Technivorm Moccamaster KBT 741 Review

Moccamaster KBT 741 coffee maker

Many coffee lovers would agree that the Technivorm Moccamaster KBT 741 is the best automatic drip coffee maker available for home use.  The KBT 741 brewer is not an ordinary coffee maker. Based in the Netherlands, This machine is hand made and is individually tested to assure that the heat, speed and quality of the product meet their high standards.

Techivorm has focused on manufacturing quality Coffee Makers since 50 years ago, the Moccamaster is a durable, long lasting, energy efficient machine that can matching commercial grade coffee makers.

The Moccamaster has the power to make some truly outstanding coffee drinks especially with fresh and quality beans. It can brew 10 cups of hot coffee at one time. It also has a lovely, elegant design and keeps coffee hot for a full 6 hours.

Balanced Design

At first glance, I didn’t give much attention to Technivorm Moccamaster since it looks deceptively rudimentary; it is composed by a series of cones and rectangles. However, when I take a closer look to it, I found the uncover wealth of complexity.

Then I started to notice the Fibonacci-esque progression of component size, starting at the smallest foot and ending at the main column; the satisfying off-center position of the Technivorm brand logo; the five distinct graduations of the water reservoir, running opposed and still complementary; and subtle crescent of matte on the glossy black filter cone.

In the end, I realize that there are no useless elements in the Moccamaster’s design. Each part simply belongs, and any slight change could pull the entire design off balance.

This amazingly balanced, simplified design has remained unchanged since 1970s. This is a such brilliant design of engineering and this is very rare for any coffee brand design to stay unchanged for more than a few years—not to mention forty.

This is the genius of desing of Technivorm.

Certified by SCAA

In 1964, as the founder of Technivorm, Dutch engineer Gerard Clement-Smit developed the Moccamaster coffee makers and it met the exacting standards of SCAA.   Moccamaster is the first of its kind to earn certification from the SCAA (Specialty Coffee Association of America) and conforms to the strict industry standards of it.

The Technivorm Moccamaster Thermal meets the very strict requirements of both the Specialty Coffee Association of America (SCAA) and the Specialty Coffee Association of Europe (SCAE) for coffee brewing quality. This is something very rare coffee makers to claim.

Perfect Heating Temperature

If you are a professional coffee lover, you should understand the importance of the perfect brewing temperature.

The Moccamaster KBT 741 heating temperature is between 200° and 205°F degrees.  The brewing is completed within 5 to 6 minutes. According to the Specialty Coffee Association of America (SCAA), the optimal water temperature range for brewing coffee is between 197.6° and 204.8°F (92°-96°C) , and the best extraction time is between 2 and 8 minutes.  This is the perfect temperature to extract the coffee grounds and that is why, the company made sure that you always get a standard heat.

Pause at Any Time

Another great features of Technivorm Moccamaster coffee maker is the manual adjust drip-stop brew-basket, which manages you to stop the operation any time before the entire carafe has had a chance to completely brew.

This is a very useful function when you are in hurry. It allows you to quickly snag a cup of coffee during the brewing process. Then you can resume the brewing of the rest of the pot.

Easy to Clean

Many companies don’t understand the importance of easy cleaning up process. Fortunately, Technivorm designed the KBT-741 to be easy to clean, so that parts do not accumulate residues that influence the taste of brewed coffee.

This brewer is super easy and simple to clean up since the spray arm and brew baskets are totally removable.  The brew basket is intentionally designed with no automatic drip stop, to prevent this kind of buildup in either the stopper or the carafe lid. The stopper can be manually closed, or set to half-open for small batches of coffee.  Note that the carafe part is not dishwasher safe but you can rinse it to clean.

Moccamaster KBT 741 coffee machine

5 Year Warranty

What makes this coffee maker more outstanding is the each of the machine is hand made and individually tested before enter the market and sold out to the end customer. Each of the machine come with 5 year warranty which is the longest warranty of any coffee maker we reviewed. If you run into any difficulties, you can contact the company through its email or phone support.

Performance of Moccamaster KBT 741

To make a test, we measured the water temperatures both in the brew basket and carafe throughout several brewing cycles. We messure out a temperature range  between 197° and 202°F in the brew basket and a temperature range between 196° and 199° in the carafe. Both temperature results fall within the range of 195°-205°F, which is set by the SCAA for gold cup certification. The warming plate kept the coffee at about 190°F for one hour.

Heating up the water and wetting the coffee grounds costs about 30 seconds, and at the front fifteen seconds of that, the carafe received the first drops of water. It took 6 or 7 minutes to brew a full pot of coffee depending on ground size. The better the grind, the longer it was extracting.

There are some outside factors for any machine that can strikingly affect the coffee taste and quality, which includes the beans, the grind and especially the coffee/water ratio. For a objective and precise test result, we use cups which is as close as possible to cupping standards of SCAA. We stayed 63g of medium roast coffee beans each pot, which ensures the standard ratio of 50g coffee per liter of water, and we ground the beans with a medium grind.

We were very impressed at the amazing results. The Moccamaster KBT 741 consistently brewed an exceedingly cup of coffee one pot after another, the very best we have ever tasted from a home drip coffee maker. With great depth of flavor, it is strong but never tastes bitter.  Even those serious coffee drinkers gave it the highest scores.  The coffee temperature was perfect, hot enough to withstand a considerable splash of milk without turning cold.

Plus, the machine features an auto shut off that activates after the brewing cycle is complete. Without annoying loud bubbling or gurgling noises, the whole brewing process is quiet and you can sneak in a fast one while someone is sleeping nearby.

Pros

  • Consistently delivers great cup of coffee no matter how often is has been used.
  • This machine come with dual-walled thermal carafe which is durable enough to be used in dishwasher and keeps the coffee hot for long period of time.
  • It brews 12 cups of coffee each pot, which is larger batches than most high end machines.
  • Unprecedented 5 years warranty come with this coffee maker.
  • All plastics are BPA/ BPS free
  • Removable parts for easy cleaning

Cons

  • There is a discrepancy in the water storage gauge
  • There is a risk of spill if you pull out the carafe before you have closed the dripper (easy to forget).
  • This brewer is expensive (current list price around $300.00 USD)
  • Not programmable

Moccamaster KBT 741 review

Specifications

  • The Technivorm Moccamaster KBT 741 is an excellent 10 cup coffee maker to brew 10 cups (1.25 litre) of coffee directly into the stainless steel carafe.
  • Brewing temperature is between 92˚C – 96˚C (198˚F – 204˚F); keeping temperature is between 80˚C-85˚C (176˚F – 185˚F). Both of the temperatures meet the requirements of the ECBC/SCAE/SCAA
  • Stainless dual-walled steel carafe
  • Nine holes spray head wetting the grounds evenly
  • Visible scale indication
  • Copper boiling element with double safety guard
  • Filter holder with hand operated dripstop
  • Brew time 6-7 minutes
  • Illuminated on/off switch brew stop if carafe is not in place
  • Dimensions: W180 mm/D 320 mm/H 385 mm (W 7.1″ x D 12.6″ x H 15″)

Conclusion

If you are looking for a solid drip coffee maker which is made with high production standards and features high quality construction, Technivorm Moccamaster KBT 741 Coffee Maker is the right one to go.

Manufactured in Netherlands, each of the machine is hand made and individually tested before leaving their manufacturer. You know you are buying from a company values good workmanship and quality.

The design of this machine is well balanced and it is a masterpiece which is remained unchanged for 50 years. Consistent temperatures and coffee taste of this machine has won a high score from many users. The 10-cup carafe size and five-year warranty make this an attractive choice for many. In this price range, you would expect for a good quality coffee maker. The Technivorm Moccamaster KBT 741 is worth every penny you spend , and this may be the highest quality of any coffee makers under $300.

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