Product Type: Morphy Richards coffee machines
Newest Review: ... the coffee and the other taking a metal jug (with non stick interior) for the milk. There is a coffee holder and filter that fits beneath... more
Coffee The Way You Like It
Morphy Richards 47008
Member Name: Biskey
Morphy Richards 47008
Advantages: Well-built. Good looking. Makes good coffee. Versatile. Quick.
~ A Chance Encounter ~
I saw this coffee maker in a box that one of my daughters had brought back from a car boot sale.
I said, "Have you just bought that?"
"No," she replied. "I tried to sell it, but there were no takers."
"I quite fancy a coffee maker like that," I thought, so I bought it from her for a tenner.
In any other situation this would have been the bargain of the millennium so far.
However, it was only after I'd handed over the dosh that she reminded me that I'D bought it for HER as a Christmas present the year before. Totally forgot.
Nevertheless, as I hope to explain, this was still a very, very good bargain and the reason I'm flagging it up is that there are opportunities around to pick up a bargain for yourself.
~ Availability ~
Although Morphy Richards are no longer making the Mister Cappuccino in this form, you can still pick them up - some still new, some re-furbished and others second hand. You could, of course, buy the new, combi version, but then you'd probably have to pay top whack for it. I've seen them second hand for as little as £12.99 and re-furbished for as much as £72.00
~ What You Get ~
The basic unit comes with a 1.37 litre filler tank and spout on one side and a frother on the other.
On both sides there is a hot plate, the left hand side taking a clear jug to catch the coffee and the other taking a metal jug (with non stick interior) for the milk. There is a coffee holder and filter that fits beneath the water tank and a removable attachment for the frother so that you can clean it.
There is also a plastic measuring spoon, and of course a manual. The lead is understandably modest in length and comes with a fitted plug.
~ How to Use It ~
The clear jug has cup measurements marked on it, so use this to pour the desired amount of water into the filler tank. Replace the screw top firmly.
Remove the coffee holder by turning its handle about a quarter turn to the left. The coffee holder has two parts: the very solid one-piece handle and outer holder and the thinner, but nonetheless sturdy inner filter into which you place the ground coffee of your choice. The inside of the inner filter is also graduated so that you can judge how much coffee you need. Once you've re-fitted the coffee holder, you can adjust the strength of the coffee by using a slider on the front of the unit that controls the rate at which the water will pass through the coffee grounds.
Switch on the unit at the socket and also on the unit itself, where there is an illuminated button at the bottom that will change from red to green when all the water has passed through. Make sure that you have put either your cup or the coffee jug underneath the spout, on the hot plate. I forgot once and that was the only time the machine made a mess (understandably). The hot plate has a removable drip tray that will easily cope with normal drips and drops.
While your coffee is brewing you could froth some milk, should you desire. Warm milk froths best, so you could either put some milk in the metal jug at the beginning of the process and switch on the right hand hotplate, which has an illuminated button similar to the one on the other side, or you could heat some milk separately and then pour it into the jug. Don't make the mistake of using the metal milk jug in the microwave.
Hold the jug under the frother with the frother blade just under the surface of the milk and press the frother once for on and then again to turn it off. A few seconds should do it.
By this time your coffee should be ready.
~ So What's So Good About This One? ~
It looks good and it's quite compact, considering that it includes two separate operations.
The build is solid. There's a genuine feeling of quality about it.
It's easy to judge how much water and coffee to use, although as with anything like this you will learn with experience to make coffee that suits you.
The coffee tastes good. This is the most important part of all, surely? The water tank has a filter that minimizes the chlorine content, so maybe that helps.
The strength control slider mechanism means that you can adjust the strength to suit your mood or your coffee.
If you forget you've put it on, the hotplate will keep the coffee warm.
It will make up to ten cups in one go, but remember that these are quite small cups. If I'm making a mug for myself, I use two cups' worth of water and coffee.
You can use it to make a range of styles of coffee. espresso, Americano, cappuccino, latte etc. You can make good coffee the way YOU like it.
~ Care and Maintenance ~
You will need to site it fairly close to a socket and clear of combustible items on a firm level surface, but actually it does seem to put the heat where you want it - into the coffee. There's little escape of steam.
The usual damp cloth will keep the outside of the unit looking good.
If you use the frother, remove the plastic guard soon afterwards and wash it under the tap before the milk has a chance to dry. The blade itself can be wiped with a cloth or kitchen towel.
The drip tray can be removed to wash every now and then.
If you are using the machine again while there might still be hot steam inside, it's a good idea to loosen the water tank cap, before you unfasten the coffee holder.
So there you go. 5/5.
Phew! Think I'll go and have a nice cup of coffee.
Summary: A solid, versatile machine that makes good coffee.
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