Coffee Talk-Capresso Z5 vs Krups 7230/7225

Capresso Z5 vs. Krups 7230 or 7225

Let me first start off by saying that I am not a coffee expert by profession. However, I do have love a good cup of java. The two coffee/espresso machines that I am going to give my review and compare are both great. I’ll start with the Capresso Z5 pros and cons:

Pros: It looks nice, the buttons are smooth to the touch, and it grinds the coffee beans well.
Cons: The display is somewhat lacking for the price of this machine. It is not very user friendly as far as operating it to get more complete brews. It’s also kind of big.

Now for the Krups 7230/7225:
Pros: It’s a good size for small counter tops. The instructional on-screen display guides you in whatever you are making. The buttons and rotary knob are smooth.
Cons: The grind function is noisy.

The two machines both make excellent espressos and coffee. I believe that the flavor of a brew is in the coffee beans. They both give the coffee a nice creme (the foam substance on top of the coffee).

The part that I prefer about the Krups machine is its size. It’s easier to find a counter top spot for it in your kitchen. The Krups machine also has a very informative display. The display walks you through the process of making your desired brew. You can adjust the size of your pour to fit your mug. The Capresso can do all the same things the Krups can do, but you wouldn’t know it until you read through the instructional manuel. Also, if the Krups machine needs a mini tune-up like filling the water tank or cleaning out the coffee grounds, the display shows you how to do it. The grounds also are compacted into mini hockey puck shape pieces, verses just a messy pile like the Capresso. The Capresso just has “terms” in its display. For example, it might just say “System Fill”. That can mean to fill the coffee beans or water. You are going to have to refer to the manual to understand how to use a very expensive coffee machine. Mainl, the Krups does just about everything the Capresso does and costs about a third of what the Capresso costs. If I were to buy one of the two and money was not a factor, I would buy the Krups. If I were to buy on looks alone, I would get the Capresso.

  • Latte Chino

    It’s now 2011, and the Swiss-made jura CAPRESSO Z5 (Z5) you reviewed in 2009 doesn’t work like mine, which I’ve been using since 2005 to the tune of more than 10,000 coffees, 2,700 espressi, 400+ cappuccini, 55 full cleanings, 9 descalings, etc. — all tracked and displayed by the Z5.

    When I first set up the machine 6.5 years ago, I programmed it to automatically power on each day. I also programmed it to greet my wife with a message every morning, and to display “SO LONG JAVA” when it automatically powers off at the times I have proscribed. I can even set it to stop heating while it waits for my next coffee order. It’s fully programmable and I’ve changed those times and displays — and dozens of other settings — over the Z5’s years (and 10,000+ drinks) of faithful service.

    My Z5 displays “UNIT IS HEATING” when it first comes on, and “PRESS RINSE” after it is fully heat/steam charged and ready to infuse hot water and steam for coffee and espresso, respectively. It then displays “COFFEE READY”, inviting me to place my order for it to dispense my choice of coffee, espresso, cappuccino, latte, etc. at the touch of a single button.

    When my Z5’s water tank is empty or the bean level is low, the Z5 displays the messages “FILL WATER” and “FILL BEANS” respectively, not “System Fill” as your review states. When the discharged used grounds and pucks need to be emptied, the Z5 displays “EMPTY GROUNDS”.

    Even at full retail pricing — which I did not pay — this unit has dispensed java drinks for 6.5 years at a blended cost of $.19 apiece to date (exclusive of water and electricity), a cost which continues to drop with every cup. And yes, that includes the nine descalings and 55 full cleanings over the 6.5 years, all accomplished with Jura-branded tablets. My Z5 displays messages directing me step by step through these — and other — simple tasks.

    I don’t know whether your lower-priced Krups 7230 or 7225 is still in service, but I see no reason why my Z5 won’t continue to dispense superior java juice for many more years, eventually driving my per drink price below TEN CENTS per cup.

    Finally, how do I ensure that my coffee drinks are not only far less expensive (by a factor of 20, 30 or more), but also much better than those available at Starbucks or from local, non-franchise barristas? Because I purchase green coffee beans in bulk and espresso roast them myself within hours of consumption.

    • Cash

      Phenomenal brakdeown of the topic, you should write for me too!