Monday, October 30, 2006

New Kickass CoffeeMaker: Capresso 455

Back in April 2004, I posted Your Coffee Sucks!

It definitely resonated with people -- as you can tell from the many comments its recieved.

Well, we have an update: This week, I received as a birthday gift the latest Capresso Design -- and its awesome: The Capresso 455.05 CoffeeTEAM Therm Stainless Coffeemaker/Burr Grinder Combination

Yeah, its $300 -- but its the best machine I've come across that's under 4 figures.

The latest advance -- aside from the slick black and chrome sdesign -- is that there is no pot/carafe warmer, which has a tendency to burn coffee. Instead, the brew drips into a vaccuum thermos.

Mrs. essays & effluvia one complaint about the old Capresso grind & brew was that it wasn't hot enough (she says that about most coffee makers. though).

Not so with this baby -- its not only much hotter than the old machine when it brews, but an hour or two later, its still much hotter. On Sunday morning, you can start the NYT with a cup, and refill it when you are done, with fresh still very hot coffee. Hmmmm, delicious.

I've only had it a week, but its awesome.

If you can't bring yourself to spend that type of wood on a coffeemaker, than put it on your list for a holiday gift. Its the type of indulgent item that is easier to give a s a gift than spend the money on for yourself. You will not be disappointed. 

 

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You probably don't want to spend this type of wood, but the next step up is the $3,000 Magic Saeco. Yeah, that's right, you can drop 3 large on an expresso maker, so stop whining about 300 bucks . . .

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Oops! That was the origianl price --its now on sale at the low low price of $1,159.00

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Still seems more complicated than the Cuisinart Thermal Grind & Brew. Only advantage I see is keeping the grinding area away from the steam. On the Cuisinart, you do need to rinse the grinder since you'll get some sludge in there. But no moving parts (other than the grinder) seems like a big plus over the swinging filter basket.

Posted by: Jeff Weitzman | Oct 31, 2006 3:08:48 AM

The mechanicals of the basket are very simple -- it swings over ~30 degrees from under the grinder (top left) to under the hot water source (Silver basket above thrmos).

If anything is more complex, its the burr grinder versus the Toshiba/Cuisnart style blades.

And as I write this, I'm on my 2nd cup-o-Joe at 6:41 am -- it brewed at 5am --- and its still piping hot.

hmmmm, delicious -- and, today is the last day of Porto Rico Importing fall sale.

Posted by: Barry Ritholtz | Oct 31, 2006 6:45:03 AM

I'm sure this is great as far as coffe brewing appliances go, but its not espresso (i.e. real coffee). espresso coffee is created by hot water being forced through the coffee at high pressure. A good espresso machine can be bought for less than this and will make a much better coffee. Also, don't keep beans in a hopper if you can help it, they go stale after 24 hours, buy small amounts frequently.

Posted by: daemon | Oct 31, 2006 8:26:27 PM

Had to return two machines within the first month of ownership. First one did not swing the brew basket as it was supposed to. The second one jammed when grinding small hard coffee beans (Yirgacheffe-Ethiopia). Very disappointed !

Posted by: Peter biedermann | Apr 4, 2007 10:03:14 AM

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