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Technivorm, Zojirushi, or Capresso coffee maker?

brandygirl Sep 26, 2009 06:17 PM

I bought a Capresso MT-500 thermal coffee maker a couple of years ago, but within the first year the carafe stopped keeping the coffee hot. I'm torn between spending $60 on a replacement carafe (afraid I'll have the same problem again), splurging on a Technivorm (would rather not spend $265 if I can avoid it) or trying the Zojirushi (have read some good reviews). The Zojirushi costs much less than the Technivorm, but it's expensive enough that I would spend the extra money on the Technivorm if the quality is that much better. Any thoughts?

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    ctscra RE: brandygirl Sep 26, 2009 06:33 PM

    I have had the Technivorm for about 5 years. There have been no problems and the coffee tastes like . . . coffee. If I were to do it again I would seek out the less expensive item, give it a try and return it if unsatisfied.

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      chipman RE: ctscra Sep 26, 2009 06:47 PM

      The technivorm, by far, it is a coffee machine that is rated to brew between 195-205* one of the handful of drip coffee machines that brews the correct temperature. Not only is it probably the best machine out there, It is built like a tank. If the price tag doesn't faze you, that is the machine for you.

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        wincountrygirl RE: ctscra Sep 21, 2010 09:24 AM

        I am thinking about a Technivorm - but I think with the glass pot. I have heard the Thermal pot does not produce hot coffee and I really have to have very hot coffee. Does anyone have the glass pot version and does it keep the coffee hote?

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          DrMike RE: wincountrygirl Aug 1, 2011 03:27 PM

          The Technovorm Moccamaster is the best coffee maker on the market. If you enjoy good coffee you will not regret the expense. The thermal pot is a better choice and will keep the coffee very hot if you preheat it before brewing. I boil 2 cups of water in the microwave and pour it into the carafe just before brewing my coffee. Works great every time.

      2. jnk RE: brandygirl Sep 27, 2009 04:44 AM

        I would love to have the Technivorm coffee maker, it looks fantastic and from everything I've read, the people who use it love it, but just as I can appreciate a $15 bottle of wine when in fact I would love to have a $100+ bordeaux, I find that the coffee I get from my Zojirushi is delicious, and I believe I paid about $70 at Zabars (store). By the way, I bought the 10 cup with the insulated carafe.

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          RealityMonster RE: brandygirl Sep 27, 2009 06:33 AM

          If money's the concern, go out and buy 2 or 3 different sizes of Bodum french press. Then you can control the water temperature and the coffee is going to be as good as from the Technivorm.

          I'm all for the Technivorm, but I simply don't drink that quantity of coffee all at once; a medium sized press does just fine. When there's two of us, the larger one comes out. If we have company, we use more than one. It only takes 4 minutes to brew the coffee anyway. Presses also take up less counter space. :)

          Technivorm if you want the best possible drip maker.

          1. grampart RE: brandygirl Sep 27, 2009 06:56 AM

            I've used the Technivorm for almost 2 years and am totally satisfied with it.

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              BDD888 RE: grampart Mar 10, 2011 10:54 AM

              Where did you buy it? Do they sell the Techivorm grinder as well. Been having trouble finding a retailer (local or online) in Canada that sells the grinder.

              Was going to buy a Cuisinart Burr-grinder/brewer machine but for another $100.00 I'm willing to buy a Technivorm. Nothing but great reviews online. Rather not waste my money on a Cuisinart if the Technivorm is as great every one says.

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                Eiron RE: BDD888 Mar 10, 2011 11:16 AM

                Who have you tried to buy from? I bought my TechniVorm KBTS 3-1/2 yrs ago from Boyd's in Oregon.

                They were the only distributor who offered TechniVorm brewers in color options (I got "graphite"). I've loved it every time I've used it.

                Do you have a special reason to get the TechniVorm grinder? If not, I'd strongly recommend a refurb Baratza grinder, either the Maestro or Barista (only difference is exterior color). For $70 or $80 refurb, these grinders can't be beat.

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                  BDD888 RE: Eiron Mar 10, 2011 11:26 AM

                  I haven't tried to "buy from" any one yet. :) I said I found a few Canadian online retailers selling TechniVorm brewers (Transcend from Edmondton, Green Beanery in Toronto and iDrinkCoffee.com).

                  Any special reason? Not really. Just noticed on a YouTube clip of a Williams-Sonoma commercial talking about the TechniVorm grinder. The Baratza will make the "right size" grinds?

                  I'm hoping to get my hands on the KBG741. Has a warming switch as well. Only found it sold on US websites so far. Like Boyd's http://www.boydscoffeestore.com/brewi...).

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                    Eiron RE: BDD888 Mar 10, 2011 12:01 PM

                    "The Baratza will make the "right size" grinds?"

                    Definitely. I have the (much older) version of the Baratza Maestro/Barista, which was the Solis 166/Starbuck's Barista (same as the Saeco Titan):

                    The replacement Maestro/Barista has a better range of grind settings, a larger, more powerful motor, is quieter, & (I think) has a "bump grind" (temporary on) switch. I bought one of their refurbs a year ago for my dad. It looks & works like a brand new unit, & even comes with a 6 mos warranty.

                    If I had to replace my 6 yr old 166 grinder, it would definitely be with one of these refurbs.

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                      BDD888 RE: Eiron Mar 10, 2011 04:01 PM

                      Ok thanks pal. Guess I'll get a Baratza. Don't know if it will be a Maestro. Suppose it doesn't really matter which model. There is this $219 CAD model. The name I forget at the moment. But I am looking at the TechniVorm with the warming hotplate option. Which I might need to order from the US if I can't find a CAD retailer.

                      But what do you guys think of Capresso? Specically this model. ...http://www.greenbeanery.ca/bean/catal... ...might not need the 40 settings of the Baratza Virtuoso :) Or Maestro 2011...

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                  DrMike RE: BDD888 Aug 1, 2011 03:30 PM

                  Check out the Kitchenaid professional burr grinder. I've been using one for the past 3 years and love it. It's not as expensive as the Technivorm and works beautifully.

              2. Vetter RE: brandygirl Sep 29, 2009 09:07 PM

                Maybe this is totally unhelpful, but if I was going to invest that kind of money in my coffee (and I looooove good coffee), I'd spend it on a couple fabulous presses and nice insulated carafes to put the coffee in.

                You might want to check out the reviews on sweetmarias.com. Lots of interesting stuff there.

                1. Joe Blowe RE: brandygirl Sep 29, 2009 09:37 PM

                  "I bought a Capresso MT-500 thermal coffee maker a couple of years ago, but within the first year the carafe stopped keeping the coffee hot."


                  Thermal pots either work or they don't. Isn't it more likely that your coffee maker isn't producing truly hot water anymore?

                  In any case, I'd skip all of your choices and do what I did: Buy a 5-liter Zojirushi hot water dispenser (http://zojirushi.com/ourproducts/elep... ) for around $120, and an AeroPress for $30. You WILL NOT find a better "coffee maker", period. Throw in a Nissan thermal pot, and you're all set.

                  The upside with a hot water dispenser is that you can use it for many other things, instead having another one-trick pony on your counter...

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                    Politeness RE: Joe Blowe Sep 30, 2009 06:12 AM

                    Joe Blowe: "You WILL NOT find a better "coffee maker", period."

                    Oops! Found one! http://www.avenue18.ca/TEAPOT/Hario/c... (grin)

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                      Joe Blowe RE: Politeness Sep 30, 2009 08:09 AM

                      OK, you WILL NOT find a better "electric countertop semi-automatic coffee maker."


                      I agree that vac pot/syphon coffee is something special. That said, how's the tea from the Hario? Press-pot ("french press") or pour-over (e.g. Chemex) coffee? Oatmeal? Pasta? Baby foods, instant foods, rice, blanching, cleaning, warming, etc...

                  2. Kagemusha RE: brandygirl Mar 10, 2011 05:19 PM

                    The Zojirushi coffee maker is simple, tough, and something of a bargain since it includes a well-insulated ss carafe. The Hario and other vacuum makers are too fiddly for anything but entertaining. Who wants to futz with that in a semi-conscious state at 6 a.m.?

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