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Philips HD7840 Senseo
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Philips HD7840 Senseo
Date: 16/07/11, updated on 16/07/11 (190 review reads)
Advantages: Easy to use, and makes lovely coffee
Disadvantages: May not be suitable for tall mugs. Foam is a bit lacking for my liking
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.
Summary: A great, but basic, coffee machine. It does it's job well.
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