Highly recommend for quality of construction and great tasting, hot coffee.
Positive Product Points
Very solid construction. Esthetically pleasing design. Very good to excellent tasting coffee.
Negative Product Points
Some plastic parts are flimsy, but never the less, acceptable. Not a big deal.
I was looking for a high quality drip brewer to use on those days when I did not feel like having an espresso or latte, or was entertaining a group that wanted to have traditional coffee. I also own a Saeco Magic Comfort Plus, and have used that machine to make all of my coffee drink for the last 3 years. When I was in the mood for "coffee" I usually made an Americano with the Saeco machine.
After reading the Coffee Geek reviews, it seemed that a Technivorm was the brand of machine that would most fit my wants. After some research on the Technivorm website, I came to the conclusion that the Moccamster CD was the best machine choice for me.
Reasons for this included: This was the latetst generation machine with a glass vs thermal pot. This machine had a capacity to meet my perceived needs (10 vs 8 cups).
I chose the glass carafe versus the thermal, becasue I usually drink the coffee soon after it is made, and I like the idea of a warmer to pre-warm the carafe prior to brewing. The thermal carafe type machines cannot do this, and that means to pre-warm the thermal carafe, it would require hot water from some source during the setup prior to brewing. Too much work for me when I want a quick cup.
Out of the box the machine worked as expected and without problem. I ran two pots of filtered water through the machine prior to brewing the first pot. I bought the gold coffee filter to go along with machine, and used it to brew the first pot.
I use espresso roast beans from Prestogeorge coffee roasters in Pittsburgh, PA. They are very high quality, with consistent flavor.
The included measuring spoon was 30ml (2 Tablespoons). The CoffeeGeek review I read said that by following the directions and placing 5-6 "spoons" of coffee to make a full pot produced "weak" coffee. Technivorm or Boyd's must have taken head and replaced the one tablespoon measure with a two tablespoon one. The included measure holds two tablesoonsful now.
I placed five measures (10 tablespoons) of drip ground coffee beans (ground them myself in a bur ginder) in the gold filter and filled the reservoir with filtered cold water. The brewing process began immediately since the machine was already arm from the two pots of plain water I ran though to clean it. The whole process for the first pot took about 6 1/2 minutes and produced excellent coffee on the first try. The temperature, while not measured was hot, and just how I like it. The strength of the brew was to my liking also, not weak at all.
I like the spout in the carafe lid that directs the brew to the bottom of the pot to insure proper mixing and uniform strength of the brew throughout the pot.
I am very pleased with the quality of construction, the quality of the coffee and the appearance of this machine. I highly recommend it...
I bought this machine from Boyd's coffee oline. It took three days to recieve it. The packing was very good, and the machine arrived in tact. IT came with a free pound of Boyd's coffe, (Breakfast Blend) and free paper filters. I requested decaf espresso roast when I placed the order but did not receive it. I guess you can't complain when what you are getting is free.
My overall experience with Boyd's was very positive and I would buy from them again... They were less expensive than Whole Latte Love, by about $10.00...