand, by simply submerging in warm soapy water like you would washing anything in the sink. Or the jug and plunger can be placed in the dishwasher (I have however never done this as there is no dishwasher at my collage Dorm apart from me). The jug is made of glass but doesn't feel that strong like that of a Pyrex jug it is just standard glass by the look of it. The rest of the unit is made of a silver metal material, probably stainless steel but again it doest have much weight to it.
My mother gave me this as a lovely gift as she knows how much I enjoy a good cup of coffee and she also knows what I'm like without one (a zombie).
This is a great alternative to a more expensive and large coffee machine, the results of course depend on the quality of the ground beans you use, but the results are just as good as that from a huge machine at a fraction of the cost. My Mum picked this up in Debenhams for £12.99
Thanks for reading :0) 2night.
Summary: Fast, small, and great tasting coffee
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