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Morphy Richards 47094 Accents
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Morphy Richards 47094 Accents
Advantages: Easy to use
Disadvantages: A few things are a little cheap looking
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
Summary: A great, modern looking coffee machine
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