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So I said to myself before Christmas I was going to hunt down one of these in the sales but I couldn't find it cheaper than on Amazon, £65 and free delivery - I was willing to give it a go. Had this a week now and I have used it every day, I love it.
When you get it out of the box, you literally just pull it out and plug it in. It's advised you rinse it out first but that's common knowledge.
I tend not to fill it up to much, I usually put in enough coffee to last 2 days then rinse out and fill up again. It's extremely easy to use though - You put the coffee in one bit then the water in and then on the side it tells you how many cups of coffee you'll get from the amount of water you've put in, which is brilliant. It'll take up to 10 large cups which is brilliant, not that I need that much, I usually fill up half to last me 2 days but if your maybe having a coffee morning or some guests over then it's extremely useful.
It's obviously cordless which you wouldn't really expect anything less these days and it comes with a heat proof handle, which again, you'd wouldn't expect any less.
Each cup of coffee I've had from it so far has been absolutely spot on, although there is no real guideline to how much you put in. It's basically common sense or learn from your mistakes and eventually you'll figure out how much works best for you. But like I said just use your common sense.
I can't really see me getting bored of this anytime soon and looking for anything different as it's working great for me and I really do highly recommend it. To properly clean it you're meant to take bits out and rinse them off, but I've literally just been giving it a good rinse through so far but I think I'll clean it properly this evening, it looks pretty painless.
My lovely girlfriend searched high and low, bless her, for a coffee percolator for me for christmas just gone and I am very grateful to her for picking out this bad boy for me!
When/if you get one of these, it's very important to first follow the instructions and clean it by boiling water in it and emptying it out, I gave it a wipe down after that too.
It's very easy to use and simple to clean out. Just be careful when filling with coffee not to get any pure coffee into the funnel otherwise it will end up in your cup!
One feature I love about this machine is the inside indications of how much water to fill and how much coffee gets you how many cups. The maximum is 1.5 litres which is plenty for most congregations of people! The water mark is useful not only so you don't waste time in filling and waiting for it to percolate but also saves water and electricity!
How much coffee you use is really upto you and can be trial and error pending on how weak/ strong you like your coffee but i found following the instructions to be a good guide and i havent had a bad cup of coffee from it yet!
For cleaning, all parts easily come out of it and you cant simply boil/percolate the insides with water if you want to be thorough. Although I dont always do it (lazy!) , I recommend emptying and cleaning it after each use.