I bought this after my Morphy Richards 47008 Mr Cappuccino fizzled out after two and half years of daily usage. Although the 47008 is still available to buy, I was quite irritated with its tendency to drip milk and coffee on the hotplates, which would then get baked on unless I scrubbed it straight away. And who wants to take time washing the hotplates while their delicious cup of freshly brewed coffee is going cold? I was actually quite pleased it finally broke down as it meant I had a good excuse to shop around for something better.
With the 47064 Latitude, Morphy Richards seem to have ironed out some of the problems of the 47008 and added in some funky new functions.
The Latitude has a permanent washable mesh filter and a coffee measuring spoon stored under the lid. There is 12/15 cup glass coffee jug and a steel milk frother jug, each with it's own hotplate. The dispenser above the coffee jug has an anti-drip valve to prevent coffee dripping on to the hotplate. The milk jug has a milk frother inside the jug, which engages with the frothing mechanism above it. This means it cannot drip milk onto the hotplate after frothing.
On the front of the machine there is an illuminated water level indicator which glows a very attractive blue. Other versions of this machine have a manual interface, but this one has a digital interface. This includes a power on/off button, a digital clock, options to select a half carafe or a full carafe of coffee, an automatic timer for presetting the machine, and indicator lights to show whether the hotplates or frother are switched on. The digital interface also has a coffee quality indicator to show the quality of the coffee in relation to the time since brewing was completed. Obviously the longer the coffee is kept warm, the more the quality deteriorates.
~Operating the Appliance~
To use the coffee machine I press the push-button release to open the lid and pour in the required amount of water into the water reservoir. I usually find a 4 ½ cup measure will make two good sized mugs. I then put around three to four scoops of ground coffee into the mesh filter. It's important not to use coffee that's too powdery for this as it can block the filter. Then I select HALF CARAFE and press the ON button to set it going.
When I'm making cappuccino I put milk in the cappuccino jug, and press the button to switch on the hotplate and heat the milk at the same time. By the time the coffee has filtered through, the milk should be around the right temperature. To froth the milk I just turn the frother control lever to engage the frother system. The motor starts automatically and spins the frother inside the jug. This takes about 30-90 seconds to froth, then I turn the lever to disengage the frother system. I can now lift out the jug, take off the top and pour out the frothy milk. Not only does this system keep milk off the hotplate, but the lid is also designed to be turned upside down onto your worktop when taken off and it will catch any dripping milk from the frother.
To use the automatic timer function, I just load the machine up with the coffee and water and preset the timer to when I want the coffee ready. This will then switch on and filter the coffee at the given time, and keep it hot for two hours when it will automatically switch off.
~Cleaning the Appliance~
To clean the appliance I just remove the jugs, the filter and filter holder and wash with warm soapy water. I find it's best to put the milk jug to soak immediately after frothing milk, to prevent milk drying inside which makes the frother harder to get clean. The coffee jug, the milk jug and the frother parts are all dishwasher safe. Descaling is advised every 2-3 months in hard water areas. However I only ever use filtered water in my coffee machine so I find that, as with my kettle, descaling isn't necessary.
As a coffee lover I can only say... Wow! This is a great machine. It looks stylish and much more expensive than it really is. Actually it's so modern looking I now want a new kitchen to go with it (sigh! That won't be happening any time soon). After the drudgery of scrubbing the hotplates on the last machine, this one is a dream to use, with no messy drips.
The frother works fantastically well, even better than the old one. The disadvantage with my old machine is that you have to lift the milk jug up to the frother, but it never quite gets to the bottom. With this one, you just leave the jug in place and it does it all itself, getting right to the bottom of the jug, so you end up with a wonderful froth.
When it comes to making coffe, the mesh filter works pretty well, although you do get some coffee residue in the bottom of the jug. However this can vary depending on what type of coffee I use and how coarsely ground it is. The machine is quiet to use for both the coffee function and the milk frother function, and could easily be used in the same room where you have guests without it being intrusive. The timer is a brilliant idea as it means I can set it up at night and walk downstairs to freshly brewed coffee in a morning.
The one big downside with this machine is the hotplate indicator lights. They are so tiny and unnoticeable I have to look closely to see whether they're on or not. This has resulted in incidents such as me thinking I've switched on the milk hotplate when I haven't and then pouring nicely frothed cold milk into my coffee. Then on other occasions I've had the milk hotplate on and forgotten to switch it off, which meant it was left on for well over an hour as I didn't even notice the light. However this is a minor thing, and apart from that I've got no complaints about this machine at all and would recommend it to anyone who wants a good coffee machine without paying top of the range price.
It comes with a good instruction booklet which includes recipes for Cappuccino, Cafe Latte, Amaretto Coffee, Moccacino and Irish Coffee. Who need Starbucks any more?
The full price for this is £79.99, but it's currently £69.00 on Amazon. It has a two year guarantee.
The Morphy Richards Latitude 47064 Coffee Maker has a stylish Black and Stainless Steel design that would look great in any kitchen / It is extremely easy to use and can provide 12 cups of coffee / The Morphy Richards Latitude 47064 features a programmable 24 hour time so you can wake up to fresh coffee everyday / Additional features include a digital LCD control and an automated milk frother. / Short name: Morphy Richards 47064