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    Published on February 27th, 2012 | by Greg

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    Capresso MT600 Plus: Drip Coffee, Refined

    Most of you prob­a­bly al­ready have a cof­fee mak­er at home. The clas­sic drip sys­tem hasn’t changed a whole lot over the years- a fil­ter of some kind, a wa­ter reser­voir and heat­ing unit, a carafe for the cof­fee once made. But if you’re like us, the in­ex­pen­sive mod­els don’t quite sat­is­fy. They look cheap, re­quire pa­per fil­ters or an add-on, and the carafes let your cof­fee get cold the sec­ond it’s fin­ished be­ing brewed.

    The Ca­pres­so MT600 Plus fix­es most of these prob­lems, and a few oth­ers be­sides. For starters, the in­su­lat­ed ther­mal pot keeps your morn­ing joe warm while you get a chance to con­sume it. It’s stain­less steel, so looks good but al­so is easy to clean and stays rel­a­tive­ly fin­ger­print free. The in­clud­ed Gold­Tone fil­ter was al­so easy to clean, and worked well with our grounds.

    We did miss a few fea­tures, though. There isn’t any pro­grammable brew­ing abil­i­ty on this mod­el, so you can’t sim­ply wake up to a fresh pot. The but­tons are fair­ly small, and the han­dle of the carafe wasn’t quite as com­fort­able as we’d like. The ten-cup lim­it wasn’t an is­sue for the most part, but twelve can be nice for those oc­ca­sions when you have a big group. Fi­nal­ly, the char­coal fil­ter was a mixed bless­ing- a great idea for those who don’t have ex­cel­lent tap wa­ter, but it is an­oth­er thing to keep track of, and re­quires chang­ing at least ev­ery six weeks.

    In the end, we found our­selves lik­ing the cof­fee from the Ca­pres­so quite a bit, and the us­er ex­pe­ri­ence was good, if un­ex­cep­tion­al. An ear­li­er brew­er from the com­pa­ny, the Cof­feeTEAM GS was a bit more so­phis­ti­cat­ed in some ways, and we did like their grinder. The price for the MT600 is fair­ly com­pet­i­tive at $125, and that does in­clude the reusable fil­ter. Avail­able now, on­line and in stores.

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    Greg dreamed up the idea for the Truly Network while living in Hawaii, which began with a single site called TrulyObscure. In 2010, when advertisers and readers were requesting coverage beyond the scope of that site, TrulyNet was launched, reaching a broader audience over a variety of niche sites. Formerly the head technology correspondent for the Des Moines Register at age 16, he has since lived and worked in five states and two countries, helping a list of organizations and companies that includes the United States Census Bureau, TripAdvisor, Events Photo Group, Berlitz, and Computer Geeks. He also served as the Content Strategy Manager for HearPlanet, a multi-platform app that has reached over a million users and has been featured in the New York Times, Hemispheres Magazine, National Geographic Adventure, Fox Business News, PC Magazine, and even Apple’s own iPhone ads. Greg has written as a restaurant critic and feature journalist for a number of national and international publications, including City Weekend Magazine, Red Egg Magazine, the Newton Daily News, Capital Change Magazine, and an arm of China Daily, Beijing Weekend. In addition, he has served as a consulting editor for the Foreign Language Press of Beijing, as well as a writer and editor for the George Washington University Hatchet, the school newspaper of his alma mater. Originally from Iowa, Greg is currently living in the West Village of Manhattan.



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