(Al Ruscelli -- February 2007)
Below are some early thoughts and concerns about the Technivorm KBT-741 that I ordered from Boyd Coffee Company. Turns out that this is the latest design (in terms of the new-style carafe) and what I received was what I was supposed to receive (but it wasn't all the evident by what most current sellers were advertising on their websites). Photos of the coffee maker on vendor sites and what you would actually receive if you ordered the KBT-741 were somewhat different. (Update March 2007: many of the vendors have started updating their websites to reflect the "new" version of the carafe, so that the photos on their websites actually match what they are selling.)
This is the thermal carafe that I received with the Technivorm Clubline KBT-741 that I ordered. Notice the word "Moccamaster" on the side of the carafe. The differences in the carafe were my main concerns with the purchase. But there are several other small differences in the coffeemaker that was advertised on the website where I purchased and what I actually received.
The coffeemaker on the left (below) is the one that I assumed I had ordered from Boyd's (as pictured and described on their website) and was what I thought I would be receiving. Note the word "Clubline" on the body of the coffeemaker and the thermal carafe with spout. The coffeemaker on the right is the actual one I received (with "Moccamaster" on both carafe and coffeemaker). I don't think that having the different words (Clubline versus Moccamaster) indicate anything is really different in the build of the coffeemaker, but it is something I noticed, regardless of the significance.
Here's a closer look at the "Moccamaster" wording that
appears on the unit I received.
(Probably not a big deal, but why the difference?)
Below (left) is another version of the KBT-741 that I have run across on the internet. It says Moccamaster rather than Clubline on the side housing, but has the carafe with spout, so it seems to be yet a third variation of the KBT-741 that's a cross between what I received and what most places show the KBT-741 to appear as. Again, the one the the right is the one I actually received.
The carafe that I assumed I would receive, based on photos on the vendor's website (left) with top attached. But compare it to one to the right that I actually received (the new style carafe, apparently).
More on the Pour
The "pour" from the new-style carafe. Perhaps this requires more practice, but here are some of my initial "pour" examples. I am having a difficult time with this particular carafe in getting a good pour. The pour is not quite so bad when the carafe is full, but as the contents go down, the pour gets worse and worse. The examples below are from a half-full carafe. I can achieve a much better pour by adjusting the top and the tilt of the pour, but in most cases to get a better pour the "speed" of the pour is reduced drastically, taking around 10 seconds to fill the cup. Seems like an long time to pour for one standard cup of coffee.
Here with the lid in place and loosened about one full turn. Notice the split stream of the pour. (Makes it almost difficult to keep the coffee from spilling outside the cup.). This is one of the worst-case examples, but one that is very easily duplicated time and time again.
Here with no lid in place. Again, notice the split stream of the pour.
Here with no lid in place and an example of a "wide swath" pour.
Want to see my review on this coffeemaker at www.coffeegeek.com ?
Here's the link to my review: http://www.coffeegeek.com/reviews/drip/technivorm_clubline/varuscelli_II/4134
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