Tower T13005 Coffee Maker : Basic no-frills other than the grinding coffee maker

This is a great little coffee maker. It doesn’t take up much space on the worktop. It looks smart and is very easy to use. You remove the water tank to fill it, and you have options to make up to 4 cups. It is easy to see what level to fill it to. There is a scoop provided and you can add real coffee beans or pre-ground powder. The coffee beans are ground up, which makes a nice sound which adds to the coffee making experience. It takes very little time to make a pot of coffee, which goes into the provided glass carafe. You can keep the carafe on the hot plate for 40 minutes to keep the coffee warm. The instructions that come with it are good and include step by step guides for making the coffee and for cleaning the machine.

This is a very simple drip coffee maker suitable for one or possibly two people to use. It’s additional feature is the grinder – which isn’t going to win prizes for its quality but does do the job. The choice is for fine or course (nothing in between) or pre-ground. It gives you no control like a stand alone grinder, but then again it’s simple to use. The pictures showing crema are a bit misleading – this is a drip type machine – it doesn’t produce crema. You get filter coffee – nothing more. There is no timer and the heating plate just barely keeps the drink warm for 45 minutes. I use mine with paper filters over the in-built one – just makes cleaning easier and the taste more consistent. Overall, it’s perfectly fine and very cheap and you do get what you pay for – so for those reasons it’s 3 stars.

This is a basic but stylish bean-to-cup coffee maker. If you want to use capsules or want to make a cappucino with steamed milk then you’ll need to look elsewhere. It is simplicity itself to use. Add water to the number of cups you want using the stepped gauge inside the water tank. Add the appropriate number of scoops of beans (you do have a powder option, but why would you) then turn it on. The light goes green, press the button, the light goes red and the grinder does its bit, the result going through the filter into the glass jug, this all happens quite quickly, without undue noise or fuss. You can remove the pot during the process and the process stops and the dispenser self-seals, restarting when you replace the jug. On completion, turn it off, it automatically moves to ‘keep hot’ mode for 45 minutes. When you finished, lift out the filter cylinder and the tank unit using the handy little handle, rinse it under the tap, replace, and you’re ready for more coffee next time. For my americano’s with cold milk (or cream, if i’m better organised) it’s ideal – i warn the mug under the hot tap to stop it chilling the coffee.

There are no dislikes about this item very pleased will purchase.

Basic grind and brew coffee machine. 4 size paper filters and your choice of coffee bean, fill up the water reserve and set grind to coarse or fine. It makes some interesting noises whilst grinding and brewing (i would say it’s pretty noisy) but brews a decent pot of drip filter coffee. It’ll keep it at a drinkable temperature for about 45 minutes before switching off (not a bad time really, you don’t want that kept hot forever burnt coffee taste) it’s quite a nice looking machine and uses a minimum of controls to do the job.

I like the coffee it makes, it’s just as easy/hard as other machines to clean. Only had it a day, so don’t yet know how durable it is.

This is a good coffee machine provided you know what it does (two large black coffees, cleaning and reloading each time) and doesn’t do (espresso, latte, push button convenience) and that this fits with your requirements:it produces two mugs of good, strong black coffee for immediate consumption. To do this you need add the required amount of water to the reservoir and the required amount of beans to the bean hopper and then press the button. You then have to remove the reservoir and bean hopper and manually clear the latter – this is a bit messy as the coffee grinds are loose and need to be knocked and otherwise encouraged out of the now-wet hopper. It’s a bit like an old musket in that way – you load, get one ‘bang’ and then have to clean and reload from scratch before you can go again. It isn’t a machine whereby you have a hopper of beans and a reservoir of water and simply press the button for a drink over and over through the day – for that push button experience you’ll need to spend a lot more and go for something like the venerable de’longhi magnifica bean to cup espresso/cappuccino coffee machine esam4200 – silver. Similarly, the amount that the machine produces, and the way that the produced coffee is stored, is such that you are only really going to get a single use out of each cycle. While the machine can produce two large cups of coffee (which it calls ‘four cups’), the glass storage jar isn’t insulated so it’ll go cold pretty quickly once the warming plate shuts down – if you want to brew up a fair amount of joe and have a cup every now again over a few hours then you’d be better going for a slightly cheaper, higher capacity, filter system with an insulated job like the melitta look iv therm timer, 1011-16, filter coffee machine with insulated jug, timer feature, aroma selector, black/brushed steel.

  • Makes two good, strong cups of long black coffee.
  • Five Stars
  • Basic no-frills other than the grinding coffee maker

Tower T13005 Coffee Maker, Coarse and Fine Grinding Options, Black

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Good for the money but coarse grind leaves the beans whole and fine grind too but not as badnot great to clean as grinds are mainly in the machine so you have to rinse the whole container and filter. As it only makes 2 good cups you need to clean and remake for more than 2 and if you just add more beans the coffee will be weakerat the end of the day ok for the price hope it lasts and cheaper than pods.

Tower make a variety of basic to complex coffee machines. It takes any coffee from powder to beans and has settings to match. Well worth trying flavoured beans for an unusual twist. Do look out for a universal filter available for well under £10. This will replace the paper filters used with this machine saving money and is more environmentally friendly. The power consumption is 900w. It prepares the 4 mug capacity in around 5 mins so is efficient in comparison to a 2 or 3kw water kettle. Having said that, it does remain on hotplate setting for upto 45mins so do turn off when you have enough prepared coffee and empty the coffee filter every day,spares for this machine are available from russell hobbs and spares2go. Overall, a very good coffee maker for the price with a well known brand behind it.

  • Makes two good, strong cups of long black coffee.
  • Five Stars
  • Basic no-frills other than the grinding coffee maker

Tower T13005 Coffee Maker, Coarse and Fine Grinding Options, Black

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