While I am a big fan of technology and all things "gadgety" I also believe that splashing out a lot of money on something high-tech will not always guarantee quality and reliability. This belief held true 2 weeks ago when I decided that my little bachelor pad needed a sleek filter coffee machine for the kitchen. I was prepared to spend a bit of money as the machine that I had seen when window-shopping the week before was pretty expensive; however, what I came home with was a £30 ‘Chambord' French Press Coffee Machine by Bodum and a lot of excess change! I liked the look of this coffee maker; it is a beautifully simplistic appliance and I am very glad that I did not opt for a high-spec coffee machine. It looks stylish enough and does exactly what I need it to do: you pour in the filter coffee, fill it with water, wait a few minutes and then press down the filter. What you get is a rich dark coffee and the aroma drifts right through the room. It is easy to wash when finished and there are no tricky parts that require special attention or cleaning.
I did complement this coffee maker by also purchasing a Bodum Mousse milk frother for £10 which enables me to make a great latte, so I spent £40 in total: if you want an all-singing all-dancing machine then this definitely will not be for you and you are probably better off splashing the cash on a good quality coffee maker. However, for me it works just fine and I am very pleased with the purchase. Definitely recommended if you are a fan of good filter coffee with no added extras... except milk and sugar ;-)