Published July 1, 2011. From Cook's Illustrated.
Could this small attachment make our favorite drip coffee maker even better?
Our favorite drip coffee maker, the Technivorm Moccamaster Coffeemaker ($299) is pricey but produces great-tasting coffee. But the original didn’t come with a brew-through, pour-through lid, requiring you to screw on its airtight lid the instant the brewing stopped—and to unscrew it each time you poured a cup. Now the machine comes with a new, second lid (also sold separately): the Technivorm Brew-Thru Lid ($7.35). We brewed coffee in the machine using the new accessory, then took its temperature at intervals for one hour. Thanks to the lid’s small opening that channels into a 5-inch-long tube, the coffee lost just 11 degrees over the course of an hour, dropping from 191 to 180 degrees—well above the 150- to 175-degree serving range recommended by many coffee experts. We’re sold.