Technivorm MoccaMaster KBG Review
The Technivorm MoccaMaster KBG has everything you need to make a classic coffee brew.
Having read thousands of coffee reviews in my time as a Coffee Dork, I know that there are some features that are simply essential for brewing a good carafe consistently.
So, while the MoccaMaster brewing system doesn’t come with all the bells and whistles to make a million and one different beverages, we all agreed that Technivorm are onto a winner with their simple, one function coffee brewer.
This coffee machine really works seamlessly. Find out why simple features are often the best in our detailed review below…
- Fast brew time
- Great design & color options
- Very durable
- Drip-stop and auto-switch off functions
- Great tasting coffee
- Not dishwasher friendly
MoccaMaster KBG 741 Key Features
- 40oz (approximately 10 cups) drip coffee brewer,
- 20 different colors,
- Uses fresh grinds, not pods or cups,
- Drip-stop tech,
- Copper heating elements for long-term durability,
- 6-minute brew time for a full carafe,
- Glass carafe, metal and plastic brewer (BPA/BPS/BPF and phthalate free),
- Hotplate with 2 temperature settings,
- Auto turn off functionality,
- Modular design for replacement parts,
- Handmade in the Netherlands,
- 5-year warranty.
Performance and Functionality
This coffee machine has a very specific skill set. It will find you. And it will blow your socks off with an incredibly speedy performance and a full carafe of fresh, great tasting coffee.
40oz (1.25 liters) in 4 to 6 minutes is impressive. With room-temperature water and a previously warmed up machine, you’re looking at 4-minutes or less.
It performs like a dream. It has one function (to brew a carafe of coffee) and it does it amazingly well. You need to use paper filters (included in the box) and freshly ground coffee.
You can use 1 scoop for each cup you’re brewing or weigh it out for precision. You need around 7g of coffee per cup, depending on the specific type of coffee you’re using.
Filling the reservoir is simple: it’s a bucket shape so you’ve got a very wide mouth to pour into. It’s also made of clear plastic, so you can see the cup marks on the side. You don’t need to brew a full carafe every time. The only issue with the reservoir is that it’s not removable, which makes cleaning and carrying water from the tap to the machine a bit of a hazard.
When correctly used, this coffee system brews a perfect carafe of coffee. Key things to remember are:
- Use filtered water or soft water,
- Use paper filters not metal filters with this particular machine,
- Evenly grind your coffee beans,
- Use the right weight of grinds for the number of cups you want (7g approx.).
Weighing coffee is far more efficient than going by volume. You might need to experiment as lighter coffee bean types might need more grinds added for optimum flavor.
This coffee machine is precise and very good at what it was designed for. If your coffee doesn’t taste quite right from this machine, it’s probably down to human error!
Try adjusting the water/coffee volumes and check when it was last cleaned.
20 different color options sound excessive but once you’ve found that perfect color to suit your kitchen interiors, you’ll really fall in love with it.
We reviewed the polished silver model and was impressed with the modern vibes. The appearance is a mix between Keurig simplicity and a Ninja Coffee Bar brewer design. It has that modular, block upon block appearance with the carafe, brewing system and reservoir looking like separate units, however, they complement each other nicely.
Some colors, like Fresh Green, are painted on. Other colors, like Brushed Brass, are colored metals. In our opinion, the colored metals look far better than the painted-on colors.
It’s 14 inches tall, 12.75 inches wide and 6.5 inches deep. This fits with other medium/large coffee brewers… however, usually, coffee machines of this size have many functions and features to offer.
This machine is made to last – you can tell that this isn’t just a marketing phrase that Technivorm have come up with. They are so confident in the durability of their machines that they openly brag about their 5-year warranty included with every brewer.
The internal heating parts to brew the coffee and gently “roll” heat into the carafe are made from copper. Copper is built to last. It’s not going to corrode, wear away or take ages to heat up. It’s instant and insanely durable. Copper will last for years, unlike the usual aluminum that’s used.
The base of the brewer and long column holding up the reservoir are made of metal, which of course is very sturdy. Other parts of the machine, like the reservoir and brew chamber, are made of plastic. This isn’t as durable, although the plastic isn’t flimsy.
Cracks in the reservoir are one of the most common issues that people experience with this coffee machine.
Luckily, maintenance and replacing parts is extremely easy. Read more about that below…
Ease of Use
Brewing is simple. The machine is already set to brew at 200F, which is the optimal temperature for brewing coffee for the pre-set length of time, so all you need to do is flick the on/off switch.
The brew chamber basket also has switches– full, for brewing an entire carafe, or half full for brewing half a carafe or less. You can also use the manual close switch to stop the system during the brew cycle too.
The hot plate also has a switch – half circle for 175F or full circle for 185F.
The drip coffee system will switch off once the brew cycle is complete, while the hot plate will switch off after 100 minutes of inactivity.
So, fill the reservoir, put in your paper filter, add your coffee and start brewing.
Cleaning and Maintenance
Broken machine part? Don’t throw the entire coffee system away! Just give Technivorm a call. If you’re still in the 5-year warranty they’ll send a replacement part and you can very easily replace the parts that are broken. Even outside of the warranty period, replacing individual parts is cost effective and saves you from buying a whole new coffee maker.
Manually cleaning this machine isn’t difficult… but it’s not as easy and convenient as other coffee systems available. The reservoir is not detachable, and the carafe cannot go in the dishwasher. You’ll need to gently soap the carafe and brew chamber by hand with normal dishwashing detergent.
The descaling program is, like most coffee systems, simple to operate. Simply mix your descale solution with water and brew through the system like normal. Do this once with the descaling solution, letting it sit in the system by turning off the brew chamber during the cycle. Leave for however long is recommended on the descale solution bottle before running through water for a few cycles to really clean it out.
Technivorm recommends you use Dezcal™ by Urnex® during the descaling process and warn against using vinegar.
Do this every 3 months.
There’s no avoiding the fact that this coffee system is very expensive. Prepare to cash out several $100 bills for this brewer.
Many Coffee Dorks, including myself, really fell in love with this coffee system. It’s attractive, highly efficient and brews a very good carafe… which stays warm for hours thanks to the hot plate. These simple features ensure consistency. This is a coffee machine you’ll rely on for years to come.
But considering the price, you might be tempted to go for a different model that offers more functionality and can serve a range of different beverages. We wouldn’t blame you one bit. However, if you’re looking for simplicity and quality over functionality, this is the drip coffee system for you.
Anthony is a professional barista in the city of Chicago. He has written for many online publications on various topics related to coffee.