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Morphy Richards 47094 Accents
Member Name: wilbur_78
Morphy Richards 47094 Accents
Advantages: you really can't beat fresh coffee
Disadvantages: can be expensive if only getting it to go with other appliances
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?
Summary: Excellent machine
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