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Comparison: Technivorm vs Bonavita

What do you get when you take two SCAA certified coffee brewers and put them head to head? You get our latest Crew Review Comparison!

That’s right folks we have another comparison for you, this time it’s the Technivorm vs Bonavita coffee brewers! The key to a great cup of coffee is optimal extraction time and a perfect brewing temperature. This is where SCAA, the Specialty Coffee Association of America, steps in. Both of these brewers, the Technivorm Moccamaster KBT741 and the Bonavita 8-Cup Coffee Maker, have been tested and approved by SCAA which means they brew at the ideal brewing temperature- between 195F and 205F.

Technivorm vs BonavitaThe Technivorm Moccamaster KBT741 stands 15 inches tall and it the taller of the two brewers in this comparison. The thermal carafe is double walled stainless steel. It will keep your coffee hot, without burning the coffee which can easily happen with a glass carafe and hot plate warming design. We tested how long this carafe would keep the coffee hot and after 3 hours the temperature had only decreased by 24 degrees. Still piping hot! The Technivorm does brew 2 ounces more than the Bonavita, with a maximum of 42 ounces of brewed coffee per pot!

The Bonavita 8-Cup Coffee Maker has a great feature not found on Technivorm vs Bonavitaall coffee brewers. What is that feature you ask? Pre-infusion! The Bonavita will bloom your coffee, allowing the grounds to off gas before the brew cycle. The result is a more evenly extracted cup of coffee! Standing at just 12 inches tall, this brewer can easily be stored under a cabinet. We love how simple the Bonavita brewer is, one simple switch to  master! The Bonavita can brew up to 40 ounces of coffee at one time. The double walled stainless steel carafe cooled 26 degrees after 3 hours. So no matter which brewer you decide on, a hot cup of coffee you will have!

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Ask Gail: Understanding The Technivorm Models

The Technivorm coffee brewer. It’s one of the best home coffee brewing machines out there. But finding the right one for you can be a little difficult. With so many models which one do you choose?technivorm

The Technivorm coffee lineup can be demystified with a little knowledge (and a helpful chart!) The first thing you want to do is decide which style of carafe you want. The Technivorm models come in either a glass carafe or a thermal carafe. Are you someone who finishes a pot of coffee before it is even done brewing? If so, you may want to go for the glass carafe (we use a glass carafe in our breakroom!) Or maybe you are one who likes to leisurely sip your cup o’ joe, in which case the thermal carafe will keep that pot of coffee hot till the last sip.

The next decision that must be made is if you want an auto stop machine or a manual stop machine. The auto stop is great if you always brew full pots. The manual stop machine give you the ability to brew a half pot, but you will need to remember to flip the switch open or closed, otherwise the brew basket can overflow causing a mess. Trust us, we’ve made that mess several times before.

Once you have those decisions made, the right Technivorm  for you will be clear. Check out the full Ask Gail video below to see the helpful chart!



Ask Gail: Technivorm Internals

This week Gail answers a question from the comment section! One of our loyal watchers wanted to know what the “white flappy thing” on the Technivorm was. technivorm

To be honest, we weren’t sure! So naturally we took one apart to find out! Watch as Gail and Miranda figure out what that “white flappy thing” is before admiring the beautiful internals of the Technivorm Moccamaster.

Do you have a question you want Gail to answer? Leave it in the comment section below the video on YouTube!


Ask Gail: Does the Brew Basket with Manual Drip Stop Work on the Technivorm Grand?

This is a very valid question, indeed!

Before answering the question, however, let’s talk about why you might wish to use the Technivorm Brew Basket with Manual Drip-Stop. There are really two potential reasons you may wish to use a different basket with the Technivorm Grand:

  1. You want to brew less than a full pot of coffee
  2. You want to use normal #4 filters rather than purchasing the Technivorm Grand flat bottom filters

Do either of these scenarios fit you? Then you’re in luck, because you can indeed switch out the baskets! You will need a few other products (spray arm, brew basket lid and, of course, the brew basket with manual drip-stop), so keep this in mind. Alright, let’s watch that video!

Crew Review: Technivorm Grand Coffee Brewer

A Technivorm that is large enough for the office? Why, yes, we do have one of those! It also works for technivorm-grandhouseholds with several coffee drinkers and extremely large mugs. You know, like ‘larger than your head, it won’t fit in any cup holder’ large. We all have one, so no use denying it…

Now, back to the subject matter at hand: The Technivorm Moccamaster Grand Coffee Brewer! This bad boy brews right around 54 ounces of coffee, features a hot plate to keep your brew super drinkable and has a drop-stop switch so you can grab that first cup mid-brew without a massive mess. Now that’s what we call forward thinking!

While we’re talking about forward thinking and all, now would be the time to share an inside tip with you: You’ll need to pick up some special large filters to use with the Grand.

Those are some of our favorite features, but we all know that a new product would be incomplete without a Crew Review from Gail, so check out the one below!

Crew Review: Technivorm KB741 – Redux!

Technivorm KB741Last, but certainly not least, in our series of refreshed Technivorm Crew Reviews covers another of our original model styles, the KB741. With a glass carafe, auto shut off and the manual lever system that allows you to slow your roll when brewing smaller volumes, it’s the go-to model here in SCG’s break room.

Watch Gail guide us through its features and specs, then show off how easily its internal lava lamp produces a delicious pot of coffee! Enjoy.

Crew Review: Technivorm KBT741 – Redux!

Technivorm KBT741Yes, we’ve been hitting the Technivorm’s hard lately, but that’s just because we wanted to refresh all of our reviews and give you the latest and the greatest SCG crew perspective on these popular coffee makers. So please don’t be annoyed that today’s post covers yet another Technivorm review — this time, it’s one of the first model styles that we carried, the KBT741.

The KBT741 features a large (40 oz) thermal carafe and the tried-and-true manual lever that allows you to slow down the brew for smaller yields, if necessary. Other than that, it has the same, awesome build quality and copper heating element, so produces exceptional coffee for you and everyone you love.

Watch Gail take us through how it works and then show us its brew process by making a pot of coffee!

Crew Review: Technivorm KBTS – Redux!

Technivorm KBTSThe next Technivorm model up for a refreshed Crew Review is the more petite lil’ guy that they have available, the KBTS. While their other models offer 10 cups (at 4 oz. apiece), the KBTS brews up 8 cups (also at 4 oz. apiece) so is a great choice for those that want a thermal carafe and a smaller yield. Other than that, however, it’s technically similar to its larger brethren — copper elements and excellent build quality — and the coffee it produces is similarly tasty.

Watch Gail guide us through its features and then demonstrates how easily it crafts a delicious pot o’ java.


Crew Review: Technivorm CDGT – Redux!

Technivorm CDGTEffortlessly embodying the axioms you get what you pay for and you get what you give, all it takes is one sip of the coffee produced by a Technivorm and you understand why it’s one of the specialty coffee world’s darlings.

Robustly built with high quality components — including a copper heating element — and simple in its feature set, this is not the coffee maker that will grind your coffee for you, brew it before you wake up, clean itself at the touch of a button … and then walk the dog. It’s also not the coffee maker that is going to go out in a blaze of glory after a couple of years — we’ve heard tales of folks rockin’ the same Technivorm they purchased in the ’70s. And while its five year warranty isn’t going to cover its entire lifetime, it’s still the broadest warranty offered on drip brewers.

In this review, Gail covers the cylindrical CDGT model, which, in addition to its curvy design, features a thermal carafe and mid-brew interrupt. Watch as she talks to us about its specs and then demonstrates making some of the best coffee we’ve had from a drip coffee maker.