NEVER PUT HOT LIQUIDS IN A BLENDER! Some of you might get away with it, depending on the actual temperature and your particular blender, but others will have an explosion of hot liquids all over yourself and your kitchen. Use an immersion blender, or cook the veggies and puree separately, before adding broth, but even then you still need to be careful.
Regarding the varieties of opinions about the flavor: the key to this soup is to start with quality ingredients. Some of the most beautiful-looking peppers at the big grocery store have almost no flavor, when compared to those ugly ones you might find at the farmer's market or grow yourself. Add a handful of fresh spices (I used basil and some chives, and a bit of dried paprika as well) and you'll also see a marked improvement. You might also consider making this a day ahead, letting it cool, refrigerating it overnight (right in the pot if you have room in your fridge) and then reheating before eating it the next day, to bring out more of the individual flavors. The soup I ended up with was quite good.
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NEVER PUT HOT LIQUIDS IN A BLENDER! Some of you might get away with it, depending on the...