The coffee machine makes up to 10 cups, We drink our coffee from mugs, so I would just fill it up to the 6 cup mark which is perfect for 2 mugs and up to 8 for 3 mugs,
The filter in the machine is easy washable which saves you from going out to buy filters all the time, I put one heaped table spoon of coffee per person and sometimes a touch more if I want it a little stronger or less for a little weaker brew.
To fill up the machine I fill the glass coffee jug with my required amount of water and above where the coffee jug goes on the machine is a lid which lifts up and to the back right there is a hole where you pour your water, at first i found the hole a bit small and a little awkward to pour but once you get the hang of it, its fine, (just don't pour to fast as water can spill over the machine) when the coffee is done brewing the green light comes on to let you know and it keeps your coffee hot for however long it takes before you want it, so you could leave it all day if you wanted although I would not recommend this.
The milk jug holds about a mug of milk altogether, you just pour in what you think you will need and over time you get to know how much milk you would like, however unlike the coffee brewing part of the machine if you don't keep an eye on the milk it will burn as the heat stays on it constantly, with the jug being non stick though it is very easy to clean.
The frother is much better than my previous morphy richards machine as that one used to splash milk all over but this machine has a filter cover which goes over the whisk and this does not spray milk at all, the whisk cover is very easy to remove you just twist if off to give it a wash in soapy water with the coffee filter
With this machine I get fleshly brewed frothy coffee every morning, the machine itself looks very posh, its black with a stainless steel top which always polishes to a lovely shine, the machine is capable of making espresso but I have not tried this yet as I am not a keen espresso drinker but if I was extremely tired and needed that extra boost then that's when I would try it but a normal brew is generally good enough for us!
One problem I find with this machine is the milk plate is very hard to clean if milk gets on it which it does after you have frothed your milk as it drips but if you put the jug back on the plate straight after frothing the milk the milk is less likely to spill and burn on the plate, for emergencies I use a bit of kitchen foil on the plate itself to stop the milk burning on to it and it saves me loads of time trying to clean off.
It doesn't take long at all to brew your coffee, I put it on before I make breakfast and it's done before breakfast is ready!
When unpacking this product, the number of components can be a little daunting, however the instructions are simple and easy to follow and it was soon up and running.
Able to make 6 espressos/10 filter coffees/cappuccinos/lattés, this £60 morhpy richards coffee machine is an all-round winner. A nice dark finish with touches of metal give a quality feel to the product, alongside easy to use functions and not overwhelming proportions make this a favourite in my house.
The heat plates are good to maintain heat, but wouldnt recommend waiting when heating milk; you may be there a while. I found microwaving and then allowing the plate to keep it hot worked best. Cleaning with a damp cloth is important also as liquids can become cooked onto the plates.
The milk frother is also effective if you're careful not to make too much mess.
As I said, for the average coffee drinker witha desire to make their own cappuccinos etc, I can hardly fault it.
I love this machine. (I'll start here, then we'll go downhill!)
It works like a charm, the coffee is always lovely, it's quick to make, and it makes the house smell lovely.
Generally, I use the espresso maker to make myself cappucinos. It takes approximatley 3 minutes to make my drink (I use just up to the two line with water, and at the two line of coffee). The milk warmer is dissapointing, but then again, it's not exactly a Gaggia, so instead I microwave my milk for 1:20. The useful thing about this is that I can put the coffee on, have a quick shower, put the milk on, give it a quick froth with my aerolatte, and have a nice drink to take with me to my room or put in a travel cup on a drive.
The main problems have been firstly with the cleaning, the glass can get a little dark and the jugs are pretty fiddly to clean (I broke one once, but after a quick call to Morphy Richards, and £10 down, a new one came in the post later that week). To counteract this, I reccomend rinsing it through with water as soon as you've finished, and then you can give the whole thing a clean once a week.
Also, it tends to go slowly after a while, but you can run descaler through it once in a while and it's back to normal soon (I live in a softwater area, if yours is hard, I suppose you might need to make it a monthly chore)
Lastly, there's a gap on the top of the espresso maker where one pours the water in. This means if you're not accurate with your aim (and, let's face it, most men aren't), the water can drip down into the bottom tray. All this means is that you should clean it out regularly.
Now I'm making it seem like all you do with this is clean but quite honestly it's a great piece of kitchen gadgetry. Just remember to store the coffee in your freezer!
I'm a real coffee lover, and enjoy nothing better than a lovely steaming mug of real coffee at home with my breakfast. I've always just used a cafetiere to brew my daily cup, but when I got some gift vouchers for Christmas I decided to treat myself to a decent coffee machine.
I purchased my Mister Cappucino machine in Debenhams for about £60, and I've been really pleased with it. The machine has three sections- the coffee filter, the milk warmer and frother and the espresso brewer. As all three sections have different functions I'll go through their pros and cond separately.
Filter coffee- I love this part of the machine- it has a built in mesh filter so there is no need for paper filters. You simply use the scoop provided to put the ground coffee in the filter, pour in cold water and switch it on. There is a facility to make the coffee weaker or stronger simply by turning a button. The filter is easy to clean, and the glass jug holds up to 10 cups at a time. There is also a hot plate which keeps the coffee warm in the glass jug. The only downside I can think of is that it can be a little messing pouring the water in as the lid gets in the way slightly!
Milk warmer and frother- This section features a warming plate, which you place the milk pitcher on. This is a very slow way to heat the milk, and takes about 8 minutes or so to get the milk up to temperature. I personally prefer to heat the milk in the microwave instead as this takes under a minute. The milk frother is great. You simply hold the milk pitcher up to with the frother just below the milk's surface and switch it on. This produces lovely rich foam, perfect for a cappucino or hot chocolate. You can heat the milk independently and still use the frother on it, which is generally what I do.
Espresso- This section is dead easy to use and produces a delicious, intense espresso. You simply put the espresso in the the arm, use the tamper to press it down then slot it into the machine. You simply pour the water in the top and switch it on. Their is a switch to adjust the strength of the coffee.
Overall I love this machine- it is simple to use, easy to clean and looks great in my kitchen. I use it tons and it always produces a delicious coffee, whether it be filter or espresso based. My one criticism is that the milk warmer is slow to use, but I get around this, as mentioned, by heating the milk in the microwave the just frothing it once the coffe is ready.
After some deliberation on price versus quality we decided to go for the Mister Cappucino Combi Coffee Maker. The unit is surprisingly compact considering it has seperate filter, espresso and milk warming sections. The quality and look of the machine is good for the price, all the compartments and filters are easy to remove and are mostly of tough plastic construction. The jug for filter holds approximately 10 cups and the jug for the espresso holds 6 cups although the milk warming jug only really holds enough to make two nice frothy coffees, so if you wanted to make several coffees say at a dinner party this would be a problem. The milk warmer is also slow to heat milk from the fridge to a reasonable temperature, this must be started well before the espresso coffee is made as this only takes around four minutes. We usually end up preheating milk in the microwave and then just using the frother and milk heater to keep the milk warm. The Mister Cappuccino is very easy to use even for a coffee machine virgin like myself and on my first few attempts I made some lovely frothy coffees.
I love coffee as you might have found out from my Starbucks review but like everyone £3 a go for a cup gets a bit expensive sometimes so I decided to invest in a cappuccino machine, well let's say my Dad decided to invest for me and as he had the Morphy Richards Mister Cappuccino and loved it he decided to get me the same.
They cost approximately £59.99 and can be bought from most stores that sell homewares, Debenhams, Argos etc.
The machine is quite large so you will need a bit of counter top space in your kitchen to put it on. It is nice enough looking to have out on display all the time as it is quite heavy and awkward so I do not recommend moving it in and out of a cupboard every time you want to use it. Also, how many people have put away machines like this never to use them again, so go on, keep it out and maybe you will use it from time to time.
The machine allows you to make coffee in a number of ways. There is a large coffee pot on the left hand side that allows you to make filter coffee. It holds up to 10 cups of coffee and I find it is handy to put on if you have a lot of people coming over. There is a warming plate underneath it that will keep your coffee warm. The light below tells you when the coffee is ready, red light indicated still brewing and the green light indicated that you are ready to move the pot and pour. The filter coffee is very easy to make. Firstly what I like is that you do not need to buy individual coffee filters for this machine. The filter on top is plastic and has a wire mesh filter that can be used again and again. It is detatchable so you can take it of and wash it after each use.
The other side of the machine has an espresso maker. This coffee pot holds up to 6 cups of coffee and also has a warming pot underneath it. The espresso's are also very easy to make. You put your coffee in the little metal handle, attach it to the machine, fill the water up at the top and turn on. It takes a couple of minutes for the coffee to come through.
With both the filter coffee and the espresso coffee maker there is a lever you can push to choose whether you like your coffee strong on one end, or light or the other end.
In the middle of the machine is the milk frother. There is a little button you push and then the frother is dipped into the milk and whisks it. There is a metal jug that you put the milk in, in order to froth it. There is a warming plate under the jug as well so you can also warm up your milk beforehand if you like. I recommend frothing the milk for 2 minutes as this gets it nice and fluffy. The only downside is that it doesn't hold much milk so to do lots of cups of coffee it takes quite a while.
I always use Starbucks ground coffee for my cappuccino's as I love the taste but you can use this machine with any coffee you like, no need to buy the special coffee packets like with some other coffee machine.
This machine is very easy to clean too as lots of the parts come away from the machine so you can wash them in the sink and then the rest of the machine is easy to wipe clean with a cloth.
If you are looking for an easy and authentic coffee/cappuccino making machine at home then look no further.
I've always been a big lover of coffee, trying various brands wth various strengths from different countries, purchasing all the latest mocha, latte, cappuccino drink mixes when they first come out. Although I still do this occasionaly for when I am in lazy mood and literally want to boil the kettle and tip boiling water on my beverage for ease, I now have my Morphy Richards Mister Cappuccino Combi Coffee Maker.
A couple of years ago, I won a cappuccino maker in a works charity raffle which I was extremely happy with and did use quite a lot, however I did feel that it was big enough or was either giving me the results that I was expecting from a coffee maker.
Browsing through the Argos Catalogue, I always tend to looks for things that are attracive initially before I read the blurb to see what is on offer to me. Narrowing down to about three different coffee makers, I decided to take the plunge and invest in the Mister Cappuccino. It looked the business, not over expensive, well known reputable brand and had all the requirements thats I wanted from a coffee maker.
Off to Argos I went and made my purchase. Waiting for my number to come up on the screen, anxiously awaiting my new purchase so I could take it home to play with, (i'm like a big kid with gadgets) when it finally come down I could believe the actual size of it, in the box it looked huge and to be honest I thought it was going to be too big, not that size matters at all, but I didn;t want a coffee machine that was substantially bigger than my microwave.
Getting it home and opening it I found that there was a lot of packaging inside. Phew, the size had reduced by almost half and that made me a little happier. The coffee machine came more or less in tact, with a small bag of various components that needed to be attached to put into full working order. Its easy enough to find out where these go without looking at the instructions. Now all equipped and ready to go, I was extremely happy with the appearance of my coffee machine and was happy just because I knew it would look nice in my kitchen if not anything else.
The coffee machine is around 18" wide, 12" high and 8" depth. It has three seperate trays for various drinks, two which are heated for filter coffee and warm milk and a tray for expresso coffee to go into. The coffee machine has the ability to make up to 10 cups of filter coffee, 6 cups of expresso and will also make cappuccino and latte drinks. To make filter coffee it takes around 8 minutes and the hot plates keeps this warm for a long time. I personally use coffee beans and grind them, because I feel with beans you can get a better flavour than other ground coffee that is on the market. I don't purchase my beans from a supermarket either..i have a special secret there for the perfect coffee.
I don't drink coffee with milk in it however there is a hotplate to heat milk up on should I have guests. Above this section is a small button if you want to froth the milk for making cappuccino and latte drinks.
The expresso part of the machine is fantastic, put in you coffee in the top, pur on cold water and it makes one of the most powerful expresso's I have ever tasted from a home coffee machine. I like a nice shot of expresso, find it wakes me up in the morning, but often find I over do it a little as one is never enough.
I probably use my machine three or four times a week and people that come round always insist on coffee from my machine. Instant is getting banned in my house soon.
Its a great machine if you are looking to get a coffee maker. If you have a small kitchen you may find that it takes up a fair bit of space. My kitchen is biog though and fits nicely underneath my cupboards. Looks very nice too with its chrome and black look, very professional.
Cleaning of the machine is simple. The filters are easy to take out and you just wash them in boiling water to clean them. Make sure you don't leave you milk on the hot plate for too long as it does stick a little to the bottom of the stainless steel jugs as any milk would do when heated, it starts to burn. This sometimes may be a little tricky to clean but give it a good scrub with a good detergent and we are back to ship shape again. Nothing else really needs to be cleaned all the time, however I often take my piece all off at the weekend and leave them in boiling water to clean them.
A great little coffee maker, available from Argos at £59.99. Ref No: 422/7755
Espresso, cappuccino and milk frother with permanent filter.