The Definitive Technivorm Moccamaster Review

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Technivorm Moccamaster review
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Could it be? Can the Technivorm Moccamaster really prove to be the last coffee maker you ever buy?

It’s possible, the Moccamaster is made to be reliable and last a long time. But you might have some questions as to whether it’s really worth the $200-$300 price.

I know I did. Especially when you can buy any number of American-made coffeemakers for under $100. And when it’s just a coffee maker — no extra stuff like a grinder or the ability to make fancy specialty coffees, well, it’s something you want to look at closely.

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What Is the Technivorm Moccamaster Coffee Maker?

The Technivorm Moccamaster is a 10 cup drip coffee maker that is handmade in Holland. This makes it one of the more expensive coffee makers on the market, but it’s reported to be very durable and has a long life. This long life should make up for the initial cost.

It’s also one of the few coffeemakers to be approved by the Specialty Coffee Association of America (SCAA) and the Specialty Coffee Association of Europe (SCAE).

Why is this important to you?

It means that it’s one of the few coffeemakers that brews your coffee at the recommended brewing temperature for the recommended amount of time.

Great. Right?

So what do I mean by proper temperature in the right amount of time? The recommended best brewing temperature is between 195° to 205° with a brewing time that is between four and six minutes.

The Moccamaster has your pot of coffee ready for you in 5 to 6 minutes, brewed at the desired temperature.

That’ll put the smile on a coffee lover’s face…

What Makes the Moccamaster So Special and Expensive?

As I mentioned above, each unit is handmade and tested in Technivorm’s Holland manufacturing plant. Technivorm’s aim with the Moccamaster is to deliver a high quality unit that delivers great coffee. They build the Moccamaster to have an exceptionally long life.

Yes, it is more expensive than a lot of coffee makers on the market, but over the course of its life, you’ll be able to extract the value along with great coffee.

What Comes in the Box?

  • 2 tablespoon measuring spoon
  • Starter set of filters
  • Dezcal cleaner
  • Instructions
  • The coffee maker

 

Does the Technivorm Moccamaster Have an Automatic On/Off Feature?

There’s no auto on but it has an auto shutoff after 100 minutes in case you forget. Nope, sorry, I don’t know why 100 and not 120 minutes.

Don’t confuse this with the term auto stop. Auto stop in Moccamaster terminology means that when you pull the carafe out from underneath the filter housing, the coffee stops flowing until you slide the carafe back in.

What Are the Standard Features On the Technivorm Moccamaster?

  • 10 cup so 40oz of water/coffee
  • Copper heating element
  • Stainless steel body
  • Brews at recommended temperature – 195° to 205° – and brews coffee in about 5-6 minutes.
  • Very quiet
  • You can use #4 paper or gold strainer filters
  • 5 year warranty

Something to be aware of. Because the machine is designed in the Netherlands, it conforms to the European coffee cup size of 4 ounces. That means that the 40 ounce size will make 10 4 ounce cups of coffee. But for American tastes, the standard size is 6 ounces. That comes out to a little less than 7 cups of coffee.

So. . .

Don’t be alarmed if while you’re pouring the coffee out, you seem to run out faster than you used to.

What Else Does the Technivorm Moccamaster Do?

Depending on the unit that you purchase, you might have the brew stop/auto stop capability instead of manual drip stop, a thermal carafe instead of a glass carafe, 32 ounce, 40 ounce or 64 ounce capacity, or a slightly higher wattage boiler.

I’ve created a chart under the “Which Technivorm Moccamaster Should I Buy?” section to help you make a decision and figure out what all of the letters mean.

How Easy Is It to Clean?

The coffee maker is easy to disassemble and clean. Be aware though that some parts aren’t dishwasher safe. Those would include the carafe and the water reservoir.

With that said:

What’s the Moccamaster Cleaning Routine?

  • Clean the water tank and the lid every few days or more depending on usage.
  • Using soapy water, clean out the inside of the carafe and filter basket.
  • Use soapy water as well to clean out the spray arm but make certain that you rinse it out completely.
  • Wipe down the exterior with a soft wet rag.

Do I Have to Descale the Technivorm Moccamaster?

The official recommended time for descaling is every 2 to 3 months. It really depends on your water. But here’s a helpful indicator. When the center stem in the water reservoir starts to fog over, it’s time to descale. You can use Dezcal or Cleancaf.

Fill the water tank and then add either the Dezcal or Cleancaf.  Run a cycle through the coffee machine. Run another tank or two of water to make sure that the cleaner is rinsed out.

You can also use Dezcal or Cleancaf on the spray head if it starts the show some signs of scale. Just make sure that you rinse it out completely.

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Can I Use the Moccamaster in a Commercial Setting?

The Moccamaster would work fine in a small office environment of probably 10 people or less. But it does make the coffee fast, so it depends on how many coffee drinkers you have.

Make sure, if you use it in an office setting, that everyone knows about these two quirks.

1. There’s a separate power switch for the hotplate if you buy the unit that has the glass carafe. The switch has two settings – one for three-quarter power and the other for full power. The three-quarter setting is good for keeping your coffee at a nice 175° without scorching if you have less than a full pot.

The thing to know and remember is that there is no light for this setting. The full power setting has the light.

This could be a problem.

Here’s why:

People always expect to see a light on a power switch and they end up flipping it to full power. The results on a less than full pot of coffee aren’t always very good.

2. The next thing is to understand how the three-step coffee stop feature works. Not all Moccamaster models have this, but yours might so look for a switch on the filter holder.

This has caused a problem for some customers. Because they would like to get a cup of coffee before the brewing has finished, they set the switch at the stop feature. Then they walk away without resetting to the full open position. When they come back, they come back to coffee all over the counter.

See the“Any Concerns to Be Aware Of” section to see how the switch works.

What’s the Secret to Good Coffee?

The secret is using the right amount of coffee and using fresh water. To take it up a step, use fresh ground coffee. I go in to why fresh ground is really the best way to go in this article: Want Better Coffee? Use a Quality Coffee Grinder.

The Moccamaster comes with a 2 tablespoon measuring scoop. This makes measuring your coffee easy because you can use the formula of 2 level tablespoons of coffee to every 6 ounces of water.

Remember. . .

The Moccamaster is measured in 4 ounce cups. Start with seven scoops to a full tank of water and see what you think. It may come out a little too strong for your tastes.  You might have to do little adjusting to your coffee measuring to get the cup of coffee you want.

But that’s not all you need…

What Am I Getting That Makes Such Great Coffee?

There are a couple of things that ensure that the Moccamaster make a great cup of coffee. One of those is the boiler.

The boiler, depending on the unit, is either a 1400 or 1475 watt unit that is made of copper. Don’t get hung up on the wattage, it’s too small a difference to be important.

It uses a coiled external heating element. This allows fast, even heat and no hot spots as water travels up through the center of the boiler into the spray head.

Even more important to coffee brewing, the boiler gets the water up to the proper temperature of 195° to 205°. And it does this quickly, between 5 to 6 minutes.

In case you’re one of those technically inclined people who like to measure everything, here’s something you need to know. Don’t measure the coffee as its dripping into the cup. By then, it’s passed through enough air to start cooling down.

Measure the water as it’s coming out of the spray head. This is where the temperature is important because it has to be right as it’s hitting the coffee grounds to get the best extraction.

The spray head, by the way, is a nine hole design which means that the grounds get evenly – more or less – covered with water for even extraction.

The filter holder is also designed to hold the water for 30 seconds to saturate the grounds before letting it flow down into the carafe. Just another part designed to help for good coffee extraction.

Any Tips or Tricks to Getting My Best Cup?

A couple for fun:

If you’re so inclined to experiment and fool around a little bit, here are a couple of things you can try. As the water is coming out of the spray head, rotate the filter holder back and forth to make certain that all of the grounds get evenly covered with hot water.

The next tip is to hold the water in the filter holder for longer than 30 seconds to get the grounds to fully bloom. With these two tips, you’re in the pour over realm of coffee making.

Which Technivorm Moccamaster Should I Buy?

While it may look like it’s a bewildering choice to choose which Moccamaster is the best one for you, there are really only a few differences between the models. Other than the few things that I’m going to list here, the coffee makers are identical.

When you come across any other type of Techivorm Moccamaster review, it will usually go into great detail about one or another unit.

Here’s the thing…

The choice really comes down to do you want a glass carafe or not? Do you want the brew stop/auto stop or not? Round, rectangular and how much coffee?

And that’s about it.

Oh, I guess some of them do give you a color choice…

 

Where Is the Technivorm Moccamaster Made?

The Moccamaster line has been made in the Netherlands since 1964. Built to fulfill the philosophy of Moccamaster’s inventor Gerard C. Smit – to be energy-efficient with a long life and a thought to reducing pollution and waste. The Moccamaster is fully recyclable.

Where Can I Buy a Technivorm Moccamaster?

The Technivorm Moccamaster can be purchased here on Amazon. It can also be found at some of the larger kitchen chains.

Remember, if you purchase via Amazon, you can take advantage of Amazon’s warranty and free shipping. In addition, don’t forget that Amazon has a great return policy.

Does Technivorm Offer a Warranty On the Moccamaster?

Yes, the Moccamaster has a 5 year warranty and is serviced by Technivorm-Moccamaster USA Inc. For warranty support:

Phone: 503.747.4882
Toll-Free: 855.662.2200

Email:
Customer Service Inquiries: info.us@moccamaster.com


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Any Concerns or Dislikes to Be Aware of?

The manual stop – three position switch on the filter holder – is one thing to pay attention to. It works like this:

When it’s in the upper position, it’s fully open to let the water flow through to the carafe.

When it’s in the middle position, this is for those times when you want to make 2 to 5 cups of coffee. This will slow the water flow down to make sure that there’s enough extraction on the coffee.

When it’s in the lower position, this stops the water flow from the filter so that you can pull the carafe out and pour a cup of coffee.

Here’s the big caveat to be aware of: when you put the carafe back, make sure that you return the switch to either position one or two. If you don’t and you’re making a full pot of coffee, the next time you come back, it’s going to be all over the counter.

The other concern is if you buy the glass carafe model. You want to make sure that you remember that you have a two position power switch. Make sure everyone else knows about it as well.

Not a problem, but I do want to highlight it. There isn’t a built in grinder on this coffee maker. While you can use pre-ground coffee, I would also recommend a good coffee grinder to complement the Moccamaster.

As I’ve said many times, fresh ground beans make a huge difference in your coffee. A separate grinder will allow you to take full advantage of the great temperature and brewing time the coffee maker offers.

Ok Then, What’s the Final Word?

If you’re looking for one of the more well-regarded coffeemakers as well as one that is approved and certified by several coffee making organizations – SCCA, SCCAE, ECBC, the Technivorm Moccamaster is something you need to look into.

It’s a proven solid performer since 1964. It’s a top-rated machine on Amazon with buyers giving it an average score of 4.6 out of 5 stars. There are a couple of cons to think about such as the three position switch on the filter holder and the power switch on the carafe model as mentioned above. But they shouldn’t be showstoppers.

Built for a long life with a nod towards being ecologically responsible, the Moccamaster could be a welcome addition to your kitchen counter.

Next Step?

To find out more or to buy the Technivorm Moccamaster, click this link to go to Amazon

 

Looking for a great grinder to go with the Technivorm Moccamaster? Check out my review on the Top 5 Coffee Grinders of 2017.


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4 Responses

  1. I actually have the version with the glass carafe. As a regular user, I fully concur with the recommendation. This is by far my favorite model (and I have been using it for years now). The price is fair, and it’s sturdy and easy to use and to clean. It took maybe a week or two to switch to the no lights systems, but it’s so easy to use and small. This was probably the biggest advantage for me: I don’t like having a huge machine taking up space in my kitchen.

    • Hi Kris! Great to hear from an owner and get their views. I love to hear the ease of use comments! Thanks for stopping by and commenting.

  2. Thanks for a great review – you’re right I also look for the light! So I’d have to remember, however, it’s great that it makes the coffee quickly – a priority feature for me! I had no idea this company had been in existence since 1964 – plenty of time to get things exactly right then!!! Thanks!

    • Hi Bec. Yep, since ’64 and the design hasn’t changed a huge amount. Goes to show, why change a winner? Thanks for reading.

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