Unless you really love your coffee this is a bit over the top for most households. The positives first of all. The choice; you can make pretty much anything from mocha to latte, cappuccino to expresso. The capacity; 10 cups is plenty. The design; it is very easy to take apart, claen and reassemble. The negatives; the thermostatic hoplate although it is hot it doesn't seem to heat the milk. The frother; it makes a mess resulting in the majority of milk ending up on you or on the hotplate resulting in a burnt milk stains and a bad smell. Coffee to milk capacity; if you have 6 friends around and want to show this machine off, expect disappointment. The expresso capacity states it can make six cups - true, but if you want to use frothed milk with them you will make 3 or 4 complete coffees max. Then you reheat more milk, froth it and by thenm the coffee has cooled down.
Although this machine offers alot, it is one for the coffee shop and not for your home, avoid the expense and buy something cheaper and more suitable
I have had this coffee machine for about 2 years now and although it does its job there are a number of niggly things which could do with being improved.
It is a nice looking machine in black and chrome with stainless steel and glass jugs, in 3 sections on the left hand side there is the filter coffee part, in the middle is the function for warming and frothing milk and at the right hand side is the espresso part.
starting with the filter coffee it enables you to make 10 cups although realistically if you have a mug this is more like 5, when you lift the lid it is akward to pour in the water and oftens spills leaving you with a pool of water to clean up, you have to use cold water in the machine however the coffee is never hot it is always lukewarm. the good thing is you can use whatever filter coffee you want so if you are fussy like me youcan pick your favourite brand.
Going on to the milk warmer and frother which is useful for lattes and cappucinos, i have found that again the milk does not heat up very well i always heat mine in the microwave first NOT IN THE METAL JUG EVERYONE I DONT WANT TO BE RESPONSIBLE FOR MICROWAVES EXPLODING UP AND DOWN THE COUNTRY! then i pour it into the jug to keep warm and use the frother which has a habit of falling off into my now scalding hot milk and requires retrieval with a spoon. The end result is nice however it is a bit faffy and everything ends up covered in milk splashes.
Lastly the espresso maker has to be the most complicated part of the whole machine and again the espresso is only just warm it is akward to get the part to catch back in and i usually end up with more coffee on the drip tray than in the jug.
Just another note if you buy one of these machines the jugs are incredibily expensive and time consuming to replace if you happen to be clumsy and drop them on a tiled floor like me (when the machine is only a day old oops) so if you are offered an insurance on the machine for a reasonable price it could be worth taking.
All in all it makes nice coffee as long as you are prepared to clean up a bit of mess and put up with the deign faults.
Wot a great product and what a great price for it.
I bought this baby for £49 while browsing for Xmas gifts at Currys and there hasnt yet been a day that I havent used it.
The machine is sectioned in three parts: The Filter Coffee maker, the Milk Frother and the Espresso maker. You may have spotted each of these sections sold separately and looking the same as in this combo but the way they have combined these 3 parts together is ergonomic and very convenient.
All three parts feature thermostatic hotplates that heat up quickly and are also easy to clean.
The Filter Coffee maker can make up to 10 cups of coffee and uses a permanent filter that can be easily removed and cleaned. This for me was important as I didnt want to be buying paper filters all the time. You can adjust the strength of your coffee Weak-Med-Strong and you can make a full jug in just a few minutes (about 7 mins).
The Frother is placed neatly in the middle and features a stainless steal jug and a simple yet very conveniently placed button. The hotplate underneath can heat the milk in minutes and the froth made is nice and thick (thicker with cold milk).
The Espresso maker is similar in a way to the Filter Coffee section. It makes 6 cups of a coffee, the drip tray is detachable, the espresso pan is also detachable, you can select the strength of the coffee and the water tank is pressurized, all these for the perfect espresso! Again, all parts are easily removed and cleaned.
The machine comes with an easy to understand manual, a receipe book and a two year guarantee. Measuring spoons are included and each compartment, including hotplates etc are opperated separately for economy and ease.
The only bit that sort of confussed me in the beggining was the position of the water tank in the Filter Coffee section. But like anything in life you get so used to it that after awhile it seems to be in the perfect spot and you wouldnt have it elsewhere.
What I find best for this machine is the fact that apart from the coffee of my choice I dont have to buy nothing else to run it. The filters are there, the jugs are either stainless steal or thick glass with measures on them and the design is great. I love it and all my friends love the coffee it makes.
For £49 this was a bargain!
brought this item thought great a brilliant cup of coffee after trying all machines not having much success to the coffee machine on this model not happy at all found base of machine to low to surfaces so if you have a small water leak you can get a electric shock from it so put it on a wooden chopping board to stop this from happening coffee from the max drink flask hot or very hot coffee sorry neither warm i would say if you add hot milk into cup then its about drink-able of keeping warm in your cup but add cold milk from fridge opps nooo to cold makes expresso if you can undo the control knob on top and tighten back up not good if you have any health problems to use this as you will never be able to open up the control knob to the frothy milk wow yes you can get this if you use the metal jug provided and then go and pour into cup or mug opps hardly any throth as its main part retains into jug can scoop it out into mug or cup then if you move the jug and used the throthy part it drips burns into element of product and leaves a burning smell if you leave the jug with milk in its container for say a couple hour it burns up and no good so i tried to keep coffee hot in there as i found the coffee flask didnt keep coffee hot just warm and it did the same to coffee in there it burned it out so i didnt find this product any help for me as a coffee lover and i found the price i paid was a little to much maybe the manifactors should start asking the public and put them to the test before the put a product on the market that is no good to the customer to end up putting this kind of item into a landfill so come on manufactors start asking the jo public and get good feed back make good products to get recommened not to learn your item is no good at all but i will stress the fact of any liquid spills and contact with the base of the item as i wasnt warned and got a nice shock nothing that made me hair curl but thats my view on this item and now after contacting morphy richards to find out the model 47004 is and can be up to four years old but only purchased in the last 12 months and with no reciept so people do hold on to reciepts do not know if any one has any other comments about this but i feel i have told the truth and still have the coffee machine in question
Us Britons drink in the region of seventy million cups of coffee every day, and while this can only be good news for Starbucks et al we are increasingly enjoying top quality filter coffee, cappuccino or espresso in the comfort of our own homes. Once the reserve of the dinner party or other special occasions the advance in reliability coupled with a lowering of prices mean that most homes count a filter coffee machine amongst their must have kitchen equipment nowadays. When my tried and trusted coffee machine finally went to the giant appliance store in the sky I decided to upgrade in style - and while the recently deceased machine made filter coffee and nothing else I decided to go the whole hog and invest in an all singing, all dancing cappuccino, espresso and coffee machine.
Whats in the box?
Well, first and foremost, you get the coffee machine itself, and by anyone's standards it is a beast of a machine - roughly the size of a microwave. Because of this it is advised the machine should be permanently positioned on the worktop, rather than moved unnecessarily not least because it weighs a lot! Finished in matt black with stainless steal trim it is safe to say the café rico wont win any beauty contests, but neither will it look out of place alongside other kitchen equipment. Next out of the box come several jugs, measuring devices, drip trays and filter paraphernalia - all easily put into place on the main machine thanks to the concise instruction booklet. A two year guarantee leaflet needs to be completed and returned to insure prompt help should the machine fail in any way.
Integrated heated milk frother: - A small metal jug sits on the hotplate where milk is gently warmed. When it reaches the required temperature simply raise it to the frothing whisk and push the frothing button. After a couple of minutes you have a jug of hot frothy milk which can be used as a top for cappuccinos.
Makes filter coffee, espresso, cappuccino, as well as latte: - Depending on your mood you can have your drink of choice. All delicious in there own way, and simple to make. There are also several recipes included in the instruction booklet.
Fast brew system: - Brews a jug of coffee in eight minutes and keeps it warm thanks to the thermostatic hotplate. The machine is surprisingly quiet during use and does not give off too much steam so the only real indicator that the coffee is filtering through is the delicious aroma of freshly brewed coffee.
Espresso strength selector: - So you can enjoy an espresso as strong or as a weak as you like. Whether you like your espresso to resemble engine oil or just a strong cup of filter coffee this dial can be manipulated until you find your perfect strength.
Easy fill water reservoirs: - Offering good access with wide openings when adding cold water. There are also lever indicators on both sides of the machine to help prevent overfilling.
Large jugs: - The main filter coffee jug holds ten cups of dinner party quantity coffee or around four large mugs. The espresso jug delivers around four small cups while the stainless steal milk frother jug holds a goodly amount of, um, froth!
Making the perfect coffee/espresso/cappuccino
Using the Café Rico really is simplicity itself; simply fill the water reservoirs to the desired level using the supplied jugs. If making a filter coffee you simply spoon coffee into the permanent filter and close the lid, if espresso is your beverage of choice you simply fill the espresso filter holder and slot it into place. Then its just a matter of placing the jugs under the filters, pressing the on button and waiting it really is as simple as that! Care should be taken as the espresso section is pressurized to force the water through the coffee, but other than that it is all very safe, clean and uncomplicated.
Little doubt that this is a fine coffee machine even if it is the size of a small house! The filters are easy to clean, and the reservoirs are easy to fill with water. The filter coffee section makes approximately two pints (one litre) of fresh hot coffee in around eight minutes, while the espresso section delivers a pungent espresso or a lighter variety depending on how you use the strength indicator. In use the machine is quiet and gives off a limited steam, meaning it is quite safe to be left alone. One criticism would be that you cannot remove the milk frothing whisk to clean it, however this is easily solved by placing a jug of soapy water onto it and operating it, although it would be much easier to simply pull it off. The machine is currently available for about £45, which considering the variety of tasks it undertakes is not a bad price. All of the removable parts such as filters, jugs and drip trays are dishwasher proof making cleaning even easier. Another small criticism would be that the filter coffee is not delivered piping hot; don't get me wrong, it is still hot enough but if you demand your coffee scalding hot perhaps this is not the filter machine for you. Operation is easy, simple button pushes carry out each and every operation and common sense seems to have been applied when putting the machine together which is not always the case nowadays!
Four out of five stars from me then, if the filter coffee arrived slightly hotter then it would be the full five stars. But make no mistake; this is a very capable, multipurpose coffee machine at a reasonable price.
Short name: Morphy Richards 47004