I am not a big coffee drinker but every now and again I do like a good cup of coffee, but what really won over the choice to get this maker was because it wasn't just me that liked a cup of coffee, so I decided to go out and shop for a decent enough coffee maker and saw this model when I was in pound stop (despite the name not everything in this shop was a pound) it looked simple and basic enough that you didn't need to know much about this maker.
The Rowenta Milano is its about 13 inches tall and looks a very elegant design looking tall and sleek being all white in colour except for the handle of the glass jug, the top lid of the glass jug and the hot plate being a black.
So from top to bottom you have the lid on the top that opens the back compartment where you pour the water and there is a transparent plastic tubing that lets you know the water gage and how much you have poured in (if you fill up the glass jug (that is provided with this Maker) with water and pour it in the water compartment then you know you cant make too much coffee).
In front of the water compartment is a white circular compartment that when you release the catch the whole part swings outward so it allows you to put in the coffee filter that looks like a big muffin paper, once you put that in you pour the coffee into the filter (big muffin paper) then push that compartment back in till you hear an audible click.
you place the jug under the allocated spot which will be on top of a hotplate which you cant miss, and next to the jug on the left you will see an on/off switch and a little light above to let you know whether it is on or off.
When you switch the coffee machine on the water is heated up and travels from the water compartment into the coffee that's on the filter and drips into the jug underneath, if you take the glass jug out from under the coffee machine while it is still dripping it automatically stops avoiding any mess, this is achieved by a very clever design that allows the coffee machine to detect whether the jug is in place or not, making for a very easy job. This mechanism is in the basic of coffee makers, which Is a great feature to have.
This is a very simple coffee machine to operate and has no special features of any kind, it just makes your coffee and once it has transferred into the glass jug the hot plate underneath the jug will keep it warm for up to 6 hours.
So to clean the machine is a simple procedure of filling up the compartment for the water without any coffee or anything in the coffee and filter compartment, just let the water come through the system to clean out any lingering coffee that could (if left unattended) dry up and block the passageway, and to maintain the clean white look of the machine just run a wet cloth over it and the glass jug for a quick prestige finish. If you find that some coffee stains are being stubborn and wont come of the inside of the jug, depending on how often you clean it just run some hot water into it, swish it round and it should come off, but if its been sitting there for a while then just fill it with soap and hot water and let it sit there for a while.
I bought this for around £15 from a pound stretcher (as I mentioned before) for around £15 so all in all it was a great purchase because we are not asking for a lot from this machine so we are not expecting a lot.
This was worth the money and effort I put in, heats up water, makes coffee that drips into a glass jug and keeps warm for up to 6 hours, what else do you want your Coffee maker to do.
so regardless of it having no other features than what you would expect i still give this 5 stars
What can I say about this coffee maker really? It makes good coffee, if not great. That is it, there really is nothing more to say. Yes its small, which is nice, and yet a full pot of coffee will serve 10 decent sized mugs. It is easy to keep clean, but really, that's all there is to this, and I fail to see how it is beneficial or preferable to simple instant coffee. So let me tell you my experience of this coffee maker and why it has failed to enthuse me
Well, I personally don't like coffee very much but my family does, especially my sister who is something of a coffee fiend. I know what you're thinking 'how can a guy who doesn't like coffee rate a coffee maker?', well please stay with me and all will become clear.
I personally have come to appreciate coffee as much as someone who dislikes it can, I appreciate how different blends have subtle hints and noticeably different flavours to a trained connoisseur. Much as it is with wine which I DO like and do know how to taste a savour, time and experience can help a person learn to identify such subtle flavours etc.
So, knowing that whilst I dislike coffee, you can appreciate Im sure that at least I have an appreciation for it, and it was this that drove me to buy this coffee machine. I bought it as a trial more than anything, to see if I could get used to making and pouring good coffee before looking to upgrade to a small espresso maker and so forth.
I am actually quite envious of people who like coffee. Whilst I don't despise it, I have no reason to drink it either, much preferring to drink tea in all its varieties, but I like the nature of a coffee house as something of a social center to meet and talk with friends or to go alone and quietly read a good book whilst savouring your preferred blend and perhaps a nice piece of pie or slice of cake. It was that image that got me onto the idea of learning how to make good coffee whilst not being a fan, I have a fuzzy image in my head of having a small bar like area in my kitchen that opens onto a garden so I can have friends and family around, sort of like a coffee house, but in my own home.
Well, to bring this back on topic, this coffee machine, not great. It was perfectly serviceable for what I needed, it taught me how to use a coffee and filter, or more precisely THAT coffee filter. But that was about it. I worked in McDonalds a fair few years back, and there was little difference. Filter, coffee, brew, done.
I have it on good authority from my sister that the coffee was 'palatable if uninspired', or to put it bluntly 'I can drink it, but its crap coffee'. I probed her for more information and essentially she told me that it would never be good coffee because it only used 'regular coffee'. So I nodded sagely and went about cleaning up.
I was delighted to find that cleaning up was a simple process. Rn the water through the system once or twice to flush it out soon after use to prevent the coffee from drying up and lodging, and a simple damp cloth to wipe it down. The glass jug cleaned well from simple rinsing with hot water, allowing for swift reuse without needing to wash thoroughly with soapy water. Very pleased with how easy this was to keep clean.
The next day I invited my mother round for to try it out. Now my mother enjoys coffee, but is not quite the snob my sister is about it. So I brewed another freshly ground pot and poured her a cup. My mother was quite pleased with the result, saying that the coffee was flavourful if a little ordinary. Then she raised an interesting point. She asked me 'why buy this and make freshly ground coffee when the coffee isn't any better than instant?'.
I didn't have an answer, this machine doesn't have any extra features to speak of, save that the hot plate kept the coffee warm for a good 6 hours (I tested it). I did raise the suggestion that if I bought a better brand of coffee to brew it might be better, but my mother in her ultimate wisdom fired back with 'yes, but I can buy other types of coffee in instant form for much less and still have a nice drink'. My mother, you see, has this habit of buying somewhat more exotic coffee whenever she can so she has a variety.
Personally, I was at a loss. This coffee maker does make decent coffee, and makes it in good time too. It is compact and it's easy to clean. But it doesn't do anything else except brew a fresh pot of coffee, and the coffee, I am told, is decent whilst nothing special. So what was I to do?
Well I gave this coffee maker to my mum, and she still uses it on occasions when she knows she is going to have friends around, although she is quite content with her instant for day to day. And as for me, I upgraded to a better machine that also makes espressos and cappuccinos to continue my education, much to my sisters delight.
Short name: Rowenta C 310