I was working on my next list of holiday shopping ideas when I stumbled across our favorite beauty on sale: Capresso 465 CoffeeTeam TS 10-Cup Digital Coffeemaker with Conical Burr Grinder and Thermal Carafe for $180.57.

This is usually $200+, so anytime I see it go on sale its worth mentioning.

Note that the its the same price as the non thermos version, the Capresso 464.05 CoffeeTeam GS 10-Cup Digital Coffeemaker with Conical Burr Grinder. (Oops — that just went on sale for $167.33; it was $180.96 when I started writing this post).

The Capresso has its quirks — you must occasionally clear the grinder feeder (takes a few minutes). On one version, the clock gained 30 minutes a week (Repaired under warranty). But overall, I am mostly delighted with the way it makes coffee. This is a far superior machine to the Cuisnart DGB 550 mentioned a few weeks ago (Then $49; now $69).

FYI: Price drops often proceed new model introductions . . .

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UPDATE December 19, 2011 9:02am:

The price keeps flickering back and forth between $180 and $194, and I just figured out why: The $180 (plus $10 shipping) is from Electronics Expo, a company I have had terrible experiences with; they are on my NEVER BUY FROM list.

The $194 price is from Amazon (free shipping), and the price fluctuates basedon who shows up as having it in stock.

I spent the extra tenner on the Amazon purchase and avoided Electronics Expo altogether. (This will be my second at home; the first one is almost 2 years old)

Category: Consumer Spending, Weekend

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5 Responses to “Capresso 465 CoffeeTeam: $180 $194”

  1. peachin says:

    Of course a french press is somewhere south of $30 but add a good burr grinder – actually the Black and Decker is excellent at $25 (remember Burr is Burr) the bigger question is why some coffee companies tell you never to freeze the beans. I do that and grind them frozen – so if you know why not freeze the beans – I would like to know… Also, in a previous discussion – non filtered coffee and added cholesterol (oil) I’d have to guess classical espresso is the worst as the steam drives through everything… any opinions. remember,
    we “BREW” coffee – some of us anyway – french press Brews coffee.

  2. jaymaster says:

    I bought this version exactly a year ago, and I’m still lovin it. I owned the previous version, and this version beats it hands down.

    Yes, a French press might be slightly better (and a vacuum system better still, IMO), but you can’t beat this for set-and-forget convenience. Set it to run 15 minutes before your alarm goes off, roll out of bed, stumble into the kitchen a pour yourself an awesome cup of joe! I wake up about an hour later than my wife, so the insulated carafe makes a huge difference for me.

    I’ve cleaned the coffee shoot just once so far, and it’s been working fine. Also, their gold plated filter works very well. Throw it and the basket in the dishwasher a couple times a week, and it’s always fresh and sparkling clean.

    I also like the fact that with multiple grind settings and 3 brew strength settings, and by varying the amount of water, it’s possible to tweak the flavor profiles all over the place.

    And as for the cost, amortize the $200 I paid over the last year, and it cost me 55 cents per day. Maybe your math is different, but that’s a small price to pay for the extra 5 minutes or so of valuable morning time that buys me. If it lasts me another 2 years, that drops to 18 cents per day, which is less than I pay for the coffee beans.

    As far as why you shouldn’t freeze your beans, here’s a primer with some taste test results. Personally, I let mine breath in a valved bag for about a week after roasting, and then vacuum seal it if I keep it any longer.

    http://drinks.seriouseats.com/2010/10/taste-test-to-freeze-or-not-to-freeze-coffee-beans-v20.html

  3. Ronald Pottol says:

    We had their S9 at my last job, $2k+ for a coffee machine, grind and make espresso and coffee on demand. Good enough for my coffee snob italian boss, which is saying something! We loaded it with Peet’s house, it did need to be sent back for service every so often.

    I use a Clever Coffee Dripper now, under $20 from Amazon, a nice improvement on the single cup cone filter.

  4. Bill Wilson says:

    I’ve got a Capresso conical burr grinder at home. (Just the grinder.) It’s quiet compared to the Cuisnart burr grinder that I used to own. The Cuisnart died after about a year of daily use. I’ve had the Capresso for a year and a half, and it’s still going strong. This is of course a small data sample, but you get what you pay for.

    The Cuisinart grinder is probably good for someone who will only use it on the weekend or who isn’t sure if they will want to grind their coffee beans everyday. For daily use, I recommend the Capresso.

  5. Moopheus says:

    One of the things I like about my six-year-old Solis/Baratza grinder is that when the burrs wear out (after about five years) you just pop the top off and put in a new set. Then you’re good for another five years. How long will the burr set last on this thing? Can you replace them?

    But seriously, BR, do you have a fetish for these things, or what? Stock in Capresso? It seems like every other week you’re shilling for some sort of coffeemaker. (And in between coffeemakers, Lumix cameras.) Or does the investment world not pay enough, and you need the Amazon associate cut?