Which Technivorm Moccamaster Should You Buy?

Technivorm Moccamaster

Technivorm’s Dutch coffee machine is known worldwide as the best drip coffee makers that money can buy. But now that you’ve chosen to spend some extra cash to get the quality and durability of the Moccamaster, you’re probably left staring at all these models and wondering,  “What Moccamaster should I buy?”

It can be daunting to decide which Technivorm Moccamaster to purchase. More than 20 Moccamaster models are made by Technivorm, each with a different combination of letters (and in some instances, numbers) at the end of their name. And they don’t look all that different from each other when you first look at them:

We’re here to assist. The alphabetic madness used by Technivorm in naming its models is a technique peculiar to them. We’ll do our best to clarify that here. It would be best if you came away with a clear idea of a Moccamaster to buy.

We’re going to assume you’re looking at Moccamasters brewing 5-10 cups of coffee at once for domestic use. 

For offices and cafés, the company also produces Grand models. We presume this isn’t for you. And if you’re looking for a single-cup manufacturer, one of those named the Cup-One is made by Technivorm. But this post is mainly concerned with the home’s traditional family-size coffee maker.

How Technivorm Moccamaster models are named

Technivorm Moccamaster

A sequence of letters normally distinguishes the model names of Technivorm Moccamaster at the end. They have numbers occasionally, but it is mainly the letters that count. Their famous unit, for instance, is the KBG, which you can sometimes see written as KBG 741. They’re the same thing. What counts is the KBG part, as this is the only model with that unique combination of letters.

Here’s what the letters represent, and in more depth below, we will clarify the differences:

KBRectangular body column
GAutomatic drip stop
TThermal steel carafe
CDCylindrical body column
HSingle-setting hotplate (Europe only)

So there is a rectangular body column (KB) and automatic drip-stop in the KBG model mentioned above (G). The omission of a T implies that it has a glass carafe rather than thermal steel, and the absence of an H implies that it has two temperature settings for the hotplate. (If you’re wondering why it has a 741 attached to the name, sometimes that’s possibly a reference to the KBG 741, the basic model published in 1974 by Technivorm.)

Now that you understand which features the letters represent let’s discuss what those features mean to you and your coffee maker.

Glass vs. thermal carafe

The first and most significant choice you have to make when deciding on a Moccamaster is if you want a glass or thermal steel carafe. 

Your unit comes with a hotplate if you want a mug, and your carafe has to be on it to keep the coffee warm. Separate elements power the hotplate and boiler so that the hotplate can hold the coffee at the optimal serving temperature of 176-185 F instead of the 196-205 F appropriate for brewing.

There is no hotplate for models with a thermal carafe. That means you can take the carafe and set it down in a separate room. At serving temperature, the double-walled stainless steel container can hold the coffee. Also, with a thermal carafe, you achieve mobility.

Generally, the blend of glass and hotplate makes coffee hotter for longer. A thermal carafe will do the job for a couple of hours, but no more. Before brewing the coffee, one technique is to heat the stainless steel carafe using hot water. You don’t have to do this, but it will sustain the heat.

The glass carafe, of course, is more fragile than steel. It is known that Technivorm’s glass is especially solid; however, it does not match the strength of steel.

With its broader opening, the glass carafe is a little easier to clean. It is not only easier to get your hand in, but it also seems like the glass does not need as much vigorous scrubbing as the steel.

The taste expressed by the materials is one last factor. Some people have found that stainless steel gives coffee a taste, particularly if it has long been in contact with the coffee. You would rarely hear the same thing being said about glass. This is not worth worrying about if you drink your coffee rather than keeping it around shortly after brewing. But if you’re likely to keep your coffee sitting for a while, it’s something to remember.

Now that you have some glass carafe vs. thermal steel detail, what is it going to be? These are the models you now have available to you once you’ve decided:

 GlassThermal steel
10-cup• KBG• KB• HB (Europe)• HBG (Europe)• KBGT• KBT• CDGT• CDT
8-cup• KBS• KBTS

Technivorm Moccamaster 59691 KB Coffee Brewer

Technivorm 59691 KB Coffee Brewer, 40 oz, Brushed silver
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Technivorm 59691 KB Coffee Brewer, 40 oz, Brushed silver
  • Manual-adjust drip-stop brew-basket with glass carafe. Watts: 1475 Watt
  • Simple to operate and quiet brewing process that brews a full carafe in just 6 minutes. Volume-1.25 Liters / 40 oz / 10 cups. Dimensions- Height- 14 H inch,Width-12.75 W inch, Depth-6.50 D inch
  • Unique, copper boiling element rapidly heats water to control brewing temperature between 196 to 205 degrees Fahrenheit which is important for coffee soluble extraction, then automatically switches off when the water reservoir is empty
  • Made with durable metal housings and BPA/BPS/BPF & Phthalate free plastics
  • The glass carafe maintains coffee quality, integrity and taste on a unique, independent hot-plate element engineered to hold coffee temperature between 175 to 185 degrees Fahrenheit for a maximum 100 minutes and then automatically shuts off

Technivorm Moccamaster 79112 KBT Coffee Brewer

Technivorm Moccamaster 79112 KBT Coffee Brewer, 40 oz, Polished Silver
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Technivorm Moccamaster 79112 KBT Coffee Brewer, 40 oz, Polished Silver
  • The top coffee maker choice of coffee brewing experts
  • Easy use, one button Operation and 4-6 minute brew time for 40 oz. of Coffee
  • Manual adjust brew basket allows you to customize your Coffee
  • This Coffee maker features a stainless steel thermal carafe to keep Coffee hot longer
  • Backed by a 5-year Warranty

Capacity: 8-cup or 10-cup

Capacity should possibly be your next concern. Since we presume you’re buying a standard coffee maker for your household and not a coffee machine, that means 10 cups or 8 cups.

Please remember that Technivorm is a company in Europe, and coffee cups in Europe are smaller. A cup is considered 4 ounces by Technivorm. That’s half of a standard cup for measuring. Coffees usually start at 12 ounces in the US. So, if you purchase a 10-cup machine named by Technivorm, it will brew 40 ounces, which is the equivalent of around 3.5 mugs. You get less than three mugs if you purchase an 8-cup machine.

Suppose you realize that you do want an 8-cup thermal steel carafe unit, awesome! You’re done. Get the Technivorm KBTS Moccamaster for yourself.

Technivorm Moccamaster 79212 KBTS Coffee Brewer

Technivorm Moccamaster 79212 KBTS Coffee Brewer, 32 oz, Polished Silver
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Technivorm Moccamaster 79212 KBTS Coffee Brewer, 32 oz, Polished Silver
  • The top coffee maker choice of coffee brewing experts
  • Easy use, one button Operation and 4-6 minute brew time for 40 oz of Coffee
  • Manual adjust brew basket allows you to customize your Coffee
  • This Coffee maker features a stainless steel thermal carafe to keep Coffee hot longer
  • Backed by a 5-year Warranty

The ‘K means that there is a hotplate with two settings for the unit. Your coffee will be kept in the lower setting at 175 F, while the hotter setting will turn it up to 185 F. Both are perfectly appropriate serving temperatures, and if you leave the carafe on there for some time, none will ruin your coffee.

Only the lower hotplate setting is available for the ‘H’ models, so the only option is around 180 F. Anything other than that, their ‘K’ equivalents match these machines.

The only remaining difference is the ‘G’ after you’ve selected between a ‘H’ model and a ‘K’ model. One will have it, and the other will not. The ‘G’ is all about the drip stop, and it can either be manual or automatic for the drip stop.

Thermal steel carafe- 10-cup machine

Your alternatives here are the KBT, KBGT, CDT, and  CDGT.

Let’s begin by differentiating the models of ‘KB’ from the models of ‘CD’.

The ‘KB’ signifies a machine with the conventional rectangular column as the main housing in steel carafe models. The ‘CD indicates a cylindrical column.’

Technivorm Moccamaster 79312 KBGT Coffee Brewer

Technivorm Moccamaster 79312 KBGT Coffee Brewer, 40 oz, Polished Silver
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Technivorm Moccamaster 79312 KBGT Coffee Brewer, 40 oz, Polished Silver
  • The top coffee maker choice of coffee brewing experts
  • Easy use, one button Operation and 4-6 minute brew time for 40 oz of Coffee
  • Auto adjust brew basket pauses The drip if the carafe is removed
  • This Coffee maker features a stainless steel thermal carafe to keep Coffee hot longer
  • Backed by a 5-year Warranty

This is simply a cosmetic distinction. They’re going to be brewing the same coffee, so it’s just a matter of choosing which one looks the best for you.

The only remaining distinction is the ‘G’ after you’ve settled on either rectangular or cylindrical. One will have it, and one won’t. 

Technivorm Moccamaster CDGT Coffee Brewer

Technivorm Moccamaster CDGT Coffee Brewer, 40 oz, Polished Silver
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Technivorm Moccamaster CDGT Coffee Brewer, 40 oz, Polished Silver
  • The top thermal carafe Coffee maker choice of coffee brewing experts
  • Easy use, one button Operation and 4-6 minute brew time for a 10 cup carafe of Coffee
  • Perfectly brewed Coffee Delivered by our copper element and no Pumps
  • Coffee maker features a stainless steel thermal carafe to keep Coffee hot longer
  • Backed by a hassle free 5-year. Volts - 120V. Watts- 1400W

What is a drip-stop?

Moccamasters come with either a manual or an automatic drip-stop (differentiated by the presence of G). The drip stop is a mechanism that regulates the flow of coffee into the carafe and from the brew basket. It is simply a valve that can be opened or closed at the base of the basket, or in the instance of a manual drip stop, half-open.

Moccamaster manual vs. auto drip stop

What drip-stop you want should depend on how much control you want over the method of brewing. Except for stopping the coffee flow when you detach the carafe from underneath the basket, the automatic drip-stop does not do much. So you can detach the carafe if you’re halfway through a brew and can’t wait to pour yourself a cup, and the unit will stop flowing before it is replaced. You won’t make a mess. An automated drip-stop, else, is for the set-it-and-forget-it people.

At any point in the brewing process, a manual Moccamaster drip-stop helps you pause or delay the flow, so you have a lot more control. This helps more sophisticated brewing to take place. For coffee lovers who want to explore, it’s perfect. For example, to “bloom” the coffee grounds for 30 seconds, you can let in some little water and then restore the flow.

Or if you’d like to make a very small batch of coffee, maybe 1-3 cups, you can reduce the flow by making the drip stop half-open, or even close it and keep the water for a few minutes in the brew basket before letting it out. The optimal coffee saturation time is 4-6 minutes, so each of these steps will guarantee that the water does not flow too quickly through the grounds and leave your coffee under-extracted.

The automatic drip-stop is, in short, less complex but less versatile. The manual drip stop demands a bit more of you but can reward you at any amount with great-tasting coffee.

How to use a Moccamaster

Just because the Moccamaster has advanced features doesn’t mean it’s difficult to use. Like with most drip coffee makers, the mechanism is just the same.

  1. A thin layer of complexity is applied to those with the manual drip stop, but not much.
  2. Moccamaster reservoir with lines signifying the volume of water
  3. Markings indicate the water volume on the reservoir.
  4. Start with the power off at all times.
  5. Fill the cold water tank. It has markers that display the number of cups.
  6. Insert a reusable filter or a paper filter in the brew basket.
  7. Now it is time for the coffee to be added.

How to grind coffee for Moccamaster

You want a medium-fine grind of your coffee from the Moccamaster. If you have ever ground for a Chemex or a classic pour-over coffee, you want to do a little more than that. During your first few brews, experiment slightly, and you’ll eventually get it perfect.

How much coffee goes into a Moccamaster?

Six scoops per liter of water are the perfect Moccamaster coffee scoop ratio. The unit comes with a scoop that holds about two tablespoons (10 grams), so for every liter of water, you’ll want six of those (60 grams). Seven scoops if you’re going to brew ten full cups.

Now, check that the drip stop is open. If you have a manual drip stop and it is in a vertical direction, the brew basket will overflow if the water in your reservoir surpasses its capacity.

Manual drip stops have three positions: half-open, open, and closed. The half-open configuration for small batches prevents the water from flowing too quickly and shortens the extraction time. You’re all set now. Switch the power on. Choose your temperature, usually, the hotter one, if you have a hotplate model with two settings, except you are brewing a very small batch and wouldn’t want it to stay warm for long.

Your brew is finished when the coffee stops dripping. Please dispose of your coffee grounds and enjoy your coffee while reading our short history of the Moccamaster.

The story of Technivorm Moccamaster

The Dutch industrial designer and engineer Gerard-Clement Smit founded Technivorm in the Netherlands in 1964. He had mainly been designing ladders and so on, but he came across a coffee maker he felt he could build on, and he produced the first Moccamaster in 1968.

However, several qualities differentiated Moccamaster. What Smit nailed was the temperature of the brew and time from a pure coffee point of view. Brew time for Moccamasters varies from 4-8 minutes, and the temperature is always between 196 and 205 F at the scientifically proven sweet spot for coffee. 

Back in the day, the Moccamaster was plastic. Still, Technivorm is one of the unusual companies that have continued to improve the quality of their goods and materials as they evolve instead of heading in the other direction. Today, every Moccamaster is still made by hand in the Netherlands. The housing columns are now made of robust aluminum instead of the original plastic. Any plastic components they have are BPA-free. And one of the most significant features of the unit is its heating element, which is made of copper rather than aluminum. This makes it possible to heat very quickly to the ideal, precise temperatures. Technivorm Moccamaster parts are designed to be easily replaced if necessary.

Technivorm’s dedication to quality has enabled them to sell more than 10 million Moccamaster units since 1968. They’re all over Skandinavien and several areas of northern Europe. More recently, they’ve started to dominate America. (The sleek mid-century modern style doesn’t hurt—the Museum of Modern Art in New York City even sells Moccamasters in its shop). If you check the accredited Specialty Coffee Association of America Coffee Makers list, you’ll discover somewhere around 12 Moccamaster models. Moccamaster is also the gold standard as drip coffee makers go.

Is Moccamaster worth the money?

Moccamaster is worth every penny, in the sense that it deserves to be the most expensive drip coffee maker on the market. It’s sure to make the best coffee. It’s guaranteed to last the longest. Very few people that bought one of them would refute this.

However, this is a subjective issue. Not everybody can afford to spend more than $300 on a coffee maker. There are many coffee makers out there at one-third of the price that will meet most people’s needs just great.

If you want the best and don’t mind paying for it, be rest assured that the Moccamaster won’t disappoint you.

And by now, probably, you know which Moccamaster you’re supposed to buy.

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Self-proclaimed coffee drinker. I would, on a typical day, start my day by grinding my coffee with a manual grinder and use a French Press as a starter (2 cups), then a pour-over in the afternoon (4 cups). I had my fair share as a barista but I prefer to drink it, not serve it.