Technivorm is one of the most well-known coffee brewer manufacturers on the planet. They’re machines are rather inexpensive considering what they’re packing, and they brew some strong coffee to get you ready for the day ahead. Today, we’re going to compare two of their best sellers—the Moccamaster 59616 KBG and the 59691 KB—to see which of the two belongs on your kitchen countertop.
Technivorm Moccamaster 59616 KBG
10-Cup Brew Capacity
The KBG comes with a 40-ounce carafe and water reservoir that can produce up to 10 cups of coffee per cycle. This isn’t the largest capacity you’ll find in a drip brewer, even among the Moccamaster product line, but it should be enough for a multimember household of several coffee addicts.
4 to 6-minute Cycle
Depending on how much coffee you brew each time, the KBG only takes between four and six minutes to deliver you a morning caffeine kick. Because of the highly efficient copper heating element, it only takes 30 seconds for cool water to reach boiling point and begin pouring out of the drip arm.
9-Hole Drip Arm
One of the most unique features of Technivorm’s Moccamasters, the KBG and KB included, is the nine-hole drip arm. Water travels from the heating element through a glass tube and out of the drip arm, falling out of nine holes for even distribution and maximum coffee extraction.
Auto Drip Stop
After all of the water in the reservoir has been drained, the KBG’s heating element will automatically stop to prevent burnout, and the brewing system will come to an abrupt end. However, because the filter basket is completely open at all times, you’ll need to wait for the last drips to fall out to prevent spillage.
Multiple Color Options
Though not related to the KBG’s performance, it’s worth noting that this drip coffee brewer comes in a multitude of different colored finishes. There are 28 different color options to be specific, ranging from calming purple to sexy red to classic black and silver.
Technivorm Moccamaster 59691 KB
3 Drip Stop Settings
Unlike the KBG’s one-setting filter basket, the KB offers three different settings—wide-open, half-open, and shut—to allow users to steep and brew their coffee to best suit their unique tastes. Figuring out how to use this system isn’t difficult at all; as long as your grounds are ready and you know extraction works, you can fine-tune your coffee with minimal effort for your ideal cup after every cycle.
Like the KBG, the KG comes with a 40-ounce glass carafe that holds onto as much as ten cups of coffee at a time, though you should feel free to make as much or as little coffee as you’d like by filling the water reservoir as you see fit. Glass doesn’t retain heat as well as thermal carafes, but they do allow you to safely reheat your coffee on a hot plate. Speaking of which…
Onboard Hot Plate with Adjustable Heat
The benefit of a glass carafe is that it allows users to heat the entire pot of coffee to maintain a tongue-burning experience with every sip. Both the KBG and KB come with an onboard hot plate with two different heat settings that make scorching the base of the carafe nearly impossible to do. The hot plate automatically shuts off after 100 minutes.
One of the things we absolutely love about both the KB and KBG is that they produce a consistent pot of coffee even years after purchase. This is mainly due to the material used to make the most crucial components. Glass in the delivery tube from the heating element to the drip arm which itself is made of stainless-steel. Both of these materials will not corrode and do not take away heat from the passing water and coffee.
If your kitchen countertop is short on space, worry not! The KB and KBG leave very tiny footprints (13 x 7 inches) while standing only 14 inches high. It shouldn’t be too difficult to find a place for these coffee brewers in your kitchen without relocating other appliances.
Moccamaster KBG vs. KB: Which Should I Get?
After looking at the two devices at hand, we’ve concluded that the only difference between the two, other than the KBG’s long list of beautifully colored finishes, is the filter basket’s drip stop settings. The KBG’s filter is left wide open at all times, whereas the KB allows you to fine-tune the steeping and brewing cycles to your taste with its three settings. If you’re picky about your coffee, the KB would be the better option.