Black & Decker Black Home Cafe Generation 2 at Amazon.com
It's a Home Cafe morning here at Single Serve Coffee.com. We didn't expect to have both the Mr. Coffee and the Black & Decker Home Cafe updates in one day but well - here they are. The new Black & Decker Home Cafe Generation 2 is a bit more compact and features a total redesign. That's all we really know. We did venture out to Target as well to see this in person and they didn't have anything but the machine with a missing water tank and none in stock. Also the Home Cafe web site has not been updated with information on the new Home Cafe.
We can only hope the quality of the machine has been improved. The first generation model didn't pass the Single Serve Coffee review process with flying colors and several threads and posts continued to point out the quality concerns of this single serve coffee brewer. We will be receiving one of these to review in the coming weeks and will have full review of the new Black & Decker Home Cafe.
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Posted by Jay Brewer at November 7, 2005 7:51 AM
Well, the GT300 is the SECOND B&D cofee maker we got. Our first was the HCC100 and, eventually, we were bitten by the bad pump plague. The water started coming out of the overflow tube underneath instead of throught the pod holder. Consequently we'd end up with a counter full of water after each brew. I always questioned the sturdiness of the latch-lever design as well.
The GT300 proved much better in design, however here we are several months later and already having issues. Just recently the machine has decided not to pump anymore. It flashes the "14 oz." and "creamy" buttons then the red "Stop" button begins to flash.
B&D gave us such a run-around about returning / exchanging the old one. I don't suspect this round will be much smoother.
I give it the "thumbs down."
I bought the Black & Decker Home Cafe GT300 at Target tonight. I will return to Target tomorrow to exchange the GT300 for a Senseo. I actually didn't mind the first generation Home Cafe coffeemaker (until recently, when each time I opened it up, another big hunk of black plastic would fall onto the counter). This new model looks much more sturdy. But I couldn't get rid of the taste of plastic even after several cleaning cycles. Then I made two cups of coffee & sampled the second one--YEEEUCHHH!! Smelled and tasted primarily like tangy, burned plastic. It was completely undrinkable after just one sip, and I think the resulting acid reflux experience will probably take at least a couple of days to go away. Be careful with this one. I, for one, am sorry I gave Black & Decker Home Cafe another chance. Senseo, here I come.