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Technivorm Moccamaster 59616 KBG Coffee Brewer, 40 oz, Polished Silver
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- SIMPLE TO USE Easy use, one button Operation and 4-6 minute brew time for 40 oz of Coffee
- DELICIOUS COFFEE Perfectly brewed Coffee Delivered by our copper element and no Pumps
- AUTOMATIC SHUTOFF Coffee maker features an auto shut off after 100 minutes
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Moccamaster KBG in Matte Black
Technivorm manufacturers only authentic Moccamaster coffee brewers and grinders made with the highest quality parts available today. Our philosophy has always been to produce long lasting, reliable,and energy efficient coffee makers
All Moccamaster coffeemakers vary in options including separate elements for brewing and holding, volume capacity, brew-basket options, thermal or glass carafe, and housing style.
Moccamaster KBG Coffee Brewer
Available in 25+ colors
The Moccamaster KBG coffee maker model features a glass carafe and an automatic drip-stop brew-basket that stops the flow of coffee if the carafe is pulled away. The KBG brews a full 40oz pot of coffee in six minutes. Coffee is held on our unique hot plate; which is engineered with a separate, independent element that rolls heat into the coffee to ensure an even taste from the first cup to the last drop. The hot plate has two settings, giving you the choice to hold your coffee at 175° or 185°.
- 14.00"H 12.75"W 6.50"D
- 120V 1475W
- 6.00 LBS
- Volume: 1.25 Liters / 40 Ounces / 10 Cups
- Power Switch: Auto Off at 100 minutes
- Brew-basket Style: Auto Drip-Stop
- Material: Metal / European Plastics
Brew barista quality coffee, from the comfort of your kitchen!
For the Real Taste of Coffee.
Moccamaster KBG Features
Automatic Brew Basket
The automatic brew-basket allows you to pull the carafe away and pour a cup without dripping from the brew basket.
Even Saturation of Coffee From Our 9-Hole Outlet Arm
The 9-hole outlet arm pulses water at 196°-205°F over your coffee which ensures even extraction and a smooth flavorful cup of coffee from the first sip to the last drop.
Moccamaster Cool Water Reservoir
The KBG coffee maker has a 40 oz 10-Cup, 1.25L Water Reservoir. Fill it up and watch the water bubble up the glass tube and over your coffee grounds for delicious coffee in 4-6 minutes.
Moccamaster Power switch and hot plate switch
the Moccamaster KBG coffee brewer has two switches the one on the left controls the power and will turn off automatically after 100 minutes. The switch on the right controls the hot plate, click it to the right to hold coffee at 185°F or click it to the left to hold coffee at 175°F for 100 minutes while never burning your coffee.
|Moccamaster Cup One||Moccamaster CD Grand||Moccamaster KB||Moccamaster KBG||Moccamaster KBS|
|Brew Basket Function||No Drip Stop||Manually adjustable brew basket||Manually adjustable brew basket with three settings||Automatic drip once carafe is in place||Manually adjustable brew basket with three settings|
|Auto Off||Auto off once the reservoir is empty||Hotplate stays on for 100 minutes then the brewer turns off for your safety and convenience||Hotplate stays on for 100 minutes then the brewer turns off for your safety and convenience||Hotplate stays on for 100 minutes then the brewer turns off for your safety and convenience||Hotplate stays on for 100 minutes then the brewer turns off for your safety and convenience|
|Brewing Capacity||10oz/ 1.25 Cups/ 0.33L||60oz/ 15 Cups/ 1.80L||40oz/ 10 Cups/ 1.25L||40oz/ 10 Cups/ 1.25L||32oz/ 8 Cups/ 1.00L|
|Brew Time||4 Minutes||6-7 Minutes||4-6 Minutes||4-6 Minutes||4-6 Minutes|
|Available Colors||Polished Silver, Matte Black||Brushed Silver||Brushed Silver, Matte Black||Polished Silver, Copper, Brushed Brass, Matte Black, Black, White, Brick Red, Red, Red Metallic, Stone Grey, Pink, Merlot, Orange, Royal Blue, Turquoise, Yellow Pepper, Nutter Yellow, Sky Blue, Pistachio, Off White, Matte Silver, Slate, Truffle||Black|
|Moccamaster KBGT Coffee Maker||Moccamaster KBT Coffee Maker||Moccamaster KBTS Coffee Maker||Moccamaster CDGT Coffee Maker||Moccamaster CDT Grand Coffee Maker|
|Brew Basket Function||Automatic drip once carafe is in place||Manually adjustable brew basket with three settings||Manually adjustable brew basket with three settings||Automatic drip once carafe is in place||Manually adjustable brew basket|
|Brewing Capacity||40oz/ 10 Cups/ 1.25L||40oz/ 10 Cups/ 1.25L||32oz/ 8 Cups/ 1.25L||40oz/ 10 Cups/ 1.25L||60oz/ 15 Cups/ 1.80L|
|Requires Included Foot Plate||Yes||No||No||Yes||No|
|Brew Time||4-6 Minutes||4-6 Minutes||4-6 Minutes||4-6 Minutes||6-7 Minutes|
|Auto Off||After Brew Cycle Completes||After Brew Cycle Completes||After Brew Cycle Completes||After Brew Cycle Completes||After Brew Cycle Completes|
|Available Colors||Polished Silver, Black||Polished Silver, Black, Stone Grey||Polished Silver, Stone Grey||Brushed Silver||Brushed Silver|
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|Color||Polished Silver||Brushed Silver||Chrome||Polished Silver||Black and Stainless Steel Finish|
|Item Dimensions||6.50 x 12.75 x 14.00 inches||6.69 x 13.39 x 14.17 inches||12.40 x 6.80 x 12.20 inches||11.50 x 6.75 x 15.25 inches||9.96 x 10.55 x 14.61 inches|
|Item Weight||6.26 lbs||6.26 lbs||6.13 lbs||6.50 lbs||7.00 lbs|
|Material||Aluminum||Aluminum||Stainless Steel||Aluminum, Stainless Steel||Plastic|
The Moccamaster KBG coffeemaker features a glass carafe and an automatic drip-stop brew-basket that stops the flow of coffee if the carafe is pulled away. The KBG brews a full 40oz pot of Coffee in six minutes. Coffee is then held on our unique hot-plate; which is engineered with a separate, independent element that rolls heat into the coffee to ensure an even taste from the first cup to the last drop. The hot-plate has two settings, giving you the choice to hold your coffee between 175° and 185° F, while never burning your Coffee. After 100 minutes, The hot-plate will automatically turn-off. All Moccamaster coffeemakers are handmade in the Netherlands and backed by an industry leading 5-year. Made with durable metal housings and BPA/BPS/BPF & Phthalate free plastics
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I've wanted a Moccamaster since I first saw one and tasted the coffee it makes while a college student, way back in the 1980s. Owning one at the time was impractical and unattainable, so I moved on. Over the intervening thirty years, I've always lingered enviously over the store displays whenever I encountered them, but never made the plunge—the machine was just too expensive. That being said, I've owned the best coffee makers from Braun, Krups, Kitchen Aid, and Breville, all of which made decent coffee. In fact, the Breville made great coffee, although its cost was dangerously close the the Technivorm's. That machine was the no-longer-available Breville BKC600XL Gourmet Single-Cup Coffee Brewer—the only Keurig system coffee maker the brewed hot enough for decent extraction. That machine lasted eight years, but finally shorted out due to perforation of the boiler element because of it's aluminum construction.
WHAT DID I CONSIDER?
I researched and considered buying two machines other than the Moccamaster: one from Breville, the Breville BDC650BSS Grind Control, Silver, and one from Behmor: Behmor Connected Temperature Control Coffee Maker. Both of these machines should make very good coffee, but I ultimately decided on the Moccamaster for several reasons, which I'll explain below. If the Moccamaster were't so much better, or not available, I think either of these machines would be a good option, but note that they're still expensive, so the choice was easy.
WHY DID I CHOOSE THE TECHNIVORM MOCCAMASTER?
1. Copper Heating Element—Almost all consumer coffee makers have aluminum heating elements. They will eventually corrode and short-circuit the machine. When this happens, cut the cord off and THROW IT AWAY. This assumes it's been plugged into a GFCI outlet. If it isn't, it will keep working despite the short. You're not only out of compliance with the local electrical code no matter where you live in the United States, but you're playing Russian roulette with your life. A copper element will heat virtually instantaneously, and it will last many years. Copper heating coils are customarily found in better espresso machines, and this quality feature sets the Moccamaster apart from the rest of the field.
2. Replaceable Parts—The Moccamaster has a modular construction which makes most parts user-replaceable. Other parts, such as the copper boiler, switches, etc., will be replaced quickly and at minimal cost by Technivorm's US service facility after the warranty expires. The warranty is five years.
3. Proper Brewing Temperature and Extraction Time—Good coffee require HOT, but not boiling, water. Most coffee makers just don't heat the water enough. The copper element in a Moccamaster heats the water to 196–205º, and has optimal flow-through for the best extraction. This results in coffee that is rich but not overpowering, with a "thick" body and smooth mouthfeel, and no sediment or separation.
4. Optimal Hotplate Temperature and Duration—Coffee should be kept at ±180º. A Moccamaster hot plate can be set to warm at either 175º, or 185º for those who prefer it hot. Every other machine's coffee will taste lukewarm to you after you use this machine. The hotplate switches off after 100 minutes, preventing burned coffee. If you need to warm it up again, just turn the machine on again. When the water tank is empty, a float switch prevents the water heater from engaging, so only the hot plate will come on.
5. Made the Way Things Used to Be Made—Technivorm has made these machines since 1964 with the same solid build quality, by hand, while incorporating improvements in materials and technology over time. The body is heavy-gauge extruded aluminum, and plastic parts are quality cast and attractive, with perfect fit and finish. I agree, in this price range one would expect some of the plastic to be heavier, or possibly the water tank be made of glass, but the plastic is toxin-free and unbreakable. Other parts are glass, rubber, and stainless steel. The heavy, removable, stainless steel showerhead has nine holes, which evenly bathe the grounds with hot water at the optimal rate of flow. Every part of the machine is recyclable, and the packaging is recycled corrugated cardboard, making it a champion of sustainability. The old-fashioned, heavy-duty rocker switches are the only adjustable controls. I'm as avid a technology geek as you can find, but perfect coffee means making it when you want it, which means timers, clocks and other electronic wizardry just shouldn't be part of the equation. Water will lose its oxygen and start going stale within two hours, and coffee will lose vital aroma within thirty minutes of being ground, so setting things up the night before to awaken to the smell of coffee guarantees you a mediocre cup.
In any case, this machine is FAST—faster than you've ever experienced. An entire 10-cup (1.25 liter) pot takes just under five minutes. Enough for a large thermal travel mug (4 cups on the water indicator), takes two minutes. The copper heating element is so oversized and efficient that the water will begin boiling and percolating up the glass tube in about five-ten seconds—you have to see it to believe it. A slick an old-fashioned feature is how the power switch physically rocks back to the off position after 100 minutes rather than the power just being cut off. It also features an orange neon-looking, but I assume LED, power indicator.
It's expensive. But consider that it's made by hand, over-engineered, parts are replaceable, and it's manufactured in the Netherlands by people earning a fair wage. Other machines are manufactured in Chinese, Mexican, or southeast-Asian factories alongside many other brands and models at a low cost with inferior materials. They are then marked up many times because the market will bear the inflated price. This coffee maker not only has superior build quality, but like other American- and European-made goods, the price is dictated by the cost of manufacturing, not excessive markup. I chose the copper finish to treat myself after waiting thirty years, but you can save up to $40 by choosing silver aluminum, and there are many painted and anodized colors available at different price points. The machine has two separate heaters with discreet circuitry, so when the water is done boiling, the coil switches off and the hotplate switches on much more durable and efficient.
HOW DO I MAKE PERFECT COFFEE?
1. Buy Whole Beans—Buy the best you can, from a reputable supplier. Resist the urge to buy your coffee pre-ground unless you're making a lot of it for a large event or party in a coffee urn. Coffee flavor and aroma degrades quickly after grinding.
2. Use A Burr Grinder—A conical burr grinder won't overheat the beans and burn the coffee like a cheap blade grinder will. It will also make the grind uniform, allowing the best and most consistent extraction. My grinder of choice is from Kitchen Aid: KitchenAid KCG0702OB Burr Coffee Grinder, Onyx Black. Mine has been going strong even after over ten years of daily use. Use the "6" setting for a Moccamaster or any other drip coffeemaker.
3. Weight, Not Volume—Just as in baking it's preferable to weigh dry ingredients rather than use measuring cups for the most exact portions, coffee should be weighed. Your chosen grind fineness, humidity, barometric pressure, and other factors make using a spoon very inconsistent. Use 14 grams of whole beans for each 8 ounces of water. This means 7 grams for each cup marking on a Moccamaster, since they use the European standard of 4-oz. cups of coffee. Grind the beans right before you put them in the filter basket.
4. Speaking of Filters…—I was always a firm believer in gold-plated stainless steel mesh filters. They last forever and there's no waste or mess. Technivorm specifically reccomends against them, and so I was skeptical. I bought a good quality #4 mesh filter separately and made two pots, one with the reusable filter and one with a paper filter supplied with the machine. There was no comparison. A paper filter is designed to give the best filtration and optimal steeping time. Buy #4 filters made from bleached white paper. The brown ones give the coffee a taste and aroma overtone faintly reminiscent of cardboard, and the bamboo filters may be sustainable, but they make coffee almost as bad as the metal mesh filters. No need to use Technivorm filters; a box of 100 white Melitta #4 filters will cost you about $3.50 at any grocery store.
5. Measure the Water—Don't use the carafe to pour water into the tank. Use a clean glass or cup or other container. If your tap water is sweet and soft and doesn't smell like chlorine, go ahead and use it. If you have hard water or smell anything when you turn the faucet on, use filtered or bottles water. DO NOT use distilled water. Minerals are necessary for good coffee for taste, aroma, and pH. I live in an area blessed with some of the purest reservoir water in the world, but I use water from my refrigerator dispenser for purity and consistency. Plus, cold water works better than room temperature or warm water. The filtration means better-tasting coffee and longer burner life, with more cycles between descaling.
This machine makes coffee as good as any I have ever had in a fine restaurant or craft coffeehouse. Buy it and enjoy it. Technivorm says a Moccamaster should be the last coffee maker you'll ever buy, and I believe them.
Rereading this review, I've realized that I've practically written a marketing piece. I'd like to make clear that I have no proverbial axe to grind. I'm not affiliated in any way with the manufacturer or any vendor, and I haven't received any sort of compensation from anyone. I waited decades to buy this machine, and I wish I had done it sooner.
That's the question I was asking myself right before hitting the "Buy Now With 1-Click (r)" button. And two days later, I understood why.
The simplicity of this coffee maker makes it a joy to use, the beautiful design makes it a unique piece in your kitchen. However, the taste of the coffee far exceeds what I was getting from our previous coffee maker. The temperature is consistent, and it's a HOT cop of coffee.
If you are like us and spend good money on quality beans (we use Charleston Coffee Roaster's Dark Roast), you owe it to yourself to use a machine that will get the most out of your money. Sure it's expensive, but you are spending more than that already on beans I bet!
I give it 5 stars only because I cannot give it 10...
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These brewers typically brew at higher temperatures to get optimum extraction of the coffee. However slight variations will give either excellent or average results depending on the roast. For example, the Bonavita I had (and returned) simply brewed too hot and even most medium roast beans tasted burnt and bitter. The Moccamaster brews slightly lower, and the KitchenAid a bit lower than that.
The KitchenAid works a little differently than the other machines, in that it cycles between heating the water and distributing on the grounds. This gives optimal extraction and a very delicious cup for most medium to medium-dark roasts, and seems to be calibrated for that. Using Kicking Horse 3 Sisters gave a very full bodied and smooth brew, and this was my go-to for this machine. I would have kept this machine, however I broke the carafe and a replacement from KitchenAid would have cost as much as I had paid for the machine!
The Moccamaster using the same beans gives a much stronger brew, tasting more like a dark roast, but not bitter. This machine does deliver a superb cup with medium to light roasts.
Some tips I have learned using the Moccamaster:
The water distributor arm is not the best design. I found mine was not level and water only came out of the back hole and didn't properly soak the grounds. This was an easy fix with felt sticky things under one side of the machine. However the nice people at Moccamaster have dispatched a replacement
Rinse your filter and preheat the machine by running 500 ml water through it. I use the resulting hot water to preheat my thermos mug.
Start with 60g of coffee for 1 litre of water and adjust your grind until you hit the sweet spot. Generally I find that finer grinds work best for medium to light roasts, and going coarser for darker roasts. Use the same ratio for smaller or larger pots, e.g. 30g for 500ml water, or 45g for 750ml water.
When the machine starts brewing, stir the grounds after 15-20 seconds.
This Moccamaster model does not have the manual brew stopper like the other Moccamasters, which is a useful feature for brewing smaller pots. I just leave out the carafe and let the grounds steep for a minute before placing it (don't walk away, the basket will overflow!). Also going a bit finer can slow things down enough to get optimum extraction. Brew time should be 5-6 minutes no matter how much water you use.
This seems like a lot of fiddling for an "automatic" machine, and course you can set everything up cold and walk away and still get an excellent pot of coffee. But if you want mindblowingly amazing coffee, follow these steps!
Is this machine worth the extra dosh? If you consider it is built to last, that it is user serviceable and replacement parts are inexpensive, and the 5 year warranty, it will probably be the last coffee maker you will buy. If you prefer this approach rather than buying machines that only last a couple a years and are thrown away, then the Moccamaster represents excellent value.
My only quibble is the water outlet arm seems to be less than optimally designed and could be improved.
Potential buyers should be aware that these various parts are not dishwasher safe, so you’ll be hand washing if you care about longevity. The carafe is a bit thin and light. I found that my pot was already showing some small chips and light scratches on the bottom and around the lip after just a few weeks of normal use. Part of this is probably due to the fact that the pot only fits into the compartment in one direction, and even pushing it in that way often results in bumping it on the edge of the hotplate. These are minor issues to be sure, but worth mentioning nonetheless.
All in all, the Technivorm brews a nice cup of filter coffee - nothing sour, nothing overly bitter or burnt. Expect to get about 4 to 4.5 “American”-size mugs out of the full 10-cup European-sized pot. This is fine for me since I usually brew only two mugs in the morning (filling about half the pot), but you might consider getting a larger capacity machine if you know you need 12-mug pots on demand.
If I’m being honest as a Seattle native who has had his fair share of coffee, the coffee from this machine is good, but nothing earth-shattering. My sense is that certain drinkers *might* be able to taste a bit more of the subtle nuances of the beans / roast if they have a sensitive palate. But, for others, like my girlfriend, you may not notice much of a difference from conventional machines at all. I had assumed that the finished cup would be piping hot given the copper heating element, but I found the resulting brew to be happily drinkable and similar in temp to my previous maker. Though, be warned that it does heat up considerably if left on the hot plate, particularly on the high setting. One minor issue is that escaping steam near the handle of the carafe has the potential to burn your hands when pouring, particularly if the coffee has sat on the hot plate for a while.
I have no major complaints with the Moccamaster so far. It makes a nice cup of coffee simply and consistently. Will it change your life? Probably not. Is it worth the ~$300 USD / ~$400 CAD price tag? Again, I would say probably not, but it is still a nice machine to have in your kitchen if you are a drip coffee drinker.
People say the hotplate detracts from the flavour - that may be true but not within the first half hour or so which is when I need it to stay hot while running around after toddlers. This machine is great - I have only had it for a couple of months but I love it. It makes wonderful smooth, hot coffee, very quickly. It is incredibly simple to clean and it looks awesome (I got the bright orange model to jazz up my modern kitchen). It costs a lot of money - that is the only downside. But so far I have no regrets.
- Convenience is not its strong suit - carafe is small and seems to spill easily but it does have the auto-stop feature and it brews (admittedly a small carafe) VERY quickly
- Very well built - and attractive
- We like that it lacks annoying beeps to tell us when the coffee is ready
- Vendor is strong - good communications, fast shipping, and well-packed.
On balance, this is worth the price for those who like good coffee
The durability seems to me that it will be good in the future. As far as value for the money, I personally don't think it's worth almost $500 Canadian. I get that it's assembled by hand in the Netherlands, but I don't think the quality of the brewed coffee is that much better than our $100 Cuisinart coffee maker. It definitely is better tasting brewed coffee, just not $400 better.
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