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Posted Mon Mar 10, 2003, 12:00am
Subject: Capresso MT500 Coffee Brewer
 

Capresso MT500 Coffee Brewer

We've been anxious to review some coffee brewers for some time now, and we have a really good candidate in the Capresso MT500. Check out the First Look.
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Posted Wed Oct 29, 2003, 10:04am
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CoffeeKid Said:

Capresso MT500 First Look

We've been anxious to review some coffee brewers for some time now, and we have a really good candidate in the Capresso MT500. Check out the First Look.

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Posted Wed Oct 29, 2003, 10:13am
Subject: Capresso MT500 -- Where can I purchase in Canada?  Specifically Montreal?
 

Very interesting article on the Capresso, which I have been checking out for the past little while, and is said to be THE one to buy.  I am in the market for a new machine, and your article just about convinced me (I am unemployed right now and I need to make sure this is THE machine for me). Christmas is coming and I will buy a new machine.  Which one?  I am 95% convinced in what I read about the MT500.  My only concern is a post I just read about the coffee not staying hot.......that is a concern for sure...... otherwise, it is a wrap and a buy for me.  Now where can I purchase this Capresso in Canada, specifically in Montreal?  Can anyone be of help to me?  Or perhaps make some other suggestions?

 
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Posted Wed Oct 29, 2003, 10:39am
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You can check out my review of the MT500 here for some supplemental info.  You may find my temperature tests of interest.

http://www.coffeegeek.com/reviews/drip/capressomt500/Ormazd

 
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Posted Wed Oct 29, 2003, 11:37am
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Thank you for the link, Gary.  It has me more convinced.  Now, would anyone know where I can find this product in Montreal?  All roads I have tried lead to companies in the United States, and most will not ship to Canada, and if they do, we are talking $$$$$! Thanks for your feedback.

 
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Posted Sat Dec 13, 2003, 7:32pm
Subject: Re: Capresso MT500 Coffee Brewer
 

I bought MT500 from a Capresso dealer in Canada. But the unit doesn't make a hot coffee. There seems to be a mixed review here. Some people say it can make hot coffee, some say the coffee is not hot. In my case, the unit can not make hot coffee, I compared this to my Proctor Silex coffeemaker and i have to say that the Proctor Silex makes hotter coffee than the MT500.
I brought the unit back to the dealer and basically they are going to test it and repair it if there is a defect. I bought the unit 5 days ago, and they don't even want to give me a new unit!
Sigh ....
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Posted Wed Dec 17, 2003, 9:38pm
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I still cannot find a hot cup of drip coffee...have you found the magic machine???? many tout the Technivorm machines ($$$)...let me know the result of your quest

thx
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Posted Tue Jan 4, 2005, 8:26am
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x Said:

I purchased this machine about a month ago a a local retail store.  The construction quality looked good.  I ran several pots of water thru it and then loaded it up with coffee. Tje carafe was more than warm from the previous cycles.  The coffee was quite tasty but was not very hot at the end of the brewing cycle and only luke warm 1/2 hour later.  I tried using it daily for about a week diligently preheating the carafe prior to brewing and the coffee just was not hot!  I did not preform the detailed temperature tests I see others preform,  a quick read therometer showed 160 in the pot after brewing cycle.  Not good enough for me.  Did I get a bad unit?  I wanted to like this brewer but took it back.

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We just recieved the MT-500 as a Christmas gift and noticed the same thing.  We were expecting a piping hot cup of coffee when we were done brewing, yet we were greeted with what could be barley be considered hot.  I haven't yet measured the temperature, but my guess is that it is barely above hot tapwater hot.  And yes an hour or so later the coffee left in the carafe is barely luke warm.

We asked ourselves the same thing, is ours defective?  Perhaps the McDonalds lady purchased a MT500, spilled a cup on herself, sued Capresso and they were forced to change the design!
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Posted Mon Jan 10, 2005, 12:21pm
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I received this machine for a gift. I followed all the instructions to the letter, including heating the carafe with hot water before brewing. But, as another commentator pointed out, the coffee simply was not hot enough. I used the 4-5 cup setting since there are only two people in our family now.

Sadly disappointed, I returned the machine so that the sender could receive her credit.

The other feature I did not like was the water level indicator. It was too far off to the side and the numbers were much too small to read easily.

I liked the water filter, general design, and clock/buttons.
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Posted Sat Apr 12, 2008, 7:21pm
Subject: Re: MT500 seems just like the my Kitchen Tools
 

I also have the Kitchen Tools brewer, branded as Starbucks Barista.  I was very tempted recently to retire it for the Capresso MT 500 when I saw it on clearance at Peets.

Then I looked at a couple of things.

I too measured the water temperature - and it clocked in at 202.
The KT has a swing out basket, easier to fill than the flip top on the Capresso.
The KT has a removable water chamber - a critical benefit as I pull it out and fill it from my reverse osmosis water dispenser.
The KT stops brewing if you remove the pot.  This is really nice.  While I don't do it often, if I happen to remove the pot and forget to put it back in, there is no mishap.
The KT dispenses water from a series of seven holes, instead of the single hole of the Capresso.  I must imagine that this disperses the water better.

Downsides:
The thing ALWAYS drips.  You pour some coffee and you must either wipe the spout or put it on a napkin.
I wish I didn't buy the white plastic model, as it has now become stained brown in many spots.

I was so tempted to replace this, but seeing the shortfalls of the Capresso, and having now confirmed that the KT brews at 202, it's hard for me to justify making the change.
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