Summary: I bought this because the Capresso I had died after 15 years of good service! I like the new coffee maker but it was a little more complicated to learn how to use at first. Also, the bean holder is smaller than my old one. The lid over the water tank sticks sometimes but not a big problem. I like the carafe, it keeps the coffee hot for a long time. Overall I like it! Hopefully, it will be as good to me as my old one was...
Summary: Works great. Coffee bean holder could be bigger--if you make strong coffeee barely hold enough beans for two pots. Coffee even on strong is not quite strong enough for me. I add a little folgers to filter to get it as strong as I like it. Thermal pot is great--hold coffee hot for hours.
Summary: Much better than the old Capresso that finaly died. It adjusts the amount of beans ground based on grind and desired strength and has a clear plastic channel so you can monitor the freshly ground beans. The thermal carafe means no more burnt coffee and they added an outside gauge so you don't have to measure the water beforehand. Controls are easy to read and understand. Capresso outdid themselves on this. The bean hoppper haols a little more than a days worth of beans.
Summary: I love the whole idea of freshly ground coffee ready when we get up in the morning. Unfortunately, we still don't have it after purchasing this expensive coffeemaker. Everything works well through the grinding of the beans, but then they don't drop into the filter to make the coffee. what should have been a great experience becamse an expensive, frustrating one. Now I need to connect with product support to try to diagnose the problem. Too much work.
Summary: My first Capresso machine lasted about nine years.The burr grinder brings out the essence of the beans. The thermal carafe keeps your coffee warm without burning it. The temp of the coffee is hotter than the old model, so you can add cream without the coffee becoming too cold. The design is sleek and a lot more attractive than the older model.
Summary: I really wanted to switch from a heated burner plate to a thermal carafe style and this definitely accomplishes the goal of not continuing to "cook" and thus burn the remaining coffee left after the first cup has been poured. Also, the higher brewing temperature of this unit DOES seem to optimize the coffee flavor. I love the grinding mechanism and it is a very smooth operation.
Summary: Initially, it does take a little while to figure out how the machine works. But if you read the instructions, at the same time you are trying to work the machine, it becomes simplified. It is wonderful not to have to clean the grinder out after every use. We had another coffee machine with the grinder and we finally just gave it away because we got tired of cleaning it out every time.