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A great little machine - even for those that don't like coffee!
Member Name: hayley_dl
Advantages: makes great coffee, also does hot chocolate
Disadvantages: noisy, pods can be expensive
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.
Summary: a great machine I would recommend
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