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TU Plastic 8-cup Cafetiere

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Brand: TU / Type: Manual / Subcategory: Coffee Press / Number of Cups: 8 Cups

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      04.11.2013 12:40
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      I am happy with my cafetiere and it was very cheap

      WHAT IS IT?

      A cafetiere from Sainsburys that will make 8 cups of coffee.

      THE DESIGN

      I like the design of this cafetiere because it is simple. The jug is made from very thin glass and the outside of the cafetiere is thick plastic that helps to keep the glass jug safe and makes it easy for me to pick up and pour also. The handle is very big and I like that because the jug is so thin and holds boiling water so I think it is good that I can hold it very secure in my hands and not worry that I am going to drop it.

      WHAT I THINK

      I bought this cafetiere only because I broke 2 of my others in a very short space of time, I was being very clumsy at that time and I do not know why but I broke a lot of items in my kitchen. I bought a replacement jug at the same time because they were both on a special offer and I thought it would be good to have a spare jug in case I broke this one and then I would not have to go out to buy another one.

      The coffee I make in my cafetiere is very nice and when I push down the plunger it keeps all of the coffee at the bottom so that my drink is clear of bits when I am drinking it. The jug is very thin so the coffee goes cold quick and I think I should have bought one that was a smaller size because in the day my husband is out and I can not drink all of this coffee that I have made. The thin jug makes me happy that I bought a spare one because I think it will break a lot easier than the other cafetieres I have had before.

      I like that I can put it in the dishwasher because that saves me from having to wash it up myself and I think that is when it would get broken, it comes out of the dishwasher very clean and then I can put it straight away. It says that it can not go in the microwave but I do not know if anyone would put something like this into the microwave.

      It makes very good coffee and is easy to use and clean so I think it is worth buying this instead of a more expensive cafetiere, I think I should have bought the smaller one but I did not and it doesn't matter very much because I am learning only to put in enough coffee for the amount of cups that I need to make.

      ANYTHING ELSE

      This cafetiere cost me only £8 and I am happy with that price because it is very good and I think it will last for a long time as long as I do not break the glass jug but even if I do that doesn't matter because I have got a spare one also.

      4 Dooyoo Stars.

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      15.09.2013 12:47

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      An excellent value, straightforward cafetiere

      I am a big coffee drinker and one of the essentials when I moved out of home for the first time was a cafetiere. This was the first one I ever bought and at the time, price was the most important consideration for me. When I found this Plastic 8-cup Cafetiere made by Sainsburys own brand "Tu"
      at half price for only £6 I grabbed it straight away.
      The design looks modern but is not particularly stylish with it's plain black matt plastic which surrounds the glass jug snugly. On top is a lid with a circular handle attached to the silver plunger inside and along one side is a large black plastic handle which is easy to grip thanks to the large gap between the handle and jug while the shape is comfortable enough to hold the jug firmly while pouring. The cafetiere is supported on a robust base with rubber strips underneath that stop it from slipping around on the kitchen worktop - always a good thing when handling boiling liquid!

      This cafetiere is supposed to be large enough to make eight cups of coffee. I personally think this is a bit of a stretch as they would have to be pretty small cups in order to make eight of them. Possibly if the statement is referring to tiny expresso cups then this would be true. However, I think most people, myself included, prefer a more generous amount of coffee in the morning. I prefer mine in decent sized mugs and you can probably make about 4-5 of these with the jug. The lid does not fit very securely and I always keep an eye on it to prevent any leakages. On the other hand, the cafetiere was really easy to use and this simplicity probably comes from the lack of features which can be found on more expensive models. You just have to fill the jug with coffee and hot water, replace the lid and let it blend for a few minutes. This straightforward approach was perfect for me in the morning, especially when in rush.

      This cafeteiere did actually make really delicious coffee considering how much I paid for it. At first it took a bit of trial and error to get the coffee exactly how I like it as I like mine quite strong when I have milky coffee but weaker when I drink black coffee. Once you've figured out the right balance of coffee and water as well as how long to leave it to brew you can get really nice tasting coffee.

      It was a bit of a pain to keep clean as it is quite fiddly to manually remove all traces of coffee from the different components as it is not suitable to put in the dishwasher. I normally leaved mine to soak in soapy water for a few minutes after using it and then wiped and rinsed it later.

      Overall, this was a good cafetiere for a few years and although I have now upgraded to a more expensive one I think this is great for those who aren't looking for a flashy machine with tons of
      features but just want a bog standard one that'll function well (or anyone who loves a bargain)!

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      18.07.2013 21:13
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      Nice, foes a good job for a good price but not very durable

      Over the last year, I have been on a bit of a health kick by cutting out milk and started to have my hot drinks black. As a treat, I decided to buy myself a cafetiere so I could enjoy a 'real' coffee in a morning rather than the instant ones I would normally use.

      Although I wouldn't say the cafetiere is attractive and did actually look plain and simple on the side in my kitchen. The glass jug is surrounded by a black plastic frame which has a matt finish and is smooth to touch and the lid is also made from the same material. The top of the plunger has a nice large ball on the top which I could grip easily. The frame fits snugly around the glass jug and when pouring, it doesn't feel like it is going to fall out, I must admit that as an extra precaution, I used to hold the lid when pouring.

      The angle of the spout on the jug is good too so it allows the right amount of coffee to come out when pouring and doesn't cause any spillages.

      The cafetiere stands around 25cm tall and is actually designed for 8 servings; Sainsbury's do a smaller version (3 cup) which would have been more suitable for me however this wasn't in stock at the time I purchased. Although there is only me in our house which drinks coffee, I have never filled the cafetiere right to the top and tested that it will make 8 cups, I do think this is a little on the generous side and I do think that I would struggle to fill 8 of my mugs that I use at home.

      The reason why I am using the past tense is because when I was taking this from the cupboard one morning, I accidentally dropped it on the side causing the glass to crack. I was a little disappointed in the fact, to say it is made from glass, I would expect it to be a little tougher. Sainsbury's do sell a replacement glass jug which costs around £6 which I did purchase but when this broke too (I am quite clumsy) I decided to dispose of and invest in a more expensive version.

      It did take me a few attempts to get the perfect coffee as although I like coffee, I don't like it too strong and initially, my coffee ended up being way to strong for my liking. I find the best way to 'brew' is by adding a couple of spoonfuls of coffee (normally I add one spoonful per person or cup I want), I then add a drop of cold water and then top up with boiling water (I add the cold water first to protect the coffee as boiling water can ruin the flavour), take the plunge and leave. I don't like my coffee too strong so I don't like to leave it stewing for too long, if you want it stronger, just leave for a little longer.

      When I press the plunger down, I do need to apply a little pressure which assured me I was quite a nice fit and I wasn't going to end up with bits in my coffee, and I was right! I do think that this is also helped by the fact that the plunger also has a meshed metal filter to it too.

      I do sometimes find that the coffee can be a little more expensive than instant coffee and doesn't have as long a shelf life once opened, so if ever I spot a brand on offer, I always stock up then (regardless of the brand!). Like most things, there are definitely some better brands out there on the market though and I actually do like Tesco's own brand and the price is reasonable too.

      One of the downsides of the product is that it is not dishwasher safe so I have to wash my hand, the product it also a bit fiddly to clean too, especially if the coffee dries so I always try to wash and rinse in soapy water immediately after using. This is quite disappointing as no matter what time I get up in the morning, I seem to struggle for time so having to make sure I washed my cafetiere was a bit of a pain!

      The cafetiere retails for £12, at the time I purchased, I believe it was discounted to less than £10 but at either price, I still feel that this was a good purchase. As it is part of the TU range, it is available from Sainsbury's, both online and in store.

      Overall, for the price of the product, I was actually quite happy with my purchase and recommend but I do feel that the glass is a little on the thin side therefore I would give the product 3 out of 5 stars.

      Thanks for reading.

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        23.02.2012 18:25
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        A fair product at a fair price

        ~Coffee for 8 from Tu?~
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        As a previously happy owner of a very smart looking sliver chrome finished Debenhams cafetiere who rather carelessly broke the glass part of the aforementioned silver beauty and couldn't find a replacement glass piece for it, I eventually decided upon a reasonably priced replacement for the entire unit instead. My saviour came in the form of a Sainsburys Tu cafetiere that I thought looked to be a little less prone to damage (pehaps......), due to its neat and compact easy to handle plastic housing around the usual super slim glass pouring jug.

        In terms of looks, I feel this particular cafetiere is not in my opinion as flashy and modern looking as the Debenhams product it replaced, nor is it as minimal in its overall form. Whilst the look of the plastic casing that houses the glass serving jug on the Sainsburys Tu model is not as pretty, it did most certainly lure me into thinking it would make it less easy for me to clumsily break the glass jug when using the cafetiere (as I had done with the other one). The style and shape of the neat and smooth plastic outer case is something I found to be easy to get used to when wanting to handle the cafetiere (even when the jug was full of hot water when in use).


        ~Using the product~
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        The handle on the Sainsburys cafietiere (being made of the same plastic material) has an easy to touch and hold texture with a decent shape to it that makes for a safe way to hold and pour from the cafetiere when required. I certainly felt that even when I had filled the cafetiere right up, the handle was more than strong enough to hold the amount of hot liquid it was filled with when lifting the jug. The sturdy feeling base of the cafetiere works well to give a nice flat and even surface to the product, which means that you are able to place the whole thing on to a kitchen surface or place mat and feel it will sit there safely, without slipping or moving once filled with hot water.

        The lid of the product is made from the same plastic material and matches well with the rest of the cafetiere and in use the lid managed to stay in place well with a little pressure, as it is attached to the plunger part of the product. I found that I did need to hold on to the top of the lid area and apply a light pressure so as to make sure it stayed on 100% firmly to prevent any leaks or spills when pouring hot coffee from the jug. This is something I have found to be the case with many other similar products though which is why I don't feel it was too much of an issue with this item and is in no way a fault.

        The size of the glass jug allows for a good amount of hot water to be placed within it, although my feeling is that the advertised 8 cups of coffee you are meant to be able to get from this product are somewhat over estimated if using standard kitchen style coffee mugs, rather than the smaller expresso type coffee cups and saucers you can buy. If using these smaller cups then perhaps the 8 cup rating is achievable however in my opinion a generous 4 servings of steaming hot coffee in standard type coffee mugs is more what you can expect.

        The product is easy to handle and fill with coffee and can be quickly filled with hot water ready for brewing up a jug of fresh coffee with very little effort. Once the jug has been filled with coffee and hot water you simply replace the lid and plunger in to the jug and allow the blend to sit for a short while depending on how you like your coffee to taste. You need only a very light action in order to press down on the plunger so as to trap the coffee particles at the bottom of the jug ready for pouring and I found this to be easy to work with.


        ~Cleaning and care~
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        When cleaning this product you do still need to take care when washing and drying the plastic surround and glass jug, although you don't need to take as much care with the lid and plunger part of the product. I must say that during cleaning times you do need to take a little time to make sure that all traces of used coffee have been removed from the plunger part as they can and do get stuck there. Washing the whole thing with warm clean soapy water straight after use will help to prevent the build up of coffee stains but care should be taken with the inner glass jug as it is very prone to breaking if knocked against your kitchen taps as I found out to my error. On the plus side you can get replacement glass jugs for this product at a good price if needed which was a bonus with the product as I was able to get a replacement for it for just £6.

        With the whole thing coming in at £12 it was a fair buy, although when I broke the second glass jug through knocking it by accident I decided to opt for a cheap and cheerful replacement product from Currys that you use with a filter and separate jug, as the cost of having to replace the Tu glass jug alone was not much difference when compared to buying a whole new filter type machine. On the whole this is a fair product and the fact that the original and replacement glass jugs broke was more due to my own clumsiness rather than the actual product, as this certainly wasn't the only time that I broke the glass pouring jug on a cafetiere when washing it out. I do feel this is something to think about when planning a purchase such as this as you do need a careful touch when cleaning the glass part of the product. Having based my rating around the entire experience with this item, I feel it ought to get a 3 star rating.

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    • Product Details

      This stylish modern-looking cafetiere is large enough to make eight delicious cups of your favourite coffee. Made from matt-effect plastic it'll perfectly complement any kitchen.