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This hand-built Dutch machine will brew the best-tasting coffee you’ve ever made at home.

No matter how many gallons we brewed using its intuitive design, it produced smooth and full-flavored coffee every time.


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Reviewed in Cook’s Illustrated March 2013
Certified by the Specialty Coffee Association of America, the updated version of our old favorite meets time and temperature guidelines with utter consistency. As a result, it produces a “smooth,” “velvety” brew. It’s also intuitive to use. The carafe lost some heat after 2 hours but still kept the coffee above 150 degrees.


Water Capacity: 40 oz
Average Brew Time: 6 min, 11 sec
Brew Temperature in Ideal Range: 87%
Model Number: KBGT 741

Testing Snapshot

How did we put automatic drip coffee makers to the test?

Brew Flavor

We used the same batch of freshly roasted, freshly ground beans; brewed the beans with spring water; and followed manufacturer directions for a full pot. We held a blind taste test, assessing flavor, acidity, body, and overall appeal.

Brew Time and Temperature

We brewed full pots, measuring brew cycle time, water temperature, and the percentage of the brew time that the water temperature was in the ideal range. Models that brewed coffee in no more than 8 minutes and kept water between 195 and 205 degrees for nearly 90 percent of the cycle—industry standards for optimal flavor—rated best.


We assessed the coffee maker’s and the carafe’s construction and user-friendliness, including how difficult it was to fill the water reservoir and load the coffee and filter; to set up and start the machine and monitor its progress; and to open, close, and pour from the carafe, as well as to remove the used grounds and clean up.

Carafe Temperature

All carafes kept the coffee at or above 165 degrees for 1 hour and 150 degrees for 2 hours. Carafes that kept the most heat got more stars, but the score didn’t affect a machine’s ranking.

Water Capacity

We listed the water capacity of each machine in ounces because the definition of a “cup” is not standardized throughout the coffee industry. Coffee-maker “cups” range from 4 to 6 ounces.

The Technivorm Moccamaster excelled across the board:

Consistent Brewing Performance

The Technivorm is robotic, reaching the same optimal time and temperature numbers every single time you brew a pot.

Copper Heating Element

Though its exterior parts are made from inexpensive lightweight plastic (meant to be replaceable), the Technivorm’s nervous system is built to last. Specifically, its heating element is made of expensive, highly conductive copper—a metal that can reach a higher temperature more quickly than can aluminum, which is what most other coffee maker manufacturers use.

Saturation of Grounds

The Technivorm has a hold-back function that slows or stops the flow of coffee into the carafe, steeping the grounds longer. It does this automatically, holding back the outflow of coffee for about 30 seconds before letting it drip into the carafe to ensure that water fully saturates the grounds; it also cuts off the flow if you pull out the carafe to pour a cup.

Brew-Through Lid

The carafe features a convenient brew-through lid.

Hand-Crafted Construction

The Technivorm is hand-built in the Netherlands and comes with a five-year warranty.

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