I read a ton of reviews while looking for a coffee maker. After my first purchase (cuisinart) died after 3 weeks. I decided to spend the big bucks on the capresso. I was worried about using the carafe, many reviews said it was a pain to use and spilled all over the place. I don’t know why some people cannot figure out how to use this carafe. You screw on the lid tightly (the dot on the top of the lid should be about a quarter of the way past the pour spot) when you are ready to pour coffee, you move the dot over the pour spout. The reason the carafe is designed this way is to keep the seal tight and the coffee warm for as long as possible. Also the flavor is great, the programming is easy, and the machine looks great on the counter. Definitely recommend this machine.
I bought this coffeemaker to replace another capresso coffeemaker that i have used almost daily for over 8 years. It is still going strong and still makes great coffee, but my kitchen is all stainless steel and i decided to treat myself to an upgraded look. This pot is really beautiful and has a few improvements in design – the plastic coffee filter holder is sturdier, and the all steel construction is even better at keeping the coffee hot for hours. Plus, it looks expensive and i found the price at amazon to be really great. (added comment several months later – i used the my old capresso coffeemaker last month when i had christmas dinner and needed a second coffee pot to make enough coffee. To my surprise the old capresso made much better coffee – richer taste and used much less coffee. My guess is that the new capresso is much faster so the water goes through the coffee grinds faster and therefore some of the richness is lost.
I had the old coffetec for nine years — it was marvelous, though it did leak on occasion, but even so it was the best coffeepot i ever owned. It finally died this year and we replaced it with the 440. I do think this machine makes good coffee, and it gets very hot, but — the design of the machine is flawed, and we have had one problem after another:* the carafe leaks unless the little ball is perfectly lined up with the spout — and even leaks when it is at times. This is clearly a design flaw; it should be harder to spill coffee; or, i should say, it shouldn’t be so *easy* to spill. * the filter assembly that is supposed to hold the coffee while you pull the carafe away doesn’t work. It’s almost funny to watch it continue pouring at full speed when you pull the carafe away. This is not a big deal as you likely want the full pot to brew before taking it, but if you are sleepy and don’t realize. * the most serious flaw is that coffee collects at the top of the pot (on the inside of the lid) and needs to be wiped off and cleaned constantly — as you might imagine, this leads to coffee grinds falling into the basin, and then being pulled into the water heating elements.
First off, i purchased this machine a few months ago and specifically waited to try and see if any bugs would arise. I was a little nervous buying this machine, since there were a few negative reviews. Luckily i didn’t listen to them, because this is a great machine. I replaced a cuisinart grind and brew thermal with this capresso mt500. I also own a gaggia syncrony digital espresso machine, so i would consider myself a coffee-lover and i believe i know good coffee. (at least in my own mind)-over 90 pots brewed, not one spill. If you are spilling coffee, you are grinding your beans too finely. I use the included gold basket. -simple design, easy to clean. A lot easier then the cuisinart.
- Makes good coffee, but design is flawed in a number of ways
- Well worth the wait
- After all these years still loving it!
Capresso 440.05 MT-500 10-Cup Electronic Coffeemaker with Thermal Carafe
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- Brews up to 10 5-ounce cups in just 8 minutes for maximum flavor, aroma
- Stainless-steel vacuum carafe keeps coffee hot up to 4 hours
- Stainless-steel ThermoBlock heating system reduces calcification
- Brew-pause for mid-brew pour; digital, programmable clock/timer
- Measures 9-3/4 by 13-3/4 by 10 inches; 1-year warranty
Coffee stays warm for several hours and the stainless steel is both easy to clean and not so likely to break as the glass liners. The program is easy to set and you can wake to warm coffee.
Nice programmable coffee maker. Brews a delicious pot of coffee. I can’t go without my cup o’ joe in the morning. My coffee is ready when i am.
I’ve been using this coffemaker for about 6 months now and i figured it was time for a review. I was leary buying such an expensive coffemaker, but after the bad experience i had with a cheaper krups (aka crap) maker, i decided that it was worth it. I bought mine during one of amazon’s coupon events. The coupon notes indicated that capresso wasn’t eligible, but it worked anyway and i saved $25. It is fast, elegant looking, and makes great hot coffee. I don’t find much to complain about compared to some other reviewers. To me, this design is as good as any brew-through/sealed caraffe design and its not hard to use at all. The lid is easy to screw on and has precision threads. It fits under the basket easily and does not require any special alignment or fiddling like some have suggested. I have not had problems keeping the inside of the caraffe clean like some have mentioned. I use a few sprays of bleach spray every month or so and it keeps it looking like new, no stains whatsoever. The water/coffee is very close to 200 degrees according to my restaruant meat thermometer. With the caraffe closed, my coffee stays more than hot enough for up to 6 hours after brewing and never gets stale/oxidized or burnt.
I’m very pleased with my mt-500, despite a few annoyances. First and foremost, i can now brew coffee that is every bit as good as what they serve at a first-rate coffee house–without the hassle of hand-dripping my coffee through a melitta funnel. For me, flavor is the most important thing. If coffee doesn’t taste in the cup the way it smells as you’re grinding it then i’m just not interested in drinking it. I don’t know what people are talking about when they report that the coffee isn’t hot enough. The whole reason this maker blows the others away in terms of flavor extraction is precisely that it gets the brewing temperature up just under the boiling point where it should be, rather than 30 degrees lower, the way most other makers do. You can’t water get too much hotter than 200 degrees fahrenheit, and that’s too hot to drink anyway. If it’s getting cold because you’re adding half cream and sugar to your cup, then the coffee flavor doesn’t much matter anyhow, so you might as well just wing it in the microwave for a bit to warm it up. I do agree that the design of the carafe’s lid and brewing funnel could use some work. If you’re careless, you could end up with a mess.
I’ve purchased a number of coffee makers over the years – bunn, quisinart, mr. – constantly searching for the best. I found it in this capresso. Not only is it a beautiful addition to the kitchen – it brews the best cup of coffee – ever. Easy to use – easy to keep clean – the thermal carafe keeps the coffee piping hot and fresh for hours. I highly recommend this coffee maker – best on the market.
We are serious about our coffee and this machine makes good coffee. It also looks nicer than any other coffee maker we’ve seen. We were surprised that the machine makes about 1/3 less coffee than other 10 cup coffee makers. For this coffee maker, a cup of coffee is 4 ounces. It also requires about 1/3 more coffee grounds to make the same strength coffee as other coffee makers. It requires 1 tablespoon of finely ground coffee to make each 4 ounces of strong brewed coffee. That said, it does make good coffee and seems well made compared to other machines we have tried. Our experience is that none of these machines are really finely crafted machines. Next time we will try a different brand that makes more coffee with less coffee grounds and might be less expensive.
I bought this a long time ago as i thought it looked very cool and would look good in my kitchen. Only problem was cleaning the carafe which was impossible. It is not capresso but any stainless steel carafe as you cannot clean the coffee stains that accumulate. I called capresso and they suggested denture cleaner to clean it, but that turned me off. I finally got rid of it at a garage sale.
I pride myself on being a coffee afficionado. Nothing but the best beans for me. I needed to get a replacement coffeemaker after my cuisinart 12 cup began to leak. Based on the reviews i read, i decided to go for a premium capresso 440 mt 500. The controls are easy to use, and the coffee brews fast. Most importantly, the coffee tastes great–far superior than tasted through my cuisinart brewer. The water head seems to cook the coffee more thoroughly than my previous coffee maker. Also, the thermal design keeps it warm and not bitter for three hours. The standard gold filter provided is a nice touch. The capresso coffeemaker is definitely worth the money.
Have really enjoyed the coffeemaker. Like that it is automatic, can brew just 3-5 cups and it still taste good. It seems more like a commercial coffeemaker than for residential.
I’ve been using my mt500 3-4 times per week for about two years now and it has given me nothing but pot after pot of good coffee– no trouble, no overflows, no problems. This is a fantastic machine. I have never met another auto-drip which can make a better cup. And believe me, i get around. I have exactly two minor complaints with the design: (1) the carafe lid is a pain and your friends will make a dribbly mess of pouring out of it until you show them the magical secret of the dot (which lines up with a cutout underneath), and (2) the filter basket gradually acquires a scent of old coffee that no amount of dishwashing can get out, which you can eventually taste ever-so-slightly in the coffee. As far as i know, though, there is no such thing as an auto-drip filter basket made of anything except plastic no matter what model you buy, so consider this a hopeful suggestion for the future rather than a complaint. There is exactly one thing you need to know about this machine: it puts water onto the grounds at the right temperature and the right speed, and does so consistently. I’ll say it again: i’ve never had better from an auto-drip. Regarding the complaints of coffee not being hot enough: if you’re using a thermal carafe, you should rinse it out with hot water right before brewing, otherwise some of the heat in your freshly brewed coffee is going to go toward heating up that cold, stainless steel liner. This has nothing to do with this coffee maker or carafe in particular; it’s just a fact of life when you use a thermal carafe. Suggestion: do the hot water trick while you’re waiting for the beans to grind. (you *are* grinding the beans right before brewing, right?.
Very attractive unit; looks nice on the counter. I like the carafe; it pours without spilling and empties all the way to the bottom, unlike the previous brand i was using. To address the problem of overflowing: i have overflowed it a few times times, and it was my fault. It has never overflowed when i used it properly. The first few times were because the little ball in the lid was stuck. Rinsing the lid every time after i use it has solved that problem. Just give it a shake after rinsing and again before replacing to make sure it rattles, and i never forget to do that now. The other times it overflowed were when i forgot to screw the lid on and once i even forgot to place the carafe in place. Sometimes i’m not completely alert before i have my first cup. Being terribly absent-minded doesn’t help either.
Sure you can buy a coffee maker for $25 but it won’t make the coffee nearly hot enough to extract all the flavor out of your favorite coffee. The capresso has a feature that can slow down the brewing process and make the coffee taste like coffee from your favorite coffee shop. It’s easy to operate which is a plus as well. It should be marketed as the bmw or coffee makers.
First, i read all of the other reviews and decided on balance to go ahead and buy this coffee maker. I was reluctant, due to the price and the few comments about overflow issues. We just opened it up, read all of the instructions and brewed up the best cup of coffee i’ve ever had at home. We used to own a coffee shop, so we are not novice drinkers, but nor are we the type that owns an espresso machine. We just want a great cup of coffee first thing in the morning. So, i rate this a *5* for performance (brewing coffee, ie: very hot, very flavorful, no compromise here, simply the best cup ever) a *4* for design (you do seem to need to pay attention the first time you use it, then you see what goes where and why those overflows happened, then you don’t do those things that cause them) and finally a *3* for price (even though it is the best i’ve ever used, i would still like to see priced it at under a hundred bucks)go ahead and get it, you won’t be disappointed.
I have had one of these at work since 2004, just purchased another one for home – it has been rated in the top 5 at consumer reports for the past 4-5 years i believe, to me the built in filter holder and stainless steel water ways is what makes it superb – and of course it makes excellent coffee, especially if you use caribou-coffee grounds. If you are amongst us that understand why you never fill water using the carafe, then this is the right coffee maker for you. The only reason it does not get 5 out of 5 is that it is so expensive.
Unit is solidly made, with few moving parts. Easy to add the water, easy to remove and replace coffee basket. Carafe keeps it hot for over an hour, but not the four hours claimed. Very pleased with this unit.
This is the first drip coffee maker i’ve used where no bitter or sour tastes unexpectedly ‘enhance’ the coffee’s own unique flavours. My blends actually taste as they should, amazingly from the convenience of an automatic drip system. Aside from possible freak production issues, i’m not sure why some unfortunate folks are having spillage issues during the brew cycle. We’ve only experienced that when either (1) the filter holder’s spring-loaded opening has gunked up from lack of cleaning (i. , our fault) or (2) someone forgot to check if there was still coffee in the carafe before brewing a new batch. Fortunately, both causes have been easy to prevent since experiencing them. The top of capresso’s thermal carafe is easily rotated clockwise until a natural stop is reached; there is a convex dot on that top, and it should not be lined up with the spout when fully closed – in fact, it *won’t* be if you simply rotated until it stopped. The carafe top must be in this ‘closed’ position for the drip to work properly. Simple as thatafter the machine’s brewing light turns off, swish the carafe contents briefly and then rotate the top counter-clockwise until the convex dot lines up with its pour-spout. At this point, you can pour the coffee from the carafe, and it resists dripping from the spout quite well. When done pouring, turn the top clockwise again until it stops – simply to keep the contents warm and to avoid potential spills when moving the carafe around. It really is extremely straightforward, i feel: close the carafe to brew coffee, open the carafe to pour your coffee, close the carafe to keep it hot. The materials are well-chosen for this maker, and it takes up only 9′(side-side) x 10′(front-back) on the countertop. I owned a prior capresso which had much more plastic content, and it looked almost new after 4 years.
Swiss small appliance manufacturer with swiss design and precision engineering through and through. This machine makes coffee faster than a bunn pre-heated water machine. Ten cups of really hot coffee in under 8 minutes – truly amazing. Wonderful, well thought design – they even put rubber feet on the bottom of the stainless steel carafe. If you buy do not order the ‘amazon suggests’ gold tone filter and charcoal filters. The machine ships with the gold tone filter and the owner’s guide says the charcoal filter is for chlorine in tap water. Since this is a serious coffee drinker’s machine, you’re likely using quality water.
I was disappointed that the coffee wasn’t hotter and the pot sounds ‘tinny’. I ordered it because it has a pause and pour feature, caraffe, and the last one i had was excellent. If i still had the box i might send it back.