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One thing that I really miss about living at home is the smell of fresh coffee in the morning as my girlfriend doesn't drink it.
The Morphy Richards coffee maker is quite simply, the simplest little machine you could use to make coffee. A few simple steps, touch the screen, put the jug under and you have quality tasting coffee in no time at all.
The look of it is pretty good, we had the red version which looks swish next to the black of the coffee and the silver lining of the machine.It fits nicely with other Morphy Richards appliances we had such as toaster and kettle. Its easy to clean, just take out the jug and give it a quick wash.
The quality is the most important aspect when considering any coffee maker. This one is alright. It does the job like its supposed to and gives an average like quality when its produces the coffee. Yes you can get better tasting coffee from other machines however these are more expensive. At £50, it's basic but its simple and does the job. My friend had a coffee machine which was awesome but he spent £200! Therefore I would recommend the Morphy Richards machine purely for the price and simplicity of it.
I bought this coffee maker as a present to my husband who likes to have his coffee waiting for him when he gets up in the morning, so the programmable timer on this filter coffee maker is the key feature that attracted me to it. I purchased mine directly from Morphy Richards' website and the customer service was excellent with free and fast delivery, even at christmas. I was also impressed with the choice of colours available for this model; red, black, copper, blue and green.
It's not the smallest coffee machine out there, but for one with a digital programmable timer and large coffee jug (makes approximately 12 cups) it's attractive and compact. It's an important point that although it's not a small machine, the slim and tall shape means that it doesn't take up a lot of room and it doesn't look out of place next to your kettle in your kitchen. Underneath there is also a way to store the power cord so you can have it close to a socket without wires showing if you wish. It has a removable filter making cleaning this machine very easy, without the need for filter papers. On the right hand side there is a water level indicator and the jug is kept warm by the thermostatic hotplate on which it sits.
I'm easily confused by coffee machines but this has been the easiest and machine we've ever owned. You flip the lid open, fill with water using the level indicator, spoon your coffee into the filter, close the lid and press go! The coffee is made quickly, kept warm and doesn't drip.
The only drawback to this machine that I can see is that it isn't very quiet; something to consider if it's going to be programmed to come on at 5am! It hasn't bothered us, but it may bother some people.
After having a bargain with the Morphy Richards "43772" Pyramid Kettle in metallic red, (as previously reviewed), my partner and I seriously wanted some more stylish kitchen appliances in the same range.
We have a filter coffee maker in the office at work and you really can't beat the smell and taste of freshly brewed coffee so we said we would treat ourselves. But just a quick note before I review the product... if you are not aware it is well worthwhile using a website called camelcamelcamel. It basically tracks anything on Amazon so you can see what a products cheapest and highest price is over the last 6 months. Using this site I managed to bag the 47094 coffee maker at a remarkable £27.99 delivered!
Upon receiving the item we opened the box. My initial impression was how large it was. It stands at about 36cm high, about 23cm wide and is 20cm deep, so if you are not too flush with space it might not be for everyone. However the actual build quality and overall look is very impressive, with a combination of stainless steel (red and silver detail as you can see from the picture) and a glossy black plastic lid and a matt black finish on the base of the unit. The jug feels robust enough and again finished with a sturdy black plastic handle. I didn't find it excessively heavy I'd reckon under 5 kilos for unit and jug.
I looked over the instructions to familiarise myself with basic operation and all is very straight forward, some may even be able to operate without reading it seems that user friendly.
I took the unit out and washed the appropriate items first (Jug, filter and filter holder) and set about a few runs with plain water as is standard with any item of this nature. There is enough to make 12 cups and this is easy to gauge as the glass jug has markers to indicate the fill level starting at 4 cups (minimum) and increasing by 2 cups up to the 12 maximum. This is also complimented by the fill gauge on the right-side of the unit which is a floating ball in a thin glass tube. So after filling the jug to the 12 cup level I flipped the lid open and poured the water into the reservoir at the top. This can be a bit tricky if you have the unit on a kitchen surface below a cupboard; I had to pull it to one side for more room so I could pour it in due to the height of the main unit. Overall though this isn't a major concern for me and have now found a suitable location for it.
Once filled, I then plugged the unit into the socket. The flex on mine is about 50cm so again consider your power points and where you would want it if struggling for room. The digital clock on the front is illuminated in a very vivid blue and the fill gauge is also subtly illuminated in blue. Although it is digital the clock face reads as analogue (hour, minute and seconds) it couldn't be more simple to set the time; simply press the hour "HR" button and "MIN" buttons until you have set as desired. To set the first water run through simply press the power button located above the clock face and away it goes. It took about 15 minutes approximately and was very quiet. I did this twice but some may prefer to do a few more?
After finishing the initial set up I went about making a real brew. I spooned the coffee into the filter with the required amount of ground coffee, filled the reservoir and as before pressed the power. It wasn't long before the aroma started to fill the house and I was very pleased with the finished result for taste. The hotplate stays on for about 2 hours and there are little black indicator bars on the clock that come on every 15 minutes so you can gauge how fresh the brew is. Having used a different machine at work that stays on I haven't personally noticed any degradation to taste the longer it is kept warm. I personally would prefer it to stay warm until I'd finished as a full pot is a bit much for two people in one go, (having only used it a few times I have not yet experimented with the reduced measure and aroma settings). But on a plus note it does act as an automatic cut off feature.
Onto one of the main reasons we wanted it... waking up to the smell of freshly brewed coffee.
Setting the timer function was as easy as 1-2-3; press and hold the "PROG" button and set the time as you do for the clock, then press the little "clock" button at the top left of the clock face and let it do its stuff. All I can say is it worked spot on and we awoke to a wonderful smell (although I did add an extra spoon of coffee to give it a bit of extra oomph); it was a perfect way to start a Sunday morning and set about frying bacon.
That's it in a nutshell it is a very simple appliance to use. After having this appliance for several weeks we haven't used it as much as we thought so it is no longer constantly plugged in. This isn't a big deal really, owing to how easy the time is to set and it does look really good along with the kettle. We bought it as a complimentary appliance because the price was right. I would suggest considering very carefully if it's one of those items you've "always fancied". If you are a major coffee head then even at the £40.00 plus mark you would be very happy with the performance.
Will we go for the toaster... only time will tell?
Me and my partner received this coffee maker as an engagement present. At first sight it has a very modern and sleek look. A bright blue display in the middle has a clock with silver/grey buttons circling around it. The size of coffee pot which fits in is very large, holding up to 12 cups of coffee.
As I had never used a coffee maker before, it looked a little complicated to set up. How wrong was I? Basically all you need to do is, fill up the water tank (a clear level indicator lets you know how many cups of coffee it will produce), put in the desired amount of ground coffee into a filter, and press the on button. Simple as that!
There are a couple of features on the machine which are very useful. There is an "aroma" setting that if you are making less than 5 cups of coffee, it slows down the filtering to make the coffee the same strength as a longer brewed one. Another feature is an automatic switch on button, which switches the machine on at a desired time. The input of this feature is unbelievably simple.
There is a hot plate which the the holder sits on. This will stay on automatically for 2 hours keeping your coffee warm, you can switch it off any time you like.
Inside the machine the filter is easy to pull out and wash clean but the water fill tank can be a little harder to pour the water into without splashing some water.
There are really no negatives to the machine, although I do not have much to compare it against, being my first. So I have to give it full marks.
Without the smell of fresh coffee reaching my nose when my alarm goes off i do not get out of bed. This is a wonderful appliance that is easy to use and clean. I am able to programme the coffee maker to start brewing half hour before i get out of bed and i always decend the stairs to a wonderful aroma.
It has a built in water unit which is a little tricky for my husband to fill (seems to miss it every time) but with a steady hand it's a simple task. It has a removable filter and the coffee pots lid is removable for quick cleaning.
It has a clear clock display which is back lit in blue. This is the first coffee maker i have had that has a back lit face and it does put my mind at ease that i can see i have set my programme alarm.
Overall a wonderful coffee maker but it does take a lot of unit space.
This coffee maker comes nicely packaged and when you open it up you are greeted by it's appearance which is very nice, and goes well with other accents products. It's a lot bigger than I first expected but I still had room for it, so check the the actual size of it before you purchase it, I believe it is no bigger than 15 inches tall and around 10 inches wide. Going back to it's appearance it has a snazzy clock on it with a blue back light, it's not too necessary but it does go well with the whole look of the coffee maker although it can be used to preset the timer for when you want your coffee which is pretty handy. The coffee overall you get from it tastes absolutely great so for that factor it is definitely worth money, from amazon you can get them for around £50 inc delivery which is roughly what I paid. A few negatives of the product would be that like I said it looks a bit bigger than it is but that was through no mistake of my own and not doing my research before hand.
Starting your day the right way is very important and for a lot of people the first thing they reach for in the morning is a nice hot mug of coffee. That's way I got this particular machine. Not because of it's fancy modes that it may have plenty of, of which I'm totally unaware.
No, the reason I got it was because it wasn't expensive like a lot of these machines can be and I've since learned that I makes a nice cup of Joe.
This machine is mostly made of plastic, strong plastic, but plastic all the same. It would look good on most if not all kitchen countertops. Because of it's strong red central panel and blue circular control panel. There are stainless steel effect sides on both sides of the machine, and the top, bottom plate and jug handle are all matching black plastic. The jug is made of strong glass and can hold up to twelve cups.
The top of the coffee maker is a pop open hinged lid that when pushed opens to revel the water reservoir.
I use filters on this particular machine although it's not necessary, it makes cleaning a lot easer.
The stay hot heating plate does a good job. And the coffee brews quickly. Starting to gurgle the second you press start. For under fifty pounds you can't go wrong with this machine.
To me having a coffee in the morning is very important. So one kitchen appliance which is very important is a coffee machine. I like being able to program the coffee machine to brew coffee first thing in the morning and having that lovely, rich coffee aroma woft around the house.
Now, when we moved into our new home we decided that we would buy new appliances which included a kettle, toaster and coffee machine. We opted for the Morphy Richards Accents range in red. Therefore, this review is of the Morphy Richards Accents Coffee Machine. We simply chose it because it matched, there was no other reason other than we liked the colour and Morphy Richards does produce good quality products in my opinion.
** Accents Coffee Machine **
As said above the only reason we opted for this particular coffee machine was because it matched our other appliances! However, in my opinion it does look quite modern especially with the metallic red front that it has. The filter coffee maker can make up to 12 cups of coffee which to me is a little excessive on a morning it is ideal if you do have people around.
The coffee machine is rather compact and currently sits in a corner on my work surface. It is rectangular in shape which is then curved around the front. The sides and back are matt black in a toughened plastic type material. The front is in two halves, the first half is the red front with the silver chromed plastic digital display with the LED lights and the second half is where the glass jug sits. On the left hand side of the actual unit is the water level indicator which lights up when switched on.
** Packaging **
The Accents coffee machine comes in a rectangular box carefully packaged with polystyrene. The box clearly depicts the coffee machine and what it can offer. The coffee machine is complete and therefore it doesn't need any putting together at all. You simply need to lift it out the box, place on the work surface and voila there is your coffee machine!
** Instructions **
You do get a small A5 paper instruction booklet which is full of all the information one would need without getting too technical which for me is ideal. There is a small diagram of the coffee machine and the components clearly listed and numbered. There are several other diagrams which are actually quite helpful. But as I said the instructions are well laid out and are helpful unlike other instructions where you need a degree in rocket science.
** Features **
There are 10 features to the coffee machine which makes it incredibly easy to use. They are:- Hinged reservoir lid, Illuminated water level indicator, glass jug, jug lid, hot plate, digital control with LED display, non drip valve, filter locating tab, removable mesh filter and removable filter holder.
It is important that you know where each filter is to ensure you are using the coffee machine correctly.
** First Time Use **
It is recommended that you wash the detachable parts in warm soapy water. I found this incredibly easy and the parts are easily removed without any hassle. Before using it with coffee it is also recommended to just use water this is of course optional but I did follow the manufacturer's recommendation. Morphy Richards advise that running water through the machine will rinse it out.
** General Use **
Finally a cup of coffee! Using the coffee machine in my opinion is really easy but I did have to read the instructions first to make sure I was doing it correctly as with all coffee machines you do something slightly differently.
You simply need to lift up the hinged reservoir lid and pour the water in for however many cups you require. Now, this was the first problem - finding where to put the water. As silly as it sounds it isn't clearly shown. On the left (as you look at it) above the water level indicator there is a small black hole which is where you need to pour the water it. Once the water is in you can then fill the mesh filter with your coffee of choice. Basically 1 dessertspoon equals one cup of coffee but do not go above the mesh line and make sure the filter holder is in correctly.
Once the coffee is in the filter and the water is in simply switch on at the plug and press the on/off button on the digital display and the coffee will immediately start brewing the coffee. The on/off button will light up red and the 'warmer' button will illuminate orange. The hot water will start to flow through the coffee and it will pour down into the coffee jug.
Once the coffee has been brewed whilst still switched on at the plug and if you haven't switched the coffee machine on via the digital display the hot plate remains on and it will keep the coffee warm. The anti-drip valve will prevent any remaining coffee drip onto the hot plate. Once the coffee has been drunk or you don't require it any longer simply switch off and then clean. However, should you want to refill wait a few minutes and then refill with cold water.
** Set Time **
I like my coffee to brew at around 7am and this machine is capable of setting a brew time and it couldn't be more simple. The digital display has a 'Program' button (clearly indicated) and you need to press this then the hour button and then the minute button to select your desired time. Then press the 'Auto' button which will glow green and there you have it. If you want to cancel this just press the 'Auto' button again.
** Warming Plate **
Having warm coffee is ideal as I do tend to over make my coffee and having a warming plate is vital. On the Accents coffee machine the temperature of the warming plate can be adjusted and this should be used when the carafe is half full or less to maintain the quality of the coffee. To adjust the temperature press the 'Warmer' button once which will then blink an orange light. This will stay on for a maximum of two hours (automatic shut off) or when switched off.
Also, whilst on the warming mode the coffee machine will also advise whether the coffee is of good quality. It will show little black bars on the digital display which advise how long ago the coffee was brewed. Quite clever but for me not important as the coffee never lasts very long!
** Cleaning **
Obviously the coffee machine should never be immersed into water but the best way to clean gently with a clean, damp cloth. The removable features can be washed in warm soapy water and occasionally use cold water to rinse the water reservoir. If you have cleaned with a damp cloth it is important to dry thoroughly and great care should be taken not to mess around with the anti drip valve. The removable parts are not suitable for a dishwasher and you shouldn't use abrasive cleaners or cloths.
Because I live in a hardwater area it was recommended to me when I bought the coffee machine to de-scale it at least once every 2-3 months which I have religiously done. I use a liquid descaler and followed the instructions precisely and then operated the coffee machine around 2-3 times just with water before using coffee in it again. Morphy Richards advise that you shouldn't use a kettle descaler but to use specific coffee machine descalers.
** My Use **
Now I've had my coffee machine for around 6 months now and I am more than happy with it for what it does. I didn't want anything complicated with loads of buttons and features. I just wanted a coffee machine which would brew basic coffee and that is exactly what this coffee machine does. Obviously when it comes all set up it is ideal and it fits nicely into my kitchen as it isn't huge, its compact so ideal for an everyday kitchen. The digital display is easy to read and to follow so when setting a time the set up is simple and is done in a matter of seconds.
Using it for the first time was a doddle and the instructions are clearly laid out and easy to understand. I did find that when I came to use it with coffee you can easily fill the coffee filter up and even though it makes 12 cups of coffee if you follow the method of 1 dessertspoon per cup then you wouldn't get 12 dessertspoons of coffee in the filter unless you like it very week you can probably fit in 8 dessertspoons. Not to worry though as I never have to make 12 cups of coffee!
Some coffee machines are very noisy which was a concern especially as my bedroom is over the kitchen. However, I needn't of worried as once the door is shut you can't hear anything. Of course if you are in the kitchen you can hear it brewing but it is actually quite a subtle noise in the background and is certainly a lot quieter than a kettle boiling.
The digital display and water measure does light up when switched on and is a lovely vibrant blue colour which is a nice touch. However, me being me would prefer a colour co-ordinating light as blue does clash with the red but that is purely my own personal opinion and realistically counts for nothing! The one gripe I do have about the digital display is with the silver chrome effect buttons. They are made of plastic and look and feel quite cheap. They are incredibly light to press an I was expecting a heavier button to press but instead they do have a cheap quality about them which is a real shame and I am concerned as to how long the chrome effect will actually last.
Cleaning the coffee machine is easy as most of the parts can be removed and washed and as long as you follow the instructions then descaling is also easy. What I did find is that once brewing which doesn't take long at all (depending on how many cups you want to brew) you do have to wait a few minutes after it has finished for the remaining coffee to drip through and I have made the mistake of removing the jug, pouring a cup of coffee and having it drip directly onto the hot plate. The anti-drip valve is great but you do have to wait for those last few drops before pouring a cup of coffee which is actually a bit of a pain.
Overall, I am perfectly happy with the Accents coffee machine and despite learning to pack the coffee tightly down (if you don't you do get bits in your coffee) and to leave the jug to catch the last few drops then it does the job well. I get lovely hot coffee in the morning and the warming plate does a great job of keeping my coffee warm and should I need to change the temperature or time settings then the instructions are easy to follow and to do. The one thing I wish had been improved is the digital display buttons as they are a little too cheap for my liking. I would award the coffee machine 4 stars. It would have been 5 but the digital display and the other little things are actually quite annoying! Would I recommend? Yes, I would. If you are looking for a modern, colourful coffee machine which is basic and easy to use then this should be considered.
Manufactuer: Morphy Richards
Price: £45 -£60
Availability: Online. Tesco Direct, Argos, Comet to name a few
Short name: Morphy Richards 47094