Why America’s Test Kitchen Calls the Technivorm Moccamaster the Best Automatic Drip Coffee Maker

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This hand-built Dutch machine will brew the best-tasting coffee you’ve ever made at home. No matter how many gallons we brewed using its intuitive design, it produced smooth and full-flavored coffee every time. Certified by the Specialty Coffee Association of America, the updated version of our old favorite meets time and temperature guidelines with utter consistency. As a result, it produces a “smooth,” “velvety” brew. It’s also intuitive to use.

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How did we put automatic drip coffee makers to the test?


We used the same batch of freshly roasted, freshly ground beans; brewed the beans with spring water; and followed manufacturer directions for a full pot. We held a blind taste test, assessing flavor, acidity, body, and overall appeal.


We brewed full pots, measuring brew cycle time, water temperature, and the percentage of the brew time that the water temperature was in the ideal range. Models that brewed coffee in no more than 8 minutes and kept water between 195 and 205 degrees for nearly 90 percent of the cycle—industry standards for optimal flavor—rated best.


We assessed the coffee maker’s and the carafe’s construction and user-friendliness, including how difficult it was to fill the water reservoir and load the coffee and filter; to set up and start the machine and monitor its progress; and to open, close, and pour from the carafe, as well as to remove the used grounds and clean up.


All carafes kept the coffee at or above 165 degrees for 1 hour and 150 degrees for 2 hours. Carafes that kept the most heat got more stars, but the score didn’t affect a machine’s ranking.


We listed the water capacity of each machine in ounces because the definition of a “cup” is not standardized throughout the coffee industry. Coffee-maker “cups” range from 4 to 6 ounces.

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Ali Albahadl says:

That moment she ROASTs your coffee maker

Brooke Bogan says:

But the basket is plastic,,,, not good

Douglas Seidlitz says:

Nope. No timer to set it at night.

Allen Miller says:

Using freshly ground beans will affect the taste of coffee the most. Next comes consistent water temperature at he brew head in the desired range for good coffee brewing. ATK compared a few well known coffee makers and and all but 2 of them did not get to the correct temperature.

mechdiff says:

I believe the company Bonavita makes a similar product at a lower price.

paul dow says:

i over pour with mellita . obtain artfully satisfying results.
without gadgetry.

dannydebonis says:

Your hair’s looking great!

Seattle Coffee Gear says:

Great brewer and company. Thanks for the review!

Juan Meza says:

So this “amazing” coffee maker makes you use paper filters? Smells like bullshit and is a commercial. Get them dollars A.T.K.

terran warbears says:

Anyone say this to much why not get sec hand thy are much less and thy give same koffie.

I got old kgb 741 from my mother who dont need it any more. even i dont drink coffie i just love looks and sound it makes. so long i can remeber we got this type one in our home am now 35

Am from the Nederlands

New AG Garden says:

It looks like the carafe would be hard to wash with that small opening. At least for those of us without a dishwasher, and who have to use our hot little hands to wash up 🙂

Nasir Pervaiz says:

This is the best Review of Technivorm Moccamaster Drip Coffee Maker Buyers Guide & Expert In-depth Review

DesertDigger1 says:

This is way out of league for the average American kitchen.My $20.00 B&D drip maker actually makes a good cup of Joe.

Scott Lane says:

I recently got a Technivorm, but with the glass carafe, and love it – best coffee ever without a doubt. I’m tasting flavors and nuances that my prior machine just never could produce. Two questions, though:

(1) How does this automatic 30-second hold-back that you describe actually work? And by this I mean, what mechanism do you see, or know about, that actually automatically holds back the coffee for the 30 seconds? I do not see anything in the drip basket that would cause or implement this 30-second hold-back. To me, on the newer model (without the manual switch), the valve at the bottom of the basket is either open when you put the carafe into position, or closed when you take it out. I’d love to learn more about how this feature works because I just don’t see it . . .

(2) I was initially hesitant to go with the glass carafe with the warmer for the same reasons you state – that the coffee could get burnt sitting in the glass carafe on the hot plate. Technivorm states that is specifically addresses this by keeping the plate at something like a 155 – 185 degree level and no hotter, which, they say, prevents the burning you talk about. The second switch on the glass carafe model, in fact, controls whether the burner is on the lower temp or the slightly higher one. Any input on whether Technivorm’s close attention to the warmer plate issue is successful or not? I.E., does it do what it says it does, and not burn the coffee? Also, I’m liable to go through the pot in less than an hour, so if the concern is long-term (hour-plus) burning, but the short term is fine, that would be good information to know, too.


TLYSMJ says:

i have and sale this product and it’s amazing

Brooke Bogan says:

Whats the point of using glass and then sending the hot water into the plastic basket,,
even bpa free plastic is bad for us. Sorry you almost had me until the basket

Prodigal Son says:

Yes, it’s expensive, compared to other coffee makers. But, let’s do the math: $325, for 7 pots a week, 52 weeks a year…that’s less than a dollar a day, and with a 5-year warranty, you’re gonna get at least that long…so $.20 a day on average for excellent coffee? And even less the longer it lasts? I don’t know about you, but that’s fine by me. I’d rather spend an extra $.20 a day for amazing coffee. I presently use an insulted stainless steel French press, but I am seriously considering upgrading to this model.

Jon Haba says:

I just had a cup of coffee with this machine at my friend’s house. Best Damn cup of coffee I’ve ever had.

midas maas says:

I just bought this machine second hand for about 50 dollars with a delonghi coffeegrinder for the same price, when I moved out of my parents house. My parrents had a 500 dollar Saeco coffeemaker. My coffee tastes almost as good. Pretty great if you ask me.

Street Dogs says:

I’m really thinking about buying one of these because you can replace the parts when it breaks down unlike the last guy to spend a $1000 for a snowblower you can buy them for $450 my Toro has lasted 30 years so far.
This is an ad whether you like it or not where you can tell that, is go to their website and see if they’re selling these,, they are so that right there makes it not a bias to review. There’s nothing wrong with that,that’s how you make money in America but everyone quoting all these numbers in places to go look and how they can’t do that you’re wrong they’re selling them.

Epicurus says:

I haven’t tried the Technivorm but in my experience IKEA’s big coffee machines in their cafe make the best drip coffee. The Technivorm looks like a mini version and even sounds like an IKEA product.

M T says:

I can vouch for the Technivorm. the best cup of drip coffee money can buy.

inka311 says:

All these cooks in the background walking back and forth  make my head  spin. What a mess of a show.

Kevin Sawyer says:

I purchased this based on your recommendation. I’ve had it almost a year now. Every day, perfect coffee! Thanks for the recommend! I would have never found this.

K boo says:

I’ve had my Technivorm for at least 5 years now. I am known, thru my peers, as the best coffee and home made bread. I do not like the price, but, I use my machine 2 times a day and my coffee is consistently delicious. My complaint, plastic water reservoir. At $300 they should have used glass.

Heather Spoonheim says:

Bah, I mix instant coffee with pencil shavings and plunk that into fully boiling water – then strain through gym socks and add horse radish. Ok, it’s not great coffee, but it keeps people from visiting so I have more time to watch these videos.

karenamanda1958 says:

Too expensive. How about some less pricey options that are acceptable?

tacomahnster says:

I tried a Moccamaster for about a week and ended up returning it because of how poorly it dispersed water over the grounds. I kept getting pot after pot of sour coffee. I did some research on this and apparently the trick is to stir the coffee grounds periodically while its brewing. Once I did this, the coffee turned out excellent.

For $300 though, I shouldn’t have to do this… Get a Bonavita instead!

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