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Technivorm Moccamaster Thermal - Charles Higgins's Review
Posted: December 16, 2010, 8:02pm
review rating: 6.0
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Arrow The Technivorm Moccamaster Thermal has 76 Reviews
Arrow The Technivorm Moccamaster Thermal has been rated 7.89 overall by our member reviewers
Arrow This product has been in our review database since October 24, 2007.
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These are some of the best-written reviews for this product, as judged by our members.
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Al Ruscelli 9.48
Gregory Scace 8.52
John Frescki 8.33
Don Rutherford 8.00
C W 7.67

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Ratings and Stats Overall Rating: 9.0
Product Reviewed: Moccamaster Thermal
Manufacturer: Technivorm Quality: 9
Average Price: Varies Usability: 9
Price Paid: $199.00 Cost vs. Value 10
Where Bought: Boyd's Aesthetics 7
Owned for: 3 years Overall 10
Writer's Expertise: Professional Would Buy Again: Yes
Similar Items Owned: too many to list
Bottom Line: Want the best cup of drip coffee available? Moccamaster. WAY second best? Capresso MT500 and the Zojirush Fresh Brew.
Positive Product Points

Excellent, even grounds saturation
Sturdy, precise construction
Made in Holland, extremely tough EU safety specs
quality materials, simple, retro design
durable, reliable and safe
200+ degree brew temp, brought up to this in about a minute
fast brew time

Negative Product Points

high price
2010 Brew through lid feature addition should be a free upgrade
no programmable timer
not a great deal of coffee remains after a few mugs- always want more!

Detailed Commentary

I've owned the Zojirushi Fresh Brew, Capresso MT500, and many, many more. I like a few, but the Moccamaster is the best cup of coffee, hands-down. Its few shortcomings pale next to the thing it produces- the best cup of drip coffee available.

First, use a gold filter- NOT paper.

Second, use bottled or good well water-NEVER chlorinated tap water

Third, buy whole bean coffee from excellent roasters like Ritual, Intelligentsia in Chicago, Blue Bottle in SF, Stumptown in OR, etc.. Why spend three bills on a coffee machine and feed it second-rate roast+beans like Starbucks? The Moccamaster is not a 'miracle machine'- mediocre grind in- mediocre brew out.  The limiting factor of your results using this coffeemaker will be the beans, NOT the drip.

Fourth, disregard the 'review' by Andrew Grant. Regard the other 65 reviews on CoffeeGeek, the reviews of everyone from Cooks Illustrated to Amazon.com instead.. hell, disregard *mine*... just forget *any*  SINGLE 'review' that's 50% less favorable than the other 90% of HUNDREDS of very positive reviews of the Moccamaster.

Everyone's qualified to drink coffee, but apparently not everyone's qualified to evaluate coffee makers with competence. Look not at the individual review, but what MOST of the reviews flag as good and bad- that's what you'll be most likely to share as an experience should you buy a Moccamaster Thermal. For example- the 'Very poor water spray head design' is one 'bad'  point in Mr. Grant's review. The rest of Mr. Grant's review is equally inaccurate.. What makes no sense is that the spray head's been designed NOT to evenly 'spray' the grounds. The grounds are 'flooded' by the Technivorm, THEN the drip hits the carafe. There IS no 'sprayhead'. There's a simple, stainless-steel multi-orificed 'watering' bar that is designed to allow water into the brew cone with merely adequate coverage of the grounds. The design of the Moccamaster revolves around FLOODING the grounds in 200+ degree water, NOT 'spraying' the grounds like it's watering Yankee Stadium. Ignorant, wrong premise- ignorant, wrong conclusion. THAT'S why some 'reviews' of the Moccamaster are to be taken lightly.

In over three years of three-times daily use over more than a thousand days and nights, I've never had ONE malfunction, issue, breakage or bad cup of coffee. The coffee tastes as great now as the first cup I brewed out of the box. The $200.00 Baratza Virtuoso burr coffee grinder, however, has gone through THREE sets of burr grinder heads. I bought them both new at the same time. No breakage or wear and tear of any of the plastic pieces, carafe, or any other item. everything still works as it did as new- after over 3,000 full brewing cycles. I'm looking forward to a lot more great coffee out of this machine!

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