Hands-on Gear Review

Technivorm Moccamaster KBG 741 Review

Price:   $330 List | $309.00 at Amazon
Pros:  Good taste, unique aesthetics
Cons:  Expensive
Bottom line:  Makes good coffee and offers snazzy styling, but also has a very high price tag
Editors' Rating:   
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Capacity (cups):  10
Automatic Brewing:  No
Dimensions:  13.4" x 6.7" x 14.2"
Manufacturer:   Technivorm

Our Verdict

The Technivorm Moccamaster KBG 741 is a great all around coffee maker, but we don't feel that it quite lives up to its high price tag. It can make quite a good cup of coffee and has some snazzy aesthetics, but there are other models that can make better coffee and cost less. For example, the OXO On Barista Brain made the best coffee of any of our coffee makers and costs $130 less. IT also has some nice touches, like an automatic brewing timer, that the Moccamaster does not have. Therefore, unless you really love the Moccamaster's distinct styling, we wouldn't recommend it.

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Our Analysis and Test Results

Review by:
Max Mutter and Steven Tata

Last Updated:
December 4, 2017

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Score Product Price Our Take
Editors' Choice Award
The closest you'll get to manual brew taste with a machine
Can almost match the OXO in terms of taste but costs about half as much
Top Pick Award
Convenient, and tastes significantly better than Keurig machines
Great if you're looking for a unique looking countertop appliance, but you can get better coffee for much less
A modern looking machine that will work well for people that like their coffee smooth but not bold
Makes a good cup, but others in the same price range do the same and are a bit easier to use
Best Buy Award
An inexpensive machine that makes good coffee and has a programmable function
Average taste doesn't live up to that of less expensive mahcines
Top Pick Award
Our top choice for those that like K-Cups
A super convenient Keurig machine that brings a slight reduction in the plastic taste
Inexpensive yet makes a pretty good cup, but does take its time in doing so
Incredibly convenient, but some may find the plastic taste of the pods overwhelming
Incredibly fast, but only if you leave it on and preheating 24/7, likely better for a dinner than a kitchen
The coffee isn't great, but if you use all the attachments to make milk and syrup drinks it tastes alright
Good for those that like very mellow and smooth coffee, and have extra time in the morning for the involved cleaning process
Weak, watery coffee relegated this machine to the bottom of our scoresheets

The Technivorm Moccamaster KBG 741 produced good coffee in our testing. However, given its very high price point, it would only really be worthwhile if it made the best coffee. Therefore we would recommend the OXO On Barista Brain to those looking for the best morning cup possible.

Performance Comparison

The Moccamaster earned one of the top scores in our testing, as you can see in the table above. Below we discuss its specific performance in all of the different tests we conducted.


The coffee we made with the Moccamaster ranged from decent to good, earning it a slightly above average taste score of 7 out of 10. The manufacturer suggests using just 42g of coffee grounds to make 8 cups of coffee. This resulted in quite a watery brew. When we increased the amount of grounds to 65g for an 8 cup pot (the recommended dosage for the top scorer in this metric) the coffee became rich and robust. However, it still didn't have quite as much nuance or flavorful notes as the coffee made in the OXO On Barista Brain and the Cuisinart 14-Cup Programmable, and these models cost more than $100 and $200 less, respectively.

The Moccamaster made good but not exceptional coffee in our testing.
The Moccamaster made good but not exceptional coffee in our testing.

User Friendliness

The Moccamaster earned a slightly above average score of 7 out of 10 in our user friendliness testing. It features a very simple interface of just two switches. One turns the unit on and off and the other sets the hot plate temperature to high or low. The glass carafe has a nice handle and produces a consistent, me free pour. While this model didn't have some of the bells and whistles of other models, like LCD displays and timers that let you know how old the coffee in the pot it, but overall it is still quite easy to use.

The Moccamaster feature a simple  no frills control panel.
The Moccamaster feature a simple, no frills control panel.


The Moccamaster again picked up a fairly average score of 5 out of 10 in this metric. In our brewing speed test it took 9 minutes to make 6 cups if coffee, including all prep and cleanup time. This was exactly the average time in our testing. The Moccamaster lost some points because it does not have an automatic brewing function, so you can't set the machine to wake you up with freshly brewed coffee. Many of the machines we tested have this feature, including both the OXO On Barista Brain and the Cuisinart 14-Cup Programmable.

The Moccamaster lacks a programmable mode  which can be a bummer for those that are useless in the morning until they get their coffee.
The Moccamaster lacks a programmable mode, which can be a bummer for those that are useless in the morning until they get their coffee.

Ease of Cleaning

Cleaning the Moccamaster is relatively painless. It uses a paper filter, which makes disposing of grinds easy. The pot has a large opening, and is thus quite easy to clean. Long term cleaning involves filling the water tank with descaling liquid and running a few brew cycles. This process was mostly hands off and took about 25 minutes to complete. The Moccamaster lost some points in this metric because it doesn't have any dishwasher safe components, everything must be washed by hand.

The Moccamaster's grind tray.
The Moccamaster's grind tray.


The Moccamaster costs quite a pretty penny. It lists for $330, making it the most expensive coffee maker we tested by a wide margin. Unless you really like its unique aesthetics, we don't really feel that the Moccamaster is worth this high price. Both the OXO On Barista Brain ($200) and the Cuisinart 14-Cup Programmable ($100) make better coffee and cost substantially less.


The Technivorm Moccamaster KBG 741 is a good coffee maker with unique styling, but it doesn't really live up to its very high price tag.

Max Mutter and Steven Tata

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