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Philips Senseo - Ami Ortom's Review
Posted: February 1, 2005, 2:26pm
review rating: 8.7
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Philips Senseo Single Cup
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Arrow The Philips Senseo has 15 Reviews
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Stephanie Dillard 9.50
Ami Ortom 8.66
Kim Morgan 8.50
Donald Letizia 8.00
Watts Martin 8.00

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Ratings and Stats Overall Rating: 3.8
Manufacturer: Philips Quality: 1
Average Price: $165.00 Usability: 8
Price Paid: $60.00 Cost vs. Value 1
Where Bought: Costco Aesthetics 8
Owned for: 6 months Overall 1
Writer's Expertise: Aficionado Would Buy Again: No
Similar Items Owned: Espresso machines, too numerous to count
Bottom Line: Nice and elegant machine makes horrid coffee
Positive Product Points

Attractive; quick, no-mess preparation; affordable

Negative Product Points

Horrid coffee!

Detailed Commentary

This coffee machine seemed the answer to my quest for an office coffee solution: (1) it is sleek, (2) using pods, preparation is quick and mess-free, (3) it is affordable, (4) at 20-25 cents per cup, operating costs are quite low, and (5) Philips is a well-known brand.

The problem is that the coffee it makes is simply terrible.  The simplest cone filter with medium-priced coffee is infinitely better.

Unlike espresso machines, you have limited control over the process: You can only select among a couple of blends, you can decide whether to use one or two pods at a time, and you can vary the amount of water by stopping the machine before it's done.  That's it.  Since I've played with these parameters for quite a while, I know that it simply cannot be improved!  I've tried all the roasts offered by Douwe Egberts, plus a couple that I bought at the Coffee Giant (slightly better).  I used more/less water, one/two pods.  To no avail! The fake "crema" makes it look attractive, but the coffee is simply horrid.

I've seen reviews giving it high marks for taste, and I am simply speechless.  American coffee connaisseurs must feel relieved that Europeans, who often mock American coffee (not entirely without a reason) are capable of producing such rubbish.

Buying Experience

Costco is a great place to buy.  Too bad I waited too long (and threw out the packaging), so now I can't get rid of it.

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