Technivorm Coffee Maker
Moccamaster KBT-741 Pros and Cons
Then Techniworm Moccamaster KBT-741 is a very popular among coffee enthusiasts. Here, we will find out what makes this Technivorm coffee maker so desirable and also what drawbacks it has.
At around $300, this is a rather expensive coffee maker. Is it all that it's hyped up to be? Or you should purchase something else entirely? Let's find out what the machine is really all about, and whether it's worth the money that it costs to purchase. We will start with the good points.
Good points about the Technivorm Moccamaster
Correct Brewing Temperature
The Technivorm Moccamaster is one of the very few drip coffee makers that are certified by SCAA (Specialty Coffee Association of America). Most electric coffee brew coffee at temperature that is far too low and as a result they make coffee that is underextracted - sour and rather unpleasant. The Moccamaster is different, it brews coffee at just the right temperature of around 200°F.
Simple and well-built
The beauty of the Moccamaster is in it's simplicity. When it comes to coffee making, many consumers are surprised to learn that simple is actually better than more complicated. The more gadgets, bells and whistles that are added onto a coffee maker, the more chances it will have to mess something up, break or otherwise get in its own way. The quality of the coffee that you end up drinking can be substantially reduced, and the hassles of making it for yourself can increase dramatically as well.
Therein lies the beauty of the Technivorm Moccamaster. It's simplicity at its best, and its designed for one reason alone. That is to be a fantastic drip coffee maker that produces coffee around the home that you will absolutely love to drink. It's not going to grind your beans, tell you the time, set off an alarm or anything else. It's just going to brew up delicious coffee.
It's a simple device manufactured in the Netherlands. The only gadgetry on the Technivorm Moccamaster is a simple on and off switch to get it started, and one more simple valve on the filter cone so you can control the pouring of the brewed coffee into the pot. You can set it to either full-flow, partial-flow, or close it off completely.
Most owners agree that the Technivorm coffee maker is capable of producing some seriously good coffee. However, to achieve that, you'll need to make sure the coffee grounds are properly saturated. And this leads us nicely to the "bad stuff" section...
Bad points of Technivorm Moccamaster KBT-741
Yes, there are a number of significant issues with this coffee maker. Let's have a look at them one by one.
Saturation of ground coffee
This really is a major problem with the Technivorm coffee maker. The shower head that is supposed to spray the hot water over the coffee is rectangular and all it does really is to drip the hot water around the center of the filter cone. As a result, the coffe is not saturated uniformly and in some places it may be left completely dry! This may result in a rather weak coffee.
There is a workaround for this problem. You close the valve on the filter cone so that no coffee is going to drip into the carafe until the filter fills up to the point where all of the coffee is saturated. Only then you open the valve to let the coffee drip through the filter.
The obvious problem with this is that the filter cone can easily overflow if you don't watch it carefully. This sort of defeats the purpose of having an automatic drip coffee maker. You really should not need to do this with such an expensive machine.
Problems with the thermal carafe
The thermal carafe on this model seems rather poorly designed. To start with you have to brew the coffee into the open carafe without the lid. This obviously cools the coffee down a lot. It is also quite difficult to pour coffee out of of the carafe without spilling as there is no groove for pouring. In addition it seems to loose heat rather fast.
Some users were so frustrated with the carafe's design that they purchased a third-party thermal carafe from Nissan. Again, something you should not need to do when you pay $300 dollars for a coffee maker.
There are several other issues. There is no automatic shut-off on this coffee maker. Having said that, the boiler elements do shut off on their own when the brewing is finished. Another issue that often come up in the user reviews is that the coffee makers still drips even after the brewing is done. It seems to drip even when the valve on the filter cone is set to the closed position.
There is no doubt that the Technivorm coffee maker can make excellent coffee. Is it worth $300 given the problems it has? Only you can decide on that. For me, the answer is no. It would change though if Technivorm comes with a better spray head (like the one found on Bunn home coffee makers).
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