UITSTEKEND! (Oustanding! in Dutch)- I just hope this review helps you enjoy your coffee as much as I do! Dag!
Positive Product Points
All my positive comments have been stated frequently in other reviews – I will list them: • The machine looks great! • Slim compact and light – but very solidly built! • It is easy to operate and keep clean due to its simple, manual style. • It brews the perfect temperature… (please read all the other reviews) • It brews very quietly – nice! • Automatic heat-off switch • Separate heating element to keep pot warm • Adjustable water-flow rate in cone
Long cord with grounded plug - safe. • Funnel lid on coffee pot for even distribution of brew • Descaling indicator • FABU cup of coffee quickly ;)
Negative Product Points
I have found no negatives for myself! Seriously!!! However, I will address some of the negatives I have read:
No bells and whistles – Well, to me that seems a matter of taste. I don’t need the clock and automatic morning brew (makes the grounds dry), etc. because those are all gadgets that, to me, interfere with the basic function of the machine. The more stuff it can do means the more stuff that can go wrong. I want coffee. I do not want anything to prevent me form getting coffee. If the thing-a-ma-giggy breaks then the whole unit might have to be serviced – leaving me without my superior cup of coffee. Dutch are very practical – until this machine is being sold in a truly commercial manner, they are likely not to start producing machines with lots of bells and whistles. But, demand is persuasive…!
*Price – I think we all spend quite a bit of money here on coffee, machines, grinders and other paraphernalia – so why not on a great machine! Compared to the fantastic espresso machines right down to the vacuum pots, this is certainly reasonable for what it does. It costs more than a French Press – but it does more! I stopped drip-brewing a long time ago because of quality. My lifestyle has changed and I cannot spend that much time preparing coffee anymore – but I still need my Joe. I do not have to compromise on taste with this machine yet I get the convenience of the drip. ALSO – this machine will last for at least 20 years! Now that is value. The company is well-established and will be around for that long, too – therefore, parts, upgrades, replacements are assured. It just depends how you like to spend you money: I’d rather buy one machine once and not think about it anymore! *Water condensation in the reservoir – I simply remove the lid for a minute (usually while I am throwing out the grounds and pouring my coffee) and it evaporates by the time I am ready to drink my java. If people are willing to stir the grounds during brewing (which I am not), I think is a far more reasonable chore – and it can be done anytime so you are not babysitting or assisting as I mentioned above. I consider this a seriously minor issue. *Brevity of instructions in the manual – this is a simple machine with no fancy parts – what do you need detailed instructions for? My Gaggia is a lot of work – this is not supposed to be! I think the manual reflects the the whole point about why someone would chose Technivorm in the first place – fast, easy, and excellent! Enjoy the lack of complication – you can have caffeine in your system for figuring out the really hard ones!
Volume of coffee – This is also a matter of personal taste – I drink very strong coffee so I do not perceive a diminished volume. Dutch drink stronger coffe than Americans – no screaming, I just say in general – so the volume or cup capacity may be a bit different. I just attempt to explain the thinking behind the 10-cup capacity that might disappoint some – I do not believe this to be a marketing oversight on the part of Technivorm.
Clubline - Somebody mentioned the hinged lid on the pot is fixed – I would only like to point out that the MoccaMaster has a removable hinged lid.
Clubline Stainless Steel Carafe - I cannot comment personally on the drawbacks metioned by some on the stainless carafe model. I read your reviews about the gap problem and chose not to purchase it until this is remedied. Thank you for your input – please inform Technivorm! The responses about the carafe lid, heat retention and other quibbles I find to be issues of taste rather than serious flaws – nothing is perfect for everyone – see how disparate the comments are! But the gap is a real problem, like the water outlet pipe. I hope it can be resolved.
This is a + point: Please forgive me a gentle criticism: The only major complaint I have heard about the Technivorm in general is the (lack of) saturation of the grounds due to the one-hole-only water oulet pipe. Most of you have resolved to simply stir the grounds yourself. What amazes is that no one has contacted Technivorm?! I am so grateful for all your reviews because I was aware of this “problem” before I bought my MoccaMaster. However, before I purchased it, simply wrote an e-mail to Technivorm, taken right off their website, and asked them if they could modify the water outlet pipe for me. They said no problem. I now have a pipe with multiple holes that sprays the basket evenly, well, and thoroughly. I make a full pot everyday!
This is such a fantastic machine. It would be a shame if it’s popularity declined (and became unavailable in the US – horror)! Because of an easily-remedied design “oversight”. I mark that b/c the lady at Technivorm told me she had never heard of this problem before. As far as they had experienced even the one-hole outlet pipe was sufficient for full saturation even for a full pot. (Dutch don’t drink coffee all day like we do)! I have not tried the one-hole pipe but I believe you all that it is a concern or so many of you would not have said the same thing independently. But, for almost $200.00 I do not want to have to babysit or assist my coffeemaker, especially a technically superior one, in making the coffee properly. If everyone who has this problem will kindly ask at Boyd’s if they can obtain the multiple-hole water outlet pipe, perhaps they will carry it regulary – maybe it will even become standard on new machines! I hope this information helps you all so you can keep enjoying your coffee!
Grinder: Unfortunately, it is not available in the US. I am assured they are working on it. I would not suggest using a power converter on a European model for this type of (powerful) machine – but you can always try. (No, I do not work for the company).
Excellent! Boyd's - friendly, helpful, informed, and fast. Free shipping, free pound of coffee - I could make a cup the second I opened the box! Will use again and recommend to others.