Moccamaster 79212 KBTS 8-Cup Coffee Brewer with Thermal Carafe, Polished Silver by Technivorm Moccamaster
- Moccamaster 79212 KBTS 8-Cup Coffee Brewer with Thermal Carafe, Polished Silver by Technivorm Moccamaster
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Manual drip-stop brew-basket with stainless steel thermal carafe;Exclusive copper heating element shuts off automatically after brew cycle is complete;Brews full or 1/2 carafe in 4-6 minutes;Brews at consistent 196 degree-205 degree f with a pulse action that allows for the perfect coffee bloom during extraction process;Ecbc, SCAA, SCAE approved;5 year warranty
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Some technical data: A little research will tell you that critical coffee making factors are water temperature and brew time. Roughly it is about 200*F and brew time of no more than 5 minutes or so. Much deviation and you will notice it in the taste. I have instrumented the grounds baskets of a dozen or so coffee makers (no names - but most were popular brands found on most kitchens)and tested the water brewing temperature. Most are in the 165*F range. In fact only two I tested meet the spec of 200*F +- 5*F (that would be the Technivorm and the Bonavita). Another factor is the spray pattern. It seems that the more even the spray pattern is on the grounds, the better the "ground rise" becomes during the brew. The difference in a full body taste and bitter is a fine line. And how nice it is to have a "hot" cup of coffee...not lukewarm.
A word on gadgets: I have had them all. Clocks, timers, grinders, radios, giant capacity, single cup, metal carafe, glass, and more. Most of these kinds of things really don't contribute to the desired end product. You really can live without them. The only serious choice you will need to make is glass vs. stainless steel (SS) carafe. This comes down to a personal preference. Some people like glass because they think the SS metal imparts a taste to the coffee. Some prefer SS because it will keep the coffee warm longer...unless you have glass and turn on the warmer burner which SS fanboys claim imparts a "burnt" taste to the coffee in about five minutes. Glass advocates also like to point out that the thermal advantages of the SS only works if you pre-warm the SS pot with hot water. OMG. Like I said...your preference. Myself, I like SS because it keeps the coffee warm without a burner, doesn't break (I am clumsy first thing in the morning), and I don't mind the quick hot water preheat to the SS pot while I feed the dogs. No big deal.
I mentioned earlier that two products seem to pass the important technical parameters for a good cup of coffee. That being the Bonavita and the Technivorm. This choice is actually the hard one to make because I am pretty sure that most people will not detect any difference in a blind taste test (all other things being equal).
The Bonavita costs about half of what the Technivorm does. Is it worth it? I don't know. Some of the physical differences:
Bonavita: Glass lined thermal carafe. Solves that pesky (imaginary?) metal taste but reports of broken glass are rampant on the internet. The spray nozzle pattern doesn't appear as effective but you will never tell that from examining the grounds after the brew. The brew water seems to be a couple of degrees cooler (no big deal...197*F still meets spec better than any of the other offerings except Technivorm). Stainless steel water heater. Made in China. Fairly new product, appears to be well-built but no long term reliability history yet.
Technivorm: Made in Netherlands. Design has been around and improved for many years. Demonstrated long service life. Copper water heater internals.
Tough choice but I suspect that you will be really happy with either. I ended up buying the Technivorm merely because of the reputation. So tired of buying a new coffee maker every couple of years or so.
The brew basket drip stop started failing a few months ago and today it just stopped working and basically fell apart. I looked at other reviews of the brew basket and people have not been happy with it. A local retailer wants $24.99 plus shipping for a new one, so I emailed Moccamaster customer service asking if it was covered under warranty and received a reply within an hour. The service rep Oliver said it was covered and if I emailed him my receipt they will send me a new one. So I did and it's on the way! Great product and great customer service! I am happy with it and in the event I ever need another machine I am sticking with Moccamaster.