Capresso 5-Cup Mini Drip Review


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With all the features of a bigger machine, this coffee maker brews just enough for a few mugs. Ease of use, sleek look, and no drips or spills when filling and pouring earn this model top reviews.

The Capresso brand is marketed by a Swiss manufacturer of fairly high-end personal and professional coffee and espresso brewers. In the Capresso 5-Cup Mini Drip (starting at $40; available on Amazon), consumers get a compact, affordable coffee maker made with an eye to functionality and the quality of more expensive machines.

The Capresso 5-Cup Mini Drip serves just a few mugs of coffee at a time, something people with small households appreciate. It doesn’t have a lot of special features -- just the standard add-ons that most cheap coffee makers have -- but Capresso 5-Cup Mini Drip reviews from Bed Bath & Beyond and Abt point out that it is well designed. The stylish little coffee maker is simple to use, easy to fill, and made with optimal ergonomics in mind. Bad carafe design is endemic in cheap coffee makers, making it difficult to pour coffee without spilling it all over the place, but the Capresso Mini Drip, with its specially configured handle and pour spout, seems to have no problem there.

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Another issue with cheap coffee makers is that the water often runs through the grounds at a sluggish pace, leaving behind a bitter brew. Capresso machines are designed to achieve a quick end result with ideal extraction, taking about one minute per cup to brew. Users generally say their taste buds are satisfied and the coffee comes out hot. One Amazon customer actually measured the temperature of the water as it came into the basket at 190 degrees, only just short of the 195-to-205-degree range that experts suggest.

The Capresso 5-Cup Mini Drip comes with a permanent gold-tone mesh filter that eliminates the need to buy paper filters. While some people use them anyway, to save on cleanup, others like the fact that the mesh lets through some of the coffee sediment and provides a more flavorful brew. This coffee maker is programmable, with a 24-hour timer, although a few customers find it a little cumbersome to use.

So far, reports of premature demise are hard to find, and there is a one-year warranty on the Capresso 5-Cup Mini Drip.

Elizabeth Sheer

Elizabeth Sheer is a Brooklyn-based writer and researcher. In addition to researching and writing about household appliances and other consumer items, Elizabeth draws on her history of preparing cooking-related articles to conduct taste tests on all things delicious.

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