A Review of the KBT Technivorm Moccamaster
- The Technivorm Moccamaster Review
- Do Not Buy the Technivorm Moccamaster If...
- The Verdict
- Frequently Asked Questions
In the world of drip coffee makers for the home, the Technivorm Moccamaster is considered to be in a class of its own.
Handmade in the Netherlands, the Technivorm Moccamaster is approved by the Specialty Coffee Association and the European Coffee Brewing Center, so you know this coffee brewer is the real deal.
Now, the Moccamaster does come with a considerably higher price tag than other drip coffee makers. It also takes up as much counter space as a small espresso machine. So you might be debating whether you should take the leap and join the cult of the Moccamaster coffee maker.
To find out, let’s dive in together and check out our Technivorm Moccamaster review.
The Technivorm Moccamaster Review
Quality of Brew (5/5)
Given that the Technivorm Moccamaster is a top-tier drip coffee maker, it’s no surprise that it excels at what a drip coffee maker is supposed to do: brew excellent coffee. The Moccamaster does this by doing a few things really well, things that other brewers either get wrong or just flat out ignore.
The first is heat. The temperature of your water can have a drastic impact on the extraction and the resulting flavor of your coffee (1). Most cheap coffee makers don’t heat water to the proper temperature, or they don’t keep it consistent throughout the brewing process. This can lead to either an under-extracted cup of coffee if the water temperature is too low or an over-extracted cup if that water is too hot. Either way, it’s a recipe for terrible coffee (2).
Inside, the Moccamaster uses a copper heating element, again, similar to what you’d find in an espresso machine. Not only is copper excellent at quickly bringing your water to the right temperature, but it’s built for longevity. Copper won’t corrode or wear down in a few years.
“The temperature of the water has a direct impact on the rate of extraction of different components of a brew” - Paul Stack, Marco Beverage Systems
The Technivorm Moccamaster is able to quickly heat water to the optimal temperature for brewing coffee — 92 - 96C/195 - 205F — according to guidelines set by the Specialty Coffee Association (3). Once it achieves the desired temperature, the Moccamaster maintains that range throughout the brewing process, ensuring even extraction and a great cup of coffee.
The second is water distribution. The Moccamaster stands apart from your average brewer in the design of its showerhead. Most drip coffee makers use a simple spout that pours water in one part of the coffee grounds, leaving entire areas of the coffee bed nearly dry and under-extracted. But the Moccamaster has an elongated 9-holed arm that fully saturates the coffee bed. This means that all of your coffee grounds are extracted at the same rate, leading to a balanced, delicious cup of coffee.
From the filter basket, the coffee drips into the double-insulated thermal carafe. If you love your coffee hot, you can just pop the lid on until you’re ready for your next cup. Hours later, your coffee will still be hot.
The carafe is also fitted with a brew-thru lid that extends to the bottom of the carafe. This means the hot coffee drains below the brewed coffee instead of just dripping into the top of the carafe. This is optimal for heat retention and provides good mixing for even flavor distribution.
“Overall, [the Moccamaster is] one of the best brewers available thanks to its great build quality, good design, and reliably delicious coffee” - Seth Mills, Mistobox
It's even a certified and approved brewer by the Speciality Coffee Association of America. Thats a big guarantee that you're going to make some good damn coffee with this thing.
Ease of Use (5/5)
It just doesn’t get simpler than the Moccamaster. There are no gadgets, no timers, and no accompanying phone apps. But what it lacks in bells and whistles, it more than makes up for in functionality.
This brewer is truly all killer, no filler when it comes to making excellent coffee.
The layout of this coffee machine is simple. You have a water reservoir, a filter basket that uses a standard #4 paper filter, a carafe for catching all that sweet, sweet coffee, and a single brew button. That’s it. It doesn’t get much easier.
Do you ever get the feeling that the quoted number of cups a given coffee maker can brew has no bearing on how much coffee you can drink? The 10-cup Moccamaster, for example, brews 1.25 L (40 oz) of coffee. That 125 mL/4-oz coffee cup is an odd size, not quite halfway between an espresso cup (typically 60 ml/2 oz) and the average coffee mug, which is between 8 and 10 ounces (about 250-300 ml).
But that “standard” 4-oz cup isn’t unique to the Technivorm, which makes 1.25 L (40 oz) of really good coffee. There are quality coffee makers rated at 12 cups, though (call it 1.5 L/48 oz), so if you’re looking to make a batch for a thirsty and impatient household, the Moccamaster might not cut it. Half-point reduction.
For the most part, the Technivorm is extremely easy to clean. After each use, simply rinse the carafe and filter basket. The Moccamaster has vertical ridges in the filter basket, which can collect dried coffee and occasionally even fines (especially if you use a metal filter).
You can help prevent coffee from drying between those ridges by rinsing the basket in very hot water while still wet from the brewing process. You’ll still want to give the basket a more vigorous wipe-down with a brush or towel on a weekly basis (at least if you’re as sensitive to stale coffee as I am).
Now, I’ll be honest. I personally don’t love narrow mouth carafes like this for cleaning, as it’s kind of hard to get in there. But it’s nothing a simple bottle brush can’t fix. Still, between this and the ridges, minus half a point.
For regular maintenance, Technivorm recommends that you descale your brewer after every 100 uses or pack of filter paper. You can use products like Durgol or Urnex to descale your brewer. These products are commonly used on espresso machines to prevent build up in the lines. Even though the Moccamaster isn’t an espresso machine, it can still be susceptible to mineral build-up, so it’s important to follow this step regularly.
Let’s face it: the Moccamaster is expensive. You could buy ten basic automatic drip coffee makers for the price of a single Moccamaster. But there’s a reason. Each Technivorm brewer is hand-assembled and tested individually, ensuring consistent, high-quality construction. Technivorm has designed these brewers to look and feel sturdy. The body is made of stainless steel, similar to what you see on espresso machines, instead of painted plastic.
Every Technivorm Moccamaster is protected by a 5-year guarantee. That tells you that the company stands behind its product and its durability.
For some, the one potential knock against this brewer is that the pieces, especially the plastic ones, are not meant to be put into the dishwasher. It’s hard to criticize Technivorm for this, seeing as how most coffee brewers are not dishwasher friendly. But it’s an issue for some, especially at the Technivorm’s price level. We’ve deducted a point.
Do Not Buy the Technivorm Moccamaster If...
Even if we love the Technivorm Moccamaster — and we do — that doesn’t automatically mean it’s right for you. You shouldn’t purchase this brewer if you meet any of these criteria:
You don’t have or want to purchase a burr grinder.
We’ve said often that burr grinders are a crucial part of your coffee arsenal. Fresh, uniformly ground coffee is the foundation of a great coffee drink. Burr grinders provide consistency in a way that blade grinders cannot. Blade grinders chop and smash coffee, leading to inconsistencies that can cause uneven extraction.
The Moccamaster can make excellent coffee, but only if that coffee has the potential to be excellent in the first place. If you don’t have a burr grinder, you should add one to your purchase plan first.
You need a brewer with automated and programmable features
If you need your coffee to be ready when you walk into your kitchen in the morning, this brewer isn’t for you. The Moccamaster doesn’t have a timer or any automated features — just a simple button that does one thing: brew amazing coffee every time. Consider the Bonavita BV1900ts instead.
You don’t want to be able to make up to 10 cups of coffee at once.
The Moccamaster has a 10 cup (40 oz) brewing capacity. Now, those are European cups but still, this thing can make a lot of coffee at once. If you’re not drinking more than 4-6 oz. of coffee at a time, you may want to go with the single-cup model.
Your budget is less than $300
We mentioned earlier in this review that the Moccamaster comes with a slightly higher price tag. For some people, this is a large investment to make in a brewer. However, the build quality and warranty ensure that your investment will be protected, so you aren’t just rolling the dice here.
A simple, well-built brewer that is built to last, the Technivorm Moccamaster is every bit as good as people say it is. Very few brewers can achieve consistent, optimal brewing temperatures and even extraction the way the Moccamaster can. If you’re looking for a brewer that will drastically improve your coffee game, look no further.
Frequently Asked Questions
How much coffee do you put in a Moccamaster?
How much coffee you put in a Moccamaster depends on how much you plan to brew. The Specialty Coffee Association of America (SCAA) recommends 55 grams of coffee per liter of water (4). If you’re brewing a full pot (1.25 L, 40 oz) in the Moccamaster, you need 68.75 grams (about 2.4 oz by weight) of coffee.
Can I use a reusable filter with the Moccamaster?
Yes, you can use a reusable filter with the Moccamaster. Several varieties of gold-tone reusable filters are available. Be sure they are designed to replace a standard #4 paper filter.
What is the best Technivorm coffee maker?
The best Technivorm coffee maker, for our money, is the KBGT with the thermal carafe. In addition to the thermal carafe model that we used for our review, the Moccamaster also comes in a glass carafe or single-cup version. Your needs may vary but either way, you can rest assured that they’re all high-quality brewers.
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