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Technivorm Moccamaster KBGT 741 Review

Est. $300
Reviewed
August 2014
by ConsumerSearch
Technivorm Moccamaster KBGT 741

Best thermal coffee maker

Pros
  • Brews at perfect temperature
  • Spray technology extracts maximum flavor
  • Rapid brewing time
  • Carafe keeps coffee hot for two hours
Cons
  • No dedicated pour spout on carafe
  • Few convenience features

Bottom line

If you are a coffee connoisseur, the Technivorm Moccamaster KBGT 741 is one of the few auto-drip coffee makers that brews at the ideal temperature (200 degrees Fahrenheit). This Dutch-built machine produces great-tasting coffee, and the thermal carafe keeps it hot for a couple of hours or longer. It has a pause function, but few other programmable features, which some reviewers miss. It also requires more hands on attention to prepare coffee, but coffee buffs say that's what makes the resulting brew so delicious.

Breaking it down

Performance

Perfect brew times and temperatures translate into great-tasting coffee. Professional reviewers give the Technivorm Moccamaster KBGT 741 excellent scores for brew performance. The Moccamaster is technically an automatic drip coffee machine, but, rather than a single drip, it has a spray-type technology that saturates the grounds for the perfect length of time to extract the maximum amount of flavor. It also brews at the temperature needed (between 195 and 205 degrees Fahrenheit) to produce the richest flavor. Thanks to its thermal carafe, the Technivorm keeps coffee hot for hours -- Technivorm claims two hours, but a few owners said their coffee was still hot after four. Many people appreciate that it does not continue to "cook" after the coffee is brewed as coffee in glass carafes on hot plates tend to do. It is one of the few automatic drip coffee makers to be certified by the Specialty Coffee Association of America.

Ease of use

Pause brew lets you sneak a cup, but programming options are missing. The Technivorm Moccamaster KBGT 741 requires a bit more fussing to prepare coffee for brewing than some coffee makers, but many say that exacting process is one of the things that makes the results so good. In spite of that, this is a very basic coffee maker. It has a pause brew feature to sneak a cup before the pot is fully brewed, but is missing such common niceties as an automatic shut-off and a delay timer. On the plus side, reviewers point out, the Technivorm Moccamaster is fast. Simply turn the coffee maker on and you'll have a full batch (10 cups) of perfectly brewed coffee in 6 minutes. Water flow can be controlled with a three-position switch located on the side of the filter basket, allowing true aficionados to experiment with a finer or coarser grind to perfect flavors. Reviewers say it's easy to dissemble and clean, but it's not dishwasher safe. In professional tests, the model earns good scores for convenience and carafe handling, but we found a few complaints that pouring from the carafe can cause some drips.

Appearance

Sleek, attractive silver styling. The Technivorm Moccamaster KBGT 741's is praised by owners for being a sleek coffee maker with a high-tech appearance that stays new-looking even after a year or more of use. The carafe has a polished silver finish and, in spite of the occasional poor review for not having a spout, quite a few reviewers actually say that spout-less appearance is kind of cool. However, this is a fairly large coffee maker -- it will take up plenty of real estate on your counter and, at 15.25 inches tall, you need to be sure it will fit under your counters. The Moccamaster is hand assembled in the Netherlands and comes with a five-year warranty.

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Our Sources

1. ConsumerReports.org

Excellent ConsumerReports.org tests 66 coffee makers, including the Technivorm Moccamaster Thermal, in its latest roundup. Each coffee maker is rated for convenience, carafe handling and brew temperature. Standard coffee makers with carafes are tested, along with grind-and-brew and brew-and-dispense coffee makers.

Review: Drip Coffee Maker Ratings, Editors of ConsumerReports.org, Not Dated

2. Cook's Illustrated Magazine

Editors of Cook's Illustrated test eight coffee makers, including the Technivorm Moccamaster KBGT 741. Two are highly recommended, one is recommended, and five are not recommended. The results are reached after a blind tasting panel evaluates coffee produced by each machine in terms of taste, aroma, body and bitterness. Brew temperature and brewing speeds are also measured.

Review: Automatic Drip Coffee Makers, Editors of Cook's Illustrated, March 1, 2013

3. Good Housekeeping

Excellent Editors of Good Housekeeping magazine test 48 automatic drip coffee makers, identifying the top performers based on brew times, temperatures and taste. The Technivorm Moccamaster KBT741 is deemed the winner, although its high price is noted as a downside.

Review: What's the Best Coffeemaker?, Sharon Franke, Aug. 26, 2011

4. Lifehacker.com

Lifehacker.com readers voted for the best coffee makers and, while the French press ruled, the Technivorm Moccamaster KBGT 741 got the most nominations of any automatic brewing machine. The picture accompanying the article is not the KBGT 741, it's a glass carafe, but the review clearly describes the thermal model.

Review: Five Best Coffee Makers, Alan Henry, May 12, 2013

5. Cook's Illustrated Magazine

Excellent Editors rate and critique eight auto-drip coffee makers, including the Technivorm Moccamaster KBT741. A clear winner is determined after judging brewing functions, flavor and ease of use.

Review: Coffee Makers, Editors of Cook's Illustrated magazine, September 2008

6. Good Housekeeping

Testers at the Good Housekeeping Research Institute rank 83 coffee makers, including the Technivorm Moccamaster KBGT 741, saying it "comes as close to perfection as any electric brewer on the market." They also note that it has an automatic shut off, but that is not the case, so we're not sure why that was listed as a "pro."

Review: Technivorm Moccamaster #KBGT 741, Editors of Good Housekeeping, April 2014

7. Amazon.com

Good Over 100 contributing owners grant the Technivorm Moccamaster a rating of 4 stars out of 5. There are a few complaints about build quality, and some owners say the carafe spills. Most, however, agree the Technivorm Moccamaster produces an excellent brew.

Review: Technivorm Moccamaster Coffee Brewer With Thermo Carafe, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of September 2012

8. Amazon.com

In more than 220 reviews, the Technivorm Moccamaster KBGT 741 earns an average rating of 4 stars out of 5. Most rave about its excellent performance and love that each pot of coffee is highly customizable. Others miss the programmable functions found on other, cheaper coffee pots.

Review: Technivorm Moccamaster Coffee Brewer With Thermo Carafe - Technivorm 9587, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of August 2014

9. CoffeeGeek.com

Good CoffeeGeek.com is a community website for coffee enthusiasts that offers coffee maker reviews by editors and consumers. More than 70 owners give the Technivorm Moccamaster KBT741 an overall rating of 8 out of 10. Most say it's expensive, but that the quality of the coffee is well worth it. Two recurring complaints are that it doesn't shut off automatically and the carafe doesn't fit in the holder when the lid is on.

Review: Coffee Makers: Technivorm Moccamaster Thermal, Contributors to CoffeeGeek.com, As of September 2012

10. SeattleCoffeeGear.com

There are fewer reviews here for the Technivorm Moccamaster KBGT 741, but it earns the same average rating as at Amazon.com -- 4 stars out of 5. Owners say it's a great coffee maker, but they pan the hefty price tag. Some say it's too much work, and they'd rather buy something that does more for them.

Review: Technivorm Moccamaster KBGT741 Thermal Carafe, Contributors to SeattleCoffeeGear.com, As of August 2014

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