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The Senseo coffee machine - everyone knows it - everyone loves it! I think this sentence describes this nice machine very well, because this machine is still as popular as it was when it was first sold.
For coffee drinkers like me, this is a must have. So I looked for a coffee and espresso machine after moving to my new flat and I chose the Senseo.
The optics: The machine looks really expensive due to the shiny metal look, which is actually plastic. There's also a black model available. The shape of it looks modern and stylish as well. I like it!
The machine has got a 1m power cable which should be long enough for every place you are using it.
Technically, I did not have any problems with this machine at all.
The usage itself is very simple and does not need any explanation.
The coffee pods which should be used with this machine are available in every supermarket, so finding them won't be a problem.
What I like most about this machine is that it is really quick! So if you are in a hurry in the morning, you don't have to wait long until you can have your coffee. You can also fill up two cups at the same time (or only one if you want to).
Besides, you can have any kind of coffee you want - a nice feature for everyone who likes diversity.
I'm one of those people that simply cannot cope without coffee in the morning! I have to have at least two cups before I even think about leaving the house to go to work. At work I probably have another 5 cups a day. So yes, I'd put myself down as being a coffee lover.
I used to have nescafe original instant coffee every morning to wake me up and then I would treat myself to a cafetiere at the weekend. I much prefer cafetiere coffee but I simply do not have time to do it during the week, especially dealing with all the coffee grounds after. Yuck.
So I bought this Senseo coffee machine from Argos. It cost £60 and I got it in black. It does also come in white, red and blue though. It is actually the second one I have owned - I first bought one over ten years ago when they first came out but lost it during a relationship break up!
It is so easy to use. A compartment at the back is easily lifted away and you fill it with water from the tap. Depending on whether you are going to have one cup or two you fill it up or fill it halfway, First thing in the morning I fill it to the 2 cup line as I always have 2 cups in the morning. You unclip the hinge of the lid of the senseo machine to reveal a recess where you put your coffee pod. You clip it back in and switch the machine on to heat the water and when the light stops flashing to show that the machine is ready you put your cup under the coffee tap, hit the button again and the coffee comes out.
The way the coffee tap is designed is that it has two holes from which the coffee drips out so you have the option of putting either one cup under to collect both drips or two cups under to collect one each. I like my coffee in a big mug and so I have both drips into the one cup. I imagine if you wanted your coffee in a slender mug you might have a problem with the 2 drip holes though.
The pods you use look like round tetley tea bags and I use each one twice - my two morning cups come from one pod so this is even better value for me. Obviously the first cup of the day with the fresh pod is stronger and then the second time I use it just before I go out to work it is a little weaker but still very tasty. There are different types such as classic, dark roast, morning coffee, cappuccino and they generally cost around £3 for about 15 which I don't begrudge at all as it works out about 10p a cup for me.
The design of the senseo is very sleek and nice looking, even though it is quite an old product. As previously mentioned, I bought one of these years ago and the design hasn't changed.
I recommend this machine to anyone who likes proper coffee but doesn't have time most mornings to feed their habit. It is a lovely looking machine that produces great coffee relatively quickly, easily and mess free.
Coffee, one of the best inventions ever. There is nothing better than wake up in the morning and the smell of fresh made coffee. Whenever the Senseo machine first came out from Douwe Egberts I wasnt really enthioustiastic about it, I thought just another coffee machine untill I tasted the coffee at a friends house. The coffee is so creamy and you can buy different flavours which I will explain later.
I paid £49.99 for the machine.
The machine is silver of colour ( but they have different colours like blue, red, white, black). The size of the machine is morelike the average coffeemachine so doesnt take too much space. You get 2 cupholders with the machine. one for 1 pod and one for 2 pods ( you can also use the 2 pod one for a hot chocolatepod which is bigger).
The machine has 3 buttons
1= on/off button
2= 1 cup
3= 2 cups
At the back of the machine is a watertank that you have to fill with water thats heats up whenever you press the off/on button.
You push the lid up to open the top bit and then you can put the podholder in you prefer. You close the lid and press the on button, you hear the water boiling like a kettle and when the water is boiled you press the button for whatever pod you which to use and the water mixed with the pod and gives you a lovely cup of coffee with a creamy layer.
You can buy Senseopods in the following flavours:
extra dark roast
italian, brazil, hot chocolate , capuccino, caramel etc. Some of the special flavours are hard to get in the Uk. I normally buy them in Holland and take them to the UK whenever i visit family but you can always buy them online.
The pods are expensive in the UK i find, you get 18 pods for £2.99
I am a coffee addict. I absolutely love the stuff and cannot get enough. BUT... it has to be good coffee. Non of this insta-muck out-of-a-jar rubbish for me I'm afraid.
This being the case I was wary of home coffee machines until I tried a cup of coffee from a friend's Senseo machine. I was amazed by how good it tasted and it went straight to the top of my Christmas List.
I actually received my machine around 7 years ago, and it is still going strong. I probably make 5 or 6 coffees per week in it and have done for all of that time. I did think it was broken once and that sent me into absolute panic, but actually it just had a little blockage, and as soon as I'd cleaned it all was well again. Panic over! I've even taken it away on self-catering holidays so that I could get my Senseo fix!
Mine is the black version and it sits happily on the worktop next to my Dolce Gusto machine in 'Coffee Corner'. (I did mention I was an addict, didn't I?!) It takes up maybe 20cm by 40cm of space and needs to be plugged in to the wall.
To make a coffee you fill up the water tank at the rear with enough water for one or two cups (marked on the tank). It comes supplied with two podholders, one for one small pod which makes one cup of coffee, and one for two small pods or one 'mug size' pod, which, makes either two small cups of coffee simultaneously (as pictured), or one mug of coffee. No cups are supplied despite all of the advertising showing rather sleek looking coffee glasses. You can buy those separately though, if you really want to. Insert your chosen pod or pods in the holder and close the lid. The button in the middle heats up the water, and this takes only a minute or two. You then place your cup, cups or mug underneath the spout and press either the 'one cup' or 'two cups' button. It really couldn't be simpler. Disposal of the pods afterwards is easy too, as they're essentially the same as tea bags. Just remove the pod holder and tip the used pod into the bin or or your composter.
The availability of the pods can be a bit hit and miss. The Senseo branded pods contain Douwe Egberts coffee. The basic ones - Classic and Dark Roast small pods - are the most readily available. Larger supermarkets may also stock Decaf, Mug Size and occasionally other varieties. I have recently spotted cappuccino pods in my local Tesco, and a new Lungo range has just appeared. Some stores will even have own brand compatible pods. I bought some in Aldi once but haven't seen them since.
For some reason you can buy a far greater variety of pods in other countries. In Germany I saw Milka Hot Chocolate pods, Chococino pods, a wide variety of strengths and compatible pods from other well known brands on the continent such as Jacobs and Dallmayr. You can buy these on the internet but the postage makes them rather pricey.
My preferred pods are the mug size 'Morning' coffee. The strength is just perfect and the taste is divine. I drink it black with sugar. Like all Senseo pods a 'crema' layer forms on the top. You can see this in the photograph too. This isn't milk or cream, despite the name, it just forms thanks to the pressure of the water going through the pod. It makes the coffee seem that bit more special, as if it were bought from a coffee shop rather than made at home. I like to sprinkle chocolate powder on top of it for a little extra luxury.
The machine itself costs around £60 - £70 these days, and the pods range from £2 for a pack of 14 - 16 single cup pods to £4 for a bag of 20 Mug-Size. Occasionally they'll be on offer so it's a good idea to stock up at these times.
My only real issue with the Senseo is that I find it difficult to clean the well. It is dishwasher compatible, but sadly I don't have one of those. Only a small drawback for such lovely coffee for so many years though.
I have owned my Senseo coffee machine for a few years now.
I love coffee and until I bought my Senseo machine I used instant coffee at home with cafetiere coffee at weekends and special occasions. However it was always a nuisance to have to clean the coffee grounds away and wash it all clean. When I saw the Senseo machine on offer I thought it would be worth a try.
The machine is compact and doesn't take up much space on my work surface. It is very simple to use. You put water in the water tank and slot it into place, and then you put a coffee pod into the holder and shut the lid. Finally you press either the button for one or two cups of coffee and the machine does the rest.
There are different Senseo coffee pods you can buy to use in the machine. Decaffeinated pods and different strengths and blends of coffee are available. You can also buy pods that fit the machine in Lidl. It is so easy to throw away the used coffee pod (it looks a bit like a tea bag filled with coffee grounds).
My machine has been very reliable with no problems to date. I use it to make coffee rather than using instant.
There are a couple of things that can be a bit annoying.
 It can be noisy while the drink is percolating but you soon get used to that
 The coffee isn't boiling hot and I've sometimes had to microwave it for my other half to make it very hot for him.
 It can be difficult to find the full range of pods - bigger supermarkets have a better selection than small ones.
I am a lover of all things coffee related and am always grabbing espressos as a pick me up throughout the day. I thought to myself, instead of spending so much money buying espressos in various coffee shops, I may as well buy my own espresso machine and save both time and money in the while.
So I picked this up from Amazon for just over Euro65!! (Around £50) Quite pricey, but for the amount I was spending on espressos and coffees in a month, some might say a bargain. I later priced the same machine in both Argos and Woodies and discovered I did indeed get a bargain. It looked great in the picture on amazon and I needed a coffee machine, not badly, but enough to make me stop and think for a second while browsing. I wouldn't have paid this amount in a store as I'm sure if I shopped around I would have gotten a much cheaper one, but there you go, a complete sucker for online shopping, everything only a click away....!
I got my one in the standard black version but it does come in a variety, much more of which are availble in stores as amazon only had the choice of red, black and blue. I figured black is fairly neutral and would match my own kitchen rather than the red which is very vibrant.
Never having used any type of coffee machine myself before, I thought I was in for some tricky DIY and hours poring over an instruction manual in order to get it up and running!! It looked so complicated at first with all the different functions and buttons. Boy was I surprised. You literally just fill up the little pod that comes with it, with normal filter coffee (any variation can be used, which is great!!), insert it into the back of the machine, and hey presto your done. It really is as simple as that!! There aren't many buttons
I love the fact that the machine is quite small. This may look like a disadvantage but you can pretty much stick it anywhere and it doesnt take up much room!! It is easy to assemble, dis assemble and clean too, which actually isn't needed very often, depending on how much you use of course. The pod holder, pouring spout, perforated tray and tank are all easy to clean and are safe in the dishwasher, making life easier again.
The water tank (which is removable) can hold up to around 6 mugs of water at a time, in and around 750 ml and when it is running low a light will flash and let you know. It is easily refillable then from the tap or bottled water if you swig that way. The coffee itself takes very little time to make. You press the button on the front (it is very clear) and the coffee is made in under a minute! Great value for money!!!
It makes a standard mug with a fab layer of foam on top...just to seal in the flavour...! The coffee beans which are specially made for this type of machine then come in three different flavours of coffee and even varieties of fruit flavoured coffee which doesn't sound very appealing to me personally but some of you might be in to all that new age coffee.
Enlighten your senses and put the pleasure back into coffee......
For Christmas, off my sister I received a gift voucher. It was in fact, to be split between me, and my partner, so instead of choosing something each, it was decided to spend the money on something for the house that we both could enjoy.
I initially went out and purchased the Dolce Gusto (but that's another review). For the price, it was such a poor quality machine, it didn't heat the coffee up, and the taste from several varieties of the pods tasted foul. The machine had been used for a whole twenty minutes, and had made four drinks, before I took it back to the store.
I decided to take my time choosing its succcessor, and after reading reviews I decided upon the Senseo. I chose the black model to fit with my decor. It looks good, as it has quite a modern take on a boring old traditional filter coffee machine. Another advantage was that by the use of pods, it is quick to change if someone should want a different variety, and would also be easy to clean with none of the messy filters, and coffee grounds to clear away.
Using the machine is simplicity itself, as you just lift up the top, and insert a pod into the pod holder. When you switch in on, you have to wait for the water to heat up. This takes a matter of moments, and then you are ready to press the button which will activate the machine to do the coffee making process. When making one cup, this process takes less than 30 seconds.
The water reservoir is easy to fill, but it isn't very big, so if you are making many cups of coffee, it will need to be refilled more than once. I quite like this though, as it means I get a fresh cuppa, rather than have the water sitting there going stagnant.
The space where you situate your mug isn't very large; there isn't much of a gap between the top of the mug, and the nozzle. Luckily mine are average sized mugs; you'd never get a latte mug underneath. A great feature is that you can make two mugs at a time; I've not seen this on any other machine. Two cups of coffee in under a minute - Marvellous!
After using this to make coffee, you should always try and discard the pod straight away. I got into a habit of doing this, but on one occasion my partner left the pod inside. We'd had warm and sunny weather for a few days and were drinking more cold drinks, when we returned to the machine; in place of the pod was a mouldy mess. Lesson learned - he won't do that again. If you do leave this unused for a few days, I would also recommend that you flush the machine through (without the pod), once or twice, to clean out the insides of any residual water that had gone dirty.
The pods are essentially a large tea bag filled with, erm, coffee! They are very easy to find, being located next to the instant coffee in the supermarket. The price for these pods is very respectable, not as cheap as instant, but not as expensive, per cup, as a coffee house such as Starbucks. This makes in an affordable treat, and we love this coffee, and never use instant now.
As the coffee is heated by steam pressure, it is never as boiling hot as some might like, but as boiling the coffee is said to alter the flavour and aroma, this is great. It also means you can enjoy your coffee more quickly, without having to wait for it to cool down. The coffee's foam layer is a bit disappointing, as it disappears really quickly. I'd prefer a larger amount of froth or a longer lasting one.
I was just checking on Argos, to see the latest prices for the purpose of this review, (I paid £30 for mine, half price, in the January sale), but I'm sad to say, Argos do not stock them anymore. They are in fact, available direct from Phillips for the price of £61.27. If you shop around, you may be able to find it, at a lower cost, elsewhere.
Technical specifications for the Senseo, as taken from the Phillips website which is here: http://www.philips.co.uk
Colour(s): Raven black
Country of origin: Poland/China
Power: 1450 W
Voltage: 220 - 240 V
Frequency: 50 - 60 Hz
Cord length: 100 cm
Water tank capacity: 0.75/5 Litres/cups
Auto-off: 60 minute(s)
Spout height: 117 mm
Black coffee brew volume: 120 ml
In summary, this is a lovely machine to own, and use. I love the coffee from it, and so it seems, do visitors, whom we have served coffee made from this machine. I can't see any downside to owning this, other than it is not as easily available on the high street anymore. Perhaps they are working on its successor? I just hope that it lives up to this one.
I love my Phillips senseo, its easy to use and the coffee tastes great. Ive had mine for over a year now and have used it daily. The coffee sachets are not too expensive and they come in a range of strenghths, it tastes as good as a freshly ground coffee from a machine, I used to have a fiddely esspresso machine, which was a pain to use and clean, this on the other hand is easy to clean and easy to use. You can make two cups or just one, just pop in the right sachet holder... easy and quick
To use it you just need to fill up the back water compratment with the amount of cold water required, pop in the pod/sachet(s), put your cup/s under the spout and switch on, its that simple. The coffee sachets look like tea bags so there is'nt even any mess either. I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys coffee.. good coffee.
I love coffee and I drink it by the bucket load. Usually just instant coffee but on weekends I used to make fresh filter coffee and sit and drink it while reading the paper. Knowing how much I like my coffee my dad bought me one of these machines a few years ago and I have to say it was over the moon. I read the box and realised this machine took neat little pods and thought how much time, effort and mess this would save rather then brewing fresh coffee in a percolator style machine. The problem with this machine is simple the coffee is not hot enough at best I would say it was luke warm and so unless you literally down your coffee it goes cold far too quickly which for me takes the enjoyment out of it........cold coffee where's the senseo in that.
For the price I think this machine is terrible, I went back to my £7 filter machine and sold this for £3 at a car boot sale. I spoke to my brother who also got one the same xmas as a present from the old man and he said the same that it was as much use as a chocolate tea pot and had just binned it. I think they were on offer at £60 each but what a waste of £120.
If you're looking for a coffee machine then this is nothing more than over priced tat. It's plastic, cheap looking and doesn't even perform its basic function to an acceptable level, ie produce a hot cup of coffee.
I recommend the Nespresso machine which although more expensive £130 it is far superior and the pride of my kitchen and the one thing I couldn't do without.
At about 18, I developed a love for coffee. We have a great (& very complicated!) coffee maker at my mom and stepdads house but this wasn't going to be practical to take to university. A friend suggested a senseo as a space-saving solution, as she had one on her boat. I made her bring it back to try it, and immediately went out and got one myself. It heats up quickly with little fuss and I never have any problems with it. It was second hand when I got it and 2 years on it's working fabulously! The double cup attachment is great - perfect for filling a thermos for commuting. The senseo pods always taste great and they're often on offer at a supermarket nearby so work out very cheap if you buy them in bulk. You're able to get different strengths of coffee which is fabulous, sometimes I don't want super strong coffee in summer but often it's needed on those cold winter mornings! I have mine by my bed at university to wake me up, and when I move back home in a few months I will be taking it back too. The parents are impressed with the coffee too, what more of a seal of approval could you need?!
I've always had a bit of a love/hate relationship with coffee.. I've always loved the smell of coffee and really liked home made latte's and the sachet cappuccinos but I've never been able to stand coffee itself or any coffee from a coffee shop (except the smell.. I adore the smell) so, when my mum got me this coffee maker as a present I didn't quite know what to think. She knew I couldn't stand coffee in the traditional sense so why on earth would you get someone who didn't like coffee a coffee maker?! However, being the dutiful daughter I accepted it and went looking for the pods for it so it at least got some use. I found a deal online where I could get three packets for the price of two. I bought hot chocolate, cappuccino and a medium roast. I know the medium roast may seem like a strange choice for someone who has just admitted they hate the taste of coffee but my reasoning was that it was free because of the deal so if I didn't like it nothing was lost and it was a coffee machine after all, what use is a coffee machine if it wasn't going to be used to make coffee?
The machine I have looks different to the one dooyoo has a picture for. I can only assume it's a newer or older model. The base is black with a thin metal stand to place your mug on. The back is black and angled forward so that the part the coffee comes out of is directly above the stand. Above this spout is a handle to enable you to lift the lid up in order to place the pods inside.
The water pot fits on to the very back of the machine and is see through to enable you to see exactly how much water is left. There are markings on the water pot to tell you the minimum, maximum and one/two cupfuls worth.
There are also three buttons on the base of the machine which are to turn it on, to make one cupful and to make two cupfuls of coffee.
Using The Coffee Machine
Using the machine is easy, you simply fill up the water tank at the back of the machine and then turn it on. I like to run it through first once without any pod in as this cleans out the machine ensuring that when I do make the coffee I know I'm not getting any old coffee, dust or anything else that may have collected inside.
After it's run through open the lid and choose the pod holder you need (there are two - one for one cup and one for two). Place this inside the top of the machine and then put the desired pod in the pod holder. Place your cup on the stand below the spout and then press the button relating to how much you want (one or two cups). If you're making a full sized mug you'll need to choose the two cup option.
I also like to add my milk and sugar before turning the machine on as this allows the machine to froth up the milk making a gorgeously frothy cup of coffee.
I love this machine and I have to admit that had you asked me when I got it two years ago if I'd ever say that, I'd have said that there wasn't a chance in hell, but from turning it on to having a cup of coffee in my hand only takes around two minutes - that's quicker then instant coffee! It also tastes like nothing I've ever tasted before and I can honestly say I really do like it.
I like my coffee frothy and so always put the milk in first, this produces a nice amount of froth without detracting from the taste of the coffee, there's also not too much meaning that you get just the right mix of froth and coffee. If however you prefer your coffee without the froth this is simple by just adding the milk after the coffee machine has finished.
The machine looks modern and stylish with it's curved black shape and so fits nicely into the corner of my kitchen and I would say it would fit with almost any décor.
Cleaning up is easy - there is a removable drip tray that catches almost all the drips positioned below the stand. The spout, pod holder and water tray are all removable allowing them to be washed separately and a quick run through of the machine without a pod will clean out the inside of any remaining coffee and a quick wipe under the tray will pick up any drips that missed the tray. The only thing I will say here is that even though you shouldn't add a pod for cleaning you do need to ensure that a holder is in place. It seems as though that is how the machine measures how much water to add. I just tried cleaning it whilst writing this review and ended up with a flood as it emptied the water pot!
Getting to know the right amount of milk to add if you add it before running the machine can take a bit of practice as you end up with a very full mug of coffee and so there have been many times I've overflowed the cup! This isn't such a problem though as the drip tray will catch any spills it just means some wastage.
I don't like my coffee strong and find the medium roast pods just right for me however there are a wide selection of pods available including decaf, mocha, hot chocolate, cappuccino and a wide range of speciality coffees. I have tried most of these and the only one I have found that I don't like too much is, strangely enough, the hot chocolate! This isn't a fault with the machine though I just generally don't like hot chocolate made with water - I prefer it with milk. The others though all taste absolutely divine and coming from someone that doesn't like coffee that says a lot!
The pods themselves I've found difficult to find in stores and so have resorted to buying them online. The prices vary between £3 and £6 depending on what it is you want. The best places I have found to get them from is Amazon although if you look around they are available elsewhere.
I've had my machine a few years and it was a present so I'm not sure how much it cost but a quick look online is showing them as available for around £50 - £60.
The noise level is fairly high. I've gotten used to it now but it is really quite noisy and will wake up people in my house if they are still asleep because of this it loses a dooyoo star but in all other respects it's an excellent machine.
** It's easy to use: Philips Senseo **
I have this coffee machine for a couple of years now and it's still working! Every morning before I go to work I make myself a nice fresh cup of coffee. It's certainly easy.
2001 came the Senseo on the market and caused a whole revolution. Suddenly everybody wanted one and so did my husband. He came home one day with the Senseo and I was quiet excited. Apparently it was very easy to make a cup of coffee without waiting for 15 mins and without having to make coffee for four people! And the best thing of course it wasn't expensive!
The Senseo is perfect for making a quick cup of coffee or even two. The machine is designed that it heats up the water quickly and gives you a cup of coffee within one or two minutes. It's very easy to use and to clean and you can even make yourself a cup of tea! When the brand for started with just normal coffee, these days you can get all kind of coffee. My favourite is the Cappuccino which doesn't taste a nice when you get it at a Costa but still it's quiet nice.
The price of the pads isn't the cheapest and you can get the Cappuccino pads for around 4 pounds and you get 10 pads. If you want to get the Hot Chocolate then it will cost you around 5 pounds. The classic pads go for around 2,50 pounds but you get 18 pads for that price. It's not the cheapest coffee and when we have a few people around I just make the normal filter coffee.
If you are interested you can buy a senseo for around 75 pounds and that's almost the same price we paid for it! They don't really get any cheaper and that's because you remain popular. Just keep in mind that you probs have to buy some additions like the Hot Choco Pod Holder to make your favourite coffee!
Ok, so put in your ear plugs and be ready to enjoy a very good cup of coffee! I`ve owned this espresso maker from Philips for quite some time now, and I gotta say that I`ve kind of fallen in love with it, all though it has its disadvantages, luckily not many of them. So, there`s the obvious, being that the look of this machine is wicked modern and stylish, and with that it really will funk up your kitchen counter! But of couse most importantly, it makes a really good cup of coffee, which is what I was hoping for when first trying it out.
I have to clarify that you can make so much more than just espresso and a regular cup of coffee with this machine, as delicious mouthfuls of cocoa, cappucino, Vienna and Mocha and so on can be made, just as easy as that! Here`s the amazing fact, it takes about 20-30 seconds to make yourself a cup of coffee using this machine, which must be some kind of record, in light of the coffee ending up tasting absolutely decent as well! The machine is really easy and standard to use, and cleaning it proved no problem! It goes without saying that this should not be washed in the dish washer, just clean it thoroughly by hand rather often. If you want, this machine can make two cups of coffee at a time, which doesn`t really add to the time of the making. Now, the disadvantage that is ever so clear about this product, is that it does make a lot of noise! I`ve kind of reached a state where I don`t notice it anymore, but in the beginning it really got on my nerve, as the noise level is very high! But you get a really good cup of coffee, so I choose to focus upon that... You can buy different type of flavours at stores such as Sainsbury`s and Whittard of Chelsea, and they vary in cost, depending upon the quality and brand of the flavors... You can for instance buy big packages of a flavor costing about 15.00, or pay them separately, mixing and matching tastes...
I paid 90.55 for my Philips Senseo, and I`ve found it to be a great investment! This machine makes really good coffee in no time, and I would recommend it as a very good addition to any household!
Fancy a cup of coffee?
A few years ago the Senseo coffee machine was introduced and became a total hype. Even a few years' later people are still going crazy on the same type of machine. Why? Well the Senseo is all about being able to get a quick good cup of coffee without having to make a whole pot. I love coffee but I don't always need a whole pot, especially in the morning before I go to work. I need a quick cup of coffee in the morning without the hassle of instant coffee.
I wasn't really one the first people who got a Senseo. A few friends of mine and my parents had the Senseo before me and they convinced me that this was a good coffee machine. First when I saw the adverts I didn't really believe in it and thought it would taste like cheap coffee. Since the Senseo exists for a few years now I finally got one in a sale which convinced me to finally get one and I'm glad I did.
From the first moment I had I was surprised about how easy the coffee machine was to set up. Nothing really difficult and it was set up in literally minutes and ready to use. Making a cup of coffee is very easy. You add the water in the back of the Senseo and at the front you can place the pad and in about 20 seconds you have your perfect cup of coffee. You can choose if you want to make 1 or 2 cups which just makes it easier when you are a couple.
The Senseo is not just only for making a simple cup of coffee. You got a lot of different tastes to choose from like Mocha, Vienna but also hot chocolate and cappuccino. It all sounds good but sometimes it's difficult to get the different tastes in your local supermarket. But then again I prefer a normal cup of coffee in the morning.
The other negative thing I found is the noise it makes when making the coffee. I love a cup of coffee in the morning but sometimes I literally run away from the machine while he's making the coffee. It's awfull noise especially when you are not really awake. Shame really.
I'm really glad I bought a Senseo because in the end it does make good coffee and without any hassle. The coffee machine is easy to set up and easy to use. It's also very easy to clean. What I like is the different tastes only unfortunately they are not always that easy to come by. And the noise of the machine is a negative but I can forgive the Senseo for it when I'm enjoying my fresh cup of coffee.
When me and my other half moved in together our families started trying to kit us out with various equipment to fill our kitchen. One of the items we ended up with was a Douwe Egberts Senseo coffee maker.
We have had our Senseo now for over a year, with our specific model being the HD7814 black. This is still available to buy on Amazon for £60.00 but there has been a newer version released since which costs £90.00 and it is also available to buy in silver if that fits in better with your kitchen.
Personally I don't think that the Seneso lives up to much in the stylish kitchen appliance Olympics. With the likes of the Dolce Gusto out there which I think looks great the Senseo just looks like a bit of a blot on my kitchen side and if I had room I would probably try ands keep it hidden away in a cupboard. The picture on DooYoo is very similar to how my particular Senseo looks with the only difference being that it is black and the tower is less rounded. The black is matt on the tower but is shiny around the base; this is a nice touch in way to add a bit of variety to its appearance.
I find the Senseo a bit difficult to clean as it seems to attract all the grease and hair (thanks to Merlin's seemingly never ending shedding coat lol) in the kitchen. It may have been me over cleaning the item but I have found that the symbols under the buttons have all but disappeared making the machine look a bit scruffy and testing my memory as to what the three buttons do (its not exactly hard but still...).
How to use it
When making a coffee the machine is very easy to use as it's just a case of lifting up the top, inserting a pod in to the pod holder, waiting for the water to heat up (this doesn't take very long, probably about 1 minute) and pressing a button. You can choose the size of coffee you want between either a cup or a mug. That is very easy though I find that when I go to fill up the water reservoir (not necessarily needed to be done every time you make a coffee) there's a small attachment that always falls off it. It's probably just me, as it seems like it should be easy to put back on, but I always find it difficult to reattach. In my opinion the water reservoir isn't very big because the machine gives out quite small servings (in cups) when it comes to filling up a mug the reservoir probably needs filling up every couple of mugs or so.
When making a coffee I find that the space between the tap and base isn't very big. I do have quite a lot of big mugs and none of them fit under the tap. However, if you use a 'normal' mug I tend to find that using the 'mug' button will cause your cup to be too full (thankfully the machine does have a drip tray) so you ideally need quite short and fat large mugs which luckily I have. When I first got the machine this was something that annoyed me as pictures of coffee released by Douwe Egberts/Phillips supposedly made by a Senseo included those that came in those large tall glasses. There's no chance that those would fit under the spout.
After making your coffee the pod holders, spout, drip tray and leak tray can all be washed and are all dishwasher safe. This is really handy for general cleaning. However, it's also great for another problem I personally have with this machine and that is forgetting to take out the pods. I tend to forget to take the pods out of the machine as there is no warning or anything to remind you and you can't see the pods inside so they are easily forgotten about. This is fine when you regularly use the machine. However, at times when I have not been using the machine and left the pod inside they have gone mouldy and really disgusting. It's great that the pods are biodegradable but I'd rather they didn't start that process in the machine!
The coffee pods
Like many of the other machines on the market the Senseo has its own unique way of making coffee and that is with their pods. These really aren't anything to get excited about and they basically look like a large round tea bag.
Pod flavours available include:
Mild, Medium and Dark roast
They also do some more interesting varieties which I am yet to try including the city tour pods which include Rio de Janeiro - a coffee pod with vanilla and cream liqueur.
Trying to find the pods whilst doing your normal shop to be honest, is a bit of a pain. Tesco do sell a small variety of the proper Douwe Egberts coffee pods, though they don't have the more adventurous flavours (generally having decaffeinated, mild roast etc) and I think they do also sell a few of their own versions (though I haven't seen any in a while). The pods don't come cheap with 18 pods (i.e. 18 mugs of coffee maximum) costing around £2.50. To be more adventurous with your coffee you need to buy the pods online. Amazon do a fair selection but they are sold in packs of three or more (unless you pay for one and pay a ridiculous amount of postage) so you can expect to pay over £10.00 for some coffee. Although in fairness, compared to the single packs, this is quite good value, it feels like a lot to spend in one go on some coffee.
A big negative to these pods is that like with most things when they decide to no longer make the Senseo machine the coffee pods will soon fade in to oblivion and will make the machine utterly useless. Luckily that isn't something that looks likely to occur in the near future but when you're spending so much on a coffee machine you want to know that you'll be able to use it for a fairly long time.
How the coffee tastes
The coffee you get will obviously depend on the type of coffee pod you use. However, I will try to generalise.
Firstly the coffee will probably not be hot enough for most people. When the coffee comes out the machine it really isn't boiling hot and to make the best of your coffee you need to warm up your mug and milk first or your coffee goes cold very quickly.
The coffee doesn't always seem to come out properly. The idea of the pods is that the water covers all of it and makes the most of the flavour. However, I tend to find that the first half of the mug as it pours is a bit weak and watery.
I tend to find the coffee, even with the issues above, very strong which may not be to everyone's taste. However, I havent found a type of pod that I havent liked, with the coffee generally tasting quite nice (though not hot enough).
One issue I have with the coffee is that I don't think there's enough froth etc made from the machine so my coffee doesn't feel that special making me wonder why I bothered to use the machine.
Even though I have listed a lot of faults I do think that this is an ok coffee machine and if it could be found on offer then it's probably worth buying as coffee machines can be quite expensive. The coffee it makes is fairly nice and there is a fair variety of pods available (though I would still like more, especially in the supermarkets). However, I really dont like how the coffee machine looks. I think when I can afford it I'll be looking to get a new coffee machine which probably wont make any better (or warmer!) coffee but at least it will look nicer on the kitchen side.
Technical Specifications (taken from Amazon)
* Spout height: 117 mm
* Water tank capacity: 0.75/5 Litres/cups and Black coffee brew volume: 120 ml
* 1 cup, 2 cups or a mug of SENSEO coffee freshly brewed in under a minute
* Always the right balance between coffee and water
* Full smooth taste with delicious crema layer **
* Simple to use and easy to clean
(**After having the machine over a year I'm still not 100% sure what that actually is!)