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Technivorm Moccamaster Thermal - RICHARD HEALY's Review
Posted: November 21, 2007, 2:12pm
review rating: 4.5
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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: 2.0
Product Reviewed: moccamaster CDT/40/741T
Manufacturer: technivorm Quality: 3
Average Price: Varies Usability: 1
Price Paid: $230.00 Cost vs. Value 1
Where Bought: george Howell Aesthetics 4
Owned for: 6 months Overall 1
Writer's Expertise: Pro Roaster Would Buy Again: No
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Bottom Line: This is an overpriced machine with very serious design flaws
Positive Product Points

Makes very hot water

Negative Product Points

Flimsy construction of basket.
Continues to drip after brewing
No automatic off switch
Sprayhead does not distribute hot water evenly over grounds.

Detailed Commentary

I had very high hopes for this coffee maker.  After reading all of the positive reviews and spending $230.00, I  "knew"  I was purchasing the best coffee maker made.  It was only after a few weeks of use that I came to the realization that I was not happy with the brewed coffee.   The most serious and absolutely critical design defect is the shower head which does not distribute  hot water evenly over the  grounds.  The resulting "puddle" means that most of the grounds are not in contact with the water.  Stopping the brewing and stirring the grounds, as others suggest, is not only awkward but does not resolve the problem since the remaining  brew cycle is dropping the water on the center of the grounds.  The lack of an automatic off switch or a brew interruption switch as well as the poorly designed brew basket shows incredibly poor engineering.  In the end, the only positive feature on the machine is an extraordinarily powerful and well built boiler.
That just isn't enough for me and  I am back using my  Chemex  in the morning.

Buying Experience

GHCC is efficient and professional.  No complaints at all.

Three Month Followup

Please see detailed commentary of revised review.

One Year Followup

After almost two years of periodically using this coffee maker I have come to the conclusion that it is simply  worth neither the time nor effort to brew acceptable coffee.  The technvorm is seriously over-rated.
I will stick with Chemex for superior coffee and ease of use

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