About three years ago, knowing I'm a coffee geek, my brother-in-law asked me to recommend the best drip coffee maker regardless of price. Although I never owned one, on my recommendation he dropped $250 on the KBT 741 with the older style carafe. Four months later he gave it to me, complaining he didn't like the work involved taking the assembling and disassembling the four pieces for the coffee container and the water reserve lid. No matter how hard I tried to convince him to keep it he wanted a simple set-up with a timer and auto shut-off. He's happy with his Cuisinart and I'm happy with the Technivorm.
Enough has been written by consumers and although the Technivorm MoccaMaster CoffeeGeek review is approaching six years old, I don't need to get into the details of this brewer. Specialty Coffee Association of America Certified it brews coffee at the optimum temperature and if you're using fresh beans in the right amount, you'll get a premium cup of coffee every single time. I can't count the number of times people have told me, "This coffee is great," or "This is the best cup of coffee I've ever had." Like anything else you use every day, once you get used to setting it up, grinding the beans and cleanup, you could do it in your sleep. But there are some things that would make it more user friendly.
Sometimes I forget to turn it off and with no auto shutoff it remains on until the next day. So far, no harm done and I have reason to believe that although the "on" light stays on, the machine turns itself off. That's because when I add water the next day and the switch is on, it takes the same time to heat the water as when it's off.
A timer would be nice, too, as would the ability to place the carafe under the machine with the lid on. Almost every commentary about the brewer mentions these "issues" so Technivorm has been aware of them for years. They'd be easy and probably pretty cheap to fix, but it appears the company has drawn a tacit line in the sand. The only real change, as far as I'm aware, is the size and shape of the thermal carafe.
The build quality appears to be solid, so I expect this machine to last many years. That's fine, as it's the definitive home drip coffee maker.