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- 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 coffeemakers 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 youve 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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Top Customer Reviews
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!
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.
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I searched for this coffeemaker to see if it is still being sold in the US. I am happy to see that it is, my secretary needs it. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Michael E. Grabner
Too Bad Krups quit making these units....... the make great coffee!Published 13 months ago by Thomas E. Nelson
Unfortunately, Krups no longer sells or supports this model so it has become an orphan for filters and parts. Read morePublished 18 months ago by sr.verde
Just what the wife was looking for as her parents in Germany have been using one like this for many years without any problems.Published on February 23, 2014 by by2447
As much as I love innovation and design this product from Krups didn't do that much for me. I returned it.Published on December 6, 2013 by Ronald R Baribeau
I never thought the actual coffee maker could make such a difference. I have had one of these Krups Moka makers for about 10 years and it is still working perfectly. Read morePublished on June 2, 2013 by Yankeefan
I LOVE THIS PRODUCT! They discontinued it ...TWICE!!!
For once, a company makes a truly innovative product that is distinctive, an improvement over conventional, and... Read more
An unusual German design makes great well-flavored coffee, even in small batches. No complaints whatsoever after a year of daily use. Read morePublished on May 18, 2011 by Omar Siddique
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