If you are a coffee connoisseur, the Technivorm Moccamaster Thermal KBT741 is one of the few auto-drip coffee makers that brews at the perfect temperature (200 degrees Fahrenheit). This Dutch-built machine produces great-tasting coffee, but only eight cups at a time. It has a pause function but no programmable timer or auto shut-off, which makes it less convenient to use than other coffee makers.
Perfect brew times and temperatures translate into great-tasting coffee. Professional reviewers give the Technivorm Moccamaster excellent scores for brew performance. Editors of Good Housekeeping magazine say it "comes as close to perfection as any electric brewer on the market." The Moccamaster brews a full pot of coffee in six minutes, the ideal length of time for coffee grounds to be exposed to water without over-extracting. It also brews at the ideal temperature (between 195 and 205 degrees Fahrenheit) to produce the richest flavor. Thanks to its thermal carafe, the Technivorm keeps coffee hot for hours.
The Technivorm Moccamaster is expensive, but the majority of owners posting reviews to sites like Amazon.com and CoffeeGeek.com say it's well worth it. One user posting a review to CoffeeGeek.com calls the Moccamaster, "A superbly competent extravagance. If you really like drip coffee and you can scrounge up the money, then do so."
Pause brew lets you sneak a cup, but programming options are missing. Common niceties such as automatic shut-off and the ability to program the Moccamaster the night before to start brewing automatically the next morning are absent. On the plus side, editors at one foodie magazine say that the Technivorm Moccamaster is "fast and very simple to operate." Simply turn the coffee maker on and you'll have a full batch (eight cups) of perfectly brewed coffee in six minutes.
Despite a lack of programming features, the Moccamaster offers some additional controls. For instance, water flow can be controlled with a three-position switch located on the side of the filter basket. It can be set to full flow, partial flow or closed for use with different grind consistencies, allowing true aficionados to experiment with a finer or coarser grind to perfect flavors.
For users who need an immediate coffee fix first thing in the morning, six minutes can be an agonizing wait. Fortunately, the Moccamaster has a pause-brew function allowing you to sneak a cup mid-brew without creating a mess. It's also easy to clean; the Moccamaster's few parts are easy to disassemble. In professional tests, the model earns good scores for convenience and carafe handling, but we did find a few isolated complaints that pouring from the carafe can cause some drips.
Not the greatest looking machine, but it holds up well. The Moccamaster's strengths lie in function rather than form; this coffee maker doesn't have a sleek, modern appearance, but looks more like a coffee maker you'd see in a restaurant. Because of its bulky build, a few owners note that it will take up some countertop space.
We found a handful of complaints about the build quality of this coffee maker, with a few owners pointing out that the thermal carafe loses its ability to insulate over time. We also found a few reports of leaking interior hoses, which can impact the Moccamaster's ability to preserve perfect brew temperatures.
An ideal choice if taste is your top priority. The Technivorm Moccamaster Thermal KBT741 isn't a fancy coffee maker, but it is expensive due to its precise design, which optimizes both water temperature and brew times for the perfect cup of joe. It's not programmable, so you'll have to manually turn it on each morning. If you can't wait for that first sip, use the pause-brew feature to sneak a cup. Editors at Good Housekeeping magazine point out its high price, but say "If you're an absolute purist about coffee quality, you may find it worth the investment."
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. 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
3. 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
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
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