Coffee Royalty

This Coffee Maker Has Been One of the Best for More than 50 Years. Why?

August 26, 2019 Deals By

The cycle of self-obsolescence is well-documented and frustrating. Though the conversation is dominated by smartphone releases, the practice pervades pretty much everything you buy — even coffee makers.

The champions of the coffee making space — Bonavita, Breville, Bunn, Cuisinart, Hamilton and the rest — all, to some extent, practice it. Every now and again, what we know about coffee changes and the coffee maker changes with it, but serious shifts seldom occur.

For those who’d prefer to get a coffee maker that resists change, there’s Moccamaster — the first drip coffee maker to obtain the SCA’s badge of approval (which is incredibly difficult) and one of the fastest brewers in the world.

Of its many features, two stand out: a copper heating element and the ability to disassemble. Given the material’s natural heat conductivity, copper coils heat water more quickly than machines using steel or other methods (the only machine we’ve tested that brews faster is Breville’s Precision Brewer). The ability to take the whole thing apart is also unique, and it allows for troubleshooting and fixing at home rather than losing your source of coffee to the mail for a few weeks (it’s also great for cleaning the machine).

Today, Moccamaster’s KBG model is 20 percent off on Amazon. It’s the 40-ounce model that uses a glass carafe and hot plate rather than the classic stainless steel thermo-carafe.

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