Calling All Cappuccino Lovers! You Need To Know About The Breville VCF011 Cappuccino Maker
This amazing cappuccino maker has a lot of useful and well thought out features. It provides a superbly easy way to take instant coffee and effortlessly make it into an authentic cappuccino. This has several distinct advantages over machines that use pods or small capsules that contain the powdered coffee mixes:
- You can choose your favourite instant coffee to make the cappuccino.
- Often coffee produced by capsules (particularly cappuccino capsules) are laden with sweeteners or sugars. Using this machine means you control the amount of sugar you put into the coffee – if any.
- This machine produces a genuine foam, which is always far superior to foam generated by chemicals.
- Its a lot cheaper than buying capsules – so is sure to pay for itself pretty quickly.
You can also control the amount of coffee you use in your cappuccino. According to Breville's consumer survey, we apparently prefer milder cappuccinos opposed to the stronger ones you can buy at coffee shops. This machine can produce a much more mild coffee, which is apparently more to most peoples tastes.
The machine comes with two rather spacious tanks which store 300ml of water and 800ml of milk. This means it is perfect if you want to make more than one coffee at a time to share with friends; and you won't need to keep refilling the storage tanks, not changing cartridges etc.
All you need to do to make a delicious cappuccino is switch on the machine and let it reach its optimum temperature – which takes a few minutes. Then place your favourite coffee granules in the top and you're good to go. A handy dial on the front provides easy use; and you can simply turn it to your desired ratio of milk and water and a dispensary will automatically fill your cup with cappuccino.
One thing worth mentioning here is that you can only put instant coffee granules into this machine. It will not work with freshly ground coffee or coffee beans. But, to me, that is one of its real perks. It's fast, easy and a far cheaper way to drink delicious cappuccinos whenever you want.
This coffee maker also looks stylish and modern. Featuring a piano black finish with polished stainless steel rims and detailing, ensuring it will look at home in any kitchen.
One of the bug bears I find with regular coffee machines is that they can be quite fiddly or time consuming to clean. Especially cleaning out used coffee grinds and washing all of the different components to remove milk residue. However the Breville VCF011 breaks this trend – it comes with a self cleaning mechanism! According to the manufacturer you can select the self clean setting and then leave the machine to run hot water through the pipes, cleaning out any residue or milk build up. This means you'll probably be enjoying your favourite cup of coffee more often!
Like most good coffee machines you can also make other drinks with this device. Whilst you cannot put anything other than instant coffee into the machine, you can place hot chocolate or malt drink powder into the cup beneath the dispensary and use the machine to prepare hot frothy milk and water to create a truly delicious drink. You can also make cafe latte, americano and mocha coffees too.
We think this coffee maker offers a wonderfully inventive approach to making an authentic cappuccino at home, quickly and easily. From its cost effective running costs (which does not require capsules or pods of coffee) to the self cleaning mechanism, Breville really have thought of everything. If you love cappuccino as much as we do we think this machine won't disappoint.