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We've Seen the Future and It's...Capresso?

by Sally Bernstein

Capresso? Where the fine art of coffee brewing is concerned, it certainly could be. Founded in 1994 by Michael Kramm, a former President of Krups USA with roots in the European coffee industry, Capresso is aiming to revolutionize coffee making as we know it. Their combination of leading-edge technology along with ergonomic and aesthetically pleasing design is winning raves from coffee connoisseurs and gadget fans alike.

With a full line of coffee makers, grinders and espresso machines on the market, Capresso seeks to keep both drip-coffee lovers and espresso drinkers in the pink. Their workhorse machine might well be the Capresso MT500, a 10-cup Electronic Coffee Maker with unique alloy body and stainless steel thermal carafe that sells for $179.99.

Features and Benefits:

  • Stainless steel thermal vacuum carafe with drip-free pouring spout keeps coffee hot for up to 4 hours.

  • Convenient Brew-Through-Closed-Lid design. After brewing the carafe is already closed.

  • Beautiful high-gloss alloy body gives the MT500 superior stability. The easy to clean polished surface is specially treated to maintain its luster.

  • Unique stainless steel-lined heating system eliminates water contact with aluminum and reduces the need for decalcifying.

  • Brews 10 cups of coffee in under 8 minutes for maximum flavor and aroma.

  • Drip stop allows you to pour a cup while brewing.

  • Brews more quietly than most other coffee makers.

  • Charcoal water filter removes up to 83% chlorine.

  • Electronic filter indicator shows when to replace the charcoal filter.

  • 24-hour programmable clock/timer with easy to read LED display.

  • Special settings maintains aroma when brewing only 3-5 cups.

  • Permanent GoldTone filter is easy to use and easy to clean.

  • Safety auto shut-off after brewing.

  • Water level indicator makes filling the right amount of water easy.

  • Concealed cord storage lets you extend just the amount of cord you need.

How Things Work:

Electronic Charcoal Filter Indicator
An internal counter registers how often you turn the coffee maker on. It assumes that it makes a pot of coffee each time the machine is turned on. After 60 pots of coffee the green indicator light starts blinking. Replace the charcoal filter and push and hold the filter button until the green light stops blinking and stays illuminated. TIP: Once the charcoal filter is wet, certain cleaning agents will diminish over time. Replace the charcoal filter at least every six weeks or when the indicator light blinks, whichever comes first. If you don’t use the charcoal system, push the filter button and the green light will turn off.

Seeking to make the coffee brewing process both easy and pleasurable, Capresso is clearly hitting the mark. These machines provide convenience, are easy to operate and look great. Founder Kramm may be living the American Dream thanks to the success of Capresso, but luckily, the rest of us get to come along for the tasty ride!

Capresso coffee makers are available at Williams-Sonoma, Sur La Table, Crate and Barrel and www.amazon.com. Capresso can be reached at (800) 767-3554 or www.capresso.com.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the businesses in question before making your plans.

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