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CoffeeB Globe review: the coffee maker that wants to revolutionize coffee pods

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CoffeeB Globe review: the coffee maker that wants to revolutionize coffee pods
Written by madishthestylebar

Ease of use

At 37.3 cm high, 15.3 cm wide and 26.7 cm deep, the Globe is a fairly bulky coffee maker. Its wavy lines are not to displease us as they give it a certain elegance. On the other hand, its all-plastic assembly is a bit disappointing; with its price positioning, one could have hoped for more noble finishes. Never mind, the plastics used are of good quality and there is no play between the different removable parts.

CoffeeB Globe: the coffee maker that wants to revolutionize coffee pods

To fit into a coherent ecological ecosystem, the Globe is partially designed with recycled materials (34% for the black color and 15% for the white machine). What does not spoil anything, the CoffeeB machine is modular and easily repairable: the percolator, the pump, the nozzle, the heating system and the electronics can be replaced separately.

With its ball distributor, located on the top of the machine, the Globe has something playful about it. This can accommodate 9 pods and releases a ball of coffee which then slides naturally towards the percolator. Let it be said, this dispenser is not of great interest and is all about the gadget. Because it is covered with transparent and non-hermetic plastic, there are serious doubts about the good conservation of the coffee, which should normally be stored away from light and protected from the air.

CoffeeB Globe: the coffee maker that wants to revolutionize coffee pods

The use of the coffee maker is simplified to the extreme. After inserting a ball of coffee into the orifice, simply activate the side lever in order to prepare the extraction process and choose one of the two cup lengths: espresso (20 ml) or long coffee (110ml). This cup length can be adjusted by performing a key combination detailed in the user manual.

The pod dispenser is removable;  we can completely dispense with it.

The pod dispenser is removable; we can completely dispense with it.

To extract the coffee from these little balls, the Globe uses a patented percolation system. Since the pods are usually very firm (their 5.5 g of coffee are packed), the coffee maker must first moisten them to soften them with hot water (this action lasts 10 s). The machine then presses the ball, punctures it and injects water at high pressure. The pump can also deliver up to 19 bars.

At the rear of the machine, there is a 1.3 l water tank – a fairly generous capacity. We would have liked it to be equipped with a handle that would have allowed us to remove it and reposition it more easily.

The dispensing nozzle, not adjustable in height, allows you to dispense only one coffee. If you want to place a mug there, just remove the small removable cup rest.

Editor's Rating: 3 out of 5

Ease of maintenance

Maintenance of the Globe involves learning the color codes of the LEDs that light up the coffee preparation keys. When they are blue, there is a lack of water. When they flash red during preparation, it is time to descale the machine. When they are static red, there is an electronic problem, and when they turn purple, the water tank needs to be changed during the descaling process. A passage through the user manual is therefore essential. What is surprising is that if all the maintenance steps go through a system of diodes, there is only one that goes through a message in full: “Container” lights up in orange when it’s time to empty the used pod container. It can accommodate up to 9, which avoids having to empty it too regularly. Note that it is necessary to remove the drip tray from the machine for at least 8 seconds for the “Container” display to reset.

CoffeeB Globe: the coffee maker that wants to revolutionize coffee pods

As the coffee balls are 100% vegetable, they can be recycled in compost or in a plant.

CoffeeB Globe: the coffee maker that wants to revolutionize coffee pods

The descaling of the machine is automatic and all the steps to be carried out are detailed in the user manual.

Strong points

  • Manufacturing quality.

  • Quiet machine.

  • Ease of use.

  • Automatic standby after one minute.

  • Large water tank.

Weak points

  • No handle on the water tank.

  • Unclear maintenance signage.

  • Cost of the coffee ball.

  • Catalog of drinks little varied.

Conclusion

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Editor's Rating: 3 out of 5

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With the Globe, CoffeeB signs a first successful coffee maker. Easy to use and silent, it inaugurates new pods that will redistribute the cards in the small world of portioned coffee. The ecological turn taken by the Swiss manufacturer should give food for thought to the competition. Still, the Globe has the defects of its qualities: with its pre-humidification and infusion system, it delivers coffee more slowly than “classic” capsule coffee makers. Also, the balls are worth their weight in gold – they are as expensive as Nespresso capsules which are already among the most expensive on the market. Ecology implies concessions.

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