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==Russell Hobbs Heritage Coffee Machine==
Since being pregnant I have felt great! I have had no sickness or any food aversions and in a strange turn of events I have taken a liking to a lot of things that I couldn't stand before being pregnant. Coffee is one of those things. I couldn't drink the stuff at all before carrying this child but now I have to limit myself to a few cups a day otherwise I'll be a jabbering caffeine mess! So with this in mind and the fact that I love the filtered coffee at work I decided to get a filter for coffee and hope that I don't hate the stuff after I have given birth!
I really wanted the Cream Russell Hobbs Heritage Coffee maker to match both my toaster and my kettle which I bought in Argos at the end of last year. However I had been watching it in Argos hoping that it would be reduced down from its £49.99 p price tag but this didn't seem to be happening so when I went on Amazon and saw the red version of the Heritage coffee maker for £29.99 p I decided I didn't care that it didn't match the rest of my goods in the kitchen and would prefer to get it for a cheaper price and bought the red one!
The coffee maker arrived within a few days and I had already bought all the necessary filters and coffee grounds in preparation to be able to make up my first batch of filtered coffee as soon as I had the machine. For the price that I paid for the machine I was really impressed with the overall look and feel of the machine and decided that the section that was red wasn't too red and didn't stand out too much against the cream of my other items. Once I had rinsed through the jug of the machine it was as simple as plugging it in to being the process of creating coffee and a lovely smelling house!
The machine makes up to a total of 12 cups of coffee but this is cups rather than mugs and I think you can pretty much half this amount if drinking from a nice sized mug so I would say still a good 6 mugs of coffee can be made at any one time which is more than enough for my needs. Of course you don't need to make up the full 12 cups each time you use the machine as you can fill the jug to the desired amount of cups plus putting in the right amount of coffee for the cups you are making (generally one scoop of coffee per cup depending on how strong you like it).
The front of the machine will pop out easily in order for the filter to be placed in and the coffee grains to be placed inside the filter. There is a permanent filter inside this section of the machine and you don't necessarily need to buy the filters but I was advised (by she that knows everything - mother) that it is best to spend the £1 odd on buying the paper filters so that the coffee granules are easier to get out of the machine and it is on the whole easier to be kept clean. However that said it is nice to know that should I run out of the filters that I can still drink some coffee. This front section is then closed up again and you can then fill the jug with fresh cold water and pour into the back section of the machine. There is a cup level guide on the side of the machine which will show how many cups you should expect to make with the amount of water you have put into the machine which is quite handy.
You literally just push the on button and then the water begins to get filtered from the back of the machine through the coffee filter and granules to produce the fresh coffee into the jug at the bottom. The jug itself sits on a warming plate that shouldn't be touched as it is hot enough to burn the skin (just about). The noise of the coffee machine isn't that bad although to be fair the one we have at work it a lot quieter than this as it does seem to gurgle a bit with the heating of the water and passing it through the filter.
To make around two mugs of coffee I would say you are looking at waiting around 6 minutes for the water to heat and filter through. Of course I would expect this time to be doubled were you making twice as much as this. This time frame is not a bad one and is probably on par with boiling the kettle with the same amount of water inside.
The LCD digital display on the front of the coffee machine is pretty nifty and this is where you can programme the machine to start making coffee at a certain time. It is really easy to use although the small instruction leaflet that came with the machine really does spell it out for you if you are not used to dealing with programming things. However I would say that not many people would have a problem with setting the programmer as it is very straightforward and simple to use. To be fair though I have only used it the once as I tend to find it does take very long to turn it on exactly when I want a coffee and I find the machine doesn't really keep the coffee as warm as I would like it to be kept and therefore the coffee from this machine is best drank as soon as it has been brewed.
All in all I must say that this Russell Hobbs Heritage Coffee Maker really does look the business and makes a good cup of coffee. The results are quick and efficient whilst not being excessively noising in the process. It is easy to keep clean and the coffee is tasty (depending on the grains you buy) although I would have liked it to keep the coffee a little hotter for a little longer which is really the only downside.
I think I am happy to award this coffee maker a very decent score of 4 out of 5 stars and I would certainly recommend it to anyone who was after a cheap coffee machine which works well and looks good.
I do hope that this has been of some help/interest to you
Many thanks for taking the time to read.
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