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Capresso MT 500 - Mark Robbins's Review
Posted: June 7, 2008, 7:11pm
review rating: 5.0
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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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Quality Reviews
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: 5.2
Manufacturer: Capresso Quality: 5
Average Price: $159.00 Usability: 5
Price Paid: $170.00 Cost vs. Value 2
Where Bought: online vendor Aesthetics 9
Owned for: 1 year Overall 5
Writer's Expertise: I love coffee Would Buy Again: No
Similar Items Owned: old krups something-or-other
Bottom Line: I'm amongst the 50% of coffeegeeks who hate this machine - sigh.
Positive Product Points

looks nice
charcoal water filter
no hot-plate = no burned coffee

Negative Product Points

coffee isn't hot enough
filter basket isn't big enough to brew a strong full pot

Detailed Commentary

Apparently it's either hit or miss with this coffee machine. Half the reviewers love it, saying it makes piping hot and delicious coffee; half hate it, saying the coffee is lukewarm and the machine often malfunctions, spilling coffee all over the place.

Well, things started out okay. If memory serves me correctly when I first got this machine I enjoyed it. But a few months into it I started noticing the coffee just wasn't all that hot. I've tried decalcifying, brewing more or less, using more and less grounds, etc., but nothing changes the fact that the coffee is not hot enough.

On the plus side, I've never had any problems with the machine spilling coffee or grounds. I do notice that I have to put in so many grounds that when trying to brew a full pot the grounds bloom up and get all over the inside top cover of the machine, making a mess to clean up. So I just never brew full pots, also kind of a bummer.

Looks like if you are lucky you get a great machine, if you are in the other 50 percent you get a lemon. Not good odds, as far as I'm concerned. After a year of trying not to hate this machine I'm giving up and getting rid of it, to be replaced with a press-pot. With water boiling on the stove-top, I'll know my coffee is going to be HOT!

Buying Experience

Online vendor - fine.

Three Month Followup

Sold it, haven't replaced it with anything as I'm quite happy with an espresso machine and a press. Only miss a drip machine when there are more than a couple people at the house, then it would be nice to brew a big pot. Other than that, haven't looked back.

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