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Viante Brew-N-View CAF-05T coffeemaker

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Summary: This Viante 10-cup brew-and-dispense model has:
  • auto-shutoff
  • a permanent filter.
  • a removable reservoir
  • an indicator to tell you when cleaning is needed
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Type: 10- to 12-cup brew and dispense coffeemakers
About - Viante Brew-N-View CAF-05T

The Viante Brew-N-View CAF-05T is part of the coffeemaker test program at Consumer Reports. In our lab tests, drip coffeemaker models like the Brew-N-View CAF-05T are rated on multiple criteria, such as those listed below.

Brew performance:
The ability to reach 195° to 205° F for five or six minutes, the industry standard for optimal brewing.

Reflects ease of filling the reservoir, placing the filter, gauging the amount of coffee remaining, and cleaning up. It also reflects how clear we judged the controls.
Features & Specs - Viante Brew-N-View CAF-05T
info Programmable Yes
info Thermal carafe/mug NA
info Small-batch setting No
info Brew-strength control Yes
info Dispenser-style Yes
info Dimensions H x W x D (in.) 15 x 11 x 14
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User Reviews - Viante Brew-N-View CAF-05T
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(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)
Hard To Clean
Best Uses
Started off great, then coffee spigot started running slow, even with regular cleanings. Soon the spigot began dripping and eventually would drip a full cup before brewing stopped. Tried to contact company by phone (generally got recording and was asked to leave a message) with no returned calls, and then by email with no answers to email. When finally reached someone they were very rude and indicated this was an obsolete model they had not see since they started working there 2 years prior. (should have been under warranty, but they refused to honor the warranty). They told me someone would call me back with cost to fix, but never heard from anyone. Tonight I disassembled the spigot to find it was so clogged with baked on coffee that no amount of regular cleaning would have ever removed it. I literally had trouble scraping it off with a screwdriver. The spigot was a very poor design. I have read other online reviews and many have similar problems with clogging and eventual dripping.
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
Bottom Line
(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)
Viante Brew-N-View CAF-05T Coffeemaker
Brews Quickly
Easy To Clean
Easy To Use
Multiple Settings
Best Uses
I love this coffee maker. I had read that someone was having problems with water leaking. The water reservoir must be clicked in. I am happy with this product.
How long have you owned it:
Three-to-six months
Bottom Line
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
(13 of 13 customers found this review helpful)
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Makes good coffee
Hard To Clean
Large trav mug won't fit
Won't fit under cabinets
Best Uses
This is another product reviewed by CR that didn't last a year. As with large appliances, circuit boards are not up to the quality suggested by the high price. Buttons not working in 9 months for a [$] retail coffee maker.After multiple failures of high end GE appliances ($700 micro, $1500 stove for ex.) I give up. My old bunn unit lasted 20 years with no circuit board. Read washer and dryer reviews. Same thing. So the widget in the appliance has a 10 year warranty. Who cares? The thing will be inoperable shortly after the 1 year warranty for everything else because the buttons won't work.So CR has reliability reports on cars and trucks, it's about time to have them for appliances. BTW, this will be the second coffee maker to replace in (you guessed it!) TWO years.
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
Bottom Line
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
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