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Gordon Ramsay Professional 12 Cup Coffee Maker

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      10.03.2011 20:04
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      A very Professional Filter Coffee Maker

      I am a Coffee Lover and, after much searching, I have finally found a Coffee Machine that brews filter coffee well enough, and consistently enough, for me to say that I have found a coffee machine I will stick with as long as it works.

      Firstly The Gordon Ramsay Professional 12 Cup Coffee Maker has many well designed components that have been overlooked in previous coffee machines that I have owned. The Glass Jar for example is made of hardened and reinforced glass, so that it isn't easily broken when it has been heated up; the filter is gold tone metal, rather than cheap plastic or paper, meaning it is long lasting and acts as a better filter; often it comes with a charcoal water filter, which helps if you live in an area with hard or overly treated water - which would ruin the coffee taste (a problem I consistently had with coffee machines before this one); and the water pump, whilst still steam based (ie it pumps water from the resevoir through the filter by heating it) rather than pressurised (like in Expresso machines), doesn't overheat the water, which means the coffee grounds aren't burnt like in other machines.

      It is also packed full of useful features. It can make 1 to 12 cups of coffee, and usefully has a 1-4 cup function that creates more flavoured cups of coffee by not diluting the grounds with as much water as usual; it has a Auto function - meaning you can fill the machine, set the timer for anytime of day, and the machine will brew at the preset time - eg. you have a cup of coffee waiting for you when you awake in the morning; and the hotplate will switch off after 2 hours of been left on - a controversial feature for certain people who want it to stay on all day, but realistically if it is left on the coffee becomes overly burnt and loses all taste.

      The only downsides - it is quite loud when it is brewing, the Auto Timer controls are, though easy to master, somewhat illogical and not at all intuitive, and it is actually quite difficult to find (with only a couple of retailers on Amazon) and it is quite expensive. Also it is top of the range, and top of the price bracket, for filter Coffee Machines - which in itself is a downside as, if you are willing to spend this much money, it may be worth purchasing an all singing all dancing machine which can make Lattes, Expressos, Mochas ect for only slightly more.

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