Pros:Quiet, concical burr grinder with easy cleanup and great results.
Cons:Lid cannot be removed from pot, somewhat costly. Nothing serious.
The Bottom Line: Don't go out for coffee, when you can make a terrific cup with this exceptional machine.
The Jura-Capresso Coffee Team GS makes coffee that will have you wondering why you ever paid those exhorbitant prices at Starbucks. I have been using Cusianart Grind and Brew coffee makers for years, and was pleased with the results, but hated the noise of the blade grinder, and the lengthy cleanup that was required. After doing a little research on the best way to grind beans, I learned that the conical burr grinder built in to the Capresso was by far the recommended way to grind beans. Blade grinders like the Cuisanart, I learned, heated the beans and tended to give them a burnt flavor. The conical burr grinder was gentler (although a bit slower) and did not adversely affect the taste of the beans.
Recommend this product?
The Capresso is extremely easy to use. Set the grinder for the type of beans you are using (the darker the bean, the coarser the grind should be), set the number of cups, then select what Capresso calls the "Aroma" setting (strength of brew) and you're done. In most cases you'll only do this once or twice until you find the setting that works best for you. Add beans to the hopper, and water, and you're ready to brew. You can use the permanent gold filter that is provided, or paper filters (which I prefer as they make for easier cleanup.)
A real plus is that the bean hopper holds enough beans for two full pots of coffee. The grinder only grinds as many beans as needed to achieve your settings. Want to program it to start brewing before you get up, no problem. On screen instructions will guide you.
With the very first pot I brewed, I was impressed by the improvement in flavor over the Cuisanart. There was no bitterness, and no unpleasant aftertaste. The conical burr grinder is much less noisy than the cuisanart (although my wife misses being awakened by the sound of brewing coffee.) Grinding takes about 40 seconds (depending on the coarseness setting), and there is a visual "tunnel" that you can watch to monitor the ground coffee as it makes its way into the basket.
Cleanup couldn't be easier - just rinse the pot (it would be helpful if you could remove the top flap on the pot), throw away the paper filter, and rinse out the basket. That's it, you're done.
This coffee maker comes with automatic shutoff (after 2 hours), and an lcd display screen that's big and bright enough to serve as a nightlight (too bad it can't be dimmed.) Want to grab a cup before brewing is finished? No problem, just remove the pot and brewing stops until it is replaced.
At retail prices of 189 to 225 dollars, this is an expensive coffee maker, but if you purchase a good coffee pot and a separate conical burr grinder, you'll spend a lot as well. Why not go with the convienence of a one stop solution?
If you love fresh coffee, then grinding your own beans is the only way to go, and the Capresso Coffee Team uses the best grinding technology available and delivers just what you want in your morning cup.
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