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    Published on June 22nd, 2016 | by Greg


    Technivorm Moccamaster KBT 10-Cup Brewer: Beautiful Coffee

    If you’re a serious coffee fan, chances are that you’ve explored quite a few different ways to make your brew- pourovers via Chemex, French press methods, maybe even single-serve machines. But the trusty classic method that has long adorned countertops across the world is a drip coffee maker, which comes in so many varieties and models that you may be tempted to simply buy the cheapest basic one you can find. Don’t do that- there is far more than meets the eyes.

    Take the Technivorm Moccamaster KBT 741, one of the newest coffee brewers from this company based in the Netherlands that still manufactures and assembles their machines by hand as they have for the past 50 years. Backed by a five-year warranty, they claim that it will be an appliance you can use for much of your life, intended for long-term daily use. We might not be able to give it such a lengthy test, but over the past month or so, we’ve been using it as often as possible in the caffeine-addicted environment of our offices. While newer brewing gear might get buzz, this is the sort of machine you want on your team when you’re dealing with dedicated javaheads- it can make a pot quickly in about six minutes, quietly, and then do it all over again. Clean-up is simple, and there aren’t any fancy features to get in the way of great results.

    And the design might seem basic at first glance, minimalist but balanced, and if it seems familiar that might be because it has remained largely unchanged over four or more decades. It has a classic appearance that will look nice in just about any kitchen, and only one button. Others in the family come in a variety of colors, but this one comes with an insulated thermal carafe to help keep your coffee warm and thus a matching polished silver color (or black). It’s SCAA certified, and though that might not mean much to the average consumer, baristas know that the Specialty Coffee Association of America doesn’t put their seal of approval on too many machines.

    Brewing amazing coffee relies on great beans, ground well, dosed appropriately, and then prepared according to a couple of key items- water temperature (195-205° F) and even extraction, which relies on making all of the grounds fully wet thanks to the showerhead nozzle. All plastics are BPA free, and in fact heated water never comes into contact with plastic. There is no programmability though, so you can’t have it automatically brew your pot in the morning, and the carafe wasn’t the easiest to pour. Available now, online and in stores, expect to spend around $309 for the Moccamaster KBT 10-Cup Coffee Brewer- a lot to spend on a coffee maker, but this is one of the better-built and more consistent we’ve seen.

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    Greg dreamed up the idea for the Truly Network while living in Hawaii, which began with a single site called TrulyObscure. In 2010, when advertisers and readers were requesting coverage beyond the scope of that site, TrulyNet was launched, reaching a broader audience over a variety of niche sites. Formerly the head technology correspondent for the Des Moines Register at age 16, he has since lived and worked in five states and two countries, helping a list of organizations and companies that includes the United States Census Bureau, TripAdvisor, Events Photo Group, Berlitz, and Computer Geeks. He also served as the Content Strategy Manager for HearPlanet, a multi-platform app that has reached over a million users and has been featured in the New York Times, Hemispheres Magazine, National Geographic Adventure, Fox Business News, PC Magazine, and even Apple’s own iPhone ads. Greg has written as a restaurant critic and feature journalist for a number of national and international publications, including City Weekend Magazine, Red Egg Magazine, the Newton Daily News, Capital Change Magazine, and an arm of China Daily, Beijing Weekend. In addition, he has served as a consulting editor for the Foreign Language Press of Beijing, as well as a writer and editor for the George Washington University Hatchet, the school newspaper of his alma mater. Originally from Iowa, Greg is currently living in the West Village of Manhattan.

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