Grind and brew coffee makers are a great way to combine two necessary appliances for a great cup of coffee in one place. Having a built-in grinder into your coffee maker has its pros and cons, which I will talk about in a second. But first, let’s talk about this type of coffee maker works.
How Does a Grind and Brew Coffee Maker Work?
There are two parts to a grind and brew coffee maker:
The built-in grinder, and the actual drip coffee maker.
The coffee maker will first grind the coffee, it will automatically measure the amount of coffee it needs for the required cups you’re brewing. After that, it’s business as usual. The machine will start to brew a fresh and aromatic pot of coffee.
Why Choose Capresso Grind and Brew?
As you might have noticed, the focus in this post is on Capresso’s CoffeeTeam coffee makers, which is their grind and brew line.
Capresso’s machines are some of the top rated coffee makers available. They have a few models perfect for every need. It also has some features that other brands don’t offer.
Pros and Cons of a Coffee Maker with Built-in Grinder:
Before I get to Capresso’s coffee makers with built-in grinders, let’s have a quick look at the pros and cons of having this type of machine:
- A coffee maker with built-in grinder is a great way to automate your coffee making process. The machine does the dosing, grinding and brewing. It also makes the most flavorful coffee since the beans are ground right before they are brewed.
- It’s definitely a space-saving solution. Instead of having two appliances taking up counter space and outlet space, a coffee maker with built-in grinder takes one single spot on your kitchen counter.
- Having two appliances in one means that if one breaks, the other is mostly of no use. Or if you have to send it in for repair, you’re losing both.
- Having a built-in grinder in your coffee maker means that the grinder is good only for one task, making drip coffee. Unlike individual conical burr grinders which have a range of grind settings that can be used for different brewing methods, built-in grinders usually have only enough grind settings to adjust the flavor for drip coffee only.
Capresso CoffeeTeam Coffee Makers:
Capresso CoffeeTeam Pro Plus:
- FRESH COFFEE: Grinds fresh, whole beans right before brewing for freshest flavor
- CONICAL BURR GRINDER: Integrated conical burr grinder with removable upper bur
- CAPACITY: 10-cup thermal carafe, 7 ounce removable bean container
- GOLDTONE FILTER: Eliminates the need for messy paper filters and is dishwasher safe
- EXCLUSIVE TECHNOLOGY: Two-step grind and clean chamber and special oily coffee bean setting
This CoffeeTeam model is available in two capacities: Thermal carafe has a 10-cup capacity, and the glass carafe has a 12-cup capacity.
The built-in grinder has an 8 ounce bean hopper that holds coffee grounds and keeps them locked and fresh. The hopper is fully removable for easy cleaning of the hopper or the grinder burrs, which are located under the hopper.
The machine has 3 adjustable grind settings which are recommended to use for different type of roasts. Light to darks roasts require different settings to bring out the best flavor, the darker the roast, the coarser the grind. You’ll also find a special setting for Oily beans, which offers slow feeding to the grinder. This eliminates clogging which usually happens with oily dark roasted beans. Alternatively, you can choose to use pre-ground coffee, too.
The Capresso CoffeeTeam Pro Plus is fully programmable 24 hrs clock/timer with easy to read LCD display.
Serving sizes: 2, 4, 6, 8 and 10 (or 12) cups.
How To Clean the Capresso CoffeeTeam Pro Plus:
This model has a removable water reservoir with a charcoal filter. The bean hopper and burrs are also removable. Cleaning your machine will be as easy as taking these parts out to clean and putting them back together.
Included with your machine:
Gold tone filter – charcoal filter – charcoal filter holder – coffee scoop – angled cleaning brush
Housing Material: Brushed stainless steel with some plastic parts.
Dimensions: L-12½” x W-8¼” x H-16½”
Capresso CoffeeTeam TS and GS:
These two models are 10-cup capacity coffee makers. TS has a thermal carafe, and the GS model has a glass carafe.
The bean hopper on the TS and GS model has a 6 oz capacity, so it’s smaller than the PRO model. The grinder has 5 adjustable grind settings, which adjust the flavor of your coffee. The darker your roast, the coarser you want to grind.
The CoffeeTeam TS and GS have Aroma settings, which is basically strength settings: you can choose mild, regular or strong.
The digital display on these machines will also to program the clock and timer for auto on. Like the Pro version, you can also choose to use pre-ground coffee instead of using the built-in grinder.
Serving Sizes: 2, 4, 6, 8, 10 cups.
How to Clean Capresso CoffeeTeam TS and GS:
Unfortunately, these two don’t have a removable water reservoir or burrs. So cleaning them might be a bit of a challenge. Cleaning the burrs, which is done periodically, would mean you might have to flip the machine upside down to shake out any stuck beans.
Included with your machine:
- Gold-tone filter.
- Charcoal filter.
Housing Material: Plastic with stainless steel accents.
Dimensions: L-9″ x W-9½” x H-15½”
Why Do You Need to Grind Dark Roast Coffee Coarser:
The reason for this is, dark roast coffee makes really bitter coffee brew. When you grind the coffee coarser, it steeps less (water goes through it faster), therefore, you get a more balanced tasting coffee brew. On the opposite side, grinding light roast coffee finer, means it will steep longer and you’ll get more flavor out of it.
Capresso CoffeeTeam Pro Plus vs. TS vs GS:
Overall, the Pro Plus version has a larger capacity for the bean hopper and the water reservoir (for the 12-cups model). It has the Oily bean settings, which the other two models don’t have. It also has removable parts, water reservoir, hopper and burrs, making it easier to clean.
For grind settings, the TS and GS have 5 settings while the PRO has 3. The TS and GS also have Aroma settings, for a mild, regular or strong brew. The Pro model doesn’t have this, but the flavor can be adjusted using the grind settings.
Design wise, the CoffeeTeam Pro Plus has a more durable stainless steel housing. While the TS and GS models have plastic housing with some stainless steel accents.
Capresso vs. Cuisinart Grind and Brew Coffee Maker:
Cuisinart’s Grind and Brew Coffee maker is another popular choice of its category. We have a full comparison between Cuisinart Grind and Brew vs. Capresso written, so head over to that post to learn more about it.