Product Type: Smartcafe gadgets
Newest Review: ... per mug, it comes to about the same price as most novelty mugs these days. However this Smartcafe mug has the added benefit of keeping d... more
Great for coffee lovers
Smartcafe Hot Cafetiere Mug
Member Name: jipp05
Smartcafe Hot Cafetiere Mug
Advantages: Makes a good cup of fresh coffee
Disadvantages: No proper lid
I am a big coffee drinker so much so that I can't even begin to think about starting my day without at least two cups of it.
I got this mug about a year ago as part of my works secret Santa and at first thought it was just a thermos mug and didn't realise until a couple of months later when I actually looked at it properly that it is actually so much more than just a simple thermos mug.
Instead of just adding some instant coffee to the mug to keep it warm you can actually use this to make your own fresh coffee. It is an ingenious little invention but one which is simplicity itself in its design and I am surprised that I haven't seen more of these for sale on the high street.
The mug has its own built in filter to make fresh coffee from ground which works really well and it takes no time at all to brew up a decent cup of coffee. It works like a mini cafetiere so you need to add a spoonful of fresh ground coffee to the mug then use the plunger to push the grounds to the bottom of the mug and release the coffee.
The filter works really well and completely seals all the ground coffee grounds at the bottom of the mug and doesn't let any through to ruin the taste of the coffee more so than my actual cafetiere. Obviously though it is much smaller than my cafetiere but the mug is large enough for one person to get a decent sized cup of coffee.
The mug itself is made of plastic but is really good quality and is insulated to ensure that coffee remains hot for longer than it would in say a china mug. I also find that the handle is a fairly decent size for my fingers to be able to grip it comfortably. I am not overly keen drinking my coffee from a plastic mug as I think that sometimes you can taste the plastic when drinking but I can honestly say that this hasn't been a problem with this mug.
As I mentioned this is an ingenious little product and works well to produce a good cup of fresh coffee with minimal faffing around. I can leave this in my desk at work and use it when I am in the office to make nice fresh coffee and it is both easy to use and also because it only consists of two parts it is also easy to clean. I personally would have preferred if this had a proper lid so that when I had made the coffee I could have taken it in the car or the train but I suppose I have a proper thermos for that.
These mugs cost around about £8 and I have to say that I think this is a good price for them as they are really good quality and the fact that the seal is so strong transforms this from something which could have so easily been a novelty item into something which is genuinely useful for a coffee lover.
Summary: Great item for the coffee lover