Technivorm Moccamaster Review: The Best Drip Coffee Maker

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You know you have hit a home run when you find a coffee machine that both looks amazing and makes great coffee. And that is what the iconic Technivorm Moccamaster coffee makers are all about.

These coffee makers have been handmade and tested in the Netherlands since the 60s and are the largely acknowledged frontrunners in the world of drip coffee. The Technivorm Moccamaster coffee maker is globally renowned for its unmatched build quality and longevity, the excellence of its brewed coffee, and its timeless, enduring design. These machines are a testament to the art and science of brewing the perfect cup of coffee.

In this Moccamaster review, we delve into the strengths and weaknesses of the Moccamaster drip coffee makers, so you can determine whether they are a good option for you. 

Moccamaster Review

Best Drip Coffee Machine

The Moccamaster by Technivorm has well and truly earned its reputation as one of the best drip coffee makers on the market. While it isn’t cheap, it is pure quality and simply makes a killer batch of filter coffee.

Who Is Technivorm?

Technivorm is a Dutch company that was established in 1964. They are renowned for their high-quality coffee makers, particularly the Moccamaster line. Since introducing their signature coffee maker in 1968, they’ve remained remarkably consistent in their design and quality. If it ain’t broke…

These coffee makers are assembled by hand in the Netherlands. Coffee enthusiasts and professionals favor the Technivorm Moccamaster brewers for both their precision and durability.

Moccamaster Review 


White Moccamaster

Specifications

  • Dimensions: 15.25″H X 11.50″ W X 6.75″D
  • Weight: 6 lbs.
  • Power: 1400w
  • Brew Capacity: 40oz/ 10 Cups/ 1.25L
  • Brew time: 4-6 minutes

What is to Love About the Moccamaster?

Unbeatable Performance and Taste 

Perhaps the most important question to ask when buying a coffee maker is ‘Does it make good coffee?’ 

The review of countless happy customers shows that Moccamaster coffee maker well and truly lives up to its reputation on this count. It simply makes some of the best filter coffee out there. When we lived in the coffee capital of Melbourne, many of the best cafes would use Moccamasters for their batch brew. This quite literally produces cafe-quality coffee! 

In particular, Technivorm claims that the quality and taste of their brewed coffee can be largely attributed to their water temperature stability.​ This is the place where most drip coffee makers fall flat. To brew good coffee the water needs to be and remain at the correct temperature, between 92 and 96 °C (195 to 205 °F), throughout the brew cycle. This is achieved in the Moccasmaster through a copper heating element that is similar to some found in espresso machines. 

Copper Heating Element

This is one of the reasons that the Technivorm Moccamaster coffee maker is certified by the Specialty Coffee Association of America (SCAA), the European Coffee Brewing Centre (ECBC), and the Specialty Coffee Association of Europe (SCAE). 

Another factor in the high quality of coffee extracted is the water dispersion from the outlet arm. The Moccamaster has a rectangular 9-holed showerhead on the outlet arm, which helps ensure an even saturation of the grinds bed. This showerhead is part of what sets the Moccamaster apart from many other coffee makers. When you take a close-up look at one of these, there is no doubt that the Dutch manufacturers knew exactly what they were doing.

During the extraction process, the Moccamaster incorporates a ‘bloom’ stage, which entails a light spray of the coffee grounds, followed by pulse pouring. Some users choose to add a ‘bloom pause’ to their brewing routine. This involves either closing the switch on the brew basket or temporarily removing the carafe for about 30 seconds after water dispersion to improve extraction.

Moccamaster showehead

The Technivorm Moccamaster is a coffee maker that is all about simplicity and consistency. And so provided you are using fresh, high-quality beans that are set to the right grind size, this machine will do the rest of the work for you to produce delicious, smooth coffee. 

Superb Build Quality

Each Technivorm Moccamaster is rigorously tested and handmade in the Netherlands. The quality and longevity of their coffee machines are part of what they pride themselves in as a company.

This is attributed to the care they take in individually building the products and the quality of the materials used. If there is a fault, each machine comes with an impressive 5-year warranty. It is also very easy to find parts if something needs to be replaced for whatever reason. 

Handmade Moccamaster Coffee Maker

Great functionality and Ease of Use 

The Moccamaster is a no-frills coffee maker that is all about consistency and quality. As such if you love experimenting with brewing parameters and playing around with coffee this is probably not the machine for you and we recommend you check out our review of the Breville Precision Brewer. 

Moccamaster coffee makers are intentionally minimalistic in design. They have an on/off switch on the bottom and either a flow-control slide on the filter basket or an automatic drip stop feature when removing the carafe. This makes it an incredibly easy coffee maker to use and hard to stuff up.

To use, simply place your paper filter into the cone shaped brew basket, pre-wet the filter, add your ground coffee, fill the water reservoir, and turn the machine on. The machine will automatically start and then stop when finished brewing. It takes 4-7 minutes to brew a pot of coffee depending on the volume being brewed, and then you simply dispose of the filter and coffee grounds and rinse the metal or glass carafe and brew basket. 

It is also recommended that you descale your Moccamaster after every 100 uses with Urnex.

Moccamaster coffee

Timeless Retro Design 

And finally, it would be remiss to fail to mention the timeless aesthetics of the Moccamaster machines. The first Moccamaster was released in 1968 and every model since then has by and large kept to the same design. The Moccamaster comes with the option of a stainless steel thermal carafe, a glass carafe and hot plate, or a single-serve option. Each coffee maker is available in an array of different colors, from your basic black or off white to colors like yellow pepper or midnight blue. There is a color to suit any decor.

In fact, my wife told me recently that retro is back in whether clothing, interior design, or coffee machines presumably. So the Moccamaster is not just a near unbeatable brewer in performance, it is also ‘in.’

The Moccamaster is a statement piece in any kitchen. However, do be aware that it is a fairly large coffee maker and as such does take up a lot of counter space.  

What is not to Love about the Moccamaster?

A Hefty Price Tag

There is no avoiding the elephant in the room which is that this is simply a jolly expensive coffee maker. It is well and truly an investment in coffee. Our take on the price is that it is well worth the price for some people but not for others. 

The premium price tag of the Moccamaster is a direct reflection of its quality and excellence. And so, if you are looking for the best coffee maker and are willing to pay for it, then we believe a Moccamaster won’t let you down. However, if budget constraints are a concern and you’re content with a “good” coffee maker rather than the absolute best, there are other great options out there. 

Lack of programmable Features

Sometimes the greatest strengths of products are also their greatest weaknesses. And in many ways, this is the case with the Moccamaster. For the price you are paying you only get minimal features. There is no LCD interface, no option to turn on at a preset time, no option to change the brewing temperature, and next to no programmable features. The Moccamaster simply does the bare basics with excellence. So for some, this will appeal while for others this might be a deal-breaker.

Moccamaster Models 2024

Moccamaster offers a wide array of models in their lineup, making it difficult to know what the differences are and to decide on the right one for your needs. When deciding on a model, the first step is to work out whether you want to use a glass carafe and hot plate or a thermal carafe to keep the coffee hot. 

Glass Carafe and Hot plate

Opting for the glass carafe with a hot plate is the more aesthetically pleasing choice, perfectly complementing the retro vibes. The hot plate is designed to maintain the coffee at the optimal temperature range of 175-185°F for up to 100 minutes, at which point it automatically turns off.

While this setup looks amazing there are a few drawbacks. The glass carafe is not the highest quality, with the glass being thin and fragile, and the plastic handle does feel somewhat flimsy. Moreover, most coffee enthusiasts do not advise keeping a pot of coffee on a hot plate for extended periods as it can alter the flavor.

Technivorm Moccamaster KB

Moccamaster KB

This is the classic model without the automatic drip-stop function. Instead, the brewer is equipped with a manual-adjust stop on the brew basket, allowing you to take control of the brewing speed or even halt the flow of coffee into the carafe entirely. This feature is an excellent choice for those who enjoy a more hands-on and customizable brewing experience.

  • Manual Drip-Stop 
  • Capacity: 1.25L/ 40 oz/ 10 cups

Technivorm Moccamaster KBG

Moccamaster KBG

The KBG is another iteration of the classic model but with a notable addition: it features an automatic drip-stop function that halts the coffee flow when you remove the carafe. Furthermore, the hot plate in this model offers two temperature settings, allowing you to choose between keeping your coffee at a toasty 175°F or a slightly hotter 185°F. The KBG is an excellent choice for individuals who prefer brewing a full carafe and desire a more hands-off coffee-making process.

  • Automatic Drip-Stop 
  • Capacity: 1.25L/ 40 oz/ 10 cups

Technivorm Moccamaster KBGV Select

Moccamaster KBGV Select

One of the latest additions to the Technivorm Moccamaster lineup is the KBGV Select, which comes with some additional features. The KBGV boasts a selector switch that allows you to effortlessly switch between brewing a half or full carafe. Depending on your selection, the brewer adjusts the water flow and hot plate temperature accordingly, brewing either amount to the Golden Cup standard. Moreover, the Select model is equipped with an automatic brew basket stop, which conveniently halts the coffee flow when you remove the carafe. If you want the flexibility to brew smaller batches, the KBGV Select is the best option.

  • Automatic Drip-Stop 
  • Capacity: 1.25L/ 40 oz/ 10 cups

Thermal Carafe

Alternatively, you can opt for a model equipped with a thermal carafe, which, in our view, is a superior choice for keeping your coffee at the correct temperature without the risk of burning or overheating. The double-walled, stainless steel carafe includes a Brew-Thru Lid, which minimizes heat loss. If you preheat the carafe before brewing, it can keep your coffee hot for around 2 hours.

Technivorm Moccamaster KBT

Moccamaster KBT

This particular model is nearly identical to the KB, except that it has a thermal carafe. It is the most basic model in the lineup, with the manual adjust brew basket.

  • Manual Drip-Stop 
  • Capacity: 1.25L/ 40 oz/ 10 cups

Technivorm Moccamaster KBTS

Moccamaster KBTS

This model shares the same features as the KBT, but as the “S” in its name suggests, it offers a smaller capacity. With a brewing capacity of 1 liter (approximately 32 ounces), it’s an ideal choice for smaller households or those who prefer to brew coffee in smaller quantities.

  • Manual Drip-Stop 
  • Capacity: 1L/ 32 oz / 8 cups

Technivorm Moccamaster KBGT

Moccamaster KBGT

This model has an automatic drip-stop, to stop the flow of coffee when the carafe is removed. It’s an excellent choice for individuals seeking a straightforward and convenient coffee brewing process, making it a top pick for those who prefer simplicity and ease of use.

  • Automatic Drip-Stop 
  • Capacity: 1.25L/ 40 oz/ 10 cups

Technivorm Moccamaster Cup-One

Moccamaster cup one

The Moccamaster Cup One is the most recent addition to the series, aimed at the single-serve crowd. It brews a single cup of coffee (10 ounce) in just four minutes and automatically shuts off once the brew cycle is complete. This model serves as an excellent alternative to pod machines, offering convenience and a quality cup of coffee without the environmental footprint associated with single-use coffee pods.

  • Capacity: 0.33L / 10 oz / 1.24 cups

Who is the Technivorm Moccamaster for?

The Moccamaster coffee maker is intended for those who take their coffee very seriously. They are well and truly at the upper price limit for a drip coffee maker and so are not for everyone. If you are simply looking for a drip coffee maker to get the job done, the Moccamaster may not be the most suitable choice for you. In such cases, we suggest considering the Bonavita Connoisseur as a more practical and budget-friendly alternative.

The Technivorm Moccamaster is for those who love getting the maximum flavor and aroma from different single-origin beans. It is a commercial-grade batch brewer that is all about one thing; making the best fresh coffee out there. And so if you love drip coffee, are looking for excellence, and are willing to pay for it, then the Moccamaster may be the perfect brewer for you

While there are now several high-quality drip coffee makers on the market, the Moccamaster is still widely thought to lead the pack both in terms of quality and performance. It is a no-frills brewer with few extra features but a track record of consistency and delicious coffee. 

Alternatives

While the Technivorm Moccamaster is an excellent brewer, the lack of features and high price tag can put people off. If you fall into this camp there are some other coffee makers you could consider.

Bonavita Connoisseur

Bonavita Connoisseur

The Bonavita Connoisseur stands out as a budget-friendly alternative to the Moccamaster. With an 8-cup capacity and a quick 6-minute brewing time, it efficiently produces delicious, full-bodied coffee. This coffee maker is SCA certified, ensuring it maintains the ideal brewing temperature, and it features a thermal carafe, pre-infusion mode, and a showerhead design, enhancing its brewing capabilities. Although it’s a fantastic coffee maker that produces good coffee, it doesn’t quite match the Moccamaster in terms of build quality and aesthetics.

Breville Precision Brewer

Breville Precision Brewer

The Breville Precision Brewer is in many ways the opposite of the Moccamaster. This brewer is packed full of features, however, it is very difficult to repair should anything go awry. What truly sets it apart is its extensive customization, allowing you to adjust parameters like water temperature, bloom time, and flow rate, making it ideal for specialty coffee enthusiasts who crave precision. The option to brew using a v60 adapter adds to its versatility. If you’re passionate about craft coffee and desire a brewer with ample customization options, the Breville Precision Brewer is the ultimate choice.

Moccamaster Takeaway: Worth the Money

So what is the final verdict on the Moccamaster? Who is it for and should you buy it? Well, the last word has to be that this simply does come in as the best of the best. This iconic coffee maker is exceptionally well made, can make truly great coffee, and looks stunning.  

The Moccamaster is all about simplicity and minimalism. It is a coffee maker that does one thing and does that one thing to an extremely high quality; making coffee that is well-extracted and delicious. So if you are looking for the best, and for a coffee machine that may well last you a lifetime, then your search is over!

We believe that even in 2024 the Technivoam Moccamaster remains THE drip coffee brewer for the specialty coffee enthusiast.

Pros:

  • Features a timeless, enduring design
  • Brews delicious coffee
  • Simple to operate and clean
  • Crafted from premium materials
  • Backed by a 5-year warranty
  • Choice of a stainless steel or glass carafe

Cons:

  • Comes with a high price tag
  • Offers limited additional features
  • Tends to be on the bulkier side
  • The water tank is fixed in place

Moccamaster Brewing Guide

How To Use The Technivorm Moccamaster

  1. Fill the water tank with fresh, clean water to your desired level. Use a water pitcher to do this rather than the coffee carafe, to prevent coffee oils from accumulating in your machine.
  2. Place a coffee filter in the cone shaped brew basket. We recommend using Moccamaster filters or a #4 paper filter
  3. Rinse the coffee filter. This step helps remove any residual paper particles and ensures better adherence to the sides of the brew basket, preventing it from collapsing as you add the ground coffee.  Additionally, if you are measuring your coffee-to-water ratio precisely, it ensures none of the water in the reservoir is absorbed by the filter. 
  4. Add the ground coffee to the filter basket. The general rule of thumb is to use two tablespoons of ground coffee for every 6oz of water or 55 grams of coffee per liter.
  5. Insert the brew basket in its place and cover it with the lid. If you have a manual-adjust brew basket, ensure it’s set to ‘open’ (empty circle) for a full carafe or ‘partially open’ (half-filled circle) for a half carafe.
  6. For the KBGV Select model, select either the half or full carafe setting. In other models, choose between the low or high hotplate setting. Finally, switch on the power to start the brewing process.
Moccamaster grind setting

Tips For Brewing With The Moccamaster

  • The quality of the coffee you brew will only be as good as the coffee beans you put in and the grinder you use. For the best-tasting coffee, choose freshly roasted beans and grind to a medium to medium-coarse grind size (resembling sea salt or coarse sand). We recommend pairing the Moccamaster coffee maker with the Baratza Encore or Fellow Ode grinders.
  • For a better-tasting brew, pause brewing after the initial water release by either removing the carafe or flipping the brew basket switch to the off position for 30 seconds, allowing the coffee to bloom. This results in better extraction and full-tasting cups. Some users also opt to stir the brew bed with a spoon at this point to ensure the coffee grounds are evenly saturated.
  • Before pouring, gently swirl the coffee in the carafe to ensure an even distribution of the coffee oils.
  • Technivorm recommends descaling the coffee maker after every 100 brew cycles, which typically coincides with buying a new box of paper filters.

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