“ Brand: Sainsbury's „
My family aren't big entertainers, really, but it's nice to have a bit of luxury now and then, and this coffee maker from Sainsbury's fits that bill well enough. It was the first coffee maker to grace our house, used mostly on a Sunday afternoon or whenever my elder brother would deign to visit us.
This coffee maker was purchased online via click and collect for just under £15. My parents compared prices with Argos at the time and this came out the best value. Another aspect to their decision was the fact this model didn't have all the bells and whistles on - other coffee makers are quite complex for a first-time buy.
Not to say that Sainsbury's Filter Coffee Maker doesn't come without any features: it has a non-drip nozzle (very useful if you value not being scalded as one of life's priorities), a water level indicator, a non-slip base, and a warming plate.
However, what it doesn't come with is its own set of filter papers - much to my chagrin, as neither the website nor the box it comes in mentions this. But unlike those Tassimo "pods", buying a set of filter papers won't really break the bank - you can pick up 80 for £1.55 at Sainsbury's, which will last many cups of coffee around the dinner table.
According to the manufacturer, this coffee maker has these specifications:
Coffee type required - Ground
Country of origin - China
Energy rating - A
Height, width, depth - 30 x 15.5 x 17.4cm
Water tank capacity - 1.25L
Wattage - 730-870W
As for looks, the coffee maker has a shiny black finish, pretty standard these days I think, and it fit in with our kettle and other kitchen appliances well. Apparently the cable connecting the coffee maker to the mains is 1 meter long, but honestly, it sat about 10 centimeters from the plug on our counter-top, so I can't say for sure that length is adequate or not. The size of the appliance is about average I think, it's neither conspicuously small or imposingly large. The coffee jug is dishwasher-safe but it was too large for our dishwasher, so it was washed by hand in soap and water. This appliance also came with a one year manufacturer's guarantee which does ease the mind a little about the price.
Now what about the important part: the taste? I do prefer filter coffee over instant, and I'd say Sainsbury's Filter Coffee Maker makes a good cup of joe. It doesn't feel muddy or particularly processed and it has a lovely rich scent.
Considering how expensive a cup of coffee is in Costa or Starbucks, it really does seem excellent value. I'm sure any one setting up a home or student digs would really appreciate this.
Unfortunately, cheap and cheerful does have its own drawbacks - the lid on the coffee jug eventually cracked, I suppose due to the constant heat exposure. For £15 I think it was a decent purchase, and I would recommend it, but we have already moved on to a more expensive brand model.
You can buy this at... The Sainsbury's website
Price at time of writing... £14.97 + P&P
Get fresh-brewed coffee as often as you need with the Sainsbury's Filter Coffee Maker. The machine makes up to 1.25L and thanks to the non-drip feature you can lift the jug to pour a fresh cup any time even while the coffee is busy brewing. The warming plate ensures your coffee is kept at a constant temperature the water level indicator help you adjust both he amount and strength of your brew.