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How to choose the best coffee maker for you

With so many different types of coffee makers on the Market it can be hard to know what the differences in them are and which coffee appliance would best suit you.

Here are the main types of coffee makers currently on the market:-

Cafetières – this is probably the most inexpensive way to make fresh coffee, the ground coffee is put in a glass jug with boiling water and the lid is then plunged down to allow the coffee to be poured out leaving the coffee grounds behind. This is quick and easy but quite messy when you have to wash it out.

Percolator- this is a machine where you add coffee grounds to a section in the top and the machine then boils the water and slowly passes it through the grounds to collect in a jug below. These are great for numerous cups through the day as the coffee jug sits on a warming plate keeping the coffee hot for hours.

Coffee pod machine – there are a number of these types of machines on the market at the moment and they tend to be popular as they are very easy and convenient to use. The machine boils water and then passes it through your chosen coffee pod. You can buy a whole range of flavoured coffees as well as hot chocolates and even ice coffee blends. The pod can be quite expensive though so its worth factoring that in before you make a purchase.

Bean to cup coffee machines – these work out much cheaper per cup of coffee however the machines themselves tend to be quite expensive as they are much more sophisticated. You add coffee beans to the top of the machine and it selects and grinds out the correct amount of coffee, boiling the water to make the perfect amount for your cup. You can then use the attached milk frother to create barista style coffees such as a latte or cappuccino.  

It’s really a case of personal preference but certainly do some research and check out reviews before you buy to avoid getting the wrong product.

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Online shopping rights explained

Buying goods online has become the new norm for many of us but what happens when things go wrong and either the goods are not as described in the advert, they are faulty, or they do not arrive at all?

We all have something called consumer rights that should protect the online buyer just as it should protect someone buying in store. It is vital that everyone is aware of their rights and are willing to act on them and that sellers respect these rights and operate lawfully at all times.

Let us look first at goods that arrived that are not as described in the advertisement. For most online orders you have fourteen days from receiving your order to contact the retailer to ask for a refund and then a further fourteen days to return the goods. The standard delivery charged to you should be refunded too. In the case of faulty goods noticed within the first thirty days the retailer must offer you a refund or offer to repair or replace the faulty item. After this period and up to the guarantee period they are obliged to offer to repair or replace the goods and if the item is still faulty they must then offer a refund.

It is very frustrating if you order goods online and they simply do not appear on your doorstep. It is important to note that your contract is with the retailer not the courier so any disputes must be raised with the seller who should reimburse you for the missing goods.

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Is your sewing machine up to the job?

In days gone by a sewing machine would have been a common sight in many homes as people often made their own clothes and repaired and altered clothes for the family. Some people even made a living out of this and so their sewing machine was a vital piece of equipment. Now people who own a sewing machine has reduced dramatically and unless you are interested in sewing and dressmaking it is unlikely that you will use one regularly. That said, some people do have a sewing machine hidden somewhere in a dusty corner of the attic waiting for someone to blow away the cobwebs and fire it up again.

If you have an older model sewing machine and you want to start to use it then it is a good idea to have it serviced by a sewing machine expert as this will ensure it is dependable and works well. As a good sewing machine is not cheap to buy new it is worth paying to have one that you own or a second hand one serviced as it will save a lot of frustration.

Ongoing care and maintenance will simply consist of cleaning it to remove any build up of fabric fibres in the mechanism and oiling of some moving parts. The instruction manual will show where these points are. The manuals for older models can usually be accessed online.

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Keep up with the chores this holiday season

During holiday times we rely on our household appliances more than ever. With the extra cooking and resulting dish washing that we do when we entertain the thought of our dishwasher, oven or fridge and freezer breaking down can send most people into a panic, but the good news is if we take care of our appliances throughout the year they are less likely to let us down when we need them most.

Routine tasks to keep the dishwasher working well include regularly removing the filter and rinsing it under running water. This will remove any food debris, pips and other deposits that may build up. Every few months a dishwasher cleaner should be used on a hot wash to get rid of any fat build up in the pipes. Inspecting the spray arms to make sure they are not blocked is also advisable and if they are, a quick clean using a toothbrush and white vinegar should be enough to unblock them.

Fridges and freezers are seen as an essential kitchen appliance but are often neglected. Depending on the type you have they may not need regular defrosting but keeping the inside clean by using unperfumed antibacterial wipes is important. If the freezer does need defrosting it is essential to do this as the freezer will work better without that build-up of ice.

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Appliances that come into their own during winter

As silly as it sounds there are some appliances that are used infrequently during the summer months and spend their time in the back of a kitchen cupboard but as soon as the weather gets colder our thoughts turn to stews, soups and toasted sandwiches and the appliances that are used to make these heart-warming foods.

A slow cooker is often used to make stews and curries and is ideal if you are out at work during the day and want a warm meal to come home to. The ingredients are simply placed in the slow cooker in the morning, if the slow cooker has a timer function the timer is set and then it can be left to cook the meal. Slow cookers are very versatile and can be used to cook a wide variety of savoury and sweet dishes.

Soup makers were very popular a few years ago and if you enjoy home made soup then it is worthwhile investing in one. All the ingredients for your delicious soup are put into the soup maker and the appliance cooks and liquidises the soup for you. All you need is the crusty bread to go with it.

Many people enjoy a sandwich for lunch but on a cold day a hot toasted sandwich is much better, so a sandwich toaster is invaluable. Experiment with fillings for your toastie as there are many delicious variations to enjoy.

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