Capresso CoffeeTEAM PRO Plus with Thermal Cafe
Enter the Oily Coffee Bean Setting
It is widely known that fresh grinding your beans is the optimal way to prepare drip-style coffee, but for the first time, the CoffeeTEAM PRO Plus allows for complete access to the solid steel conical burr. Sweet, right? The intricate design of the conical steel burrs provides for a higher gear reduction to slow down the grinding speed below 500 rpm. Why does this matter and what’s the relevance? The slower the speed, the less heat that is imparted to the ground coffee which means that it preserves the maximum aroma of the coffee itself.
The two-step grind and clean process ensures no beans and minimal ground coffee are left in the grinder after use. Fully adjustable grind and cup settings make it easy to craft the perfect brew no matter your strength preference. In the box, you’ll get a GoldTone filter, a Charcoal filter, a Charcoal filter holder, a convenient coffee scoop, and an angled cleaning brush (nice touch). We actually use this brush regularly.
It weighs around 14 pounds and its dimensions are around 12.5 inches in length, 8¼ inches in width and about 16.5 inches high so you can plan accordingly for kitchen counter space.
Capresso H2O Steel PLUS Water Kettle
This particular model has a 1.7 liters (57 ounce) capacity which is ample for most people’s needs. There’s an automatic keep warm function which maintains temperature for 30 minutes — this is a feature we absolutely love. After all, who has just one cup of tea? It’s nice to return to the kitchen a half an hour or so later and already have a tea pot full of warm water which heats up even faster.
There’s an automatic reheat function when cold water is added to the kettle. We LOVE that there’s a pause and pour a cup while heating and a removable micro filter spout. Two out of three of the last tea kettles we have tried out all dripped when we poured after the first month. We’re still into the first month of testing out this Capresso tea kettle, but so far so good thanks to its drip free pouring design.
On the side, you can see the water level through the window (ounce markings are noted) and there are illuminated buttons to show power on and off as well as the “keep warm” status, a feature I use all the time. There’s also a safety thermal cut-off as well.
For lighter teas, such as white or green varieties, a lower temperature is recommended, while darker teas will extract better flavor using higher temperatures. The automatic keep warm setting keeps the remaining water at the selected temperature until you are ready for your next cup. The H2O Steel PLUS will even self-adjust if additional water is added to the kettle during the “keep warm” cycle. The pause and pour feature allows the user to interrupt the heating process, without resetting the cycle.
In addition to heating water for tea, the H2O Steel PLUS is handy for brewing French press coffee or heating water for reconstituting dried vegetables and fruits, or with instant oatmeal, and soup mixes. Included are four temperature selections: 212°F which is recommended for black tea, 195°F which is recommended for oolong tea or coffee, 175°F for white tea and 160°F, which is optimal for green tea.
The Capresso H2O Steel PLUS kettle is stainless steel, weighs in at around three pounds and is about 8.5 inches long, 6 and a quarter in width and around 9.5 inches high. For more information including how to purchase Capresso products, visit their website.