There's a bit of a holy grail in the brewed coffee world that not many manufacturers achieve - the ability of a consumer coffee machine to do the following:
- Introduce water at the proper (195-204F) temperatures to the bed of ground coffee
- Fully saturate and extract from the bed of ground coffee
- Complete a 10 cup (1250ml) brew in under 8 minutes (which allows for an optimal 4 to 6 minute saturation time for the bulk of the brewed coffee)
- Ensure good even distribution of the brewed coffee in the finishing container
- Keep the coffee fresh after brewing for at least 1 hour.
For a long time, I didn't know of any consumer machine that could do all of this. Some came close - certain Capresso models do a lot of what is necessary to pull off the holy grail, but temperature control is spotty at times.
Then there's the Technivorms.
These machines have been made for decades now - I've seen Technivorms from the 1970s - but up until recently, they were very difficult to find in the US or Canada. They are also the only consumer machine to pass the SCAA's certification program for home brewers, which is a fairly decent stamp of approval. Their claim to fame? Besides being called "ugly" by some (read my review for my opinion on this), they are most famous for exacting control of the brewing water temperatures delivered to the bed of coffee, and a rather innovative final delivery system inside the carafe that mixes coffee fully for you.
We were supplied one model in the Technivorm lineup, by Boyd's Coffee Company. The model we were supplied is the MoccaMaster CD model, which retails for $190. It is a glass carafe model with a controllable heating surface. Technivorms come in other variants, including thermal carafe models, which we will briefly address in this QuickShot Review.
For now, enjoy the rest of the review!