Product: Moccamaster Technivorm 59616 KBG
Price: $309.00 (retail)
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Size: 40 oz (10 cups)
Warranty: 5 year
My Rating: 8 out of 10
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Moccamaster Technivorm Product Overview
The Netherlands has really made a gem with Moccamaster.
I had never heard of Moccamaster until I lived in Denmark for a few years.
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I’ve used many automatic drip coffee makers in my life, almost any of the budget ones you can think of.
Moccamaster makes different automatic drip coffee makers, their KBG and KB models being the most popular.
They’re not as popular in the states as they are in Europe, but it seems to be catching on more and more, and rightly so.
For one thing, they make great coffee. For another thing, they make it super fast. It has to be the quickest automatic coffee maker I’ve ever used.
The Moccamaster has a European look and feel to it.
I haven’t tried every automatic drip coffee maker on the market, but from the many that I have used in my life, Moccamaster is a top-notch machine.
The Dutch manufacturer claims that this is the “the world’s best coffee maker”.
That’s a big claim to fame! We’ll look further at pros and cons just below.
But it will not only give your kitchen a stylish flare… in addition, these hand built coffee makers are premium quality and deliver a very fine cup of coffee.
Pros & Cons
I give the Moccamaster an 8 out of 10 review. It has a lot of pros and one con that is pretty apparent when you take a first glance… at the price tag.
Here are the main pros and cons of the Moccamaster 59616 KBG…
- Very fast
- Brews at the right temperature
- Quality, handmade machine
- Sleek design
- Good warranty
There are many pros about the Moccamaster 59616 KBG. Some reviewers have written about the speed of Moccamaster, but in many reviews I’ve read it doesn’t seem to be a noticeable point.
The manufacturer says that it can make a carafe of coffee in 4 to 6 minutes.
When I was using a Moccamaster every day for about a year, I felt like I would push the brew button, blink, say hi to my roommates and there’s a full carafe of coffee sitting there.
I’ve never started a timer, but from just glancing at the clock, the brewing time seemed to be around two or three minutes. I love this about the Moccamaster.
Some competitors like Bunn also make fast coffee machines, but Moccamaster Technivorm brews at the right temperature and is known as a high-caliber brand.
The Moccamaster brews coffee between 196° and 205° F (91° to 96° C). The barista’s golden number is 205° and Moccamaster has got it down. Many other automatic machines will under-brew the coffee.
These machines are handmade in the Netherlands. I love the saying, “If it ain’t Dutch, it ain’t much.” This can definitely apply to the Moccamaster.
This coffee brewer – or any other model from Moccamaster – are premium, quality products.
The design is sleek, minimalist, and in my opinion a great addition to any kitchen! There’s almost a retro vibe to it, but it’s not tacky at all.
Also, there are so many colors you can choose from! It’s nice to have some options other than just black or white. The five-year warranty is a major plus, and it shows that our Dutch friends stand by their product.
Now the con…
If I really sat down and had a good long think, I could maybe come up with more cons.
But honestly, there are hardly any, other than what any other coffee maker has: it’s possible to break the parts, you have to clean it sometimes, etc.
The main con about the Moccamaster is the price point.
We’ve heard it said that you have to pay for quality, and the Moccamaster is no exception to the old adage. You will certainly get your money’s worth with this machine, but wow it’s expensive!
With a price tag of about 300 bucks it’s among the more expensive automatic drip machines.
The way I see it, if you easily have more than $100 to spend on an automatic drip coffee machine, the Moccamaster would be an amazing choice.
With how well-rounded it is, the quality of the machine, the superb coffee it brews, the speed, the sleekness, and the warranty, how could you go wrong with that?
For Best Brewing
The Moccamaster is an automatic drip coffee machine. In other words, the coffee maker does most of the work for you.
The general instructions for automatic coffee brewers are as follows. Grind your coffee beans and use either 2 tablespoons or 10 grams of coffee per 6 ounces of water.
If you don’t already know, I hate weak coffee, and you can be a little generous with this measurement if you’re like me in that.
Put the ground coffee in the filter, and then place the filter in the filter holder.
Pour water in the clear chamber of the Moccamaster and fill to the desired level, according to how much coffee you have scooped or weighed.
Automatic drip coffee makers always come with lines on the water chamber for how many cups you’d like to make.
Then push the power switch with the red light, blink and say “Bob’s your uncle” and your coffee will be ready! Ok it’s not that fast, but seriously it’s a quick little machine.
The manufacturer’s website and Amazon description say that it takes four to six minutes to brew, but in my experience it can be almost twice as fast.
You can even watch the bubbles come through the chamber as it’s brewing.
For best brewing, keep with these classic guidelines:
- Buy whole beans, and grind them just before use. Your coffee will always taste best this way.
- Use filtered water, or any other good quality water. It will make the coffee taste better than it would with tap water and it will help keep the machine cleaner.
- Make sure to clean the machine periodically, about once a week or when it’s noticeably dirty or foggy, and decalcify at least every three months.
The Switch On The Black Filter Holder…
This is only on the KB model. It’s a switch on the plastic filter holder, and there are three settings. One for fully open, one for partly open, and one for closed.
This makes the coffee drip from the filter to the carafe at full speed, half speed, or not at all.
Make sure the switch isn’t closed when you start brewing 10 cups and walk away or your coffee could spill out everywhere! In my opinion, it’s best to just keep it fully open.
That way you don’t have to worry about it.
If you want to really have control over your coffee then you can be there as it brews and close or partly close the lever, and then fully open after it has brewed for four minutes or so.
But again, I don’t think this is necessary in most cases.
Just make sure you don’t keep it closed!
To put it simply, the Moccamaster Technivorm KBG 59616 is…
- a high quality
- all around awesome coffee maker
- and it has the price to show for it!
If you have the money to spend on it, my recommendation is a definite yes.
My honest opinion is that it’s hard for me to see why the Moccamaster should be that expensive; it could be 100 dollars cheaper and that would seem more reasonable.
But for what you get, I think it’s worth it.
The price is a stark contrast to many or most other drip coffee machines, for example a Mr. Coffee brewer, which I’ve also reviewed and costs less than 1/5 the price!
Anyway, with a price difference usually comes a quality difference, and I’d say that’s definitely the base here.
If you have any questions about Moccamaster coffee makers, or any comments, please feel free to let me know! Have you used a Moccamaster, or do you own one? What do you think? I hope you found this review helpful!