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orphy Richards 47010 - Coffee Machine
We bought this rather bulky all singing, all dancing coffee maker about five years ago. It is still going strong but I am afraid it doesn't get much use now for various reasons.
Firstly it is very large and takes up a goodly amount of space on my kitchen side and there is no way it would fit in any cupboard as it is far too large. It must measure about two foot across and a good 18" tall and very heavy and bulky. I decided to actually go and measure the beast and it is 42cm deep, 27cm high and 32 cm wide. This is not the sort of appliance you would move around with any frequency as it is heavy and cumbersome too.
The machine is basically black shiny plastic and glass with silver top and small milk jug and collars to the coffee jugs. It looks very impressive. It looks like the kind of machine you could use in a small cafe as it is a might beast.
This machine has two different coffee makers. On one side there is an Expresso machine which makes smaller stronger amounts of coffee using ground beans on one side. This one has a sort of pressure gauge so that you can make the coffee stronger or slightly weaker;this gauge has a 3.5 safety bar pressure valve. Under the jug there is a warming plate which keeps the coffee war.The expresso coffee comes out into a smaller glass jug with black plastic lid that flips up if needed.
My beef with this is that the coffee comes out only luke warm and I like my coffee really hot. I take milk in my coffee and that can be heated up on the middle hot plate in the small jug that fits on the plate but the milk take s a lot longer to heat than it does to make the coffee so you have to start heating the milk ages before or heat it in a pan then just keep it warm on this heat pan.
The machine on the right makes a full 8 to 10 cup depending on the cup size, of filter coffee. The built in tank has a 1.4 litre water capacity which makes around 10 cups and this has a water level indicator so you know where to fill it up to. Again the issue we have with this is that the coffee by the time it comes out is just warm, not hot. The hot plate underneath is supposed to keep it warm and it does keep it at the same temperature but if you leave it too long the coffee begins to taste a bit overdone to me.
On the middle there is a steam nozzle that heats and froths the milk if you fancy a cappuccino but to me a cappuccino is more than a filter coffee with froth on top. It really doesn't taste like a real cappuccino to me. It was very disappointing. If you do use the milk frother it is a good idea to wipe the nozzle straight afterwards as dried on cooked milk does stick and then it becomes hard to clean.
Finally my husband insists that the coffee has a taste as well, a sort of plastic flavour which despite having cleaned it, run boiling water through it, sending it through with just water and then coffee and throwing that away. Even after five years we still are not keen on the coffee that comes out. We have tried several types of coffee, different blends, brands and grinds and all taste the same back taste of plastic.
The machine is easy to use and doesn't need any great intelligence to operate. The cold water is put into the well either side of the machine, depending on whether you want to use the expresso or the filter coffee side. You then switch the machine on, whichever side you are using and then wait for the coffee to bubble through which happens as the water boils and is sent through the coffee grounds.
There is a built in re usable filter on the filter coffee side and providing you empty it out and rinse it out as soon as you have used it then the filter is easy to rinse out. If you forget then the coffee dries out and once my step son used it while we were away and we came back to a mouldy mess. It was easy to find a replacement which we made him pay for!
Both the jugs are easy to wash and I only ever hand wash them as I am not too sure how they would cope in the dishwasher as the lids open but do not come off so it would be tricky to balance them with open lids in the dishwasher.
All the jugs pour well with no spillages or drips which is a plus. I find that the hot plates need wiping after I have used the machine and if any coffee or milk spills on the plates I wipe them straight away as it does tend to burn on and mark.
We bought our machine from Tesco direct and paid about £50 for it. It is a Morphy Richards brand which is a reputable brand and it came with a 12 month guarantee which we didn't use as the machine did all that is was supposed to and is still functioning five years later. The only gripe is that the coffee tastes odd to us.
Would I recommend? Probably not as it is huge, the coffee is okay but not great and my husband thinks it tastes of plastic. The coffee is not hot enough in my view and the middle plate is not really quick enough at heating the milk.
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I was given this Morphy Richards 47010 as a present a while back, though I understand that you can get it online from around £60
The machine is black and quite sleek looking so it fits well into most kitchens, even though it is reasonably large.
There are a range of features which the machine performs well. It makes a wide variety of coffees including espresso, latte and cappuccino, depending on your preference.
It is marketed as having a new improved heated milk frother, which whisks milk in about 30 seconds. The fast brew function allows you to brew coffee in 8 minutes.
It also has an anti-drip feature which works very well and there are hot plates which heat your milk and keep your coffee at a constant temperature. Again the hot plates work well and coffee is generally kept warm.
There is a 6 cup capacity and the measurements are as follows:
W27 x D42 x H32cm
It is easy to use and to learn the different functions and there is a setting to adjust the strength of the coffee.
The negative is that it can be difficult to take apart to keep clean.
We have generally been pleased with morphy richards products, they seem to make reliable items at bargain prices, so when it came to choosing an espresso machine they were the first people we looked at. A lot of the other brands are more expensive or have bad reviews on communities like doo yoo and amazon. So we decided that seeing as we were on a budget morphy richards was the way to go.
The first thing to bear in mind is that when you go to starbucks the baristas there have undergone a lot of training, so it is down to trail and error and gaining experience and knowledge that will determine the quality of the coffee you get. Also the coffee you use is going to determine the taste.
We have been impressed so far with the quality of the coffee. Remember to put the milk on to froth (if you are making latte or cappuccino) before the coffee.
I recently bought the Morphy Richards 47010 Mr Cappuccino from Tescos (www.tesco.com) for £49.97.
The brand name Morphy Richards came from the two founders Donal Morphy and Charles Richards who set up the company in 1936, in my personal experience the brand seems well trusted and produces quality goods, this helped a lot with my decision to buy one of their products. It's always good to buy from somewhere you know and trust especially if they have a helpful website or helpline such as Morphy Richards (www.morphyrichards.co.uk) in case you have any problems with any goods you have purchased from the brand in question.
As I have a converted garage as my room I didn't really want to keep going back and for to the house just to get another cappuccino so that was my initial reason for buying it, and I'm very glad I did, I thought it was a fairly reasonable price considering it's quality and the fact that I have seen lots of coffee machines at double the price. It has a 1.4 litre built in water tank and a capacity of 10 cups which is perfect, I don't think anyone drinks more than 10 cups of coffee a day, I would be seriously worried if someone did, and after a day I tend to wash it out and refill it with water just to ensure it's kept clean. It also has a water level indicator just so you know where to fill it up to.
As I haven't had the machine for very long I can't really comment on the durability but it's going good so far and it came with a two year warranty. It's pretty easy to use as long as you take some time to flick through the manual, and if you happen to accidently through the manual out with the box then you can print a new one off at www.morphyrichards.co.uk.
The machine is easy to clean and maintain and the manual gives you all the information you need to help with how to clean the device. It has a drip tray which is perfect for messy pups and a coffee strength control if you're fussy about your coffee like me. It's great how you can get the "Starbucks" taste in you own home especially as it has a milk frother. Frothy milk on top of a perfectly made cup of coffee is the best thing since sliced bread!
The machine uses ground coffee and can make Espressos, Cappuccino and filter coffee, what more could you want?
It has a 3.5 safety bar pressure valve, a warming plate and takes under 8 minutes to brew a brilliant cuppa. Not too big and not too small (depth - 42cm, height - 27cm, width - 32cm) it fits fantastically into any kitchen and looks very modern with its black chrome finish.
I can't think of any disadvantages at all, it's brilliant, it has the looks, the good price tag and the excellent quality, I really don't believe that anyone would want any other coffee maker after experiencing Mr Cappuccino.
Review written by Jo. E
Short name: Morphy Richards 47010