Last Updated: JANUARY 2021
Table of Contents
- Technivorm Moccamaster Models:
- Main Features of Moccamaster Coffee Brewer (features included in all models):
- Comparing Best Selling Moccamaster Models
- Moccamaster Compared to Other Brands
- Moccamaster Glass vs. Thermal, Which Do You Choose?
- Does Moccamaster Grind Coffee? What Is The Best Grind Setting? Grinding Coffee For Your Moccamaster:
- How Much Coffee Do You Put in a Moccamaster?
- Common Questions about Moccamaster Coffee Brewer
The Moccamaster is one of the SCAA (Specialty Coffee Association of America) approved coffee maker that you can trust to make you the best coffee at the exact right temperature with the best flavor. When I came across Technivorm’s Moccamaster coffee makers, I was surprised to see a large number of models available. I immediately felt overwhelmed by the available choices, which has led me to research and write this post.
Technivorm Moccamaster Models:
Moccamaster is available in two series:
Series K, which includes models: KBT, KBGT, KBG…
Series C, which includes models: CDGT, CDG, CD and more.
The areas in which these models are different are:
- The body: Rectangular housing or Round housing (Aesthetic difference only)
- The type of brew basket: manual adjust drip sto, auto drip stop or no drip stop.
- The type of carafe: glass or thermal.
- The capacity: 10-oz (Cup-one), 1-liter (32oz/8-cup), 1.25-liter (40oz/10-cup), 1.8-liter (60oz/15-cup)
Main Features of Moccamaster Coffee Brewer (features included in all models):
- SCAA- certified coffee maker.
- Brews at an optimal hot water temperature of 196 to 205 F.
- Brews a full pot in 6 minutes.
- Each Moccamaster Brewer is handmade in The Netherlands.
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Comparing Best Selling Moccamaster Models
Moccamaster KB 741 vs. KBG 741, What’s The Difference?
- KB 741: Manual drip-stop.
- KBG 741: Auto drip-stop.
- Both models have a glass carafe with auto-off hot warming plate.
- Both are a 10-cup capacity.
- Moccamaster KBG 741 is available in 13 colors.
Moccamaster KBT vs. CDT:
- Both models have a manual drip-stop brew basket.
- Both models have thermal stainless steel carafes.
- CDT has a 15-cup capacity.
- KBT has a 10-cup capacity.
- The CDT features a round housing.
- The KBT features a rectangular housing.
- Carafe designs are slightly different since the CDT holds more volume than the KBT.
- KBT is available in polished silver or black.
Moccamaster CD Grand vs. CDT Grand:
- CD has an auto drip stop.
- CDT has a manual auto drip.
- CD has a glass carafe.
- CDT has a thermal carafe.
- Both have a 15-cup capacity.
Moccamaster Cup One:
- Single cup Pod free Coffee maker
- Easy use, one button Operation and 4 minute brew time.Unique, copper boiling element rapidly heats water to control brewing temperature between 196º to 205º F which is important for coffee soluble extraction, then automatically switches off when the water reservoir is empty
- Brews a 10 oz. Cup of Coffee in 4 minutes
- Made with durable metal housings and BPA/BPS/bpf and phthalate free plastics
- Backed by a 5-year Manufacturers
If you want the great quality of a Moccamaster but in a compact size, the Cup One is an option. This is Moccamaster’s single-serve coffee maker with a capacity of 10 oz only. Built from the same durable materials of every Moccamaster, Cup One is a fuss-free coffee maker that makes one 10 oz cup of glorious coffee at a time using pre-immerision for that perfect bloom and natural pulse action for a full extraction.
Moccamaster Compared to Other Brands
Moccamaster vs. Breville Precision Brewer
Breville’s Precision Brewer offers a customizable experience that the Moccamaster does not have. It has 6 pre-sets to choose from, but if you want, you can customize the temperature, flow rate and bloom (pre-infusion) time. It has a larger capacity of 12 cups that it can brew in 7 minutes. It includes two filter baskets: a cone-shape and a flat bottom filter. And if you want, you can purchase a pour-over adapter that allows you to do V60 or other pour-over style coffee automatically. Unlike the Moccamaster, this brewer has auto-on feature. Click here to read the full review and comparisons of Breville Precision Brewer.
Moccamster vs Bonavita
Bonavita, similar to the Moccamaster, is great coffee maker without any of the fancy features. It has a simple on/off button and it will brew a pot to the Golden standard of Specialty Coffee Association. There are a few differences, though:
While Moccamaster brews to temperature range of 196F to 205F, Bonavita brews slightly hotter at 200 to 205F.
The Bonavita is sold as an 8-cup capacity, and the Moccamaster as a 10-cup capacity, however both coffee makers have a 40 oz water reservoir. Click here for Bonavita’s full post.
Moccamaster Glass vs. Thermal, Which Do You Choose?
When it comes to choosing between a glass carafe or a thermal carafe, first thing to think about is heat retention and how long each keeps the coffee hot.
Buying a Moccamaster (or any coffee maker) with a glass carafe means that the machine will have a hot plate for the carafe to stay on and keeps the coffee hot. On the Moccamaster, the hot plate will maintain a temperature of 176-185 F. This is slightly cooler than the 196-205 F brewing temperature, but it’s the ideal temperature for serving. The hot plate will remain on for 100 minutes before automatically shutting off.
On the other hand, the double-walled thermal carafe does not need a hot warming plate. According to Technivorm, their carafe keeps the coffee hot for up to an hour. Using the included travel lid, you’ll be able to prolong this time for a bit more. Speaking of, one of the cool things about having a thermal carafe is that it’s great for take-away. Whether you’re enjoying your coffee in your backyard or on a picnic in the park. Using the lid secures your coffee and keeps it hot for a while.
The other thing about glass vs thermal carafes is durability. Glass is always prone to accidents and it’s easily breakable. Thermal carafes are rather durable and you can’t worry about knocking them out.
When it comes to cleaning, both should be easy to clean. But, the design of Moccamaster’s 10-cup thermal carafe has a bit of a narrow top, which can make it a bit harder to reach inside the carafe to clean.
Does Moccamaster Grind Coffee? What Is The Best Grind Setting? Grinding Coffee For Your Moccamaster:
Since Moccamaster is an automatic pour-over coffee maker, then you’ll want to use a medium-fine grind for the perfect brew.
If you need a coffee grinder, you can read our post on the best burr grinders to buy.
Moccamaster have also created a grinder especially made to accompany their coffee makers…
- Stainless steel blade, aluminum housing, BPA/BPS/bpf & phthalate free plastics
- Turbo motor with fan cooled grinding chamber prevents overheating of beans
- Simple, easy to use, push-button operation
- Factory adjusted to the grind suitable for filter Coffee
- Hopper holds approximately 14oz of whole Coffee beans
However, for its price, I can safely say that it is certainly not recommended for many reasons:
- It is a steel blade grinder and not a burr grinder.
- It is factory adjusted, which means you cannot change the grind setting for any brewing method other than drip coffee.
What makes the Moccamaster grinder on the higher price end is the fact that it is made in The Netherlands, just like their coffee makers. So the best part about this grinder is its high quality build.
How Much Coffee Do You Put in a Moccamaster?
How much coffee you need to use will depend on the capacity of coffee you want make. You can start with a 1:16 ratio, that’s 1 gram of coffee per 16 grams of water.
If you’re brewing to the 6 cup mark (that’s 4 oz per cup, so 6 cups translate to about 24 oz), that’s 750g of water, which means you’ll need about 47g of coffee.
Brewing the full 10 cup capacity, which is 1.25L, you will need 78g of coffee.
If the brew turns out to be less satisfactory that you’d like it, then alter the ratio. A ratio of 1:15 would give you a stronger cup, ratio of 1:17 would give you a smoother cup.
You can also alter your grind settings to fine-tune the taste of your brew.
Common Questions about Moccamaster Coffee Brewer
– What Does Auto Drip-stop or Manual Drip-stop Mean?
When the brewer is done filling up the coffee pot with a fresh brew, as you move the pot, some coffee still remains in the spout or brew basket that continues to drip. A drip-stop feature is used to stop this dripping. When you go with a manual drip-stop, you have to flick a switch before you remove your carafe to stop any dripping, when you use an auto drip-stop, this is done automatically. On the manual option, it also allows you to control how long your coffee steeps before it goes down to the carafe, but if not watched correctly, it could overflow.
– Is The Stainless Steel Thermal Carafe Lined with Glass?
No, it’s double-stainless steel with no glass lining, which is comforting since glass-lined thermal carafes tend to shatter sometimes.
– What Kind of Filter Does Moccamaster Use?
Flat-bottom filters are used, paper filters are recommended over the use of permanent filters since mesh filters can retain oils and clog easily.
– Can I Brew Less Than The Full Capacity?
Yes, you can. You’ll find markings for making 2, 4, 6, 8 or 10 cups. Some models lack these marks, but you can still brew less than full capacity.
– Does Moccamaster Have Auto-Start Feature?
No, none of the Moccamaster models has an auto start feature.
Does the Moccamaster Turn Off Automatically?
Yes, in most models, it will automatically turn off after 100 minutes. Except for the Moccamaster Cup One, which turns off automatically after the reservoir is emptied.
Where Is Moccamaster Made?
All Moccamaster machines are still made in the Netherlands.