Product Type: Tefal kettles
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Tefal Quick Cup - Super Fast Impulse Buy
Member Name: Setter
Advantages: Fast cup of hot to the touch water in just 3 seconds. Very good looking machine.
Disadvantages: Not ideal for tea as water is hot, not boiling. Can only use white vinegar for descaling.
It was during a pilgrimage to Curry's when I first laid eyes on this odd shaped machine. Then I noticed the display box beneath it. Five words sprang out and instantly grabbed my attention. Being a serial tea drinker my eyes had to do a double take when I read "Hot Water in 3 Seconds" The picture on the box was the displayed Tefal Quick Cup with a tea mug under the nozzle and hot water being poured in. I just had to have it. My tea drinking days had just advanced to a new level. It was on a special offer of £29.99. I paid the money and took it home.
Once home I opened the box and lifted out the Quick Cup machine. It was nice and straightforward to put together. There's a kind of base, front and nozzle section all in one unit. A clear plastic water tank shaped like a fat half moon that fits snugly around the front unit and slots onto a circular release valve in the base section. Finally the clear plastic lid that's shaped to fit the tank sits on top. There was also a part in the tank that can hold a Claris Water Filter Cartridge but sadly the model I bought didn't come with one on purchase and was sold as an accessory. The shape of the three parts meant that it could only be put together one way so was impossible to make a mistake on this one.
The machine itself looked great and made a fantastic addition to the kitchen. It stood approximately 23cm high and 14 cm wide in a mostly circular shape except for the nozzle that overhangs the front allowing for a cup or mug to be positioned below.
First thing to do before using the Tefal Quick Cup for the first time is to rinse the system through. To do this you first thoroughly wash the tank in clear water and replace it back in its position on the machine. Fill the tank with cold water and place a container under the nozzle that will hold around 1.5 litres.
Plug the machine in. On top of the front panel there are two option buttons, one red for hot water and one black for cold filtered water. Hold down the red button and water will begin to run out of the nozzle. You continue to hold down the red button until all the water in the tank has gone. Throw away the water in the container and you're now ready to use the machine.
Eagerly I prepared a cup of tea and placed it under the nozzle. I filled the tank up with cold water and pressed the hot button. Sure enough the water began to drain through and into the cup. One press on the hot button will dispense 220ml of hot water. If you hold the button down continually the water will just keep running. If you've pressed the hot button once and the 220ml is running you can interrupt this at any time just by pressing the hot button again.
By now the hot water is in the cup and I'm allowing it the statuary time to brew. Sampling the tea you can instantly tell the difference between the Tefal Quick Cup and a standard kettle. The Quick Cup does indeed give you hot water in 3 seconds, no complaints there, but it's hot to the touch, not boiling that the kettle will give. This is reflected in the taste of a cup of tea from the quick cup system.
Fantastic idea if you need just hot water and not boiling water. We did eventually adjust to the tea tasting different but visitors never thanked us for insisting on using it instead of a kettle.
The cold water was no different from the tap so we never used that side of it. Maybe if we had the filter it would've been different so cant really give a personal view on the cold water from the quick cup.
We used the Quick Cup system continuously until after around a good three months it started to scale up and the hot water dispensed wasn't any longer hot. The instruction manual recommended every 2 months for descaling so I think it did very well in that time considering we live in a very hard water area.
Descaling the Tefal Quick Cup system is a bit of a handful in some respects. You place the 1.5 litre container back beneath the nozzle. Fill the empty tank with 1 litre of white vinegar and then press the hot water button and cold-water button simultaneously for 10 seconds. This should start the descaling cycle that will run for around 10 minutes. When the cycle finishes, empty the 1.5 litre container and replace beneath the nozzle again before filling the tank with cold water and repeating the rinsing cycle we first did when the machine was first new.
I'll have to admit we did get the old kettle back out while the machine was descalling and did notice a huge difference in the taste of the tea for the better. Sadly we never used the Tefal Quick Cup again and it got demoted to a cupboard.
Conclusion: Ideal if you need a max of 1.5 litres of hot water. It does what it states and turns cold water into hot to the touch water in 3 seconds. Makes an 'acquired taste' cup of tea but don't expect visitors to thank you for using it.
Summary: Fantastic idea and produces hot water in 3 seconds. Not ideal for tea but you do get used to it.
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