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Capresso MT 500 - Doug Smith's Review
Posted: December 4, 2005, 4:18pm
review rating: 7.5
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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: 8.8
Manufacturer: Unknown Quality: 10
Average Price: $159.00 Usability: 9
Price Paid: $155.00 Cost vs. Value 8
Where Bought: A Southern Season Aesthetics 9
Owned for: 1 week Overall 8
Writer's Expertise: I love coffee Would Buy Again: Yes
Similar Items Owned: 20 year-old Krupps
Bottom Line: Great machine, good looking, and makes a good pot of coffee.
Positive Product Points

.  Good looking
.  Sturdy
.  Easy to use
.  Hot water
.  Pot keeps water hot

Negative Product Points

I felt the instruction book could have been written a bit better, but since it was not a complicated machine, it was not a major problem.

Detailed Commentary

This is my early initial impression of the coffee maker.  Like others I may come back for a follow-up.  I decided on this coffee maker based first upon reviews in Consumer Reports and then from reviews on Coffeegeek.  I like the looks of the coffee maker.  It goes very well with our new stainless steel and black stove and dishwasher.  The coffee maker is well packaged.  Like others have said, it feels sturdy.

The machine is easy to use.  The narrow reservoir could be problematic if you are in a hurry, but it is plenty wide for easy filling without spilling.  One previous review mentioned that the water was too cool.  I found the water to be very hot.  I have not measured the temperature yet, but I would guess it is over 200 F.  Another commentor could not make a good pot of coffee.  I followed the recommended measures and brewed a good pot of coffee the first time.  I have been experimenting a bit to see how things vary, but their recommendations seemd right on (I opted for the higher end of the range since I do like a stronger cup of coffee).  

I found the pot keeps the coffee hot for several hours.

Buying Experience

Good.  Bought it at a local gourmet food store (Chapel Hill, NC).  Apparently this is the only store in the area that carries Capresso machines.  The store is definitely not discount, but the price was $5 less than the standard price shown.

Three Month Followup

Well, the system will not let me close out without a three month follow-up (10 months late).  The machine was great.

One Year Followup

I think it is a great machine.  Coffee comes out hot and the pot keeps it hot for quite some time.  I would definitely purchase the machine again.  The narrow tank has not been a problem as I anticipated.  The biggest issue has been the operator.  I have forgotten a couple of times to put the pot under the maker and after a while it does overflow.  So, if I could only replace me, I would be doing fine.

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