Yesterday I've posted about how much we've enjoyed Douwe Egberts The Flavour Collective coffee. We were also offered a Senseo Twist Coffee machine to try out at the same time, and the kitchen has been smelling delicious!
Both my brothers and my cousin uses Senseo coffee machines, so we are quite familiar with the system, but we certainly wasn't expecting it to look so different than the other models! The Senseo Twist is really modern and stylish and we were really impressed. My kitchen is packed with gadgets but I had to find a spot for it!
The machine came with 2 coffee pad holders - a 1 cup pad holder that fits a normal coffee pad and a 2 cups/ 1 mug pad holder that fits either 2 normal pads or 1 mug-size pad. Needless to say, we've been using the 2 cups pad holder more often than the 1 cup one! The removable spout can slide up or down to fit most mug heights, and the coffee collector (black funnel) can be removed as well, so basically all parts that comes into contact with coffee can be easily cleaned.
The above picture shows you the importance of the coffee pad holder. Without it, you get coffee stained water instead of properly brewed coffee. (I totally did this on purpose for the review *nod head*)
The water reservoir sits behind the main body without really clicking tight to it, making it very easy to remove for refill, but it can be worrying as well as you will need to hold on it tightly while slotting it back in place after a refill. I think some rough patterns at the top of the reservoir will make holding it easier.
The touch panel is very posh yet simple at the same time. You press the power button at the bottom to switch on the machine and boil the water, then when it flashes, you choose the strength of the coffee and it will start brewing once you've selected the amount of water you need (1 cup or 2 cups buttons). There is also a CALC light under the 1 cup button, which will light up if the machine requires descaling, very clever!
The power will switch off automatically after the machine is inactive for 15 minutes, which is great as sometimes you can really forget about turning it off!
I was also sent 2 packs of coffee pods to try with the Senseo Twist coffee machine - the Original Blend Medium Roast and the Moments Blend Easy Weekend. They are both a blend of medium roasted Arabica and Robusta beans for a harmoniously rounded, balanced coffee. The Original Medium Roast contains 18 1-cup-size pads in a pack, while the Easy Weekend contains 20 mug-size pads. The above middle picture shows you the difference between the 2 pads, with the mug-size pad at the bottom.
When you open the packet, a gorgeous aroma hits and you'll just want to close your eyes and inhale it all in. It's a shame that no coffee can retain this smell after it's been brewed! The pads are biodegradable.
Word of advice, do not ever put two 1 cup size pads or 1 mug-size pad in a 1 cup pad holder. The coffee machine lid will not close properly and instead of coffee being collected through the funnel to the spout, it spills out from the lid. (Again, I did it on purpose for this review.)
Last year I was one of the first group of people who've won a limited edition Gold mug from Douwe Egberts through their Facebook search for the Most Embarrassing mug. Yes, I have one of those at home. I like it that their Gold mug is not one of those that has their brand written all over it. Anyway. I've decided to test their coffee with their mug. The mug-size pad with 2 cups of water gave enough room in the mug (about an inch deep) for milk or froth to go with the coffee.
The coffee was much stronger than the usual instant coffee I drink, although I shouldn't be surprised as the way the machine compresses the coffee is fairly similar to making espresso? As I'm too used to creamy mild coffee, after some testing the best brew for me is to top the brewed coffee up with some hot water to dilute the strength before adding creamer or froth. But that's just my personal preference. I still think that their Senseo coffee are of good quality, and you can see why below.
|Left: Brewing Right: Finished|
I purposely bought these glass mugs for the coffee reviews, so you can clearly see what's happening in these mugs (so pretty!). Can you see the thick layer of Coffee Crema on the top? According to the Internet, Crema is a way of differentiating espresso quality. I guess that, as coffee machines uses a similar way of brewing coffee (pressing hot water through coffee pads) it gives a similar result to espresso machines.
With the frother I've got, I made this lovely mug of latte, so satisfying!
I haven't seen other coffee machines working before, so I'm not really sure what noise level is normal and what isn't. Our Senseo Twist sounded just like my brother's older model, and since it only lasted for about 7 seconds, it wasn't really that bothering. I have included a video clip here anyway if anyone is interested to know.
Overall, we love the new Senseo Twist coffee machine. It's modern and stylish and looks fab in our kitchen. Although the reservoir is hard to hold and it could get a bit noisy for a very short time, it is very easy to use and clean, and it makes good quality coffee. It tells you when it needs to be descaled, and if you register the machine on Phillips UK website, you'll get a descaling pack too (we are waiting for ours to arrive). You can make 2 cups of coffee at a time, and it switches off itself after 15 minutes of being inactive, saving time and electricity.
They have a good selection of coffee and strength (although limited to coffee only and at the moment there are no tea or chocolates options), as well as a Milk Blends that allows you to make Cappuccino, Cafe Latte and Cappuccino Choco, which I will be trying out next time! The Senseo Twist was originally £150, but they've dropped the price to £69.99, making it quite affordable compared to other coffee machines, and if you go to the right place and bulk buy your coffee pads, you can get them as cheap as 11p per pad, which is really good! The Senseo Twist comes in Lime Yellow & White, and Blue & Black.
Disclosure: We were sent a coffee machine and 2 packs of coffee pads to try and review; all opinions are honest and our own