Technivorm Moccamaster KBG 741

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Technivorm Moccamaster KBG 741
9 Total Score

$309.00

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  • Robust
  • Fast
  • Effortless Use
  • Perfect Temperature
  • Carafe Heater

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Description and Review

Technivorm Moccamaster KBG 741 Review

Overview

Technivorm is one of the few companies left, that manufactures their coffee makers in house as a means to keep their quality standards at the highest possible level. Produced exclusively in Netherlands for more than half a century have tied their name with the definition of coffee making excellence. The highly successful Technivorm Moccamaster KBG 741 is absolutely not an exception on this rule. In fact it is so popular, that the company produces it in a whopping 16 colors for any kind of taste.

Backed up by ECBC, SCAA and SCAE approval features a simple but stylish design. Equipped with a 10 cup glass carafe and the company’s standard 9 hole shower arm which sprays evenly the grounds. Only two switches are enough to drive this masterpiece. A basic On/Off type plus one more that controls the carafe’s heating plate. The latter can be set at full or 3/4 heating strength that will keep your carafe hot from 176°F to 185°F. 

Additionally there is a safety mechanism that will interrupt the dripping, in case of premature withdrawal of the carafe from base. Its boiler is made of copper and will provide a proper temperature of 196°F to 205°F consistently. Finally there is an automatic power off function that will switch off the machine after 100 minutes, in case that you forget to do it manually.

Testing

After filling the reservoir with 40 oz. of water it was the time for coffee loading. According to the manual, for a full 10 cup carafe you will need 7 level scoops of coffee. So using the supplied scoop, which equals about 2 tablespoons size, we added the ground in the paper filter. The water heated up really quick and started soaking the ground and the whole process lasted only 6 minutes. Uniformly sprayed coffee provided the optimum result with a fantastic taste full of aroma.

Notably the carafe features a sophisticated system of dispersing the freshly brewed coffee. Instead of letting it just dripping on top, it routes the coffee at the bottom, achieving a natural mixing. This destratification method avoids the creation of layers in the coffee carafe and creates an even distribution of its strength. So you will always get the same taste, regardless the level of the carafe’s remainder.

The only downside that we found is the design of the carafe. Although beautiful it takes practice to pour coffee without spilling due to the narrow pouring spout. Furthermore the definition of 10 cups may be a bit of misleading for American market. Since it is Europe made one cup equals 4 oz. which is half of the typical US cup, which is often 8-10 oz.

Verdict

Outstanding build quality as expected from a highly respected company. Truly robust heating element that will heat up rapidly and will keep properly functioning for years. Remarkably simple to use but fully capable of what a real coffee machine is made for: To produce a thrilling cup of coffee! For optimum results match this up with a solid grinder such as the superior Baratza Sette 270W or the more economical Rancilio Rocky.

9 Total Score

Quality Build
9.5
Functions
7
Ease of Use
10
Coffee Taste
9.5
PROS
  • Robust
  • Fast
  • Effortless Use
  • Perfect Temperature
  • Carafe Heater
CONS
  • Less than Expected 10 US Cups

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