Product Type: Morphy Richards coffee machines
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A Klingon's Coffee Machine?
Morphy Richards 47470
Member Name: Nar2
Morphy Richards 47470
Date: 24/06/08, updated on 24/06/08 (449 review reads)
Advantages: Cheap price, does what it says and does keep coffee reasonably hot. Coffee strength option.
Disadvantages: The anti-drip function just doesn't work, no longer on sale at major high street shops
My mother recently got a new coffee machine from one of her best friends as a gift (although I am aware that it has a high street price of between £22-96 and £23-99) and ever since she got it we have been using it every day to make fresh filter coffee. She has her Nespresso machine but we are big coffee drinkers and as such a filter coffee machine like this is welcomed.
In terms of the design, this plastic-stretched helmet like Morphy Richards "Rapide" Graphite 47470 / Europa Filter does what it suggests on the box; it is a filter coffee maker, not an espresso machine and doesn't faff about with anything other than filter coffee. It is however an old coffee maker - Morphy Richards have now replaced it with a model in their Accents kitchen range priced around £40 - but I think this model still deserves a place in the market.
It does have a certain class about if - if you are into space age - the lid being silver and the rest of the body in a grey glitter like graphite colour. As my mother remarked, it looks like something out of Star Trek and I am inclined to agree. It looks like something a Clingon would use with its raised head! I like the way it sits but I'm afraid its a bit bulky, mostly because it is one of those coffee machines that has been designed so that the front of the machine looks out from the work top from the lid point of view and not to the side. However, I like the quality that this machine gives, because the plastic feels and looks a class above the thing I had before - every surface is smooth and the power on button moves with a springy impression. The plastic used on the machine is also thicker and the jug has a smooth entrance for it to sit on as well a non-stick hotplate that is, thankfully non stick and very easy to clean. The jug also features the same gauge as applied to the gauge at the side of the machine which is heaven sent as my previous filter coffee maker had two completely different gradients. The jug also has a nice cool-to-the-touch handle and a fixed lid which is easy to lift out of the top of the glass jug; both lid and jug are dishwasher safe. It's nothing more than a filter coffee machine I am afraid to say but there are a few tricks up its sleeve.
Compared to the last filter coffee machine which was a totally unwise decision, the MP has been a boon because it is so easy and quite quick to use. Flip up the water lid which has a nice hinge on the back, suggesting longevity in the first instance and pour COLD water into the machine. This is like a professional machine I use at work, as normal domestic filter coffee machines only use boiled water from the kettle. I was impressed with this because if I don't get a nice hot mug of coffee in the morning, I'm like a dog chewing a wasp in the mornings and technology being the way it is these days, I find myself becoming more impatient if I don't get what I want in less than a minute!
After you put the cold water into the machine, pour the amount of coffee grinds into the permanent washable filter. Like the last filter coffee machine, this Morphy Richards model has a mesh filter which is totally washable (I usually dip it into soda crystals to ensure all the dullness has gone) but it has a good channel at the bottom of the net basket to ensure that ALL the coffee goes into the jug, leaving little water behind. Being made of plastic however the filter is NOT dishwasher safe. After you have poured the grinds in and put the water amount to your liking (gauge on the left hand side and designed in a oval like way, to blend in with the overall "organic" design of the machine) you can then adjust the rotary variable switch which allows you to limit the strength of filter coffee depending on your choice. I found this invaluable - my parents love strong coffee whereas I like it middling to weak, so its handy whoever gets to the machine FIRST.
Then, all you do is switch the neon button on at the bottom right hand corner of the machine and wait. Whereas before I would have to wait a considerable amount of time for the previous coffee machine to gurgle and could hear it from three rooms away from the kitchen, I didn't realise that this machine is quite quiet, bad news for the people on those Red Mountain Coffee adverts on TV a couple of years ago! Less than a minute passes and the coffee is ready! No wonder this machine is called "Rapide." I think the secret to its speed of producing hot filter coffee is that it has a fast element which boils the cold water and a high wattage of 1440 watts - obviously this is more than enough to produce a heat strength suitable to drink for human consumption. Thus, the thermostat will keep the coffee hot after it has been made, but only for a short time, say around 2 minutes. This is the most surprising, because unlike other reviews which state that the coffee is cold, the moment the filter has stopped gurgling and depositing the coffee into the glass carafe I've already helped myself to a hot cup of coffee. The 47470 can take up to a maximum of 10 cups of water which also works out to around 5 mugs of coffee - enough for a family of four and a guest.
Cleaning the machine could not be easier though and is much easier than the block square thing we used to have. Thankfully as the design is soft and curvy it is easy to clean and the plastic inside does not dull either with the amount of steam it produces. This is good in some way because after the coffee has been made you can go into the machine and give it wipe with a damp sponge. It does warn you not to put your fingers into the filter bin after coffee has been made, amongst the finer points in a defined manual supplied with the machine. Another advantage is that this product is very lightweight which is useful for storing away when not in use, but the power cord is short and could do with a touch more length to it.
If there is however one downside, its the fact that the anti-drip mechanism unfortunately drips. It's a spring holder function which is designed to act as a two way valve to prevent coffee from dripping when the jug is released. So it is a great pity that despite the jug being moved off the hot plate, the coffee filter valve drips from time to time. I've so far identified that the spring is actually too weak to prevent coffee from dripping unless you tighten up the screw that holds the drip valve in place, tightly and that the filter bin is wiped after taking the coffee filter out to prevent dripping.
Currently this coffee maker is no longer on sale at major high street shops, but I have seen this on sale at private electrical shops and carries a lower price of around £15 to £20. Unfortunately due to its drip nature, I can't really recommend this as an all universal product to go for. However since 2004, our Morphy Richards refuses to die which is most surprising for a product from this company in my experience. So put up with drips or walk away; the choice is yours. Thanks for reading. ©Nar2 2008
Summary: Not a bad effort from Morphy Richards but it could be better.
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