Cookworks Signature Espresso Maker - Argos - was £79.99 now £31.99
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Cookworks Signature Espresso Maker - Argos - was £79.99 now £31.99

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Found 18th Oct 2009Made hot 18th Oct 2009
Cookworks Signature Espresso Maker

* Black.
* 15 bar pump pressure.
* 1050 watts.
* 2 cup capacity.
* 1.0 litre capacity.
* Anti drip.
* Stainless steel filter.
* Water gauge.
* Strength selector.
* Milk frother.
* Transparent water tank.
* Removable drip tray.
* Non slip feet.
* Cord storage.
* Makes espresso and cappuccino.

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I had one of these brands of espresso makers and it wasn't that good really. Ended up in the bin.

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anewman;6609594

I had one of these brands of espresso makers and it wasn't that good … I had one of these brands of espresso makers and it wasn't that good really. Ended up in the bin.



if it was no good why didnt you take it back - if you realised before 28 days :thumbsup:

Looks OK for just over £30. Might have to experiment a bit with grinds etc but that's a feature of pretty well all espresso machines.

You will buy this because it's a bargain, use it once and consign it to the back of the cupboard along with your yoghurt maker and sandwich toaster.
It will be the most expensive cup of coffee you've ever had.

rdwarr;6610258

You will buy this because it's a bargain, use it once and consign it to … You will buy this because it's a bargain, use it once and consign it to the back of the cupboard along with your yoghurt maker and sandwich toaster.It will be the most expensive cup of coffee you've ever had.



Unless you are like me that is.
I am on my third DeLonghi machine, over about 12 years, although even I don't use it so much now, as I try to avoid it it being a habit!

This machine has all the appropriate features of a low price machine, however I have no personal experience of it, so as mentioned if you are the type that will make the effort to learn how to use it and keep using it instad of paying for coffee that costs 2 quid+ a time in town; then try it first and take it back if it is a dud!

Essential tips... tamp the coffee down well and even, make sure the coffee doesn't get in the way of the seal when you fit it into the machine, and very important, warm the cups and even the metal filter holder head with boiling water first to make sure your coffee is hot enough. Prepare everything first before trying to dash through it as it heats up!

I've had/got a couple of espresso machines and now I've settled for the following tools to make great tasting espresso and latte:

amazon.co.uk/Bia…8-1

amazon.co.uk/Bod…t_b

The machines take up too much space on the worktop and end up being more messy in my experience. Having tasted many coffee's I've settled for Ille as my personal fave. Agree with the tips about heating the cups and tamper down the coffee.

Each to his own! Espresso machines do take up space on the kitchen worktop - as do all the other gadgets - they can be messy and can take time to get working as you want them to. Depends of how much you like your espresso/cappuccino.

We've had DeLonghi (OK but only lasted about a year), Krups (lukewarm coffee), Isomac (great coffee 50% of the time) and Gaggia of which the best/easiest is probably the Gaggia. I'm not sure about the advice to tamp coffee firmly on low end monobloc machines as the filter holder and baskets (aka portafilter) are likely to be patent pressurised devices which don't need hard tamping. The best advice is follow the instructions and keep the portafilter in place while the machine heats up - the reason these are of such heavy construction is so they retain heat - and as said before, keep coffee grounds away from the seal. Everything else probably depends on how good and how fresh your coffee is.

:? was £79.99

Wouldn't buy anything with 'Cookworks' in the title

bisoner;6610542

I've had/got a couple of espresso machines and now I've settled for the … I've had/got a couple of espresso machines and now I've settled for the following tools to make great tasting espresso and latte:http://www.amazon.co.uk/Bialetti-Moka-Express-Espresso-Maker/dp/B00004RFRU/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=kitchen&qid=1255862320&sr=8-1http://www.amazon.co.uk/Bodum-1446-Latteo-Milk-Frother/dp/B000BZ6BXE/ref=pd_bxgy_kh_text_bThe machines take up too much space on the worktop and end up being more messy in my experience. Having tasted many coffee's I've settled for Ille as my personal fave. Agree with the tips about heating the cups and tamper down the coffee.



+1. For years I had one of those huge electric chrome things and it was such a faff making coffee and then cleaning it -especially cleaning it - I flogged on eBay and dug out my ancient Bialetti. Simple, beautiful, makes superb coffee, and you don't even have to wash the thing, just rinse it out under the tap.

Only hitch was I realised I was starting the day with 9 expressos... so I went out and bought the next one down. Now I start the day with 6 - much more healthy. :-D

along side ice cream maker to

Noghar;6612591

+1. For years I had one of those huge electric chrome things and it was … +1. For years I had one of those huge electric chrome things and it was such a faff making coffee and then cleaning it -especially cleaning it - I flogged on eBay and dug out my ancient Bialetti. Simple, beautiful, makes superb coffee, and you don't even have to wash the thing, just rinse it out under the tap. Only hitch was I realised I was starting the day with 9 expressos... so I went out and bought the next one down. Now I start the day with 6 - much more healthy. :-D



I thought you were supposed to have 5 a day :whistling:

Noghar;6612591

+1. For years I had one of those huge electric chrome things and it was … +1. For years I had one of those huge electric chrome things and it was such a faff making coffee and then cleaning it -especially cleaning it - I flogged on eBay and dug out my ancient Bialetti. Simple, beautiful, makes superb coffee, and you don't even have to wash the thing, just rinse it out under the tap. Only hitch was I realised I was starting the day with 9 expressos... so I went out and bought the next one down. Now I start the day with 6 - much more healthy. :-D



It is another way of making coffee, on a stove top, but it isn't ANYTHING like pump espresso machines. OK if your like it that way, in the same way as you may like filtered or french press coffee over other types - Personally I don't care much for it though, it over heats the coffee for my taste and it produces something I am not too keen of, and would personally as soon have instant! I have a friend who prefers this type, and while it is drinkable, it's not the style I prefer.

The old fashioned electric percolators you seem to be on about produce worse coffee than cheap supermarket instant, which explains why they died out like the Brontosaurus! - the only time anyone bought one was for a wedding present when they couldn't think of anything else anyway! :-(

Undoubtedly lots of far better espresso machines are out there, just I don't find it worth the expense -I can still produce coffee that I prefer over most commercial coffee shops, for very low cost, with just slightly more work than a dearer machine would involve. If I was making more cups for more people, mine (or the one in this post) would not suffice, but for one or two cups, a couple of times a day, it is a dead cheap decent solution.

bbbob;6612309

Wouldn't buy anything with 'Cookworks' in the title



Am with you on this one!

Nice Price Holly :thumbsup:

nihcaj;6613405

The old fashioned electric percolators you seem to be on about produce … The old fashioned electric percolators you seem to be on about produce worse coffee than cheap supermarket instant, which explains why they died out like the Brontosaurus! - the only time anyone bought one was for a wedding present when they couldn't think of anything else anyway! :-(



What, when I said 'electric chrome thing' you thought I meant a 70s percolator by Russell Hobbs? Actually I meant one of these:

coffeeitalia.co.uk/pro…E-P

I had that model for years, and it took up more room and was more trouble to use, clean and maintain that it was worth. Bialettis for me have the best balance of effort vs outcome. I don't want to get into a real-ale vs supermarket lager fanboy argument, but when you say you would as soon have instant than an espresso from Bialetti... you must be kidding.

It's horses for courses. If you just want a cup of decent coffee with no fuss and not fretting over the fineness of the grind or whether the machine is at optimum steam pressure, then the Bialetti does a great job.

Personally I don't think the item listed in this deal would satisfy anyone. It's not good enough for the devoted coffeephile and too much trouble for the rest of us. It'll hog loads of space on the worktop for a few months and end up in the back of the cupboard with the smoothie maker and the rice cooker...

Noghar;6616241

What, when I said 'electric chrome thing' you thought I meant a 70s … What, when I said 'electric chrome thing' you thought I meant a 70s percolator by Russell Hobbs? Actually I meant one of these:http://www.coffeeitalia.co.uk/proddetail.php?prod=E-PI had that model for years, and it took up more room and was more trouble to use, clean and maintain that it was worth. Bialettis for me have the best balance of effort vs outcome. I don't want to get into a real-ale vs supermarket lager fanboy argument, but when you say you would as soon have instant than an espresso from Bialetti... you must be kidding.It's horses for courses. If you just want a cup of decent coffee with no fuss and not fretting over the fineness of the grind or whether the machine is at optimum steam pressure, then the Bialetti does a great job.Personally I don't think the item listed in this deal would satisfy anyone. It's not good enough for the devoted coffeephile and too much trouble for the rest of us. It'll hog loads of space on the worktop for a few months and end up in the back of the cupboard with the smoothie maker and the rice cooker...



Yes, I did think you meant an old percolator!

I know the type you mean now.... for one thing they usually only have LOW pressure, often dependant on the physical ability to operate it, but always under 5 bars, sometimes well under 3 which is not going to do a lot for a good crema! More a design accessory, than for coffee!

I wouldn't dream of starting a discussion on coffee snobbery, in fact I wold go as far as saying I am the antithesis of coffee snobbery!

I just don't like the taste of the stove top type... has an over heated taste to me; in the same way I like filter coffee even LESS but for a different reason - it is just "lifeless!" Horses for courses, I suppose - bear in mind I actively LIKE coffee made at least PARTLY from Arabic robusta beans, as I like the OOOMPH they give, over the (generally) milder style/taste of arabica: now not everyone would say that either, and it may be that this type of coffee is a bit too harsh (or maybe less forgiving?) to my taste when made using a stove top system!

The basic pump action machines are not nearly as tedious to use as some people describe them - agreed that it is all about getting the technique right, and not hanging about - more sophisticated machines take a lot of the human element away, and for this reason are more predictable, and more forgiving but if you are the dexterous hands-on type of person, the technique comes pretty quick, and is pretty reproducible, still light years ahead of instant and still better than most chain coffee shops who have some 16 year old operating it badly! I suspect those who give up on them after 1 attempt are those who are never going to be the type who would get on with anything too manually operated.

Thanks Holly! Great offer! H&R added :thumbsup: I got one yesterday. Haven’t used it yet, I’ll do it today. I do realise that there are better quality once but they're also much more expensive. And as this is my first coffee machine this should be enough for the time being :-D

Hi There,

I purchased a Cookworks Signature Espresso Maker in Argos about six months ago.

Unfortunately I washed the coffee holder in the dishwasher and it has lost its silver coating and
appears to aluminum.

Could you let me know if its still safe to use?
Thanks in advance,
P.

padra1g;8597235

Hi There, I purchased a Cookworks Signature Espresso Maker in Argos about … Hi There, I purchased a Cookworks Signature Espresso Maker in Argos about six months ago. Unfortunately I washed the coffee holder in the dishwasher and it has lost its silver coating and appears to aluminum. Could you let me know if its still safe to use? Thanks in advance, P.



They are all aluminium that I have seen in the cheaper machines. If you lightly polish it using something like a green scouring pad or Cif cleaner, then it will remove the darker layer which is just tarnish. (dunk it in mild acid like citric or in a pan of cooked rhubarb or lemons and the darkness will go, although it won't look very shiny!) Now, which allows more aluminium into the coffee, the dull or the polished surface is debatable, so it's up to you!

Insofar as aluminium is widely used in catering and domestic cooking, then the amount of aluminium you are going to absorb through this will be tiny compared to cooking of acid foods (eg. a tomato based sauce) over a high heat in a kitchen.

I don't deliberately ingest aluminium, but also don't worry too much about this sort of exposure to it.
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