I start off my day with a freshly ground cup of coffee every morning, so why is it I had never heard of this divine coffeemaker? If you love a great tasting cup of coffee and prefer stainless and black appliances in your kitchen then consider the Capresso. It is a triumph of good Italian design and function. What other coffeemaker do you know of that comes with it's own built-in water filter? I love that it also has a separate setting, just for brewing 3-5 cups of java whenever I long for that mid afternoon coffee break. In the morning I go full throttle, 10 cups, which is really more like four to five of my big mugs.
It has a stainless steel thermal carafe with a sleek and contemporary look. The first clock I have ever seen that is actually easy to re-set. We live in an area with frequent power outages so I am very familiar with re-setting all appliances - some can be a pain. On days when I need to leave for an early commute I use the 24-hr programmable pre-set feature. I love the smell of freshly brewed coffee in the morning before I even get out of bed.
I think it is brilliant, that this machine actually came with a sticker that shows the 1-800 number for their customer service to order water filters or a replacement coffee filter. The website address www.capresso.com and their working hours are on the same sticker - which, I might add - after 3 years, is still easy to read - right on the side of the machine. Impressive - I love that I don't have to hunt for information in my catch all drawer. Warranty - don't know - after three years it is still working like a charm. I can guarantee you that it gets a daily workout and more.
The one minor flaw - which I've learned to live with, is that the screw-on lid on the carafe is not too easy to turn. It's easy to pour without dripping and clean up is a breeze. I swallowed hard at the price of just under a hundred, but I also know from personal experience that there are $60-$80 dollar models out there that perform no better than a $25 machine. This Capresso is worth the price. It certainly has exceeded my expectations in quality and performance. Being the coffee lover that I am - I was simply tired of wearing out the cheapie coffeemakers and this stylish model was the solution.
For the ultimate praise I can only say that when this coffeemaker needs replacement I will buy another Capresso product. For those of you looking - if you are serious about your java the Capresso MT500 is the coffeemaker for you.