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Capresso MT 500 - Gary Dunaway's Review
Posted: February 26, 2003, 12:42pm
review rating: 7.5
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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: Aabree Aesthetics 9
Owned for: 1 year Overall 9
Writer's Expertise: I love coffee Would Buy Again: Yes
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Bottom Line: Near vac pot quality coffee with drip maker convenience.  It's a winner!
Positive Product Points

Stainless steel and black finish combine in a sleek, stylish design.  
The MT500 brews hotter than most drip coffeemakers, and the gold filter allows the coffee oils to seep through for increased cup character.  The machine uses a thermal carafe and does not have a hot plate.  That eliminates the concern of cooking the coffee after brewing is complete.  The MT500 includes a charcoal filter which removes impurities from the water reservoir.

Negative Product Points

The water reservoir is a bit shallow.  Filling it without spilling can be a challenge, especially during those uncoordinated early morning moments.
The 10 cup capacity Capresso claims is a bit misleading.  A full pot is 45 fl oz.

Detailed Commentary

Tired of dealing with my Bodum Santos vac pot every morning, I went in search of a drip coffee maker.  My hope was to approximate that great vac pot quality coffee I was accustomed to, but without the hassles of cleaning (and breaking) the Santos.  I was intrigued by Mark Prince's review of the Capresso MT500, and took the plunge.  The major selling point was Capresso's claim that this machine would heat water to 200 degrees F during the brewing cycle.  The proper range for coffee brewing is 195 - 205F, and most drip machines cannot perform to that level.
I experimented with the grind for my first few pots.  After a couple early mishaps where the basket overflowed because I ground a bit too fine, I dialed in to a proper consistency.  I have not any similar problems since.  
I have been delighted with the coffee this machine turns out.  I don't feel I've lost much of the nuances or complexity I was used to from my Santos.  It produces a very clean cup.  The thermal carafe maintains drinkable temperatures for several hours.  
The MT500 has a separate button for making a half pot (3-5 cups) of coffee.  The coffee quality remains excellent in that setting.

Buying Experience

I purchased online from Aabree, who was offering free shipping at the time.  Communication was excellent, and I received the machine in good order.

Three Month Followup

I've owned this machine for 9 months now, and am still quite happy with it.  I recently purchased a thermocouple for use in roasting, and decided to take a more scientific approach to the questions of brewing temperature and carafe heat retention.

My MT500 takes 6 minutes to brew a full pot of coffee.  I conducted two brewing tests.  In both cases, the machine reached brewing temperatures above 180F by the third minute and achieved a peak temperature of 198 degrees F in the final minute.

CARAFE TEMPERATURE READINGS

NOTE:  I preheated the carafe with 170F water before brewing.  

185F          Brew Complete
178F          + 1 Hour
171F          + 2 Hours
164F          + 3 Hours
156F          + 4 Hours

In my opinion, this is very acceptable performance.

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