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.