Moccamaster KBT Review
The first thing I noticed about the Moccamaster KBT was the aesthetic of it. It might well be the most beautiful looking home drip brewer I’ve ever seen. But to focus solely on this aspect would be doing this coffee maker a disservice. Behind the beautiful exterior is an incredibly powerful and high quality drip machine.
The KBT is a 10-cup brewer, and will only take around 6 minutes to brew to capacity. This was the first thing that impressed me about its functionality. Not only is it fast, but the coffee brewed is outstanding every time, particularly when using high quality beans. I’ve found that with some drip coffee makers, using a higher quality bean doesn’t do much to improve flavor and there’s often a limit to how good the coffee can be. But this is not the case with the Moccamaster. It really seems like there’s no upper limit on how fantastic the coffee can taste with this machine. If you use the perfect brewing method and the finest ingredients, the KBT will really rival any other home drip machine when it comes to flavor potential.
The temperature of the brew basket consistently remains at the desired 200-204F throughout the entire process and the thermal carafe has the ability to keep coffee hot at a solid temperature of around 150F for over 5 – and almost 6 hours. Of all the drip machines I’ve measured with a thermal carafe, this one outperforms them all. The consistent hot temperature is in part due to the clever insulation system of the KBT. Water is siphoned from the heating chamber and through an insulated plastic tube – a feature a lot of lower end coffee makers lack.
Design and Usability
It’s obvious that a lot of thought went into the design and usability of the Moccamaster KBT. One of my favorite features is the funnel-lipped carafe, which comes as a substitute to the more traditional spout mechanism found on other carafes. The funnel lip means that the user is able to pour coffee from virtually every angle/direction. Since it’s a thermal carafe, there’s no need for a hot plate and the carafe sits in a docking station. When you insert the carafe, a safety button is depressed. This ensures that the brewing process cannot begin whilst the carafe is not inserted.
The Moccamaster is controlled with a simple On/Off power switch, and whilst there is no timer, the machine shuts off automatically at the end of the brewing cycle. Additional control is available in the form of a 3 position switch on the side of the filter basket. (Full flow, partial flow and closed.)
Something I have to mention whenever talking about this coffee maker is the inspired brewing process. The water tank is filled, the coffee is added and starting the process is as simple as swiveling the water arm into place above the basket, screwing the Brew-Thru-Lid into the mouth of the carafe and placing the carafe into its dock. During the brewing process you will be treated to a display of bubbles rising upwards in the center of the water tank as the machine drips the water through your coffee grounds.
The removable parts of the Moccamaster KBT are not dishwasher safe. However, cleaning this drip machine by hand is extremely painless. All parts are large and very easily detached and thanks to the design are largely held in place by gravity alone. So there’s no fiddling or frustration involved with trying to assemble or disassemble the drip machine in between brews.
Don’t let the luxury design of this drip coffee maker fool you into thinking it’s all style and no substance. The functionality of the Moccamaster KBT is possibly even more impressive than its beauty, and for serious coffee makers this is one of the best drip machines you can find at any price based on maximizing the flavor potential of your finest beans.
It’s true that this machine is a little pricier than some of its competitors, but in my opinion the higher cost is perfectly warranted. You will certainly get more bang for your buck when purchasing this machine, and as usual Technivorm have impressed me with their ability to produce not only a good looking appliance, but one that really does its job – and does it well.
Brews at a consistent temperature and thermal carafe keeps coffee hot for up to 6 hours
Inspired double coil insulated heating system
Beautiful artisan design
Brews 10-cups in just under 6 minutes
Funnel lip carafe and Brew-Thru-Lid for more convenient pouring
Unlocks maximum flavor from beans