Krups 468-42 Moka Brew 8-Cup Coffeemaker, DISCONTINUED

3.9 out of 5 stars 119 customer reviews

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Color: Black
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  • Synthetic
  • Low-pressure steam brewing process extracts delicious Italian-style coffee
  • 8-cup graduated glass carafe with locking lid and easy-to-read markings
  • Stainless-steel heating element for fast heating
  • Easy-to-fill water container below warming plate
  • Measures 12-1/4 by 7-3/4 by 8 inches; limited 1-year warranty

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468-42 Moka Brew Coffeemaker - What does the Moka Brew do that drip coffee makers can't do? It uses natural steam pressure to extract the full coffee flavor rather than just heating water and allowing it to drip down through ground coffee. Like an italian stovetop maker, this electric device employs a similar technique but makes it simpler, foolproof. The water heats in the lower chamber. Then begins to produce steam bubbles which rise to the top of the chamber and push the water down. As the water is pressed down, the only way to escape is through the tubes running up the sides of the machine. Under pressure, the water travels up, through the tube and into the filter basket.

Many automatic drip coffeemakers oversaturate the grounds, resulting in flavorless, watery coffee. The Moka Brew aims to avoid fitting into that category by using steam to generate a low-pressure brewing process. The unique design of the Moka Brew makes it stand out next to other automatic drip machines. Instead of pouring water into a tank on the side of this coffeemaker, water is poured directly below a lid that lifts up from the warming plate. When the unit is turned on, steam pressure forces just enough water up a tube hidden in the coffeemaker’s frame and through the grounds, which rest in a compact filter right beneath the lid. The result is up to 8 cups of rich and aromatic Italian-style coffee. Stainless-steel heating elements heat water quickly and continue to keep the carafe at the right temperature while on the hot plate. The graduated glass carafe lets you monitor how many cups you’ve brewed and has a locking lid to safeguard against accidental spills. The Moka Brew comes with 100 paper filters to get you started and is covered by a limited one-year warranty. --Cristina Vaamonde

  • Product Dimensions: 13.6 x 8.5 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.3 pounds
  • ASIN: B0000AFX53
  • Item model number: 468-42
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: April 25, 2008
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  • Average Customer Review:
    3.9 out of 5 stars 119 customer reviews
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I had to think a bit before spending $100 for an 8 cup coffeemaker with no fancy digital timer, thermal caraffe, or built in grinder. I ordered one, convinced by the reviews of numerous satisfied owners who really seemed to know about coffee. I am so glad I did. I have tried the top rated drip brewers, vaccuum brewers, and press pots, but the Krups Moka Brew beats them all.

The low pressure brewing system seems to extract the maximum possible rich and complex coffee flavor, with an absolute minumum of bitterness. When you first get it home, experiment with the grind, and amount of coffee. I find that a grind half-way between drip and espresso is perfect. I use only half the amount of coffee per cup I would with drip, and get a richer cup. The Moka brew is not cheap, but cause I use less coffee it will pay for itself the first year.

As noted in other reviews you cannot get filters except by phone through Krups. However, I have found that using 2 standard 3.5" disk filters (cheap at any major supermarket) and offsetting them slightly so they cover the 3.75" in basket, that I get perfect coffee with no grinds slipping into the brew. I tamp the coffee down a bit too which once again, makes the coffee taste a bit darker and richer. No one has yet mentioned how much fun the machine is to watch. The coffee sprays down creating a deep tan crema during the first half of the brew.

One more hint, when you are in a hurry, just fill the brew chamber with hot tap water instead of cold. I can taste no difference in the final result, and it brews in half the time. Five stars!!!

UPDATE: Krups had not imported these to the U.S. for a couple of years. I bought an extra when they were going away and they have become prized commodities on eBay because there is nothing else like it. If they are really available in 2007 jump on it before they disappear again!
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The Moka Brew does make outstanding coffee. The brews are strong but not bitter. Everyone agrees that it is far superior to the automatic drip machines. Also it takes less actual coffee to produce a strong cup.
I do have some reservations. The machine takes a non-standard disk style filter that I have yet to find in any store (even Williams-Sonoma.)You can't use basket style filters as the steam goes under them and not through the grounds making horribly watery coffee. I even tried regular percolator filters, without luck. This forces you to by the filters directly from Krups.
The machine is also harder to clean than my old automatic drip. Since the filter is under the coffee there is no easy way to get it (and the grounds) out. I end up putting more grounds down the disposal.
If Krups supplied a reusable filter basket that would eliminate all of my reservations.

UPDATE:You can use basket style filters if you cut them to fit. We use the filters for the mini 4-cup style drip machines. We tried to order some of the disk style filters from Krups...but the cost was $15.00 for 200 filters and they were on back order. If I were rating Krups'customer service instead of the machine itself, it would get 0 stars.
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By A Customer on March 12, 2004
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I am a coffee nut, plain and simple. I have literally over 10 ways here at home to make coffee, and I roast coffee, oh 3-4 different ways. Let's see, oven, stove, whirly pop, and small 2 oz roaster.
When this Krups came around, I was skeptical probably b/c I didn't understand it at first. The key to thinking about this, is espresso richness in large volumes without bitterness. It just extracts full flavor very quickly, like an espresso shot, but in a 8 cup quantity.
And it works. To me, this is the single best way to make coffee out there. It probably ranks alongside French Press, but this method produces coffee that is a bit thinner and doesn't leave appreciable amounts of grounds and/or dust in your cup.
The main thing to adhere to, however, is that you must use espresso ground all the time. And you must have a good grinder to achieve a consistent grind. Other than that, this baby rocks. Plain and simple.
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My wife and I are not big coffee drinkers. We have a cup each with our breakfast, using fresh ground and a Bodum french press. I usually make the coffee and am fastidious about making sure the water gets past 200 degrees and that the grounds are not soaked for over 7 minutes. YUM.

We were not looking for a coffee maker, we had a Krups Aroma Plus maker that we used during parties (the coffee was not as great, but passable). Until I saw a Capresso MT500, loved its design, and did some research. This led me to coffeegeek.com which gave the Capresso a great review but gave the Moka Brew a glowing review.

The reviews are RIGHT ON. This machine makes an outstanding cup of coffee.

The secret and the difference is pressure, no drip type coffee maker can do this. Pressure, which you can control by adjusting how fine you grind your coffee and how much you tamp it. Essentially, the finer the ground and the harder you pack it in, the more the machine will have to force the steam through the grind -- the higher the pressure.

I'm not about to tell anyone what makes your coffee taste good. For me, it changes slightly with every batch we buy and try. Generally a medium grind well packed works, at least the guests think so. We brew a pot and transfer it to a nice matching carafe to serve.

So if you just drink whatever is served, then the process may be too much for you. But if you want control over how your coffee is made then buy a burr grinder and BUY THIS NOW. You'll love it, I guarantee.
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