Capresso coffee makers: 3 models compared

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Capresso 464.05 Coffee Team GS Coffee Maker

Not only is the 5-cup mini thermal coffee maker to come out of the Capresso house, it also represents excellent value for money.

It's a compact appliance with a simple design that's incredibly easy to use. Complete with basic operation and a small water reservoir, Capresso has designed a coffee maker with a single person or coffee novice in mind.

It is relatively low on features, but this coffee maker does exactly what it was designed to do; brew great coffee for a relatively low cost.

1. Capresso 464.05 Coffee Team GS

Best Capresso Coffee Maker with Grinder
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Capresso 464.05 CoffeeTeam GS 10-Cup Digital Coffeemaker with Conical Burr Grinder, Glass Carafe
  • FRESH COFFEE: Grinds fresh, whole beans right before brewing for freshest flavor
  • CONICAL BURR GRINDER: Integrated conical burr grinder with direct-feed technology - compact space saving design
  • CAPACITY: 10-cup glass carafe, 6 ounce bean container

Pros

  • Makes Excellent Coffee
  • Built-In Conical Burr Grinder with 5 Settings
  • Pause & Serve
  • Programmable Timer
  • Permanent Gold Tone Filter
  • Charcoal Water Filter

Cons

  • Expensive
  • It’s Ugly
  • The Grinder is Extremely Loud
  • Takes a While to Grind Beans

Specifications

  • Genre: Coffee Maker with Grinder
  • Dimensions: 9.25 x 9.25 x 15.25 inches
  • Appliance Weight: 10lbs
  • Capacity:  10-Cup
  • Material: Stainless Steel
  • Available Colors: Black
  • Dishwasher Safe: Selected Parts

Design

We must never judge a book by its cover. That sentiment is significant in regards to the Capresso CoffeeTeam GS case because it doesn’t look like a coffee maker at all. You’ll be forgiven for thinking you were looking at a PC tower unit rather than a coffee making appliance.

The general design looks a little ‘boxy,’ while the buttons (and accompanying LEDs) appear to have been lifted directly from an early 2000s Hewlett Packard. The LCD looks dated, and the grinder seems to have abandoned at the rear of the appliance.

It’s not an attractive coffee maker, though it might look at home in an office or workplace environment.

Capacity

The Capresso CoffeeTeam GS has a 10-cup brewing capacity. As we often advise, the number of cups a coffee maker can brew is usually based on a standard European 5oz cup, so you won’t get ten regular cups of coffee. The 10-cup capacity will produce closer to six standard cups of coffee.

Filling the water tank is easy thanks to a large lid that fully opens to give you a big target at which to aim; even if you pour haphazardly, it’s unlikely you’ll make a mess. It has a stepped water level marker, so filling to the required level is no problem.

The grinder’s hopper can accommodate enough beans for around twenty cups of coffee, depending on how strong you like your brew.

Features

  • Conical Burr Grinder: Drink the freshest coffee possible by grinding your beans immediately before brewing with the built-in, conical burr grinder. This coffee maker with grinder has five different grind settings ranging from a fine to a coarse grind. 
  • Programmable Timer & Cup Selection: Choose the precise time your coffee will be ready with the programmable timer, which is very straightforward to use. You can also select the amount of coffee you’d like to grind/brew in increments; your options are 2, 4, 6, 8, or 10 cups to brew at a time.
  • Pause & Serve: You don’t have to wait until the whole batch has finished brewing before pouring yourself a cup. The CoffeeTeam GS will pause the brew cycle when the carafe is removed and resume brewing when it has been replaced.
  • Auto Keep Warm: The heating plate will keep your coffee warm for up to 2 hours after it has finished brewing.
  • Charcoal Water Filter: If you don’t have access to filter water, the built-in charcoal water filter can effectively remove all the impurities in your water.

Ease of Use, Build Quality & Cleaning

One positive to take from this coffee maker’s dated appearance is that it’s incredibly straightforward to use. Say what you want about the late 90s early 2000s, but the designs of that era were purely functional.

And that functionality leads to a truly exceptional cup of coffee.

Some ‘trial and error’ is needed to get to that great brew, however. Tinker with the grind-strength, brew-strength, and the amount of water you use, and you eventually come up with the perfect coffee for you.

However, there are a couple of cons with the Capresso CoffeeTeam GS, specifically with the burr grinder. It is one of the loudest grinders we’ve ever used, and unfortunately, it’s relatively slow, too, so you’ll have to put up with that deafening noise for longer than you’d want.

Cleaning is easy thanks to the removable parts being dishwasher safe. At the same time, Capresso has incorporated a visible and accessible channel from the grinder to the brew basket, so you can see when it’s getting clogged up and give it a clean.

Should you buy the Capresso 464.05 CoffeeTeam GS Coffee Maker?

If, for you, coffee is all about the taste, consider purchasing the Capresso 464.05 CoffeeTeam GS. It is expensive; the grinder is very loud and definitely won’t be winning any beauty pageants. However, the burr grinder, simplicity of use, and programmability of this coffee maker will produce delicious coffee every time.

2. Capresso 485.05 MT600 Thermal

Best Capresso Thermal Coffee Maker
Capresso 485.05 MT600 Plus 10-Cup Programmable Coffee Maker with Thermal Carafe,Black
  • HOTTEST COFFEE: Stainless steel heating element can brew 10 cups in less than 8 minutes
  • CAPACITY: 10-cup double walled stainless steel thermal carafe
  • GOLDTONE FILTER: Eliminates the need for messy paper filters and is dishwasher safe

Pros

  • Thermal Carafe
  • Fast Brewing
  • Gold Tone Filter
  • ‘Auto-Off’
  • Charcoal Water Filter
  • Exterior Water Level Indicator
  • Easy to Use

Cons

  • Relatively Expensive
  • Noisy Brewing
  • Small Control Panel
  • Looks Dated

Specifications

  • Genre: Thermal
  • Dimensions: 8 x 14 x 9 inches
  • Appliance Weight: 7lbs
  • Capacity:  10-Cup
  • Material: Stainless Steel, Plastic
  • Available Colors: Stainless Steel
  • Dishwasher Safe: No

Design

While the Capresso MT600 doesn’t quite stoop to the CoffeeTeam levels of ugliness, it’s still not a particularly attractive appliance. Though it does at least look like a coffee maker.

The central unit is made up almost entirely of black plastic and brushed stainless-steel, (though not the quality stainless-steel you might find on a Breville or Keurig coffee maker). It looks like a low budget appliance when, in reality, it’s relatively expensive.

The lackluster appearance isn’t helped by the control panel, which looks like a pocket calculator that has been haphazardly stuck on the side.

Capacity

The Capresso MT600 also has the same 10-cup capacity as the CoffeeTeam GS, which will only brew around six or so “average” sized cups of coffee.

The water reservoir is situated at the back of the coffee maker and has a large removable lid that makes it simple to fill and a water level indicator on the side that we’ll talk more about later.

Features

  • Thermal Carafe: Keep your coffee hotter for longer with this thermal carafe, which won’t just help retain your coffee’s heat for up to four hours, it’ll be cheaper to run than an appliance with a warming plate.
  • Fully Programmable: The Capresso Thermal coffee maker allows you to program the appliance to switch on and brew your coffee within a 24 hour rolling period, so your coffee will be ready when you are.
  • Charcoal Water Filter: Capresso claims this water filter can remove up to 82% of impurities from your water, making it a healthier option that also improves the taste of your coffee.
  • Permanent Gold Tone Filter: Having a permanent filter will cut down on the cost of repeatedly buying disposable ones.
  • Exterior Water Level Indicator: Too many appliances have water reservoirs that are difficult to fill and don’t indicate how much water is inside the tank. The MT600 has a clearly marked exterior indicator. While it does look dated, it’s perfectly functional and one of the most straightforward additions to this coffee maker. The only issue is its positioning. It’s right at the back of the unit, so you’ll have to turn your coffee maker to see it.

Ease of Use, Build Quality & Cleaning

The Capresso Thermal coffee maker has a simple design that enables straightforward usage. Not only that, it makes great coffee. Not mind-blowing, but great.

Capresso tried to supplement this appliance’s simplicity with a no-nonsense control panel, and while the overall idea behind it is good, the execution is quite poor. The panel itself is tiny, the buttons are challenging to press (especially if you have big hands), and the LCD is so small it’s hard to read. The positioning of the control panel didn’t have much thought put into it either.

This coffee maker’s overall build quality is pretty good, and consumer complaints regarding unit failure are minimal. However, one common gripe is how loud the coffee maker is when it’s brewing.

Unfortunately, the removable components are not dishwasher safe; though, the MT600 is still easy to clean, which is always a bonus.

Should you buy the Capresso 485.05 MT600 Thermal Coffee Maker?

While the Capresso MT600 coffee maker isn’t a poor appliance, there are better thermal coffee makers on the market at similar price points, or if you’re on a tighter budget, you’ll find devices equal to this one at a reduced cost.

We feel Capresso got the pricing wrong on this occasion. Had it been more affordable, it would be a no-brainer as the coffee is good, but for its current price point, you’d expect more bang for your buck.

3. Capresso 5-Cup Mini Drip

Best Capresso Small Coffee Maker
Capresso 5-Cup Mini Drip Coffee Maker, Black and Stainless Steel
  • COMPACT DESIGN: Perfectly sized 5-cup glass carafe is ideal for 1 or 2 people
  • GOLDTONE FILTER: Eliminates the need for messy paper filters and is easy to clean
  • PROGRAMMABLE: Set the machine to automatically brew at your programmed time

Pros

  • Very Affordable
  • Compact Design
  • Simplicity
  • Programmable Timer
  • Auto Shut-off
  • Drip-Free Pour Spout
  • Fast Brewing

Cons

  • Initial Plastic Taste
  • Water Drips from Tank Lid
  • Messy Filter

Specifications

  • Genre: Drip
  • Dimensions: 8 x 6.25 x 10 inches
  • Appliance Weight: 2lbs
  • Capacity:  5-Cup
  • Material: Stainless Steel, Polyprop
  • Available Colors: Black / Stainless Steel
  • Dishwasher Safe: Selected Parts

Design

The Capresso Mini is, without question, the nicest looking Capresso appliance we’ve looked at today. Not only does it look like a coffee maker, but the overall aesthetic is relevant to the goal this coffee maker is trying to achieve.

Despite having a lower price point than both its siblings (by quite some margin), Capresso’s materials used to produce the 5-cup Mini and the overall design are more pleasing to the eye. And even though the control panel wouldn’t look out of place on an alarm clock, it’s still a step above the other two, especially when you consider its low budget price point.

It’s got a cute and fun aesthetic that would complement any small kitchen.

Capacity

By their very definition, compact appliances are small; their goal is to be compact, convenient, and, in general, be straight to the point. As a result, the Capresso Mini has a mere 5-Cup capacity, which will brew two or three regular cups of coffee in reality.

The small water reservoir is located toward the back of the unit. It is easily accessible thanks to a large lid that opens to reveal the tank (and brew basket) and a clear water level indicator.

Features

  • Programmable Timer: Like all the Capresso appliances we’ve looked at today, the 5-Cup Mini also is programmable up to 24 hours for timed, precision brewing.
  • Gold Tone Filter: Despite the low price point, this coffee maker comes with a gold tone filter. It helps brew a delicious cup of Joe. 
  • Drip-Free Pour Spout: Finally, an appliance with a drip-free pour spout that actually works.
  • Auto Shut-off: The Capresso 5-Cup Mini will automatically shut off after two hours if you forget to switch your appliance off.

Ease of Use, Build Quality & Cleaning

Small coffee makers are purposely designed to be easy to use, compact and convenient, and the Capresso 5-mini does all of those things, and it does them well, especially when you consider the extremely low price point.

Of course, a budget appliance will come with a few issues. Out of the box, there’s an initial plasticky taste when water is run through it, so it’s recommended running a few cleaning cycles before introducing coffee to the brew basket.

There’s a gap between the reservoir lid and the tank, so condensation leaks from the back when you open the lid. It’s not a huge deal, but could have been resolved with a little more thought.

You can put all of the removable parts in the dishwasher, which makes cleaning this coffee maker relatively easy. However, the filter design causes grounds to get wedged into the bottom, so it’s been known to drip used coffee grounds onto the work surface when it’s removed from the coffee maker.

Should you buy the Capresso 5-Cup Mini Drip Coffee Maker?

Ideal for single people and occasional coffee drinkers, the Capresso 5-cup mini offers tremendous value for money. Yes, there are some minor quality issues with this coffee maker, but when you consider the price point, you’ll be hard pushed to find a better cup of coffee without spending considerably more money.

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