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Technivorm Moccamaster Thermal - Ed Okie's Review
Posted: September 23, 2008, 8:38am
review rating: 6.0
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Al Ruscelli 9.48
Gregory Scace 8.52
John Frescki 8.33
Don Rutherford 8.00
C W 7.67

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Ratings and Stats Overall Rating: 6.4
Product Reviewed: 741
Manufacturer: Technivorm Quality: 4
Average Price: Varies Usability: 8
Price Paid: $235.00 Cost vs. Value 5
Where Bought: boyds Aesthetics 8
Owned for: 2 weeks Overall 7
Writer's Expertise: I love coffee Would Buy Again: No
Similar Items Owned: Krups
Bottom Line: Coffee brewed is excellent... but machine mechanics is awkward at best
Positive Product Points

very good tasting coffee, a notch better than other brewers
second-cup taste: excellent, far better than others
fast brewing (2 mugs/4.5 cups - about 3 minutes)

Negative Product Points

carafe - abysmal pouring spout, screw-in lid/plug isn't much better - both are very poorly designed
plastic basket and clip-on pot base seem cheap
doesn't automatically turn off
spray head appears to primarily inject water into center-area only of coffee grounds
cost relative to value, hard to define: overpriced - yes.  Brews very good coffee - yes.
more parts and pieces to fiddle with than average
"Cup" markings on the side unrelated to actual volume of a cup

Detailed Commentary

Carafe pouring is a major negative - the spout and the screw-in lid/plug.
Coffee pours from the spout in a very wide fashion, i.e., not channeled. It's easy to spill, especially toward the end. When pouring the last cup the carafe has to be nearly inverted - guaranteed to splash and spill, plus burn your hand.

Screw in lid is about worthless from a pouring perspective. Amazing how something so basic could escape good design practice.

Carafe almost demands that it be pre-heated before actually brewing coffee - pre-heating adds 5-10 minutes if done properly. If not done, second cup poured 15-20 minutes later is appreciably less warm

Cost vs value... despite the good-taste brew, price is hard to justify. Carafe-pouring defect (and screw in lid) is the deal breaker. If had to do it again... I wouldn't buy.

Buying Experience

Buying experience and delivery from Boyd's was very, very slow - a week before it was even shipped.

Three Month Followup

Carafe pouring spout design remains as a major negative, an issue that is experienced every time a cup is poured; difficult to fathom how some parts of a noteworthy machine are well-designed... and ineptly designed - what were they thinking? Or not.

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