Review: Black & Decker Home Café One Cup Coffee Maker GT300
The Black & Decker Home Café System GT300 single serve coffee maker is the update from 2004's Black & Decker Home Cafe system. The older Home Cafe HCC100 system was plagued with issues regarding not being able to open, bad pumps, and a plastic taste to the coffee. There was even several issues regarding the system simply melting from the brewing process (please read the thread here).
The Home Cafe system from Black & Decker allows you to use coffee pods and specialty pods with a set of three different coffee pod holders. There is a single coffee pod holder, a double coffee pod holder, and the specialty pod holder which is used for cappuccino pods. For use with Home Cafe one cup brewers, you can purchase Millston and Folgers coffee pods. The system will also brew tea pods from Lipton tea and other manufacturers. The coffee pod holders will also work with any 7-11 gram pod in the single pod holder and you can use two 7 gram pods in the double pod holder.
Black & Decker Home Café One Cup Coffee Maker GT300 Features
The Black & Decker Home Café One Cup Coffee Maker GT300 features a removable drip-tray and fits larger-size mugs. It also features a new one-touch cleaning feature that is over the stop button. It allows you to descale your machine whenever you want. It also has a 34-Oz. Reservoir and can brews up to 14-Oz. Cup Coffee or Tea. The specialty pod holder for can be used to make cappuccino drinks with the use of specialty cappuccino pods.
Brewing a Cup of Coffee with the Black & Decker Home Café System GT300
We didn't have any Millstone or Folgers coffee pods to use in the machine as the Black & Decker Home Café One Cup Coffee Maker GT 300 doesn't come with any pods like it's cousin the Mr. Coffee Home Cafe. We decided we'd use various Baronet Coffee pods like their French Toast and Toasted Almond (can you say double toast?) and also some Eight O'Clock coffee pods. You can use the single or double pod holder when brewing with the Black & Decker Home Cafe.
The pod chamber is much improved in the GT 300 over the HCC100. The older model pod chamber was tough to close and felt a bit cheap. The new push down closing mechanism is easier to use and doesn't seem to jam as much as the older model.
You can choose 7, 9, and 14 oz settings and a medium height travel mug will also fit under the brewing area with removal of the drip tray. We did all of our testing at 7 oz and also did the same testing on the Bunn My Cafe and Senseo.
Our test rigs:
Black & Decker Home Café One Cup Coffee Maker GT300: 7 oz setting, single coffee pod holder
Senseo: double cup setting, single coffee pod holder
Impressions of Coffee from the Black & Decker Home Café One Cup Coffee Maker GT300
We brewed up test cups of coffee in all three machines. The coffee produced from the Black & Decker Home Café One Cup Coffee Maker GT 300 is very plastic tasting. We ran over 10+ cups of coffee through the machine and you could always get a taste of plastic from the machine. We made sure and clean with soap and water all the parts a second time (you should always wash any new coffee reservoir and pod holders prior to brewing) and this did not improve the coffee taste.
The Senseo brewed up the French Toast and Toasted Almond coffee pods and we liked the flavor. No plastic here. The Bunn My Cafe was easily the best getting the most flavor and extraction from the coffee pods.
Note the difference in extraction from the Bunn My Cafe on the right.
The results using over 20+ pods of Eight 0'Clock coffee produced the same results. The Black & Decker Home Café One Cup Coffee Maker GT 300 coffee had a plastic taste, the Senseo tasted great, and the Bunn My Cafe made the best cup of coffee.
Conclusions about the Black & Decker Home Café One Cup Coffee Maker GT300
It's just too bad. The quality of the machine overall seems to be much improved, however the plastic taste in the coffee produced is not a welcome addition. We do like the new controls, the footprint, and the improved pod chamber but the coffee produced is not good.
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