You know you have hit a homerun when you find a coffee machine that both looks amazing and makes incredible coffee. And these are really what the Technivorm drip coffee makers are all about.
These coffee makers have been handmade and tested in the Netherlands since the 60’s and are commonly thought to be the frontrunners in the world of drip coffee. Technivorm is now almost universally associated with build quality and longevity, superb coffee, and a timeless design.
In this article we will review the Technivorm Moccamaster KBT-79112 which is one of the most popular models which comes with a thermal carafe.
Who is the Technivorm Moccamaster for?
This coffee maker is designed for excellence and intended for those who take their coffee very seriously. It is well and truly at the upper price limit for drip coffee makers and so is definitely not the coffee maker for everyone. If you are simply looking for a drip coffee maker to get the job done then this is not for you and we recommend you consider the Bonavita BV1900TS.
Instead this is the coffee maker for the java enthusiast who loves getting the maximum flavour and aroma from different single origin beans. It is really a commercial-grade domestic batch brewer that is all about one thing; making the best filter coffee out there. And so if you love filter coffee, are looking for excellence, and are willing to pay for it, then this may well be the coffee maker for you.
While there are now a number of high-quality drip coffee makers on the market, the Technivorm is still widely thought to lead the pack both in terms of quality and performance. It is a no-frills coffee maker with few extra features but a track record of consistency and delicious coffee.
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What is to Love About the Technivorm Moccamaster?
Performance and Taste
Perhaps the most important question to ask when buying a coffee maker is does it make delicious coffee? Especially for the price of this machine, we ought to expect superb tasting coffee. And the review of countless customers is that Technivorm well and truly lives up to its reputation on this count. It simply makes some of the best filter coffee out there. In fact when we lived in the coffee capital of Melbourne, many of the best cafes would use Technivorm batch brewers which surely speaks volumes!
In particular, Technivorm claims that the superb taste of their coffee can be attributed to the ability of the coffee maker to reach and attain optimal water temperature of 92 to 96 °C/195 to 205 °F throughout the brewing process. This is achieved through a copper heating element that is similar to one that might be found in some espresso machines. This is one of the reasons that the Moccamaster is certified by the Specialty Coffee Association of America (SCAA), the European Coffee Brewing Centre (ECBC), and the Speciality Coffee Association of Europe (SCAE).
Another real strength of the Moccamaster is the double walled stainless Steel carafe that comes with it. The carafe comes with two lids, one for brewing and one for retaining heat after brewing. The brewing cap has a narrow tube attached to it which facilitates an even mix of coffee throughout the brewing process.
Another factor in the high quality of coffee extracted is the showerhead utilised. The Technivorm has a rectangular 9-holed showerhead which helps ensure an even saturation of the grinds bed. As part of the extraction process the Technivorm both has a ‘bloom’ stage before moving to pulse pouring.
The 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 filter coffee.
Each Technivorm coffee maker is handmade and rigorously tested out of their factory in the Netherlands. The quality and longevity of their coffee machines is 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. And in the off chance that there is a fault they come with an impressive 5 year warranty.
Ease of Use
The Moccamaster is a no-frills coffee maker that is 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.
Technivorm coffee makers are intentionally minimalistic in design with an on/off switch on the bottom, and a flow-control slide on the filter basket. This makes it an incredibly easy coffee maker to use and hard to stuff up. You simply place your paper filter in the basket, pre-wet the filter, add your grinds, add the water to the reservoir, and the machine will automatically start and then stop when finished brewing. It takes 4-7 minutes to brew depending on the volume being brewed, and then you simply dispose of the filter and grinds and rinse the carafe and filter basket.
It is also recommended that you descale your Technivorm after every 100 uses with Urnex.
And finally it would be remiss to fail to mention the timeless aesthetics of Technivorm machines. The first Technivorm was released in 1968 and every model since then has by and large kept to the same design. While we are reviewing the model with the stainless steel carafe it is also available with a glass carafe and heating plate and comes with the option of 28 different colours! The Moccamaster is certainly a statement piece in any kitchen. However, do be aware that it is a fairly large statement piece and as such does take up a lot of counter space.
What is not to Love about the Technivorm Moccamaster?
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 into coffee. Our take on the price is that it is well worth the price for some people but not for others. The reason for the high price is quality and excellence. And so if you are looking for the best and are willing to pay for it, then we believe the Moccamaster won’t let you down. However, if you aren’t made of money and just want good rather than the best then this is not the machine for you.
Lack of 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 really do get minimal features. There is no LCD interface, no option to turn on at a preset time, no option to change the brewing temperature of the bloom. It is just one single brewing process that does exceptionally well. So for some this will appeal while for others this might be a deal-breaker.
The Final Verdict
So what is the final verdict on the Technivorm Moccamaster KBT-79112? 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. It is exceptionally well made, can make superb coffee, and looks stunning.
It 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; make delicious, well extracted coffee. So if you are looking for the best and for a coffee maker that may well last you a lifetime, then your search is over!
We believe that this is still THE Drip Coffee Maker for the specialty coffee enthusiast.