Moccamaster Coffee Maker

Moccamaster KBGV Select Review

   Brewing Brilliance

 An Honest Review of the Technivorm Moccamaster 53948 KBGV Select Coffee Maker

By: Alicia Walters     Revised by: Mark Cambell    Last updated: Feb 3, 2024

This no-nonsense appliance puts function over flash, delivering quality coffee drip with minimal fuss. Let's dive in and discover the verified facts behind Moccamaster's promising brew.

Design - Streamlined Simplicity

This Moccamaster Coffee Maker's design is sleek and visually simple, prioritizing functionality. The chrome accents, weighted base and compact footprint contribute to a durable, no-nonsense user experience. Easy-fill water chambers allow one-handed operation. Easy-clean parts also minimize hassle.   

Moccamaster 53948 KBGV Select 10-Cup Coffee Maker in a kitchen

Functionality - Precision Brewing Technology

From filling to dispensing, Moccamaster's design serves one supreme purpose: extracting optimal flavor from coffee grounds. Water is pumped into metal filters to infuse with coffee oils before recirculating and reheating through an immersion coil - a verified process that maximizes flavor while minimizing bitter notes. The Therm-a-Block heating element then maintains the optimal 196°F temperature for consistently superior brews.

The Independent Hotplate

One of the most notable features is the Independent Hotplate. This ingenious addition maintains the coffee at the perfect temperature for up to 100 minutes, ensuring that the last cup is as satisfying as the first. Whether you prefer your coffee at 175°F or 185°F, the Moccamaster caters to your preference, a subtle yet significant detail that elevates the coffee experience.

Moccamaster 53948 KBGV Select 10-Cup Coffee Maker hot plate

Coffee Quality - The Good Without the Bitter

Moccamaster's unique brewing mechanism achieves the purpose of all coffee makers: complex, full-bodied flavor without bitterness. By reheating and recirculating water through grounds multiple times, it preserves volatile compounds that produce the aromatic notes we crave in a good brew while preventing overextraction.

The Brew-Volume Selector

A feature that truly sets the Moccamaster apart. This ingenious addition caters to the varying needs of coffee drinkers, whether you’re in need of a single cup or a full carafe to jumpstart your morning. What’s remarkable is the machine’s ability to adjust the brewing speed and hotplate temperature based on the selected volume, ensuring that each brew meets the esteemed Golden Cup Standard.

Moccamaster 53948 KBGV Select 10-Cup Coffee Maker brew volume selector

Durability - Built to Last

Moccamaster backs its machine with a 5-year warranty - a testament to their confidence in its durability.

In Summary

While Moccamaster's design may lack flashy details, its no-frills approach allows the appliance to concentrate on one thing: producing consistently excellent coffee. By verifying facts and filtering out hype, it's clear the machine delivers on its fundamental promise through precision engineering and simple but effective brewing innovation. Ultimately, if superior flavor is your top priority, Moccamaster's stripped-down brilliance may be the simplest - and best - solution of all for the best drip coffee making.

Moccamaster 53948 KBGV Select 10-Cup Coffee Maker



- It is a bit expensive compared to other coffee makers on the market, which may not be ideal for budget-conscious coffee lovers.

- Relatively large and may take up a significant amount of counter space in smaller kitchens.

- Lacks some of the customization options available on other high-end coffee makers, such as the ability to adjust the water temperature or brew strength.