Innovation and Top Quality Products

Kitchen renovations are not something we want to do every year. So why not pick something that will last and you will enjoy the product just as much. Custom made designer kitchens can easily be something one company can take on for you. To design kitchens only contact one company, Select Kitchens.

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Select Kitchens stocks many of the top brands when it comes to kitchen design and renovations, one of which is Blum. The name Blum stands for innovation, dedicated employees and top quality products. The company was founded by Julius Blum on 1 March 1952. With now over sixty years in motion, Blum can offer a wide variety of products.

The Products offered by Blum

Blum offers an impressive array of cabinet options, there are impressive lift systems that can fold, lift and swing up and over. You can have a bi-fold opening or simply a front swing to go up and over the cabinets.

Blum also produces hinge and box systems, which are hinge systems which can be used for many applications. The clip top mechanism is one of the most popular choices, which has been tried and tested by their valued customers. The box systems can work for metal drawers and pull-outs. The tandembox and the metabox both are popular designs with a wide range of applications for the customers.

Great Kitchen and Draw Solutions from Blum

The runner systems provides three different wooden drawer solutions. There is the movento that is the new evolution in motion, which has an ultra-smooth adjustment and action. Next, is the tandem which is universal and also practical, enabling you to have everything you ever wanted with a single runner system. Lastly, is the standard runner system, which offers the simplest and most cost effective runner system.

The orga-line inner dividing systems helps organise and divide your kitchen to best fit your needs. We have orga-line for the tandem box, wooden drawers and also accessories for the kitchen. These accessories make organising simple and everyday kitchen tasks becomes much easier.

Blum Focus on Customer Service
Blum services are definitely focused on making the customer happy. All products are made with customers in mind to make life easier and more manageable on day to day basis. Also, every product comes with comprehensive information materials to help understand the product.

Buying Blum products in addition to a Select Kitchens design can make your kitchen practical with the best quality you can desire. You can have enough storage space and top quality motion to increase the workflow in your kitchen.

Select Kitchens is a custom designer and complete renovator for kitchens in  who have an skilled team waiting to work with you and meet the needs of your perfect kitchen. If looking for kitchen renovations Melbourne homeowners call Select Kitchens for a quote.

The Nespresso U Capsules: The Review

I’ve had the Nespresso ‘U’ capsule coffee machine for 6 months now and have never had a problem with the machine, the coffee or the customer service they provide. I’m not sure we quite get the George Clooney treatment every time we are pop in the store to grab some more capsules, but it isn’t too far off. However pleased I am with the machine and being in the Nespresso Club, there are definitely a few drawbacks to entering into the whole coffee capsule world. In this article I will cover the Nespresso and capsule coffee machine pros and cons as I see it.

Convenience is Key

The main pro to the Nespresso Machine is convenience. My dad recently visited me in Melbourne from the UK and he was so taken with the ease of the machine that he bought one as soon as he got home. He also owned a fancy machine which required freshly ground coffee, but never used it because of the time and effort it took to make a simple cup of coffee. The Nespresso machine is quicker (or just as fast) as making instant coffee, the machine does not require regular cleaning and the milk frother is easily rinsed out and ready to go again. Our little ‘U’ machine is all touch sensitive, and can be programmed to dispense an exact amount of water. We just pop in the capsule by flicking back the cover, flick the cover back to its original position and voila – off it goes. Pop the milk in the frother and press the button, around a minute later it’s warmed, frothed and ready to go in.

Capsule Purchase can be a Pain

Convenience in making the coffee is great. But buying the capsules isn’t so convenient. I live in the inner suburbs of Melbourne and the Nespresso store is only around 5km away so picking up capsules is no problem for me. However, my Dad in the UK lives around 60 kilometres from the nearest store, so it’s not just a quick trip down the road. It is possible to order capsules online from the Nespresso store, but delivery is only free for quite large order (around 20 sleeves). Sometimes is just easier to buy the cheaper ‘compatible’ capsules from the supermarket, even if there is not as much variety to choose from.

Cost of the Machine

The cost of the lower end Nespresso machines is relatively high compared to other brands, but the build quality looks much higher. I picked up my machine for around $240 new, which I didn’t think was too bad, but they’re always on auction websites and local listings if buying a new one seems unnecessary. Where they do get you is the capsule buying. At between 73 cents and 84 cents per coffee, it’s not particularly cheap, although still cheaper than a 7/11 regular $1 coffee (the cheapest in town)! There are cheaper compatible capsules available, but there’s usually isn’t a great choice and they don’t represent a huge saving, usually working out at around 70 cents per coffee.

People say well that’s where they make their money and they’ve got you over a barrel now, you have to keep buying their capsules. Well the fact is I dont have to. I can use other brands of capsules at a cheaper price, or can bulk order online from over seas to try to make a saving. I use Nespresso capsules because Ive never had a coffe machine before and I really enjoy the wide selection from Nespresso. Drinking the coffee is a little treat that I look forward to and for the extra few cents Id rather have my favourites.

Limited Edition Coffees from Nespresso

Talking of favorites, Nespresso bring out even more coffee nearer to the Christmas season. Last years were Macadamia, coconut and hazelnut. The hazelnut coffee was delicious, a real treat with some thick foam and a slab of chocolate. Whenever you visit a Nespresso store be sure to try some free coffee, especially if you are there when the limited edition flavours are out.

Overall the little Nespresso U fits nicely into a small space and has some great features. Coming in three colours, black, orange and while it will go with all styles of kitchen Melbourne residents could ever wish for. It’s easy to maintain and the coffee is great, not as good as freshly ground of course, but it knocks the socks off instant.