Haier 12-Cup Coffee Maker Review

The Haier 12-Cup Coffee Maker is unique. There are no other coffee brewers anywhere like it. What makes it unique? Well, before we get into the down and dirty, let me tell you this. When it was introduced into the marketplace the first 30 plus reviews of it on Amazon.com all gave it the full five stars.

I doubt there are any other coffee makers, and probably any other kitchen appliances of any kind, that can boast that. So let's take a look at its other unique characteristics.

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Haier 12-Cup Coffee Maker

Table of Contents
What's So Different? Programmable Automation
Value For Money? Features & Specs
Accessories Pros and Cons
Consumer Ratings Summary

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What's So Different About The Haier 12-Cup Coffee Maker?

Where's best to start? Maybe with the way it looks when you set it up on your kitchen worktop. It has a sleek, attractive design, with a blue lit LCD display prominent on the Control Panel, above the buttons. This shows the time, and also displays the settings you've selected.

The buttons themselves, on the stainless steel facade, are large and encircled by rings that light up blue when activated. They are matched by the water reservoir to the right, which is illuminated in blue when the machine is brewing. And the water level indicator also lights up in blue for easy reading. You don't come across that very often, even in machines costing several times the price.

Below the Control Panel sits the glass carafe, which is included in the price. This has markings to show cup levels and holds 1.8 liters, enough for about twelve cups, or six large mugs. It sits on a hot plate, about which more below.

The space in which the carafe goes is neatly designed so as to minimize heat loss. All this helps ensure that your coffee is not only piping hot immediately after brewing, but stays hot for longer.

Lifting the top of the coffee maker reveals the permanent filter, easily removed for rinsing clean. Not unique, perhaps, but still a welcome money-saving feature. Also removable is the filter basket, which is double-walled so as to better retain the aroma of your coffee.

All of this in a unit only thirteen and a half inches tall, and less than nine inches deep and wide. That itself is one of the things that makes this coffee maker so popular with its owners.

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Programmable Automation

Having only five buttons, including the on/off button, the Haier 12-Cup Coffee Maker is nevertheless programmable to make life easy. Pressing the Auto button, on the far right, sets it to brew a full carafe. This will take no more than about 10 minutes.

If you want less, then press the 1-4 Cup button instead. Five beeps indicate that the brew is complete, and the machine then switches mode to heat the carafe. This it will do for up to two hours, before switching off. Well, who wants coffee that's been brewed more than two hours?

What if you want your hot coffee waiting for you when you awake in the morning? That's easy. Just press the Pgm button and follow the intuitive on-screen instructions. You can program in this way for up to 24 hours in advance.

And you can always interrupt the brewing process if you just can't wait any longer for your coffee. The "pause and pour" option lets you remove the carafe mid-brew to fill your cup. The coffee stops pouring so there's no mess to clear up, and resumes when you replace the carafe.

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Haier 12-Cup Coffee Maker
Haier 12-Cup Coffee Maker Control Panel

Value For Money?

At the present time, the Haier 12-Cup Coffee Maker is well below the $70 mark on Amazon. It is not only a programmable, automatic machine that can produce from one to twelve cups very quickly. It also produces fine tasting coffee in no more than 10 minutes for 12 cups.

Included in the whole package are the glass carafe and the permanent filter, as well as a useful measuring spoon.

So, value for money? I'd say it scores very heavily on this.

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Features and Specifications:

Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 8.5 x 13.5 inches
Item Weight: 5.7 pounds
Shipping Weight: 8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
Manufacturer: Xshuai
ASIN: B06Y1ZD6TT
Item model number: HDC1209SS

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Haier 12-Cup
With the lid open showing the permanent filter

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Pros and Cons

Pros:

  • Fully programmable
  • Brews from one to twelve cups
  • Pause and pour option
  • Hot plate keeps your coffee hot for up to two hours
  • Simple to use

Cons:

  • Narrow opening for pouring the water in
  • Some tweaking usually necessary to get the coffee to water ratio to your taste
Haier 12-Cup Coffee Maker
With the Glass Carafe in place

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Consumer Ratings

To say the Haier 12-Cup Digital Thermal Coffee Maker is popular with its users is an understatement. I've already mentioned its early 100 per cent five star ratings. Currently, it's average score is over 4.5 from over 80 reviewers.

Among the most popular features is the simple set-up. Apart from setting the time on the clock, all you really have to do is to give it a clean. You don't even really have to know how to use a coffee maker. The speed of brew and the stylish looks are also well appreciated.

The only real complaint from users relates to the size of the opening into which you pour your water prior to brewing. This is rather small, and sometimes when barely awake in the early morning you may find this a little tricky. However, most users don't seem to have much of a problem here.

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The Glass Carafe

Summary

The Haier 12-Cup Coffee Maker is sturdily built of quality materials and should last for many years with average use. It's extremely simple to use, and versatile enough for almost any home situation, from one person to a large family.

There's hardly anything not to like (including the price). It looks great on any kitchen worktop, and its black plastic and stainless steel exterior will blend with your existing decor. Overall, this is a lovely coffee brewer and we are sure you will not be disappointed in your purchase.

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Keurig K145 OfficePRO Brewing System Review

The Keurig K145 OfficePRO Brewing System, as the name implies, is a commercial coffee maker intended for use in an office environment. You can only purchase either direct from Keurig or from an authorized distributor such as Amazon.

Yet plainly many people opt to have this as their domestic coffee maker. There must be a reason, or maybe several reasons. Let's take a close look at the K145 and find out why, and if this confidence is justified.

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Keurig K145 officepro

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What You Get For Your Money Why Some Heavy-Duty?
A Commercial Brewer At Home? Features & Specs
Accessories Pros and Cons
Consumer Ratings Summary

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What You Get For Your Money

The Keurig K145 OfficePRO is a single serve machine, brewing one cup at a time. You have three sizes to choose from - 6, 8, and 10-oz. You make your selection by way of a chunky knob that sits on the top, rather than the traditional push-buttons.

It's designed to be switched on at the start of the working day and off at the end. If no-one switches it off then, as long as the auto-off feature has been activated, it switches itself off after two hours of non-use.

Being always on, it brews your cup of coffee in less than a minute. You can choose what you want from over 500 varieties of tea, hot cocoa, or an iced beverage. Anything that is covered by the K-Cup system, and that includes 75 well-known brands. And since this machine is not part of the Keurig 2.0 technology, you're not restricted to 2.0 pods.

You also have a 48-oz water reservoir with a removable lid, and that is itself easily removed. So re-filling, or just topping up, is easy. You can remove the drip tray when you want to fill a travel mug that otherwise would be too tall for the machine. And you can dispense hot water, eg for a cup of tea, by pressing the brew button without inserting a K-Cup.

Finally - and if you're new to Keurig coffee makers this will be very helpful - you get a bonus. A variety pack of 12 K-Cup pods.

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Why Are Some Of The Components Of The K145 Heavy Duty?

The Keurig K145 OfficePRO has a water tank that holds enough for four or five cups. Its typical use is meant to be in an office of up to 15 people. It is going to be in regular use throughout the day, day after day. So if there are any weaknesses they are going to show up quickly.

A common weakness of coffee makers is the pump. If this gives out, the machine has to be scrapped. For that reason, Keurig have given this machine a heavy-duty pump system. This is what their home models used to have before they introduced "Quiet Brew Technology".

The power cord is also heavy duty. This machine often operates in an environment where several other high-powered machines are powered on the same circuit. Possibly it's overkill, but better safe than sorry, especially where electricity is concerned.

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Keurig K145

If It's A Commercial Brewer, Why Do So Many People Use It At Home?

Good question. It may be helpful here to look at another very popular Keurig coffee maker - the Keurig K45. You can read our review of this machine by clicking here (opens in a new tab).

As you can see, the K45 is very similar to the K145. It has the same size of water reservoir, and the same auto-off feature (with the same 2-hour period). It has the same sizes of brew and is equally fast, brewing in 30 to 60-seconds when switched on. And the drip-tray makes way for a travel mug when you want.

But the Keurig K145 OfficePRO has more. And I'm not just talking about the heavy duty components and the chrome and silver trim. It has a brew/drain switch at the rear, and a drain button which expels all the water from the inner tank. You don't even have to move the machine. Very useful if you want to pack up for removal or storage.

Heavy duty, though, is often the clincher. The K45 has a quieter pump that lacks the strength and toughness of that in the K145. With the prices being not that dissimilar, it's no wonder that many coffee lovers have opted for the K145. The price of a tougher, longer-lasting pump may be a little more noise, but it's a price many people feel is worth paying.

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Features and Specifications of the Keurig K145 OfficePRO:

Package Dimensions: 16.7 x 15 x 12.6 inches
Item Weight: 14.9 pounds
Shipping Weight: 14.9 pounds
Manufacturer: Keurig
ASIN: B00I9IML3O
Item model number: K145
Warranty: 1-year

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Removing the Water Tank

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Pros and Cons

Pros:

  • Always ready to brew plus brews in 60-seconds or less
  • Choose from 6-oz, 8-oz, and 10-oz cup sizes
  • Auto-off feature
  • 48-oz water reservoir (removable)
  • Heavy duty pump system lasts longer than most home machines

Cons:

  • Not compatible with My K-Cup
  • Can be noisy if on a hard surface (see below for a remedy)

There aren't any decent videos available on YouTube at the present time that give any more information on the Keurig K145 OfficePRO. I'll check periodically and when I find one I'll upload it here.

Keurig K145 officepro
Easy Control Panel

Consumer Ratings

Most popular among reviewers of the Keurig K145 OfficePRO is the huge choice of brands and flavors of K-Cups available. If you use filtered water then cleaning is, for the most part, very easy. A warning light shows when you should clean with a de-scaler. It helps to clean a coffee maker with vinegar every six months or so, as well.

There's much to be said for a coffee maker that brews your coffee in a minute, with little preparation required. And that can brew a variety of different drinks without the taste of the previous brew migrating into your own.

Some users have commented that if you use the 10-oz cup size the coffee is weaker. The answer seems to be to use a dark roast, which will give you a fuller flavor.

Others don't like the level of noise produced by the pump (though most users have no problem with this). I've covered this earlier, but here's a tip. If you find the noise tiresome, place your machine on a folded towel or half inch thick sheet of foam. That should reduce the sound level by more than half.

The K145 enjoys an average rating on Amazon of well over 4 at the present time, from over 870 reviewers. Nearly four fifths give 4 or 5 stars.

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Keurig K145 officepro
Lifting the handle

Summary

The Keurig K145 OfficePRO is a heavy duty coffee maker that is fast and easy to use. It's built to be strong enough to cater for a small office of fifteen or so people. Its pump, the Achilles Heel of many coffee makers, is of industrial strength.

The quality and variety of brews it can produce is undeniable. It's backed by a one-year warranty and Keurig's well-known customer care.

It is probably advisable to purchase, if not from Keurig direct, from an authorized distributor (such as Amazon). This is to ensure you get everything you're paying for.

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Keurig K250 Coffee Maker Review

This Keurig K250 coffee maker, part of Keurig's 2.0 Technology, was their response to consumer requests for a smaller footprint.

Keurig wanted to produce a powerful yet affordable appliance with a large water tank. It also had to have a wide range of options as to size and type of brew. And, of course, the legendary technological superiority and push-button friendliness of all Keurig 2.0 coffee makers.

Have they managed to put all this plus the desired smaller footprint into the K250?

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Keurig K250
Keurig K250

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Table of Contents
What You Get Do K-Cup Pods Restrict Choice?
Versatility of Size & Taste Cleaning Up
Features & Specs
Accessories Pros and Cons
Consumer Ratings Summary

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What Do You Get For Your Money?

Quite a lot actually. The Keurig K250 is essentially the same as the K200, but with a cleaning kit included. It also has with it 4 K-Cup pods and a water filter handle with two filters.

I'll cover the touch screen control panel in a moment, but I want to mention the settings. These are intuitive, and the process of making your selections is very easy. And there's even a high-altitude setting, in case you're living up in the mountains.

The 40-oz water tank wraps neatly around the rear of the machine and is easily removed for replenishing. The unique design of it enables you to keep the K250 in places that you couldn't put anything else. The result is a sleek-looking device, slim and pleasing to the eye. Especially when combined with some of the eight colors to choose from, including Turquoise and Imperial Red. Oh, and there's enough space in the tank for four or more cups before having to refill.

The length of the power cord, at 18 inches, is a trifle excessive, and it doesn't retract either. Something to consider if you have limited space on your kitchen counter.

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Don't K-Cup Pods Restrict Your Choice?

This concern came to the fore again when Keurig introduced smart pods in their 2.0 series. The compatible pods are read by the machine so as to produce exactly the right kind of brewing process for the strength and flavor of the grounds inside.

I won't say this concern is groundless, but the fact is that the Keurig 2.0 K250 System is compatible with over 500 brands and varieties of K-Cup pods. Most of us will find such a choice not only adequate, but positively overwhelming.

It also takes Keurig's recyclable K-Cup pods and its 2.0 My K-Cup refillable accessory (which you have to purchase separately). So you can use your own grounds if you can't find any K-Cup pods you like. Unfortunately you're restricted to cups here. There's no reusable filter available for carafes.

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Keurig K250 - looking good in Imperial Red

Versatility of Size and Taste

Framed by the familiar Keurig handle, the digital display is a touch screen that displays all the options available. It's not color, and it's only two inches square, but it gives you all the information and control you need.

The Keurig K250 accepts four different K-Cup pod sizes, from 4 to 10-oz. If you've also bought a carafe for the K250 then you have a further choice of three K-Carafe pod sizes. The Keurig 2.0 Thermal Carafe fits into the K250 very neatly. Just remove the drip tray and you'll find the knob below the spout connects to the back of the machine.

There's a further option. In the past Keurig have faced some criticism on account of the difficulty in producing a strong cup of coffee. That particular issue has now been laid to rest with the help of the Strength Control setting. This is in the bottom left of the opening screen and works with any K-Cup or K-Carafe brew size. It slows the whole brew process a little to extract more flavor.

Once you've scrolled up and down and made your selections, you simply press the big Keurig button below the touch screen to start the brew process. This takes no more than a minute to 90 seconds. Your chosen brew, of the correct strength and amount, is then dispensed direct into your cup or carafe.

Tea and Iced Coffee

Any time you prefer a cup of tea you can simply dispense hot water only. Just select the brew size, and open and close the distinctive brewer handle, ensuring there's no pod inserted.

You can also make iced coffee. Just fill a 12- or 14-oz cup with ice chunks and choose the 6- or 8-oz cup size. Best to avoid glass containers here, of course.

And you can remove the drip tray to accommodate a travel mug of up to seven inches in height.

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Cleaning Up

I nearly always have a separate section on this as it's so important. If you neglect to clean your coffee maker you're opening yourself to the risk of faults developing in your machine. Not to mention a deterioration in the taste of your brews.

Most of the mess will be in the filter which you will discard. If you're using a reusable filter then rinse this through regularly. The drip tray unclips easily for cleaning, and the rest of the machine just needs an occasional wipe down.

You should replace the water filter every two months, or after around 60 tank refills. If you find your K250 is beginning to smell then wash the offending parts with warm water and a small amount of white vinegar. This will have the machine looking and smelling like new again.

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Features and Specifications of the Keurig K250:

Product Dimensions: 15 x 9 x 13.7 inches
Item Weight: 7.5 pounds
Shipping Weight: 13.8 pounds
Manufacturer: Keurig
ASIN: B018UQ5BJK
Item model number: 119272

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Keurig K250 boxed

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Pros and Cons

Pros:

  • Wide choice of brews with Strength Control setting
  • 4 sizes of cup and 3 sizes of carafe
  • Slim design yet with a large water tank
  • Brews in around a minute
  • Intuitive touch screen control panel

Cons:

  • No on/off switch or auto-off
  • Reusable filter and carafe have to be purchased separately

Here is a useful YouTube Video of the Keurig K200 (essentially the same as the K250 but without the cleaning kit) being unpacked and tried out for the first time -

Consumer Ratings

It's very seldom that I review a product that has fewer than 4 stars as its average score on Amazon. This product is no exception, with a score exceeding that amount from over 570 reviews at the time of writing.

The more in-depth reviews praise the quietness of the machine and the speed at which it works. Most reviewers also love how they can brew any amount from 4-oz all the way up to 30-oz. And the way it reminds you to change the water filter is popular too.

Some criticisms have included how there's no on/off switch and no auto-off. You can actually switch the machine off by pressing the big Keurig button (though this isn't made very clear). Some users consider it essential to use the permanent filter, but this has to be bought separately.

Overall, satisfaction with the Keurig K250 is high, and nearly three quarters of reviewers give it four or five stars.

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Summary

If you live alone or with one other person, with limited kitchen space, and have occasional visitors, then this coffee maker is ideal. It's true that you're limited to K-Cup pods, but, even so, you have an extensive choice of brews. And you can use your own grounds if you have the My K-Cup refillable accessory.

The Keurig K250 is one of the top Keurig coffee makers and we can recommend this product to you with great confidence.

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Ninja Coffee Bar Review

The Ninja Coffee Bar gleams in no-nonsense black and stainless steel, with its water tank glass emphasizing the look. This business-like coffee maker is designed for an environment where coffee tastes vary and sometimes demand is heavy. Where its "Advanced Thermal Flavor Extraction Technology and Auto-iQ One-Touch Intelligence" can be best used.

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Table of Contents

Which Ninja Coffee Bar? Versatility & Choice
A Choice of Brews Advanced Thermal Flavor Extraction
How It Works Swinging Milk Frother
Easy To Clean? The Full Works
Features & Specs
Accessories Pros and Cons
Consumer Ratings Summary

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Which Ninja Coffee Bar To Choose?

Ninja have five main products in this range - the CF091, CF092, CF097, CF111 and CF112. They are the same machine as far as brewing and frothing are concerned. The main differences are in the choice of brew sizes. The CF091, CF092, and CF097 give you a choice of six brew sizes. The CF111 and CF112 give you a choice of only four - the half and full carafe sizes are omitted as there is no carafe supplied with them.

They all have a built-in frother, but they do all vary in what else is included in the package. And the price, of course, varies as well. Amazon has easy links to all the various products in the range.

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Versatility and Choice

Here I'm not talking about a choice of pods, because the Ninja Coffee Bar coffee maker doesn't use them. That brings the running costs down a bit. Mind you, it doesn't grind your beans either, so if you grind your own then you'll need to keep your burr grinder.

What it does do, first off, is offer you a choice of single serve or carafe. You can have any one of six brew sizes (four in the case of the CF111 and CF112, which have no carafe), from cup to full carafe. Selection is by way of the easy-to-turn knob at the top of the control panel.

The Coffee Bar doesn't do espressos, but it does cover virtually every other coffee drink you can name. You can even make tea with it. But it's how to make good coffee that we're really interested in, isn't it? And we have five main routes to follow.

A Choice of Brews

The Classic Brew is a rather basic cup of coffee. Delicious for sure, but maybe a little bland? In that case, consider next the Rich Brew. This is stronger and ideal for when you want to add milk, cream or flavoring without diluting the taste.

Feeling hot and sticky in the summer heat? Then try the Over Ice Brew. This is more concentrated. It has to be to keep the flavor in a mugful of melted ice. Best to fill your mug with ice to the top to get a proper sized brew. It just has to be my favorite, for sure.

Next up is the Specialty, or Concentrated Brew. It's for blended coffees, whether ice blended or milk frothed. It gives you 4-oz of concentrated brew for blending into flat whites, lattes, mochas or cappuccinos. Want a double shot of it? I know I would. Just press the Cafe Forte button instead for a full 8-oz.

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Ninja Coffee Bar
Ninja Coffee Bar

About Ninja's "Advanced Thermal Flavor Extraction" Technology

Just what is "advanced thermal flavor extraction"? And what is "Auto iQ One-Touch Intelligence", come to that?

Taking the second phrase first, it means that, having selected your size of brew, you only need to touch the buttons once. That's to select the exact kind of brew that you want from the options I've mentioned.

There's one thing I want to mention here. Once you've made your selection the Coffee Bar swings into action and there's no going back. It calculates and delivers the correct amount of water, and assumes that it's all available. So always monitor the water level to avoid running out of water before the end of the brewing cycle.

The "advanced thermal flavor extraction" means that the machine ensures that all the flavor is extracted from the coffee grounds. Other machines might simply drown the coffee grounds in hot water and allow it to filter through into the cup or carafe. The trouble here is that often the process is over before all the flavor is extracted.

How It Works

The Ninja Coffee Bar does it differently. There are twelve evenly-spaced holes, in a circular pattern, above the filter basket where you place the grounds. These are where the water comes through. The machine, knowing how much grounds there are, allows just enough hot water to drip through to saturate them fully.

It then leaves things for around 15 seconds (depending on the size of brew) to allow pre-infusion to take place. All the flavor is loosened and made ready for release. Only then is the rest of the water dripped over the grounds to filter through. The result is a delicious cup or carafe of coffee, according to your selection.

And if it's taken "advanced thermal flavor extraction" to produce it then I for one won't be complaining.

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The Swinging Milk Frother

The milk frother folds away neatly at the left rear of the Coffee Bar when not being used. When you need it you swing it round to the side, where there's plenty of room for your mug or carafe. It has a unique attachment that whisks and froths your milk, and easily detaches with a twist for rinsing clean.

You can froth anything with this. At least, anything that's capable of being frothed, including almond- and cashew-milk. You do have to heat your milk in the microwave first, though, for around 30 seconds per cup, as the Coffee Bar doesn't do it for you. That aspect has attracted some adverse comment from users, but it's not that much of an inconvenience. And just think how much you've saved by not having a milk heater.

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Is It Easy To Clean?

The short answer is yes. The machine itself notifies you when it needs cleaning. Using a proper cleansing agent, just press the Clean button on the control panel to start the process. You should run two cleaning cycles before using the Coffee Bar for the first time. Just follow the cleaning instructions in the User Manual.

The milk frother will need regular cleaning, of course, and you can easily detach and re-attach it. The water reservoir and lid come out easily for washing in the dishwasher. And the permanent filter has a natty little handle you use to remove it for rinsing.

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The Full Works

Ninja leave nothing to chance with their Coffee Bar. On top of the range of brews and brew sizes there's the question of filters. Some of us prefer a paper filter, even though we have to replace them after each brew. You can easily replace the permanent filter with a paper filter.

There's a built-in swing-down platform to accommodate smaller cups and mugs. This helps cut down on splashes, and hence cleaning. Nice touch. You also have a double-ended scoop for measuring your grounds, that stores away neatly on the side.

The drip-stop lever is something you don't see on most other coffee makers. You'll find this on the water outlet, and you slide it along to cut off the flow of water. You may be brewing a full carafe, and want a quick mug for yourself. Don't forget to re-slide it back afterward, to resume the carafe's cycle. If you do forget, there's a warning light and a friendly "beep" after a few seconds.

Ninja haven't neglected to make full use of the digital clock, now situated on the "floor" of the machine. Through it, you can program your brewing cycles, and set up a delayed start.

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Features and Specifications:

Product Dimensions: 15 x 11.3 x 16.3 inches
Item Weight: 12.7 pounds
Shipping Weight: 15.7 pounds
Manufacturer: SharkNinja
ASIN: B01KA7VWWC
Origin: China
Item model number: CF091, CF092 or CF097

Top Dial Selection Volumes (the CF111 and CF112 don't give you the two largest sizes):
Regular Cup 9.5-oz
XL Cup 11.5-oz
Travel Mug 14-oz
Large Travel Mug 18-oz
Half Carafe 28-oz
Full Carafe 43-oz
[NB Use a container that is larger than your selection, to avoid overflow]

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Ninja Coffee Bar
Ninja Coffee Bar in action

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Pros and Cons

Pros:

  • Brews any kind of coffee, hot or icy, plus tea
  • Non-drip feature
  • You can remove the permanent coffee filter and replace it with a paper filter
  • Hot plate safe with plastic mugs as it only works with carafes
  • Programmable
  • Easy cleaning

Cons:

  • You have to heat the milk separately in a microwave

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Consumer Ratings

The Ninja Coffee Bar has a very high average score from Amazon reviewers - nearly 4.5 from over 420 reviewers. Around three-quarters of them have awarded the full five stars.

Particularly popular are the foaming arm and the drip stop. Most users love the iced coffee facility. They also appreciate the speed of the machine, the variety of brew sizes, the perfect temperature of the coffee, the ease of cleaning, and choice of richness level.

Many users are former Keurig fans, and especially like the fresher flavor that the grounds produce, as opposed to K-Cups. Not to mention not having to buy K-Cups or Nespresso pods any more!

Less popular are the need to heat your milk in the microwave before frothing. Some have found that on their machine a "full" pot is a couple of inches shy of the top. Most users, however, don't seem to have this problem, or deem it unimportant.

Overall, this coffee maker is a huge hit.

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Summary

The Ninja Coffee Bar is a proven appliance with thousands of very happy users. With just a few presses of the buttons on the control panel you can choose which brew you want, and the size of it. And when you want it ready for. The milk frother is a pleasure to use, and cleaning the machine and all its component parts is easy.

All the hard work is done for you. And as for the Over Ice Brew, well what more can I say?

Only that you can purchase the Ninja Coffee Bar with full confidence that you'll enjoy some of the finest coffee from it that you've ever tasted.

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Keurig K475 Single Serve Coffee Maker Review

Much of what I could say about the Keurig K475 I've already said about its big brother, the Keurig K575. (Click here to see my review of the K575). They both use Keurig 2.0 technology, so they "read" the lid of each K-Cup or K-Carafe pod so as to optimize the brew. They both have color touch screen control panels and large water reservoirs, though those on the K475 are smaller.

But are the similarities outweighed by the differences? And which is the more reliable? Read on to find out:

Keurig K475
The Keurig K475

Table of Contents
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Comparisons With K575 Features & Specs
Accessories Pros and Cons
Consumer Ratings Summary

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What You Get With Your Keurig K475

The coffee maker comes with six K-Cup pods and a water filter handle, together with two filters. You'd think that a carafe would also be included, as this machine is designed to take carafes as well as cups. Perhaps that would push the price up too high for Keurig's liking.

Keurig emphasize the versatility of this coffee maker, and it's difficult to fault them on that point. You have five brew sizes for cups (4, 6, 8, 10, and 12-oz), and three for mugs (12, 14 and 16-oz). And for the carafe that you have to buy separately, you have 22, 26 and 30-oz.

There have been criticisms of Keurig coffee makers in the past for producing brews that aren't strong enough. The Strength Control Setting is designed to overcome that. It allows you to opt for a bolder cup, using any K-Cup pod brew size.

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Speed and Energy Conservation

Like the K575, it's fast. A brew takes no more than a minute from start to finish. And it's programmable, so you can make it turn on and off at pre-set times, to conserve energy.

One criticism Keurig hope to lay to rest with this model is that their brews are sometimes not hot enough. The K475 gives you five temperature settings to choose from. Experiment until you have found the size and settings that suit your palate.

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Keurig K475
The Keurig K475 from above

Comparisons With The Keurig K575

The essential differences between the K475 and the K575 are:

  • the touch screen on the K475 is 2.4-inches, compared to 2.8-inches on the K575
  • the water reservoir on the K475 is 70-oz, compared to 80-oz on the K575
  • there's no 18-oz brew size for mugs on the K475 compared to the K575.

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Features and Specifications:

  • Product Dimensions: 10.4 x 13.6 x 13.4 inches
  • Water reservoir: 70-oz (enough for about 8 cups)
  • Touch screen: 2.4-inches
  • Item Weight: 13.7 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 14.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Manufacturer: Keurig
  • Color choice: Black, Sandy Pearl, or Vintage Red
  • ASIN: B018UQ5RC6
  • Origin: China
  • Item model number: 119297

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Pros and Cons

Pros:

  • Multiple brew sizes for cups, mugs, and carafes
  • Touch screen control panel makes programming easy
  • Large water reservoir means fewer refills
  • Five temperature settings
  • Energy Saver mode
  • Strength control setting

Cons:

  • You have to run a whole reservoir of water through it before using for the first time to get rid of the factory smell
  • Make sure you purchase from Amazon or some other reputable seller to ensure you don't get a reject

Here's a useful YouTube Video of a new K475 being cleaned and used for the first time -

Consumer Ratings

The Keurig K475 scores an average of well over 4 stars from over 760 reviews on Amazon at the time or writing. About three-quarters of reviewers give it four or five stars.

As you'd expect with a technological product like this, there are a few dissatisfied reviewers. However, most complaints are comparatively minor. These include excessive noise while brewing, and having to purchase the carafe and reusable filters separately (fair comment).

Most reviewers love the great tasting coffee this machine produces and the fact that you can use your own grinds, thanks to the reusable filter.

A noticeable thread here is the importance of reading and acting on the advice in the instruction manual. This includes cleaning the machine before using it for the first time, and regularly after that.
If you have trouble brewing from the older K-Cup pods or from non-Keurig pods, re-inserting usually works.

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Summary

The K475 is basically an economy version of the K575. It costs around $30 less (depending on where you purchase it). The touch screen and water reservoir are a little smaller and you have one less size option for your K-Mug pods.

However, performance, speed, convenience and the taste of your coffee (or other beverage) seems to be just as good. The Keurig K475 is a quality coffee maker and you can purchase it with confidence.

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Keurig K575 Single Serve Coffee Maker Review

One thing immediately catches your eye about the Keurig K575 Single Serve Programmable K-Cup Coffee Maker. It's the impressive 2.8 inch Extra Large color touch screen. It promises ease, versatility and sheer style as the "ultimate" coffeemaker in the Keurig range.

But wait a minute. This touch screen may boast its own wallpaper and special lighting effects. But does it help this coffeemaker justify its price tag of just about sub-$200 and produce the goods? Especially when you can get the Keurig K475, which has nearly as big a water reservoir and only a slightly smaller screen, for around $30 less. Let's see.

Read the rest of the review below:

Keurig K575
The Keurig K575

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Table of Contents
The "Ultimate" Setting Up
Versatility and Capacity Features and Specs
Accessories Pros and Cons
Consumer Ratings Summary

The Keurig K575 - Keurig's "Ultimate" Coffeemaker

Touch screens are spreading. They've been around for a while on our phones and tablets. Now they're on our coffee makers too. And no doubt they'll be on nearly everything very soon. Just like digital readouts when they first appeared in the late 1970s.

The touch screen on the K575 is the control panel - replacing old fashioned buttons and giving you the latest state of play at the same time. By default, it displays a digital clock. But when you're using this piece of advanced technology it gives you all the other information you need as well. And in style.

It's kind of hypnotic. You'll want to go through the set-up process all over again just to enjoy the lights. Then you'll want to re-program the on-off times for your new machine. Ah - if only communicating with ordinary, dull fellow humans was as exciting!

But it's time, I'm afraid, to get down and dirty, and see whether this futuristic, almost intimidating, machine can let you produce, with ease, a great tasting cup of coffee (or tea, or cocoa).

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Keurig K575
The Keurig K575 view from above

Setting Up Was Never More Exciting

That's because the touch screen gives you such a feeling of power. You even have a choice of language - English, French or Spanish. Then - what's this? An altitude setting! Useful if you're living at an altitude of 5,000 feet. Next is the water filter reminder - talk about set and forget.

Talking about setting and forgetting, don't forget to set the water reservoir light/night light color. Equally important - the wallpaper to give a pleasing background to your LCD screen. Oh, and while you're at it, you may as well set the Energy Saver Mode On/Off times and water temperature settings.

What else is there? Oh, of course. Better set the clock so it displays the right time. Phew! I think that's about it.

Only one other thing to remember when setting up, and it doesn't concern the touch screen (unfortunately). And that's to run a whole reservoir of water through it before using for the first time. Make it two things. Read the manual as well.

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Versatility and Capacity

At 80-oz, the water reservoir on the Keurig K575 is the largest in the Keurig range. You can brew ten or more cups before needing to refill. That's convenient if you hate the mundane tasks associated with making great coffee and hot drinks. Like refilling the reservoir. You can remove it for refilling or cleaning, and the lid can be removed or just opened a little.

But perhaps more impressive is the sheer choice you have. Not only do you have the range of coffee, tea, cocoa and specialty beverages from 75 different brands. You can also use the Keurig Plus Series My K-Cup Reusable Coffee Filter (available separately) when you prefer brewing from your own coffee grounds.

More choice coming up. You can choose from a cup, with brew sizes of 4, 6, 8, 10 and 12-oz. You can have a mug with a brew size of 12, 14, 16 or 18 oz. Or if you really want to push the boat out you can have a carafe of 22, 26 or a massive 30-oz. It's a pity Keurig don't include the carafe in the package, but then that would probably push the price up above $200.

So much for size. What about strength of brew? Back to the touch screen again (any excuse!).You have a Strength Control setting that lets you brew a bolder cup, using any K-Cup pod brew size.

As for the temperature of your drink, you have no less than five settings, plus a Hot Water On Demand button (choose the brew size for the amount required). That's for if you simply want to make your own drink for a change. But then, who'd want to, when you have a machine like this to do it for you?

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Keurig K575
The Keurig K575 - with carafe

Features and Specifications:

    • Color: Platinum
    • Product Dimensions: 10.4 x 13.6 x 13.4 inches
    • Water reservoir: 80-oz
    • Touch screen: 2.8-inches
    • Item Weight: 13.7 pounds
    • Shipping Weight: 14.9 pounds
    • Manufacturer: Keurig
    • ASIN: B018UQ5VEK
    • Origin: China
    • Item model number: K575

For current pricing information on Amazon, follow this link.

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Pros and Cons

Pros:

  • Multiple brew sizes for cups, mugs, and carafes
  • Extra large touch screen control panel makes programming easy
  • Large water reservoir means fewer refills
  • Five temperature settings
  • Energy Saver mode
  • Strength control setting

Cons:

  • You have to run a whole reservoir of water through it before using for the first time to get rid of the factory smell
  • Make sure you purchase from Amazon or some other reputable seller to ensure you don't get a reject
Keurig K575
The Keurig K575 - without cup or carafe

Watch this useful YouTube Video of the Keurig K575 being put through its paces -

Consumer Ratings

The Keurig K575 Single Serve Programmable K-Cup Coffee Maker has over 830 reviews on Amazon.com at the time of writing. It has an average score of over 4 stars. Almost two-thirds of reviewers give 4 or 5 stars.

Reviewers particularly like the ease of use and wide range of brew sizes, flavors, and temperatures to choose from. The bold coffee option scores highly, as you would expect. Also popular is the ease of operation and (needless to say) that intuitive touch screen. The new-style reusable K-Cups are a hit.

Some reviewers complain that the K575 doesn't accept non-Keurig branded K-Cup pods. However, here's a secret. Search YouTube for "using the K575 with non-Keurig k-cups" (or similar search term) to find how to get round this.

One important lesson from some reviewers is this. Make sure you purchase either from Amazon itself or from an independent seller with a high feedback score. Some unfortunate buyers have been supplied with an obviously used machine that is sub-standard and not even packaged properly.

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Keurig K575
The Keurig K575 in action

Summary

The Keurig K575 is for you if you want

  • an upmarket coffeemaker for a reasonable price
  • total control over your brew
  • an incredible choice of brews
  • total control over the amount of time the machine remains on
  • a large capacity water reservoir
  • speed (even straight after the machine "wakes up")
  • a large choice of colors for the lighting display in your kitchen, day and night
  • a state of the art touch screen display!

You know (or can find out) how to use non-Keurig branded K-Cups with it, so increasing your choice of brew exponentially. And most agree the coffee tastes great. We have no hesitation in recommending the Keurig K575.

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Nespresso U D50 Espresso Maker with Aeroccino Milk Frother Review

The Nespresso U D50 Espresso Maker with Aeroccino Milk Frother is currently available as a used item from a few sellers via Amazon. We originally wrote this review when it was a regular item featured on Amazon, and we have decided to leave it on this site as it may be of use to some.

This espresso maker has been described as a perfect combination, and by Nespresso themselves as "the ultimate machine in modularity, simplicity, and purity."

That sounds pretty lofty, and it is quite unusual to find two distinct products being sold as a duo. But Nespresso must have their reasons for it, and they certainly stand by their decision. So let's take a look at this product pair and see if it's worthy of the praise.

Nespresso U D50
Table of Contents
Easy To Use Combo Pre-Set Cup Sizes
How Long To Wait? The All-Important Flavor
Running Costs And The Cleaning...?
Features & Specs Pros and Cons  
Consumer Ratings Summary

The Nespresso U D50 - An Easy To Use Combo

The Nespresso U D50 has been designed for ease of use. Essentially, you just press a button to make your selection, place the pod in place, and the machine, with its 19 bar pump pressure, will pierce the pod, brew the coffee and eject the used capsule into the capsule dispenser at the end. It couldn't get much simpler.

The Aeroccino milk frother, too, has a rapid, one-touch system that puts it into action preparing hot or cold froths, with or without foam. It heats the milk to around 130 degrees - not quite as hot as the coffee shop, but hot enough for nearly all home espresso drinkers.

There are two levels of froth - latte, and cappuccino - or the froth setting can be turned off. It can froth the milk while warming it, or leave it cold. It does work best with regular milk but can also take almond milk, which, naturally, won't be quite so frothy.

You can customize how the espresso maker looks. The water tank at the back, which can hold a decent 27 fluid ounces, can be rotated 180 degrees around the machine.

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Pre-Set Cup Sizes Can Be Changed

The pre-set cup sizes accord to the standard Ristretto, Espresso, and Lungo but if these aren't to your liking you can change them and the U D50 will remember your new settings. You simply press the appropriate cup size buttons while using the slider at the same time.

Nespresso U D50
Nespresso U D50

How Long Do You Have To Wait?

Delicious coffee, even from a capsule, can't be delivered instantly, of course. But this coffee maker comes pretty close. It heats up ready for use in around one to one and a half minutes. Each espresso then takes around 20 seconds.

As we've just noted, the milk frother has variable settings as to frothing and heating, so that affects the speed of delivery, but hot frothed milk generally takes around a minute, depending on its original temperature.

The All-Important Flavor

Flavor, as we all know, depends on a number of things. A clean coffee maker with no left-over grinds, fresh filtered water, and fresh, quality coffee grinds. The first two are down to us, but as far as the coffee is concerned, Nespresso choose only Grand's Cruz green coffees for their capsules, to ensure you get close to coffee shop standards.

And with seventeen varieties to choose from, as well as three cup sizes for strength adjustment, you won't have much of a problem in finding a flavor to suit your palate.

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What About The Running Costs?

The Nespresso U D50 was designed to use Nespresso coffee capsules only. Probably the most convenient place to purchase them is at Nespresso's website, where you buy in batches of 50 and the price works out at about 60c a pod. Depending on your taste, you may find that you need two pods for each cup.

You have seventeen varieties to choose from and you receive a sample of each with your new machine. While it's possible to buy reusable filters and grind your own beans, that doesn't work out much cheaper, if at all, and the flavor is certainly inferior to that of the Nespresso pods.

Electricity consumption is normal for this kind of device, and the espresso maker has an auto off setting set for 9 minutes of non-use.

And The Cleaning . . ?

Keeping your Nespresso U D50 clean is easy. After each brew, the pod is automatically released into the capsule dispenser. A light indicates when the water tank is empty or the capsule dispenser is full.

Then you just empty the pod dispensing bin (which holds up to 12 used capsules), rinse the drip tray, and refresh the water if necessary. With the Aeroccino milk frother, you just rinse the inside of it after each use and make sure you don't get the base wet.

Some coffee makers have a nasty habit of the spout dripping after each brew and eventually filling the drip tray, but the U D50 has a retracting outlet, so that problem is avoided.

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Check out this short video showing an expert using the Nespresso U D50 to make a delicious espresso:

Features and Specifications:

  • Product Dimensions: 14.5 x 4.5 x 9.8 inches ; 6.6 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 13 pounds
  • Item model number: A+D50-US-BK-NE
  • Water tank: 27 ounces
  • Cup sizes: 3 - Ristretto, Espresso, and Lungo
  • Uses Nespresso coffee capsules only
  • 19 bar pump pressure
  • One touch preparation of hot or cold milk froth
  • Light indicator warning for empty tank or full capsule dispenser
  • Capsule dispenser holds 12 used capsules
  • Auto off: 9 minutes
Nespresso U D50 Milk Frother
Nespresso U D50 Milk Frother

Pros and Cons

Pros:

  • Stylish and sleek
  • Very easy to use
  • Fast brewing and milk frothing
  • Great tasting coffee
  • Easy cleaning

Cons:

  • You're restricted to Nespresso coffee capsules - a little pricey
  • Milk frother heats to 130 degrees, less than at the coffee shop
Nespresso U D50 - Aerial View
Nespresso U D50 - Aerial View

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Consumer Ratings

The vast majority of reviewers of Amazon give the U D50 the full five stars. The average rating is about mid-way between four stars and five from over 280 reviewers, at the time of writing.

What users like most about this combo is the excellent tasting coffee it produces, and how easy it is to use. Its speed and sheer good looks also count for a great deal.

Some have mentioned that the pods are rather expensive. However, most users seem happy about that aspect, and you have to bear in mind that you're paying for great tasting coffee with every brew.

Overall, it's appreciated as delivering a great espresso every time, with little to no mess to clear up afterward.

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Summary

Nespresso made this espresso maker and milk frother to be compact and simple to use. But it also had to produce coffee that its users would love, and, judging from most of the reviews, they do. That's the Nespresso U D50 Espresso Maker with Aeroccino Milk Frother for you.

Nespresso U D50
Nespresso U D50

 

 

 

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Breville BMF600XL Milk Café Milk Frother Review

If you take a quick look at the Breville BMF600XL Milk Café Milk Frother, all you'll see would be a sleek, stainless steel exterior with just one simple control knob. You'd think that it was just another one of those milk frothers that gives you a choice of two - take it or leave it.

But when you see what this device can do, it's like opening a whole new world of coffee and milk frothing, of exotic drinks of smooth, tantalizing flavors, or creamy froth that you never knew existed before.

So far, so good, but can it really be worth the not insubstantial price tag of not far south of $130?

Breville BMF600XL Milk Café Milk Frother
Breville BMF600XL Milk Café Milk Frother

Table of Contents (jump ahead!)
Build Quality and Design Everything?
How Long Does It Take? You'll Want To Know...
What About Cleaning It? Features & Specs
Pros and Cons Consumer Ratings
Summary

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Superior Build Quality and Simple Design

The Breville BMF600XL consists of a base unit, which controls the induction power, and a jug, or carafe, in which the milk froths are made. Both are of stainless steel. The only plastic parts are the lid and the two frothing discs - one smooth, for making lattes, and the other with slits, for making foam for cappuccinos.

The disc that isn't being used is stored on a magnetic hook at the back, so it's almost impossible to lose. The power cord, too, stores away easily when not required.

The carafe has a minimum fill line, and if you fill to that level then you'll have enough milk for two 10 ounce cups of coffee. You can make enough for four cups at a time if you wish.

The knob on the base unit lets you control the temperature of the milk produced. You can have a cold stir for a cold drink (though you won't have so much froth), or you can take the heat up to 160 degrees and all points in between.

A froth needs more than just heat, of course. It needs stirring. The BMF600XL uses its discs for this. They're not turned mechanically, but magnetically. Take the disc you need, according to whether you want foam or not, and press it home into the containing slot. Make sure it's stable before you start. Like any brilliant idea, it's basically very simple and produces great results.

And the build quality is such that there's no reason why it shouldn't continue doing so for many years.

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Breville BMF600XL - The Machine That Does Everything

Frothing milk is actually only one of the functions that this machine carries out quietly and reliably. It's also a hot chocolate maker if you just add the appropriate ingredients, though there is a little skill involved in this (see below).

Apart from regular full-fat milk, you can use almond milk, soy milk, coconut milk or skimmed milk (which produces the largest froth). If you prefer you can add cocoa, agaves or coffee, so that your drink is ready made without having to prepare another part of it elsewhere.

And you don't have to have a froth at all. You can make steamed milk. In fact, using it as a flavored milk steamer is one of its most popular uses.

It does produce very hot milk (though you can, of course, reduce the temperature setting), and it's capable of melting chocolate chips fed into it through the lid whilst foaming the milk. It's quiet too, and if you're up to latte art then this machine won't let you down.

The recipe book that comes with the frother itself contains a number of other dishes, so experiment and discover which kind of brew you prefer, because sometimes it seems this machine can do almost anything.

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But How Long Does It Take?

One reviewer on Amazon describes the Breville BMF600XL as "fast, simple and reliable". If you set the temperature to its highest and pour in milk to the minimum level in the carafe then you'll have your frothed milk ready in between one and two minutes, depending on the original temperature of the milk, and prevailing conditions in your kitchen.

You'll Want To Know About This ...

I'm always mentioning in my reviews about how coffee makers, espresso makers, and milk frothers, are not just kitchen appliances like refrigerators or cookers, which can take a certain amount of punishment through careless handling, and so on.

They are, in effect, precision instruments, and this is particularly true in this case. We've seen how the BMF600XL has two frothing discs, and how you always use one of them, depending on whether you're making a lot of foam or not, to stir the milk while it's being heated.

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The disc must be allowed to spin freely, using the magnetic field generated. So it must be clean. If there's any dust, powder or anything at all on it then it will be out of balance and won't spin properly or at all. Sometimes it may need a slight tap with a spoon to start it off, if it's reluctant to start moving.

The best temperature for producing frothy milk is 140 degrees to 160 degrees. Most users set it to around the maximum to start with, and then adjust when they know their machine better.

The BMF600XL needs to be started as soon as you've poured the milk into the carafe. Any delay may lead to condensation being formed and the motor may shut off. Observe the instructions in the User Manual - you need to press the button a second time to start the frothing process.

If you're making, for example, hot chocolate, then don't just dump the chocolate concentrate into the top of the milk. That may disturb the spin of the disc. Wait until the milk is warm, and then sprinkle it in slowly, using the facility in the lid that's there for the purpose.

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What About Cleaning It Afterward?

The Breville BMF600XL is very easy to clean. The carafe is dishwasher safe, though it's almost as easy to rinse it by hand. As it's made of stainless steel, any milk deposits will just rub off.

This 10-minute video shows the Breville BMF600XL doing its job:

Features and Specifications:

  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 6 x 10.2 inches ; 3.6 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 5 pounds
  • Item model number: BMF600XL
  • Induction heating - carafe dishwasher friendly
  • Two frothing discs for magnetic stirring - latte and cappuccino
  • Adjustable temperature control
  • Stainless steel construction

Pros and Cons

Pros:

  • You can make almost any milk drink with this
  • Easy to clean - dishwasher safe
  • Complete temperature control

Cons:

  • Discs have to be absolutely clean to work properly
  • Needs minimum amount of 8 oz milk to work properly

Breville BMF600XL
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Consumer Ratings

Reviewers on Amazon are very favorable towards the BMF600XL, giving it an average of nearly 4.5 stars in over 940 reviews at the time of writing. They particularly like its versatility, and how it produces delicious milk froths and drinks.

A few have mentioned problems in getting it to start, but with the tips given here, this should present no problem to you. The price is another point sometimes raised, but then you do get what you pay for here.

The great majority of users are more than happy with their milk frother.

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Summary

The Breville BMF600XL Milk Café Milk Frother is an extremely adaptable, reliable machine that looks good and is easy to clean as well. It can make you a milk drink exactly to your requirements in no more than a couple of minutes, and is quite capable of remaining in regular use for many years. At the very least, this deserves careful consideration for your next milk frother.

 

 

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A Review of the Nespresso Pixie Espresso Maker (C60 and D60)

The C60 and D60 versions of the Nespresso Pixie Espresso Maker are basically the same machine. The only differences are cosmetic. The C60 has ribs on the side and has a round, fat spout. The D60 has no ribs and has a thin, tubular spout. The colors are different. The C60 comes in a choice of titan or brown, whereas you can have the D60 in blue, green, aluminum, silver or various shades of red.

What we'll do in this review is to treat them as one product, which, apart from the above differences, they are.

Nespresso Pixie Espresso Maker
Nespresso C60
Nespresso Pixie Espresso Maker
Nespresso D60
Table of Contents
Capabilities Control + Ease of Use
How Fast? Easy to Clean?
How Does It Taste? Features & Specs
Pros and Cons Consumer Ratings
Summary

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The Nespresso Pixie Espresso Maker - Big Capabilities In A Small Package

One of the most surprising things about the Nespresso Pixie Espresso Maker C60 and D60 is how small it is. It's only just over nine inches tall, with a length of less than 13 inches and width of just 4.33 inches.

But what it lacks in size it makes up for in style and performance. Nespresso have hidden the water reservoir round the back of it, leaving the handle and front piece as the main visible features. They've cleverly hidden the drip tray inside the machine, with a funnel directing spills into it from underneath the cup ledge.

Complete Control With Ease Of Use

The Nespresso Pixie Espresso Maker C60 / D60 is about as user friendly as it's possible to get. It's a single serve machine and caters for almost any sized cup or mug. You can control how much water you want it to dispense and how strong you want your drink, so you get a consistent cup of coffee every time. But you can also vary any single serving by holding down one of the buttons on the back, for example to make a lungo (or larger drink with more water).

Backlights on the controls indicate what stage has been reached in the brew cycle, and it's easy to detect the water level in the reservoir. There's a container inside the machine into which used capsules drop automatically, and there's even a little storage space to keep the power cord when not in use.

To top it all, you have auto shut-off in case you forget to switch off before retiring for the night or going out.

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But How Fast Is It?

If it's speed you're after you won't be disappointed. The Nespresso Pixie Espresso Maker C60 / D60 can hold its own against much larger and more powerful-looking coffee makers. Each brew is ready in 25 to 30 seconds. Incredibly fast. Catering for a large family or guests shouldn't present too much of a problem as the water reservoir holds 24 ounces.

And Can It Be Cleaned Easily?

Nespresso supply a cleaning kit with full instructions, so cleaning is straightforward, and actually easier than with most coffee makers. You simply run it without putting any pods in. You can remove and rinse the folding drip tray very easily, and that will be the bulk of the cleaning required for the C60 / D60.

Nothing beats, though, actually getting inside the machine (as far as you can) with the cleaning kit, and Nespresso recommend that you do this periodically to keep your espresso maker in top condition.

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What Does The Coffee Taste Like?

It's hard to find anyone with anything but praise for the sheer good taste of the coffee this espresso maker produces. It comes with a set of pods so you can select your favorites before ordering more. They average around 65c each, but there's a large choice and you can get the best deals online. If you're environmentally concerned then you can easily re-cycle them.

Watch this video to see the Nespresso D60 in action:

Features and Specifications:

  • Product Dimensions: 12.8 x 4.3 x 9.2 inches ; 9 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 9 pounds
  • Item model numbers: C60-US-TI-NE and D60-US-AL-NE
  • Water reservoir: 24 oz
  • Drip tray: folding and removable
  • Auto shut-off
  • Uses Nespresso pods

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Pros and Cons

Pros:

  • Small and compact, fits in any kitchen
  • Brews exceptionally fast - 25-30 seconds
  • Uses Nespresso pods, so no mess
  • Complete control over cup size and strength of brew
  • Easy to clean

Cons:

  • Pods aren't cheap - around 65c but possibly cheaper online
  • A little noisy, but only for a few seconds per brew

Consumer Ratings

The C60 has nearly 600 reviews on Amazon at the time of writing and scores an average of over 4.5 stars. The D60 has around 130 reviews and scores a little lower. As you'd expect, there's nothing much between them in the figures, and the reviews themselves largely say the same things, being mainly praise for how versatile and reliable they are.

These models haven't suited everyone, of course (it would be rather surprising if they did) but negative comments are largely down to individual taste. One or two have mentioned the noise, but others describe these products as "whisper quiet", and what noise there is only lasts a few seconds anyway.

It's safe to say that most users are delighted with their Nespresso C60 or D60.

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Summary

Whether you opt for the ribbed C60 with its round, fat spout, or the D60, without ribs and with its thin spout, you're bound to be pleased with your purchase. The Nespresso C60 / D60 Pixie Espresso Maker represents good value for money and is backed by Nespresso's formidable reputation for producing high quality espresso makers.

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Mr Coffee Single Serve (BVMC) Coffee Brewer Review

This Mr Coffee Single Serve Coffee Brewer is one of the products from Mr Coffee that have resulted from the partnership with Keurig and its brewing technology.

Mr Coffee Single Serve Coffee Brewer
Table of Contents
Keurig Means K-Cups Ease & Speed
3 Brew Size Options Easy Cleaning
Features & Specifications Pros and Cons
Consumer Ratings Summary

Priced at under $90 (at the time of writing), it is aimed at those coffee lovers who just want a single brew at times of their choosing, and don't want to mess about with programming or anything else. In other words, simplicity. So does this coffee brewer deliver?

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Keurig Means K-Cups

As you'd expect from any coffee maker that has the benefit of Keurig's brewing technology, this product uses K-Cups. The advantages of using K-Cups are well known - you just put one in the slot, close the lid, and shortly after you have your brew. Oh, and there's no mess to clear up afterwards. Just dump the used filter in the trash.

The only downside is the cost, if that bothers you, in which case you can use a reusable K-Cup filter, such as a Solofill Reusable. But you do get a 5 pack of K-Cup samples to start you off, which can't be bad.

Ease and Speed

For those of us who want it easy and fast then we could do a lot worse than the Mr Coffee Single Serve. The K-Cups make it easy, and Mr Coffee and Keurig make it quick. Less than one minute to a brew, according to Mr Coffee, though in practice it's more like a minute to start the brew (following the previous brew) and another 30-40 seconds to actually brew a 6 oz or 8 oz cup. Even so, not a bad turn-around time.
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Mr Coffee Single Serve

Mr Coffee Single Serve

Three Brew Size Options

Surprisingly for a single serve brewer, this model gives a choice of 6 oz, 8 oz, or 10 oz sizes of brew. The 40 oz water reservoir can supply around 6 cups of average size, so you won't have to keep getting up to refill it.

Easy Cleaning

Mr Coffee recommends that you use bottled or filtered water in this coffee maker. Ordinary tap water will clog up the channels through which it has to pass and cause problems. Even these precautions won't prevent cleaning and maintenance tasks, but at least they're made as easy as they can be.

The water filter lifts off for thorough inspection and cleaning, as does the drip tray. It's important to follow the advice in the Owner's Manual, otherwise, you risk having a non-working coffee maker on your hands and complaining about it in the reviews section.
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Features and Specifications

  • Product Dimensions: 14.1 x 11.8 x 14.2 inches ; 10.8 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 11 pounds
  • Item model number: BVMC-KG6R-001
  • Water reservoir: 40 oz removable
  • Drip tray: removable
  • Brew size options: three - 6 oz, 8 oz, 10 oz
  • Uses K-Cups
  • Auto shut-off: 2 hours (optional)

Mr Coffee Single Serve

Pros and Cons of the Mr Coffee Single Serve

Pros:

  • Easy to use with K-Cups
  • Removable water reservoir for easy filling and cleaning
  • Removable drip tray for easy cleaning
  • 3 brew size options

Cons:

  • K-Cups can be costly
  • Power cord could be a little longer

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This video shows a demo of the Mr Coffee Single Serve in action:

Consumer Ratings

The Mr Coffee Single Serve scores over 3.5 stars from over 1,800 reviewers on Amazon at the time of writing, with around two thirds of all reviewers giving four or five stars. Most users like the simplicity of the coffee maker, with no clock, default settings or temperature adjustments to worry about.

As ever, there are a few negative reviews from users who have had an unfortunate experience with their machine. What can be learned from that is that any coffee maker, no matter what the price or who the manufacturer is, needs periodic maintenance and cleaning if it is to last the course. This model is very easy to clean and maintain.
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Summary

The Mr Coffee Single Serve Coffee Brewer is powered by Keurig Brewing Technology, and that's what gives it the power it needs to deliver fast, delicious brews in a choice of cup sizes. Minimal maintenance is required if you use K-Cups, and there's the reusable filter available if you need to economize. With high user satisfaction, you can purchase this product with confidence.

Mr Coffee Single Serve

Mr Coffee Single Serve

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