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THIS IS MORE FOR THE OWNERS OF THIS UNIT—SINCE IT IS PROBABLY NOT PRODUCED ANY LONGER???—IT HAS BEEN A WONDERFUL COFFEE BREWING MACHINE—IN FACT I HAVE HAD TWO UNITS BOTH OPERATING SINCE 2000—BOTH STARTED THE "LEAKING OUT FROM UNDER THE WATER RESERVOIR" PHENOMENA WHICH CAPRESSO DOES NOT SEEM TO ADMIT AS A DESIGN FLAW AND WANTS THE CUSTOMER TO SEND THE WHOLE UNIT BACK AT CUSTOMER’S EXPENSE—IF THE CUSTOMER CAN DETERMINE THAT IT IS THE RESERVOIR SEALS LEAKING ISSUE, AND THE CUSTOMER POPS OUT THE UPPER SEAL [LOOKING DOWN INTO THE RESERVOIR], IT WILL STOP LEAKING—FIXED! NO ISSUES—BOTH UNITS HAVE NOT LEAKED SINCE I DID THAT— USE PURIFIED WATER, USE THE CAPPUCCINO FEATURE REGULARLY, CLEAN IT REGULARLY, USE IT REGULARLY—EMPTY ANY REMAINING WATER IF NOT IN REGULAR USE—PLEASE NOTE THIS WILL ONLY ‘SOLVE’ LEAKING RESERVOIR ISSUE AND WILL NOT STOP ANY LEAKING IF THERE IS INTERNAL SEAL ISSUE—IF YOU ARE NOT COMFORTABLE WITH REMOVING THE UPPER SEAL, YOU CAN ALWAYS PURCHASE NEW SEALS FROM CAPRESSO AND INSTALL THEM YOURSELF, BUT WILL EVENTUALLY LEAK AGAIN. .. Check it out!
Product Description Wake up every morning to the fresh smell of brewed coffee with a 10-cup digitally controlled coffeemaker. It features 2 brewing cycles, auto pump cappuccino system, stainless steel carafe, 2-hour safety auto-off, goldtone filter and milk container. Imported. 17Hx13-3/4Wx13-1/5D”. Loaded with convenient features, this coffeemaker not only brews ten 5-ounce cups of coffee directly into a stainless-steel vacuum carafe, it also delivers up to 32 ounces of hot milk and froth for cappuccinos, café lattés, and hot chocolates. The carafe is virtually unbreakable and keeps coffee hot for four hours without a warming plate that can turn coffee bitter. Other features include a digital clock/timer for programming the brewing cycle up to 24 hours in advance (automatic wake-up coffee!); a drip-stop to pause the brewing cycle for 20 seconds if the carafe is removed for a midbrew pour; two brewing cycles (3 to 5 cups or 6 to 10 cups) for maximum coffee flavor; a permanent gold tone filter that eliminates messy paper filters; and a push-button, swing-out filter holder. The milk-frothing system dispenses hot milk and froth directly into a cup and uses a separate heating system from the coffeemaker and a milk container separate from the water container for brewing coffee. (A flexible hose can be used to siphon milk directly from a carton of milk instead of the milk container.) The machine automatically switches to a stand-by mode for steaming when the brewing cycle is complete. However, milk can be frothed for, say, hot chocolate without brewing coffee. A knob adjusts milk flow, milk temperature, and the amount of froth, permitting precise control for individual taste. An instruction video comes with the machine, which measures 14 inches high, 11 inches wide, and 12 inches deep and carries a one-year warranty against defects. –Fred Brack
Capresso 10-Cup Coffee/Cappuccino Maker, Black Review
Well, at least that’s my theory why the other coffee makers I’ve had make such lousy coffee — they don’t get the water hot enough. This Capresso model, which I’ve had for 2 months now, is easy to use and makes very good coffee. Before 3 years ago, I used the simple pour-over method: grind up the coffee, put it in a cone filter over a thermos, bring water to a boil, pour it over the ground coffee, wait, pour more water, wait. That makes good coffee, but it got to be just too much trouble, so I went looking for an easier way. I tried the Krups “Moka” model and a Cuisinart model, which both broke, and didn’t make good coffee, anyway. The CoffeeTEC is easy to set up the night before to go off automatically the next morning, and the coffee it makes is approximately as good as what I got from the pour-over method. I didn’t actually measure the water temperature, myself, but you’ll find some tests reported in Mark Prince’s “firstlook” review over at the Coffeegeek forum. It’s a favorable review from an expert: proreviews firstlook coffeetec details. So the idea that a near-boiling temperature is important for adequate extraction of flavor from ground coffee is not just a bee in my own personal bonnet. Setting up the device to make a pot of coffee involves filling the coffee maker’s reservoir with water, of course, and I do like the CoffeeTEC’s plastic bucket, which you lift out, fill under the faucet, and drop back into the coffee maker. Convenient. I tried the milk frother a few times — seems to work okay — but I’ve never cared for milk in my coffee, so I don’t use it. I like this coffee maker. -Read Reviews-
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Brews 10 5-ounce cups of coffee directly into a stainless-steel vacuum carafe
Virtually unbreakable carafe keeps coffee hot 4 hours without a warming plate
Programmable digital clock/timer for “wake-up” coffee; pour a cup midbrew via 20-second brew-pause
Permanent GoldTone filter eliminates messy paper filters; push-button, swing-out filter holder
Measures 11 by 12 by 14 inches; 1-year warranty
I purchased this coffeemaker about three months ago. The machine itself is simple to use if one takes the time to read the directions or watch the included video. But the first pot I made turned out undrinkable – weak, vile. After a lot of experimenting (at least ten test pots and seventy-five or more regular morning pots), it now makes very good coffee consistently, and excellent coffee frequently. It is a responsive machine. The quality of the output coffee is sensitively dependent on initial conditions, unusually so. It requires experimenting. Some important variables to work with include:1. Grind (i.e. coarse, medium, fine – this machine needs a somewhat finer grind);2. Quantity of coffee used (this machine needs slightly more than my previous thermal carafe machine);3. Type of filter (unbleached paper, bleached paper, permanent);4. Quality and type of coffee;5. Personal taste. This is not a comprehensive list of variables (also water quality, size of pot made, etc., etc. ). Also, some of my current level of satisfaction may simply stem from me having become used to the coffee made by this machine. When I first got the machine I tested it using a cheaper brand of whole beans. I used different settings on my grinder until I understood how changing the grind affected the coffee. As an aside, I knew I was making progress in my experiments when the indifferent beans I was using for my test pots started making terrific coffee. The coffee maker was getting the most out of them. I’m now using a grind halfway between the “medium” and “fine” settings on my grinder (i.e. one-quarter of the way between “medium” and “espresso”). Err on the side of “fine”. However, too fine a grind will bring out bitterness and might leave a “dusty” residue in the coffee. I recommend using a burr grinder with this machine (and in general). It is too hard to get the required consistency with a “chopper” type grinder. Some people may prefer their coffee to have a bit more “bitterness” than I do, in that case this machine might work really well for them as they could use an even finer grind than I do. My preference is to use unbleached paper filters. Although the unbleached ones may impart a slight “papery” flavor, the white ones (which worked better on my last coffeemaker) seem to let less overall flavor through. I have not tried the included permanent, gold-type, filter. I have only used the frothing equipment once, it works just fine. The pieces are small, easy to assemble and easy to clean (although you really do want to rinse them immediately after use). Note that the included plastic tumbler holds all the little pieces and that there is a special recess in the body of the machine that holds the tumbler. So far I am not impressed with the “3-5 cup” button. The company says it is supposed to “make sure that smaller coffee amounts are brewed at the correct temperature. ” Whatever. The one time I tried it the 3-5 cup button negatively changed the taste and made the coffee bitter. Maybe this could be corrected by coarsening the grind (at the cost of needing to use more coffee, offsetting savings gained from making fewer cups). At any rate, properly using the 3-5 cup button, if there is any point to it, seems to require more work than I have yet done. Note, also, that what this machine considers “3 cups” of coffee will not fill a decent sized mug. If you want two full mugs, you need to make 7 or 8 of these so-called “cups. “Coffee temperature is not an issue. It comes out very hot and stays very hot. The carafe is as good as any, and better than my old Melitta one, at keeping the coffee hot. It is important to keep the lid on the carafe and to close it all the way when not pouring. This machine is able to produce excellent coffee – the best I have ever made at home and, depending on the quality of the beans used, equal or superior to coffee house coffee. Due to its sensitivity, however, it is still necessary to experiment with a test pot or two every time I want to try a new kind of coffee. It still makes an occasional undrinkable pot, but I would buy it again.