Replacing Old Faithful

Away back when (close to the stone ages, maybe?) Goose and I compiled our wedding registry.  There were predictable things and necessary things, terribly useless things and a few luxuries.  One thing we did register for was a new coffee maker.  I still had my Black and Decker single mug brewer from my university days, but with two of us needing to be caffeinated, that just wasn’t going to cut it.  We filled out the paper forms (with pens!) at our local Zellers.  It was not a terribly expensive model, perhaps $25.  It was not a good move.

We replaced our coffee maker three times within the first year and a half of our marriage.  Then we got smart and invested in something we were going to use every day.  We purchase a Bunn homebrewer with thermal carafe.  We had to go stateside to get it, because they weren’t available here.  We paid $169.99 USD for it.  At the exchange rates back then, about $250 CDN.  For the first and last time in my life, we were stopped at Customs and had to pay duty on it as well.  A hefty price tag for two kids in an apartment, but replacing a cheap one every few months wasn’t exactly budget friendly either.

That same machine served us faithfully for years.  It moved with us no less than four times.  It served coffee to countless friends, relatives, and neighbours.  When the kids came along, it got an even greater work out.  Clearly, it was a worthwhile investment.

Inevitably, it started to break down.  After ten solid years of use, it began to leak.  Slowly at first, then with alarming regularity.  The lovely people at Bunn sent us some replacement parts, but that did not solve the problem.  Alas, it was time to replace Old Faithful.

Technivorm Moccamaster KBGT 741 Folks, let me introduce you to the newest member of our household.  The Technivorm Moccamaster KBGT 741 with Thermal Carafe.  Got all that?

If you are yawning at this point, knock it off.  Choosing a good quality coffee maker is a vital life skill.  Let me show you what to look for.

Water Reservoir in Technivorm

Our old Bunn brewed a pot in about 3  minutes.  The Technivorm takes just under six.  The water drains down the back of the reservoir onto a copper heating element, then back up that centre post.  It is all very quick and efficient.  Because the water is not continuously heated, as with the Bunn, there’s some cost savings to be had.

9-hole sprayer arm Technivorm

The Technivorm has a 9-hole sprayer arm to evenly soak the coffee grounds.  This means you can use less coffee and get a better tasting cup of  java.  Another added bonus?  It uses a standard cone filter, as opposed to our Bunn, which required brand specific ones.

Variable Drip for Technivorm Moccamaster

This little gizmo right here regulates how fast the water runs through the basket.  All the way up for the full flow required for a full pot of coffee.  The mid-point is for 1-2 cups. Can’t wait for the pot to brew?  Push it all the way down to the X to stop the coffee from flowing entirely.  A caveat here, though:  be sure to move it back open so you don’t end up flooding yourself the next time you brew a pot.

Manual Drip Stop Button

This little button down here works that same way that your fridge light does.  The coffee maker will not brew if the pot is not in the correct position to press against this spot.  No more brewing coffee all over your counter top.

Brewing Lid for Technivorm Moccamaster

The Technivorm comes with two lids.  This is the one for brewing.  The coffee flows down that hole, through a long channel, and into the bottom of the carafe.

Sealing Lid for Thermal Carafe Technivorm Moccamaster

To pour your coffee, simply remove the pouring lid.  To keep that coffee hot, spin on the second lid.  No air in, no heat loss.

My final closing thoughts?  I will not say that this brews a better cup of coffee than our old Bunn did.  It does however have the added bonus of the sealing carafe, not needing specialty filtres, and only drawing power when it is actually brewing.  If you are looking to invest in a good quality machine, I would definitely say this is it.

Disclaimer:  I was not financially compensated nor did I receive free review material for this post.  It is entirely of my own devises and money.  The lovely folks over at ECS Coffee suggested this machine to me and I am very glad they did. 

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