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Reviewed: Technivorm Moccamaster

Technivorm Moccamaster

May 11, 2017 | Reviews

Disclosure, I was Dutch-born although now I’m a dyed-in-the-wool American, but despite that inherent bias, I will give you my dos centavos of the Technivorm Moccamaster, a highly rated and accomplished coffee maker born in the Netherlands.

When I first received the Moccamaster and set it up, I was actually disappointed. The coffee didn’t taste any better than an old Cuisinart coffeemaker, but after a few weeks breaking in the Moccamaster, brews started to taste much better.

The Moccamaster is beautiful, as it should be for $300-plus. It looks like a retro machine full of metal and plastic. Here are some of its plusses and minuses:

  • I like that you can see how much water is in the reservoir.
  • I dislike that the Moccamaster measures differently, 7.5 cups of the Cuisinart equal 9.5 Moccamaster cups, so making four American-sized mugs will take up its entire “10-cup capacity.”
  • I like the ability to order the Moccamaster with a thermal carafe. I don’t like coffee that’s been cooking too long.
  • I dislike that the Technivorm designers felt a spout was unnecessary, so when you pour coffee you have to be careful or it may spill.
  • I dislike that the coffee filter holder can be easily tipped over but I discovered that if you turn over the lid over, it can act as a stabilizer to prevent the holder from tipping over and spilling your precious ground coffee all over. Technivorm should add that tip to their manual.

I would certainly buy the Moccamaster again if only to support to the industrious people of the Netherlands. 😁 I would recommend, however, that the Technivorm people revisit their thermal canister design and add a spout. While they’re at it, they should make the coffee filter holder flat-bottomed so it won’t tip over.

I recommend that you break your Moccamaster in before judging, and also use pure spring water, like I do. I grind my beans for 35 seconds, no more no less.

Coffee-wise, there is no question that the Moccamaster makes superb coffee. For this stellar coffeemaker, I recommend both Trader Joe’s Seattle Blend and Starbucks Yukon blend, the latter available at Costco in large bags for your degustatory pleasure. 😜

Michael Tchong

Michael Tchong

Founder, Author, Adjunct Professor, Futurist

Michael is the founder of Toolhacker LLC, an innovation speaker and adjunct professor at the University of San Francisco, futurist, and author of “Ubertrends — How Trends And Innovation Are Transforming Our Future.” He is also the founder of four ahead-of-the-wave startups, including MacWEEK, Atelier Systems, CyberAtlas, and ICONOCAST.
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