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Capresso MT 500 - Tim Brunson's Review
Posted: February 24, 2004, 10:55am
review rating: 8.2
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Capresso MT 500
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Arrow The Capresso MT 500 has 46 Reviews
Arrow The Capresso MT 500 has been rated 6.88 overall by our member reviewers
Arrow This product has been in our review database since February 23, 2002.
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These are some of the best-written reviews for this product, as judged by our members.
Name Ranking
Sam Graves 9.33
Bill Womack 9.33
Don Smith 9.25
Trisha Neimi 9.12
Tim Brunson 8.20

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Ratings and Stats Overall Rating: 8.6
Manufacturer: Capresso Quality: 9
Average Price: $159.00 Usability: 8
Price Paid: $159.00 Cost vs. Value 8
Where Bought: 1st in Coffee Aesthetics 9
Owned for: 3 months Overall 9
Writer's Expertise: I love coffee Would Buy Again: Yes
Similar Items Owned: Krups
Bottom Line: This pot brews as crisp and clean as it looks, and does it quit fast.
Positive Product Points

-makes great tasting HOT coffee
-looks great  
-very nice stainless carafe
-brews very fast

Negative Product Points

-can only make 36 oz coffee without overflowing basket (about 8 cups)
-needs lots of clearance at top of unit to fill water reservoir

Detailed Commentary

After owning this product for about 3 mo's now I can honestly say that I love it. It's not perfect, no coffee pot is, but for me this product does what it is supposed to do - make an outstanding cup of coffee.
   First the quirks,,, I have a small amount of clearance between my counter top and cabinets so I have to pull the machine out, make coffee, then push back in it's resting place when I'm finished. This is due to the reservoir lid needing a full 10 inches of clearance above the top of the unit (that stands about 14 inches tall) to fully open. This is not a big deal to me, I'm an obsessive neurotic who likes to touch, push, pull and tweak every object I'm working with anyway.
 I like to make my coffee with the standard 2 tbsp per 6 oz water, and with this machine I run into trouble with grinds overflowing if I go over 12 tbsp (6 of my coffee scoops) which means that I really can't brew to my strength at 9 or 10 cups, so this pot is only an 8 cup pot for me. I can grind the coffee coarser and it won't overflow, but coffee gets thin and weaker and I know its not clogging with fines because I'm using a new Rocky DL. This is also not a big deal to me because of the speed of the brew cycle. If I need more I just brew another pot it only takes a few mins.
 If brewed right, the coffee from this pot is delightfully crisp and clean. I taste no hint of plastic, metal or anything unpleasant. My coffee is also hot...very hot....so hot it has to sit a min hot...Mc Donald's law suite hot. One thing I have noticed is that coffee consumed right after brewing it's not quite as hot as if it sits for about 2 or 3 mins, this is due to the slight warming from the warming plate under the carafe. The warming plate does not directly touch the bottom of the carafe, instead the carafe sits on 3 small round plastic feet that raise the carafe a centimeter above the warming plate. The warming plate turns off a few mins after brewing and my coffee never taste the least bit baked no matter how long it sits after brewing.

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