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Technivorm Moccamaster KBGV Select Review

A stylish aesthetic and decent cup of coffee at a very high price
Technivorm Moccamaster KBGV Select
Credit: Technivorm Moccamaster
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Price:   $349 List | $359.00 at Amazon
Pros:  Modern aesthetic, color options
Cons:  Plastic, poor water distribution
Manufacturer:   Technivorm Moccamaster
By Liz Nelson ⋅ Review Editor  ⋅  Apr 29, 2022
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  • Brew Quality - 30% 4.8
  • User Friendliness - 35% 4.4
  • Ease of Cleaning - 20% 4.1
  • Consistency - 15% 6.2

Our Verdict

The Technivorm Moccamaster KBGV Select is an okay coffee maker, generally speaking, but we don't feel that it quite lives up to its high price tag. You're essentially paying for the aesthetic. It can brew a decent cup of coffee, but other models cost less and make better coffee. This model is made from plastic and produced coffee that didn't equate well with such an expensive brewer. Unless you love the Moccamaster's distinct styling, we wouldn't recommend buying it.

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Pros Modern aesthetic, color optionsExcellent brew quality, tons of features, cold brew settingEasy cleaning, simple design, can use podsInexpensive, automatic brew featureEasy to use, almost no cleaning, barcode reader, water tank swivels
Cons Plastic, poor water distributionExpensive, not for average consumerSmall water tank opening, fill to brew volumeHard to fill, bulkyPods are expensive, requires specific pod, lacks brew quality
Bottom Line A stylish aesthetic and decent cup of coffee at a very high priceFor anyone who enjoys the fullest expression of flavor in their coffeeThe combination of features and affordability make this a great budget optionThe most affordable and straightforward coffee maker that consistently brews decent coffeeAn excellent choice for those who appreciate an appliance with single-button simplicity
Rating Categories Technivorm Moccamas... Breville Precision... Hamilton Beach 2-Way Black+Decker 12-Cup... Nespresso VertuoPlus
Brew Quality (30%)
4.8
8.1
6.0
5.6
4.7
User Friendliness (35%)
4.4
7.5
6.3
5.1
6.2
Ease of Cleaning (20%)
4.1
5.4
7.5
6.0
7.4
Consistency (15%)
6.2
7.3
6.5
7.1
3.5
Specs Technivorm Moccamas... Breville Precision... Hamilton Beach 2-Way Black+Decker 12-Cup... Nespresso VertuoPlus
Cup Capacity 10 12 12 12 1
Single Serve No Yes Yes No Yes
Automatic Brewing No Yes Yes Yes No
Brew Temp (°F) 171.62 168.22 166.14 161.98 167.9
Preinfusion No Yes, adjustable No No Yes, not adjustable
Filter Shape Cone Cone or flat Flat Flat Pod
Energy Usage 1475 watts 1650 watts 950 watts 975 watts 1350 watts
Dimensions (H x W x D) 14.0" x 12.75" x 6.5" 12.4" x 6.7" x 15.7" 13.9" x 12.2" x 11.1" 8.2" x 12.2" x 11" 12.8" x 8.7" x 12.7"
Weight 6.0 lbs 13 lbs 5.0 lbs 4.75 lbs 10.1 lbs

Our Analysis and Test Results

The Moccamaster produced an average coffee in our testing. However, we cannot justify the price unless it could make better coffee. Therefore we would recommend other brewers in our review that cost less but perform better for those looking for the best morning cup possible.

Performance Comparison


Technivorm Moccamaster KBGV Select coffee maker
Credit: Laura Casner

Brew quality


The coffee we brewed with the Moccamaster did not impress. The Technivrom is nearly industry-standard temperature-wise, which is important for extracting the most flavor from your coffee. Also essential to cup quality is proper water distribution. This brewer does not provide the necessary uniform water distribution needed to brew a quality cup of coffee. The brew head made a distinct rectangular divot in the brew bed, suggesting an unbalanced extraction. However, less expensive coffee makers were able to excel in cup quality by offering proper temperatures and providing a more even water distribution.

Technivorm Moccamaster KBGV Select coffee maker - uneven distribution of water from the spray head can result in...
Uneven distribution of water from the spray head can result in improperly extracted coffee
Credit: Laura Casner

User Friendliness


The Moccamaster was also not as user-friendly as we had wished. It features a very simple interface but is not programmable. The interface offers two switches. One switch is to turn the brewer on or off and this switch will not illuminate unless the water is present in the reservoir. The other switch sets the hot plate temperature to high or low. The glass carafe has a thin plastic handle that feels cheap and does not provide measurement marks. The flow stream from the carafe is sloppy at a moderate pour rate and more accommodating at a faster rate.

Technivorm Moccamaster KBGV Select coffee maker - the moccamaster interface is made up of two switches.
The Moccamaster interface is made up of two switches.
Credit: Laura Casner

Ease of Cleaning


There are a lot of components to consider when cleaning the Moccamaster. It uses a paper filter, which makes disposing of grinds easy. Unfortunately, none of the brewer's components are dishwasher safe. Nor does the manual provide clear cleaning instructions. The carafe lid opens wide, necessary for cleaning the long spout in the center of the lid. To access the filter basket, you must remove the filter lid, water tank lid, and outlet arm. 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.

Technivorm Moccamaster KBGV Select coffee maker - there are many components to consider when cleaning the moccamaster.
There are many components to consider when cleaning the Moccamaster.
Credit: Laura Casner

Consistency


We brewed five back-to-back pots of coffee and measured water temperature stability, brew time, and flavor retention to test for the consistency metric. The Moccamaster averaged a temperature fluctuation of 2.5 degrees between consecutive brewing. This is a big fluctuation compared to more temperature stable models with a variation of only .47 degrees between batches. The Moccamster performs better in brew time consistency with a deviation of 2 seconds between brews. This brewer reviewed well in flavor retention, measuring very similar pH levels between freshly brewed coffee and 2 hours post brewing.

Technivorm Moccamaster KBGV Select coffee maker - we tested each coffee maker side-by-side using the same performance...
We tested each coffee maker side-by-side using the same performance metrics.
Credit: Laura Casner

Value


The Moccamaster is one of the most expensive coffee makers we tested. Unless you like its unique aesthetics, we don't feel that it is worth the investment. Many other models in our review costway less and make substantially better coffee.

Conclusion


The Technivorm Moccamaster KBGV Select is a decent coffee maker with a unique aesthetic. However, its subpar brewing performance does not match the quality we expect from such an expensive machine.

Liz Nelson
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