Filter coffee, sometimes referred to as pourover, is a lot like an incredibly smooth plunger coffee with a brighter demeanour. Brewed correctly, it will bring out the best in a good roast and knock your socks off in the process.
Unfortunately, manual brewing methods have always been time consuming and temperamental, while the convenience of machines has always been outweighed by the stewed black sludge that they produce. You know, the kind that the yanks seem to love.
REASONS3 has found an alternative for each, neither of which suffer from the ailments of their peers. This post is all about the Moccamaster coffee machine, so check back in for the manual alternative in a few weeks.
Moccamaster filter coffee machines are handmade in the Netherlands by Technivorm, who have been around since the 60’s. For close to a month now, I’ve been using the thermal version, which deposits up to 1.25 litres of liquid gold into a thermos like jug.
Here are the three reasons why you should make space for a Moccamaster on your kitchen bench and why I’ve told the Australian distributor that they’ve got buckley’s chance of getting their machine back.
1. Just as easy to clean as it is to make great coffee.
2. Have some friends over for brunch and save some coin!
3. Your Moccamaster will last for years.
Price: $335 including delivery.
ONE: Just as easy to clean as it is to make great coffee.
The Moccamaster Thermal requires electricity, water, ground coffee and a filter (either disposable paper or reusable gold). After placing each in the right spot, you simply need to let the coffee ‘bloom’ by letting the coffee grounds soak in a small amount of hot water for approximately 30 seconds. After opening the valve at the bottom of the hopper, you can switch the machine back on and let it do the rest.
For even better results, there are ways to tweak the process and you’ll quickly settle your own recipe for producing the tastiest of brews in just minutes. Regardless, feeding the Moccamaster freshly roasted and ground beans will give you great coffee every time.
Just as important is the clean up, which is done in under a minute. Simply lift out the filter to dispose of the used grounds. After that just lift off the hopper and rinse it and the jug out.
TWO: Have some friends over for brunch and save some coin!
The Moccamaster ensures that tremendous coffee is on tap every morning. As brunch is the easiest meal to cook, why not invite some friends over or make it for the family?
Have a good chat while you’re poaching the eggs and frying the chorizo. Then get someone to crank up the four slice toaster, so you can get the coffee sorted. As there aren’t any parking inspectors in your street, it’s a good thing that the Moccamaster’s thermal jug keeps enough of the good stuff warm for everyone to have a second cup!
As an added bonus, staying in with the Moccamaster will, at worst, halve the $25 per head that brunch can easily cost in Melbourne. There are plenty of good roasters at local markets, so you can pick up some fresh beans while you’re grabbing bread, organic eggs and anything else you need from the deli. All of a sudden your Friday lunch time or regular weekly shop will provide you with a wicked brunch and street cred with your friends.
THREE: Your Moccamaster will last for years.
Coffee technology doesn’t really change, so the Moccamaster is unlikely to be superseded by something bigger and better! The good news is that you’re also unlikely to have to fix or replace it anytime soon.
In Australia, both versions of the machine come with a five and three year warranty for domestic and commercial duties, respectively. The word from Europe is that these machines often last ten years, which is very welcome in this world of ‘Made in China’ stickers and perpetual warranty claims.
So how is this possible? The Moccamaster is hand-built and doesn’t contain any complex electronic circuitry. These old-world design and production principles will make sure your Moccamaster outlasts any of its high-tech competitors.