I feel my money could have been better spent on a good coffee grinder and separate coffee maker.
Positive Product Points
-Sleek, elegant, looks great on kitchen counter top -Brews a great cup of coffee if you do it manually -Thermal carafe keeps coffee hot a long time
Negative Product Points
-ease of use -coffee grinder produces an inconsistent amount of coffee -cannot make a full pot of strong coffee, needs an "extra strong" setting. -cleaning of grinder limited
I have owned other Capresso coffee makers and have always thought that they were among the best available for the price. I think the combo grinder/coffee maker was a great idea and I'm sure some folks find it totally to their liking but I must say that for me it just doesn't work. If you like oily coffee beans and a strong cup of coffee this is not the machine for you. Other folks here have already commented on the inability of the machine to make a full pot of strong coffee on it's own so I won't go down that road. My biggest problem now, apparently due to my preference for oily beans, is an inconsistent amount of ground coffee. I have followed the manufacturers guide lines for cleaning the grinder and have had no success. The manufacture has a warning in their user guide NOT to try to disassemble the grinder for cleaning but rather "tilt the coffee maker forward and tap on it's back". Yea, right! This may dislodge some of the bean debris but does nothing for the oily residue buildup. I have never owned a burr coffee grinder before therefore I have no experience with how they should be cleaned and how often they require cleaning. I can't even imagine that the burr grinder is worn out after only one year but I suppose anything is possible. Bottom line is that I'm getting about one half the amount of ground coffee than I did when the machine was new. I forgot to say that my settings are "10 cups strong" with a grinder setting of coarse. I also find it awkward navigating the settings menu with "one knob does it all" thing. Seems to me that they could have have made it a little more intuitive.
I received it as a gift and cannot say where it was purchased