February 23, 2006

Review: Black & Decker Home Café One Cup Coffee Maker GT300

Review from Single Serve Coffee.com - Coffee Pod Reviews B000Bhihkc.01-A1Vc38T7Yxb528.Lzzzzzzz-1-1The 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).

Img 2216The Black & Decker Home Café One Cup Coffee Maker GT 300 is supposed to fix many of these troubling issues and seeks out to do so. The Black & Decker Home Café System Generation II has a much improved quality about the machine, features a much smaller footprint, and the coffee pod chamber is also improved over the earlier model (you can read our first impressions 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

Img 2218The 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.

We tested the water temperature of the new Black & Decker Home Café One Cup Coffee Maker GT300 and it was consistently 189-192 degrees Fahrenheit for each cup of coffee brewed.

Brewing a Cup of Coffee with the Black & Decker Home Café System GT300

Img 2221We 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.

Img 2219The 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
  • Bunn My Cafe: 7 oz setting, single coffee pod holder
  • Coffee Pods Tested: Baronet French Toast & Toasted Almond - Eight 0'Clock coffee pods

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.

Img 2230The 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.

We're really unsure why the coffee continues to have such a plastic taste in it from over 2 weeks of use but it just does. The Black & Decker Home Café One Cup Coffee Maker GT300 feels like an improvement but not in the coffee produced.

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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.

We're going to have to give the Black & Decker Home Café One Cup Coffee Maker GT 300 a 2 out of 5 coffee cups.


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Posted by Jay Brewer at February 23, 2006 8:54 AM
Recent Comments

I purchased one of these machines back when they were "the thang" to have ...... unfortunately, the machine started leaking badly around the upper seal so that it became unuseable. I contacted B&D customer service and they offered to replace it since it was only about 2 weeks old. My instructions from them were, cut off the plug, give them the number, and mail it to them. I did so, then waited about 6 weeks and still nothing. I contacted them and they then sent me another machine. This new machine has yet to make the first cup of coffee, as it is completely non-functional. You press the appropriate button, and it flashes for a short time, then another flashes for a short time, then BEEP BEEP BEEP and it shuts off ...... I give up on these people. I should have known better when I talked to the repair department and they acted like this machine NEVER breaks. That's why they obviously sent me another one that apparently had also been sent in for repair and had not been looked at. Thanks Black and Decker. You are showing how you care about you PREVIOUSLY loyal customers.

Posted by: John Taylor at November 7, 2010 8:58 PM

My sister gave me a Black & Decker Home Cafe about 6 months ago. Coffee tasted good and it worked great...until last week. Apparently, there was a problem with the lid rotation which was followed by a loud buzzing sound and blinking blue lights of doom. I couldn't get the lid to open unless I pressed down on it really hard, as I carefully listened for the lid rotation before the buzz sound started. I fussed with it over and over. I even threw in on the floor to see if it might fix the lid rotation. *Lol*

No luck.

Two days later I bought a new one. What a disappointment! The coffee tasted like plastic. The plastic taste was so strong and disgusting; I couldn't even finish a single cup. I cleaned and cleaned and brewed cup after cup and I got the same plastic taste and smell. I even felt sick afterward. I guess I got lucky (for no plastic taste) with the former (that only lasted 6 months), but not so lucky this time. I give up on Black & Decker.

Yesterday, I bought a Hamilton Beach Stay or Go Personal Cup Pod Coffeemaker...no plastic taste, no blue lights of doom, and cost less than the Home Cafe!

Posted by: Worada Beau at September 27, 2010 11:09 PM

i wish i would have read this before buying my machine - the coffee is HORRIBLE - undrinkable! It tastes like a swimming pool toy, it's so plastic. I will just throw the damn thing away and never buy any Black & Decker product again.

Posted by: betsy at February 19, 2009 3:28 PM

I bought a Black & Decker Home Cafe. The coffee tastes like plastic and is luke warm. Not very happy with this product. I guess you get what you paid for!

Posted by: Grace at January 28, 2008 1:50 PM

Every cup I brew tastes like PLASTIC!
I've washed everything 3 or 4 times in hot soapy water, even flushed tank twice with water and vinegar, it still tastes like PLASTIC..
One more thing left to do.. I'm going to put all the plastic parts, including the water tank, in a big pot and boil it with about a pound of coffee.. maybe that'll knock out that gosh awful PLASTIC taste...

Posted by: DirtyDon from Wharton Tx at January 23, 2008 5:52 PM

I have been trying to find the coffee pods for our one cup Black and Decker Home Cafe and am not having any luck. Checked with Zellers, Safeway, Super Store, Save On, Co-Op and Wall Mart. Do you know a place that I can order from? Thanks

Posted by: Marcie Milligan at January 2, 2008 9:01 PM

I used my B&D GT300 about 6 times. Now it does not work. I fill the reservoir to the limit i want. Push the desired bottun. Sounds like it is working, but the water goes nowhere. It satys in the reservoir. I have poked and proded with no good results.

Posted by: Debbie Combee at November 16, 2007 4:30 PM

Received a Black & Decker Home Cafe for Christmas in 2006. The unit worked well until October 2008 and then the dual flashing blue lites came on when selecting a single coffee amount. Bought two more units after not being able to return first unit, no receipt. Suggestions from the B&K telephone help line didn't work. The second unit died yesterday with the same flashing blue lites, again calling the 800 number didn't help. Today I am returning the used second unit and the unopenned third unit. They obviously have a design flaw somewhere in the manufacturing design. I guese I will have to go back to the drip cofee pots!

Posted by: Donald Ruokonen at November 10, 2007 8:24 AM

I purchased the GT300 from Wal-mart, took it home, unpacked it, cleaned it, put in water, put in a pod, pushed the 7oz button, got a cup of coffee… not too bad… I put in another pad for my wife, Pushed the 7oz button…it blinks a few times…goes out…the 14 oz and creamy buttons began to blink in unison…that’s it..nothing else happened…ever!!! I unplugged it, let it sit, tried it again…the 14 oz and creamy buttons began to blink in unison. I try this several times over the next few days…same result… the 14 oz and creamy buttons began to blink in unison. I tried to bring it back to Wal-mart and was told to contact the manufacture! I contacted Black & Decker and was told to send in a cut portion of the electrical cord with 7 dollars and I would receive a new one, 2 months later…still no new one. Stupid me… I go buy another one, wouldn’t you know it, I got 3 cups of coffee before the dreaded dual blinking lights of doom! Now I am out 2 machines and over $100.00!!!

Posted by: Eric LeBlanc at August 29, 2007 8:46 AM

I need a pod replacement holder for Home Cafe HCC 100. Can anybody help me find one? Thanks!

Posted by: Jean Wigle at April 29, 2007 2:59 PM

Just got home with my GT300. I got one cup of coffee out of it and no more. I have wasted the entire evening trying to get it to work again. All it does is put out a few ounces of cold water and the blue lights start flashing in error. So much for relaxing with a cup of coffee. It will go back to the store tomorrow.

Posted by: Bryan at February 21, 2007 10:53 PM

Received my B&D coffee maker as a Christmas gift in 06. It works sporadically. I plug in, install water, coffee pod & cup and press 14 oz. and the stop/clean red light comes on blinking, then goes off and then the blue blinking 14 oz./creamy lights come on. You can unplug, beat, wait and wait, replug, same scenario and nothing happens. When it does this, you cannot open the coffee pod lever; locks itself, which doesn't matter and is besides the point anyway. I leave for my 1 hour commute to work mad and with no coffee. The next morning, I am stupid enough to try all over again by just plugging in and pressing 14 oz. and it works fine! Go figure? The only thing I can figure is that it only wants to make coffee on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Posted by: Belinda at February 20, 2007 12:28 PM

I hate my new GT300 Single Serve Home Cafe. The first cup made is lukewarm and if you follow the instructions you throw away the used pod and put in another. Second cup is hotter but not very good tasting. If you use 2 pods for a stronger cup you get 9 cups of crappy coffee for $4.12 (Walmart price). That's rediculous! I've used 2 bags of pods and have yet to have a decent cup of coffee.

Posted by: Disappointed 1 at February 11, 2007 12:29 PM

This machine is horrible. I can never get more than 2 or 3 cups before I get the flashing blue lights of doom. I had to take the first one back because it simply didn't work. Now my current one works whenever it wants to, it's a crap shoot. Time for a senseo

Posted by: Xavier at January 27, 2007 11:46 AM

I just got my GT300 and after six cups it is malfunctioning. I will bring it back for another replacement/second chance. It only spits cold water and none of the buttons work not even the stop button. As soon as it is plugged in the pump starts running and there is no stopping it. The pod door is stuck closed and I am out of options. I have been trying to fix it for two days now.

Posted by: Tom at December 26, 2006 11:44 AM

I have the HCC 100 Home Cafe pod coffee brewer.
The strainer in the pod holder separated from the side, causing the pod to partially fall through. Can I get a replacement for this? It is the part that says 14oz on one side of the handle and 7.9oz on the other side.

I like this coffee brewer, but need this part.

Thank you for any help you can give me.

I live in St. Paul, MN. 55117

Posted by: Audrienne Walters at September 3, 2006 1:47 PM

Its to bad you had a bad experience with the Home Café™ Single Serve Pod Brewer. I have had mine for 2 months now and have had no problems. I exchanged my Philips Senseo after it just stop working after a month, returned it for a new one and that one died within a week. The coffee was great from the Senseo, but I find the coffee brewed thru the Home Café™ Single Serve Pod Brewer to be of the same quality and taste. No plastic. I use Rio de Janeiro pods from Creative Pods for my model.

Posted by: Meisch at July 27, 2006 8:06 PM

I have bought a Black & Decker Home Café One Cup Coffee Maker, I like the Coffee and the machine, but can't get the coffee very easily as it is not sold in super market today even Wal-Mart didn’t have any. In Canada and recently can't get any at all. I know that Militia also have a Coffee maker of the same nature and their Coffee pods are sold freely in every Super Market. Unless you can make a supply of the pods for your machine, here's my suggestion, give me a refund and I'll buy a Milita simply because their supply of Coffee meets the demand.. Not because it's better than yours that I bought because I have been very satisfied with many of your tools, ovens, etc. but because your Coffee maker is absolutely useless without the right coffee to use it.

Posted by: Ell Chase at April 30, 2006 5:52 PM

Try this category for pod reviews and merchants: http://www.singleservecoffee.com/archives/cat_coffee_pod_reviews.php

Posted by: Jay Brewer at March 8, 2006 6:13 PM

Have one of your Home Cafe pod machines, but lately the local supermarkets no longer carry a brand of coffee pods suitable for use in your machine. Where do I go to purchase a compatible product??

Posted by: P. Smith at March 8, 2006 6:01 PM
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