This should be the last coffee brewer you’ll ever buy, one that should last a lifetime, when cleaned and descaled properly.
You may ask – “What’s important when searching for that complex, clean, crisp, fully infused, flavorful cup of coffee?” Certainly coffee quality, grind and formula play an important role, as does the fresh water quality, but ultimately, it’s the brewing method that plays the all-important final role!
Moccamaster brewers are designed scientifically to naturally brew with an ultra-precise, pre-immersion drip-style system, which creates a natural pulse action process creating the perfect coffee bloom process.
Moccamasters incorporate a powerful and energy efficient copper heating element with an automatic shut-off when brew process is complete, a precise coffee-water saturation time (4-6 minutes), and an independent 2-phase hot-plate element that maintains the correct holding temperature (175°-185° F) for 100 minutes (although they recommend consumption within 30-minutes).
- Auto drip-stop brew-basket with thermal carafe; Pre-immersion drip-style system ensures the perfect coffee bloom, produced by an ultra-precise, natural pulse action
- Simple to operate and quiet brewing process that produces a full carafe in just 4 to 6 minutes
- Unique, copper boiling element rapidly heats water to control brewing temperature between 196 to 205 degrees Fahrenheit which is important for Coffee soluble extraction, then automatically switches off when the water reservoir is empty
- Made with durable metal housings and BPA/BPS/bpf & phthalate free plastics
- Ideal water saturation time to maximize Coffee complexity, flavor and aroma – achieved through a cone shaped brew-basket design that regulates a 6 minute steep
- Backed by a 5-year manufacturers warranty. Certifications: ECBC & SCA Approved to meet and exceed Gold Cup Standards
B. Franz –
I considered buying this appliance for several years after reading the evaluation in Cook’s Illustrated in 2013 and a follow up review last year. I was put off by the price tag and the fact of it being (much) more expensive than the first car I owned. When a discounted price popped up a couple of weeks ago, I decided to go for it. I’ve not been disappointed.The coffee that is produced is noticeably smoother and without bitterness even when brewed very strong. I don’t bother with pre-heating the thermal carafe and the coffee stays hot for the 1-2 hour holding time I need. The CI review recommended using 1.5 to 1.83 grams of coffee per fluid ounce of water – 64 to 78 grams for the 42.5 ounce “10 cup” capacity. I’ve found the lower amount produces the strength I prefer but YMMV. Many may find this to be a lot more coffee than they have used in the past but the lack of bitterness from this unit shows up weaker brews as having a watery taste. I use a Cuisinart DBM-8 burr mill and the 8/10 cup settings match up almost perfectly with the 51/64 gram weight needed. I use a $4 mesh filter instead of paper and it works just fine. I don’t think anyone needs to buys the special paper filters offered by the manufacturer.A couple of quibbles: As noted by other reviewers, the plastic parts are very light weight for an appliance that costs this much – had they been sturdier I would have rated the unit 5 stars. Also, the 42 ounce capacity is on the low side if you’re serving a crowd. The short brew cycle (under 5 minutes) does help if you need more.Bottom line – nobody needs a $300 coffee maker but I think this one is worth the price.
B. Franz –
There are lots of plastic parts & pieces that detach and they are not great quality. On my prior coffee pot, the lids to both the water dispenser & coffee ground holder were on hinges & could easily be flipped open to add water or coffee grounds. With the Technivorm, you have to remove the water lid, put it on the counter, add the water, then put the lid back on. It doesn’t fit on easily & you wiggle/jiggle it every time. Then you go through the same process with the grounds. Also, there is a little tray that the coffee pot rests on. It is forever becoming detached from the main unit & is tedious to repeatedly re-attach. Even the plastic measuring spoon for the coffee grounds is very flimsy & cheap quality. There are two lids to the coffee pot. One for brewing and then a separate to use after the coffee is brewed to keep it warm. If you accidentally use the post-brewing lid during the brewing cycle, the coffee will not go into the pot but just pours out all over the counter and onto the floor. My prior coffee pot had a spring-loaded lid. It was suppressed during brewing to allow the coffee to fill the pot & when complete it popped up to seal the pot and keep the coffee warm. Never had to deal with two lids and NEVER had an issue with the coffee pot not filling properly or coffee going all over the counter or floor. Coffee is fine but nothing spectacular. Would not recommend & would NEVER give to anyone as a gift.
I purchased this about 9 months ago, and it makes decent coffee.Pros: the coffee is hot, and it brews fast. It tastes better than average, but not transcendental. The carafe also keeps coffee hot for a long time. The parts are replaceable.Cons: the carafe is a bit of a nuisance to wash, because the opening is narrow and water collects inside that is hard to get out. (it needs to air dry) When you put the “travel lid” on the carafe with hot coffee in it, it creates quite a strong seal, and it can be very difficult to get it off! I surmise that this pressure is what eventually made my travel lid snap right in half after not very many uses. (I use the lid only on weekends, and less than a dozen times total since I bought it) When it snapped, I realized that the lid is made of thin plastic, with a styrofoam core. It functions well, but it’s a bit flimsy.Technivorm service is great- very prompt, and friendly. Unfortunately, if you buy through Amazon resellers, it isn’t “authorized”, and the warranty doesn’t apply! So, WARNING! CHECK THAT YOU’RE BUYING FROM AN AUTHORIZED RESELLER! Many sellers on Amazon aren’t authorized, and Amazon won’t clearly tell you which are and which aren’t. The wonderful 5 year warranty does you no good, if it won’t be honored.