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Capresso MT 500 - Doug Banker's Review
Posted: December 31, 2008, 12:12pm
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Capresso MT 500
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These are some of the best-written reviews for this product, as judged by our members.
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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: 7.8
Manufacturer: Unknown Quality: 8
Average Price: $159.00 Usability: 8
Price Paid: $149.00 Cost vs. Value 6
Where Bought: Macy's Aesthetics 9
Owned for: 1 month Overall 8
Writer's Expertise: I like coffee Would Buy Again: Yes
Similar Items Owned: Cuisinart Grind and Brew
Bottom Line: Brews good coffee and holds at a good temperature.  I haven't had the problems mentioned by others.
Positive Product Points

Brews great coffee and keeps it warm.  Coffee is hot enough for me 1 hour after when my wife makes it.  But, I don't put anything in it...if I put in cream, it would be too cool.

Negative Product Points

Water level height is hard to see.  Must pre-heat caraffe to keep coffee hot.  Why hasn't someone thought of a way to preheat the caraffe automatically?  It kinda makes the timer function worthless.

Detailed Commentary

I haven't had most of the problems mentioned with this machine.  I think it does a fine job.  The one thing I'd like to see someone do is find a way to automatically preheat a thermal caraffe so you can use the overnght timer.  It doesn't make sense to me to be able to program the machine to brew your coffee first thing in the morning if you have to get up to preheat the caraffe.  I have not had the overflow problem except for one time, and it was my fault...forgot to make sure the caraffe was empty.  Overall this is a good machine and I've been happy with it...we'll see how it does over the next few months.

Buying Experience

Easy, on sale at Macy's.

Three Month Followup

We've been very happy with this machine.  Most of my comments above still apply, but we have gotten around the minor inconveniences.  The coffee is hot enough for us, and even an hour or so later is still just fine.  We don't usually make a full pot and the water level indicator is still hard to see.  I have to count down the little pips from 10 to get to 6 or 7 cups.  Also, the way the lid opens to fill, if you keep the coffee maker under a kitchen cabinet, you have to pull it out in order to fill it.  Works OK for us, we've always had to do this.  Anyway, we like the coffee much better than our old Cuisinart Grind and Brew...not even close!

One Year Followup

Still use it every day.  Still makes good coffee.  I still have the issue of putting a timer on a machine that recommends pre-heating the carafe.  If someone could only make a machine that would pre-heat the carafe and then make the coffee.  Also, I have found the water gauge difficult to read.  It is on the side of the machine and I have to pull it out and turn it in order to see the gauge as I fill it.  My wife finds the coffee not hot enough to add her cream.  It cools it down too much.  If we pre-heated the carafe, that might work, but then what would be the use of the timer?

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