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Krups 468-42 Moka Brew 8-Cup Coffeemaker
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Product Description

468-42 Moka Brew Coffeemaker - What does the Moka Brew do that drip coffee makers can't do? It uses natural steam pressure to extract the full coffee flavor rather than just heating water and allowing it to drip down through ground coffee. Like an italian stovetop maker, this electric device employs a similar technique but makes it simpler, foolproof. The water heats in the lower chamber. Then begins to produce steam bubbles which rise to the top of the chamber and push the water down. As the water is pressed down, the only way to escape is through the tubes running up the sides of the machine. Under pressure, the water travels up, through the tube and into the filter basket.

Many automatic drip coffeemakers oversaturate the grounds, resulting in flavorless, watery coffee. The Moka Brew aims to avoid fitting into that category by using steam to generate a low-pressure brewing process. The unique design of the Moka Brew makes it stand out next to other automatic drip machines. Instead of pouring water into a tank on the side of this coffeemaker, water is poured directly below a lid that lifts up from the warming plate. When the unit is turned on, steam pressure forces just enough water up a tube hidden in the coffeemaker¡¯s frame and through the grounds, which rest in a compact filter right beneath the lid. The result is up to 8 cups of rich and aromatic Italian-style coffee. Stainless-steel heating elements heat water quickly and continue to keep the carafe at the right temperature while on the hot plate. The graduated glass carafe lets you monitor how many cups you¡¯ve brewed and has a locking lid to safeguard against accidental spills. The Moka Brew comes with 100 paper filters to get you started and is covered by a limited one-year warranty. --Cristina Vaamonde

Features:
  • Low-pressure steam brewing process extracts delicious Italian-style coffee
  • 8-cup graduated glass carafe with locking lid and easy-to-read markings
  • Stainless-steel heating element for fast heating
  • Easy-to-fill water container below warming plate
  • Measures 12-1/4 by 7-3/4 by 8 inches; limited 1-year warranty

Customer Reviews:

  • Worth it
    Really does make EXCELLENT coffee. When I opened the package, the machines rubber "feet" were missing (all but one), it was really dusty, and something in the machine had become dislodged, leading to hours of head scratching. I've had it for over a month and it works fine. Might want to use purified water to reduce scale. ...more info
  • Great tasting coffee
    We bought this coffee maker after our 3rd Sunbeam Scandinavian coffee maker burned out. Makes great tasting coffee, very smooth. I thought it would be a little of a pain to use as you have to empty the coffee basket and rinse it every time, but it is really not a big deal. Making coffee is somewhere in between an expresso maker and a drip machine. We are very happy with this machine and would highly recommend it. The only negetive is the length of time it takes to brew, but that is easily outweighed by by the quality of the coffee it brews!!

    I hope it lasts longer than our last coffee maker... fingers crossed! ...more info
  • NOT BAD...BUT COULD BE BETTER
    I love good coffee so when I read about the Krups Moka Brew, I bought it. Coffee's OK but not great. And there is a problem getting the filters. You can either pay through the nose for the Krups filters or buy the cone filters, a cheap protractor, a pair of scissors and make your own....more info
  • NOT BAD...BUT COULD BE BETTER
    I love good coffee so when I read about the Krups Moka Brew, I bought it. Coffee's OK but not great. And there is a problem getting the filters. You can either pay through the nose for the Krups filters or buy the cone filters, a cheap protractor, a pair of scissors and make your own....more info
  • Krups Moka Brew
    You need time to make a good cup of coffee with this machine. The coffee feeds into the coffee pot lid onto a disc-like filter (not a pod filter), which is impossible to find at any upscale or down scale store. The brewed coffee is good to excellent, but I'm not thoroughly convinced that the coffee quality warrants the work entailed....more info
  • Yummy coffee
    I like super strong, fresh-brewed French roast coffee, and I have gotten superior coffee from this machine every time. I fill the grounds basket all the way to make about 4 cups of coffee at a time. The moka maker is easy to use, and you don't need a fancy grinder to get good results with it. There's definitely an art to grinding the beans and packing the filter basket, but even the worst pot of coffee from this machine has been good. It's true that the coffee "dies" quickly---the moka is especially good as soon as it is brewed.

    I bought this coffee maker several years ago. It broke after only a few uses, and getting it repaired under warranty took over a year! But my appreciation for this machine was renewed after a recent, bad experience with the Cuisinart Brew Central, which brewed bad coffee and was defective out of the box.

    This coffee maker deserves 5+ stars because of the delicious coffee it produces and 1 star for the lousy Krups warranty service. ...more info
  • Great coffee!
    We love this, even though it took a couple of years to get one! It makes a great stong cup of coffee and is great for those times when you want a smaller pot! We do not use it on a daily basis - more like weekly but enjoy it very much - the filters are a little hard to get!...more info
  • Coffee Plus Pressure Equals GREAT
    My wife and I are not big coffee drinkers. We have a cup each with our breakfast, using fresh ground and a Bodum french press. I usually make the coffee and am fastidious about making sure the water gets past 200 degrees and that the grounds are not soaked for over 7 minutes. YUM.

    We were not looking for a coffee maker, we had a Krups Aroma Plus maker that we used during parties (the coffee was not as great, but passable). Until I saw a Capresso MT500, loved its design, and did some research. This led me to coffeegeek.com which gave the Capresso a great review but gave the Moka Brew a glowing review.

    The reviews are RIGHT ON. This machine makes an outstanding cup of coffee.

    The secret and the difference is pressure, no drip type coffee maker can do this. Pressure, which you can control by adjusting how fine you grind your coffee and how much you tamp it. Essentially, the finer the ground and the harder you pack it in, the more the machine will have to force the steam through the grind -- the higher the pressure.

    I'm not about to tell anyone what makes your coffee taste good. For me, it changes slightly with every batch we buy and try. Generally a medium grind well packed works, at least the guests think so. We brew a pot and transfer it to a nice matching carafe to serve.

    So if you just drink whatever is served, then the process may be too much for you. But if you want control over how your coffee is made then buy a burr grinder and BUY THIS NOW. You'll love it, I guarantee....more info
  • Get One While You Can!
    I purchased this coffeemaker 3 years ago and it has produced the BEST coffee each and every time. Since it's a little more of an involved process to make coffee with this machine (OK, so it takes about 5 minutes longer than with a drip coffeemaker!) we use this as our "weekend" coffee pot. Read the earlier 5-star reviews and go to the coffeegeek site to learn more about this amazing machine, which is like a cross between a drip pot and an espresso maker (lower pressure, though).

    Here's a money-saving tip: you can easily cut your own filter discs from #4 drip filters. Simply press a filter or two over the grounds basket and use the impression that's left on the paper as a guide to cut out your filters. The bonus is that you get 2 round filters per #4 drip filter; also, there's no need to be super accurate with your cutting of the discs, just as long as the holes in the bottom of the basket are covered when you place the filter in. This is lots cheaper than buying the ready-made filters for this pot.

    When I bought this pot 3 years ago, Krups discontinued US distribution of it so I bought a replacement pot assembly (glass carafe, filter basket, rubber gasket, and lid), just to make sure that we would have a replacement in case the carafe broke or a gasket went out or something like that. It's still in the box in the pantry; all of the parts are in excellent shape.

    I don't know how long Krups plans to keep marketing this coffeemaker in the US again, but it's a wonderful device and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend it to anyone who enjoys great coffee. Be aware though, that it really doesn't brew 8 full-sized cups of coffee; it's more like a 4-cup pot....more info
  • Get One While You Can!
    I purchased this coffeemaker 3 years ago and it has produced the BEST coffee each and every time. Since it's a little more of an involved process to make coffee with this machine (OK, so it takes about 5 minutes longer than with a drip coffeemaker!) we use this as our "weekend" coffee pot. Read the earlier 5-star reviews and go to the coffeegeek site to learn more about this amazing machine, which is like a cross between a drip pot and an espresso maker (lower pressure, though).

    Here's a money-saving tip: you can easily cut your own filter discs from #4 drip filters. Simply press a filter or two over the grounds basket and use the impression that's left on the paper as a guide to cut out your filters. The bonus is that you get 2 round filters per #4 drip filter; also, there's no need to be super accurate with your cutting of the discs, just as long as the holes in the bottom of the basket are covered when you place the filter in. This is lots cheaper than buying the ready-made filters for this pot.

    When I bought this pot 3 years ago, Krups discontinued US distribution of it so I bought a replacement pot assembly (glass carafe, filter basket, rubber gasket, and lid), just to make sure that we would have a replacement in case the carafe broke or a gasket went out or something like that. It's still in the box in the pantry; all of the parts are in excellent shape.

    I don't know how long Krups plans to keep marketing this coffeemaker in the US again, but it's a wonderful device and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend it to anyone who enjoys great coffee. Be aware though, that it really doesn't brew 8 full-sized cups of coffee; it's more like a 4-cup pot....more info
  • Wonderful Cup of Coffee
    I waited on purchasing this item for some time. I knew I was going to enjoy the coffee, but some of the concerns others expressed around clean-up, length of brew cycle, and "accidents" had me holding back.

    WOW, am I glad I finally pulled the trigger; clean up is as or easier than my Capresso, the brew cycle is marginally longer than the Capresso, and no accidents so far nor do I ever anticipate I'll have one.

    The coffee isn't a "radically" different flavor at another plateau compared to my drip Capresso. It is a nice, more complex, more rewarding coffee though; demanding you drink and enjoy it everyday.

    I live in MN and am a Caribou coffee drinker daily. I was so impressed with the brew this produced, that I ordered a special 20oz insulated mug to begin taking coffee to work with versus buying Caribou which is in the office building I work in. Trust me, that transformation says more about how good this coffee tastes than any other wording I could use; I absolutely adore(d) Caribou Coffee.

    If you are on the fence, jump off and buy it. There are few things which will bring you pleasure and happiness on a daily basis. This is one of them ......more info
  • Excellent coffeemaker
    We've been through a number of coffee makers and this is the best, so far. The coffee is rich, strong and very hot. It appears to be well-made, and the caraffe is more substantial than others we've used. ...more info
  • Amazing flavors from this machine.
    My review will start almost exactly like the one below mine--like that reviewer, my Krups coffee maker called it quits after around 10-11 years of great service, and good coffee. I was prepared to purchase another Krups, and then read really bad reviews of their quality of basic coffee machines as of late, and was discouraged. Plus, I had kind of hoped to have at least one appliance that lasted until I was of retirement age. You know, like something your grandparents had that just worked.

    Anyway, I was pleased to stumble on the reviews of this particular product on coffeegeek.com and then the product page here on Amazon. Glad I took the chance. Other reviews describe the process of making coffee here, but I will say that the design of this product does indeed look like it will last me many a year. My previous Krups also only had an on/off switch and no timer, so I don't have those things to "miss," like some reviewers.

    As others have said, this coffee is amazing--you taste a wild amount of flavors, and it has no "bite." Really delicious. I have noticed, for me, that I use less coffee than I used to. I make about 5 cups with about 3 "scoops" (I have a coffee scoop that is right about one tablespoon). I am a long time coffee drinker, and this strength tends to work for me. The coffee that comes out of this maker, while not having bite, really seems to have more of a caffeine kick, but in a smooth way. Some of this depends on the beans and the grind, of course, but the experiment really isn't that big of a deal. I also just pat the coffee down with the back of the scoop--this isn't the big deal some people have made it out to be.

    You also should get a thermos, if you don't have one, as there really is no warming plate, per se. I don't find that to be a problem, but some might.

    My only possible con is that it is a bit of a challenge to clean all of the grinds out. The paper filter is flat, and the coffee is compressed, so I tend to use a fork to scrape out the coffee until I get to the filter and peel it out. Then I wind up having to rinse some residual grinds down the disposal. Again, for me this is not a problem, but it may annoy some people.

    Lastly, and this has nothing to do with the quality of the coffee maker, but my girlfriend (non-coffee drinker), loves the way it looks on the counter. She never said that about the old Krups (RIP) machine. At a little under a month's worth of use, I recommend the product. If, for any reason, something goes wrong with it, I'll come back and update the review.

    ...more info
  • Love it because we love the taste even after a year's use!
    Have had this coffee maker for at least a year. If you want excellent tasting coffee consistently, this is your machine. It's a cross between a mild espresso type taste and a superior drip machine. The water goes through very hot and the taste is so rich. We brew on this machine an average 2 times a day. It has held up fantastically, a very well engineered product. The round paper filters are a bit unorthodox but we reuse them and have no complaints. I even heard on Oprah (Dr. Michael F. Roizen as guest, his book REAL AGE MAKEOVER) this week that using paper filters instead of copper paperless filters for brewing is much healthier for you. Can't remember what chemicals it was that gets filtered out of even straight caffeinated (vs. decaf) beans; you'll have to look it up if interested. So we are supposedly drinking healthier coffee now than from our previous coffeemakers (Braun, Capresso and Zojirushi). A little unintended benefit when we switched to this maker. Be aware there is no automatic off switch. Thought this would bug me since I demand it on all things. However, I guess I like this maker so much I haven't let it bother me. We often pour this coffee into a thermal carafe immediately upon completion since sitting on the heater for extended periods seems to make the taste bitter. Maybe I also like the fact this machine only has one switch and it only can be off or on. I am tired of multi-buttoned and multi-programmable common small appliances. The simplicity of operation and the pretty lines of the machine on top of the perfect taste have made us very happy owners of this machine. I highly recommend it without reservation....more info
  • Horrible purchase
    I'm an avid coffee drinker and after doing much research I decided to up my budget and purchase a 'top' machine. Well if this is the top of the line coffee I'd hate to think of low end coffee. The coffee doesn't taste good no matter what type I have tried...in addition the coffee maker itself is really difficult to use and a mess to clean. Do yourself a favor there is a reason most makers are not making machines that brew this way. I wish common sense would have played into my purchasing decision....more info
  • better than my sisters french press
    My sister makes joe with a french press. I think the first cup is pretty good but aftter that the coffee gets cold and the flavor goes south. This is better....more info
  • Nearly a Dream Machine
    The Krups Moka Brew makes a superb cup of coffee that's much stronger, richer and more complex than regular drip brew. Grind your beans fine but not quite at an espresso grind. Filters are easy to cut by using any #4 cone filter (you get two KMB filters from each cone filter) and making a template. Krups filters are expensive and hard to find. The KMB takes a few minutes longer to brew than regular drip and it requires a bit more time to grind, tamp and clean the grinds, but it's well worth it. Try 1 gram of ground coffee for each ounce of water (1/3 cup of whole beans for 24 oz. of water) and you should get a great brew....more info
  • If you absolutely, positively have to throw away $80 . . .
    Pros: 1) This coffeemaker is far more interesting to look at than the typical unit. 2) It makes a decent cup of coffee.

    Cons: 1) It's difficult to impossible to pour water from the glass carafe into the water reservoir, so you'll need to keep an empty water bottle (or some equally attractive container) sitting around and mark it to match the cup amoounts on the carafe. I found that an old Aquafina bottle marked with a Sharpie did the trick. 2) It doesn't have a timer, so if you want your coffee ready when you get up in the morning you'll have to get one of those timers that plug into the receptacle -- another attractive addition to your kitchen decor. 3) The circular filters seem to be available only by mail from Krups at outrageous prices and usually on backorder, so you'll need to get a pair of sharp scissors for cutting circles out of the regular drip filters you'll be buying -- I know this is certainly the way I want to spend my extra time. 4) The grounds need to be tamped down slightly for best results, so you'll need to find a flat, hard tool exactly the diameter of the grounds container to use in place of the one that Krups didn't bother to include. 5) Contrary to Krups' claim, the heating element in the bottom of the water reservoir DOES NOT keep the coffee hot -- it barely keeps it tepid -- so you'll need to make sure you have a microwave handy to zap every cup except the first one. 6) It doesn't have an automatic shut-off, so you'll be able to ruin your vacations by worrying about whether or not you turned the ill-designed thing off. 7) Clean-up is a pain compared to regular coffeemakers. The filter disks and spent grounds don't easily come out unless you sharply smack the grounds container against something else, which often affords you the opportunity to clean up a mess of wet coffee grounds. You might want to keep toothpicks or something similar sitting around to poke through the holes in the bottom of the grounds container to get the filter to fall away -- then you can just dig out the remaining grounds with your finger.

    I could go on, but I won't. Instead I will go to the store and buy a regular drip coffeemaker and a box of Melitta filters that I will NOT be cutting into little circles. Anybody want a very lightly used Moka Brew? Ah well, another interesting-looking doorstop....more info
  • Moka Brew a Big Disappointment
    Good coffee is essential to life. Good, as I have come to learn is truly in the tastebud of the beholder, and is relative. In short - my buds did not care for the output of this complex and messy device as other reviewers did. I varied the grind, I varied the amount of coffee, the number and location of filters, etc., and as with my Rancilio espresso maker, I varied the tamping of the grounds. Little variation in flavor. I am very disappointed since the reviews elevated my expectations. It seems rational to expect steam to produce the right temp for coffee, but I think it is too hot. FURTHER problem - after owning for a month - the Moka Brew got plugged with something - maybe lime scale - and simply stopped kicking out steam. I actually scalded myself by opening the thing up releasing the backed up steam pressure. Sure, it was stupid of me, but the unit was not functioning and I thought no steam was being produced. It led me to make a painful mistake. Poor design. Not only should the product go back to the drawing board, the concept is just not able to produce coffee that meets my standards....more info
  • Truly a moka brew!
    Purchased this Krups on advice from another "chow hound" friend. I have been a big fan of the french press, however my hubby found that brewing method was too rich for his tastes.

    The Moka Brew is our happy middle ground and I only use the press now when camping. The brew comes out quite frothy, and is truly smooth. Both of us don't even notice any "caffine jitters" from this brewing method. I have even made decaffinated coffee in this machine and found it to be an actual pleasure to drink it as well!!!

    I have never had such a smooth cup of coffee before... dare I say even OUT!!! Highly reccomended. Also, coffee is HOT HOT HOT. Just the way it should be!

    Just a note on the construction, although it is a sexy looking machine... the glass beaker is quite thin and I am extra careful with it. Over all it feels so light and fragile.... but using it 2x a day for over 2 months now it is not a problem. Just an opinion. This machine is really worth the money in it's preformance. ...more info
  • The best "Americano" coffee maker Yet! (June '07 - are these REALLY available again?)
    I had to think a bit before spending $100 for an 8 cup coffeemaker with no fancy digital timer, thermal caraffe, or built in grinder. I ordered one, convinced by the reviews of numerous satisfied owners who really seemed to know about coffee. I am so glad I did. I have tried the top rated drip brewers, vaccuum brewers, and press pots, but the Krups Moka Brew beats them all.

    The low pressure brewing system seems to extract the maximum possible rich and complex coffee flavor, with an absolute minumum of bitterness. When you first get it home, experiment with the grind, and amount of coffee. I find that a grind half-way between drip and espresso is perfect. I use only half the amount of coffee per cup I would with drip, and get a richer cup. The Moka brew is not cheap, but cause I use less coffee it will pay for itself the first year.

    As noted in other reviews you cannot get filters except by phone through Krups. However, I have found that using 2 standard 3.5" disk filters (cheap at any major supermarket) and offsetting them slightly so they cover the 3.75" in basket, that I get perfect coffee with no grinds slipping into the brew. I tamp the coffee down a bit too which once again, makes the coffee taste a bit darker and richer. No one has yet mentioned how much fun the machine is to watch. The coffee sprays down creating a deep tan crema during the first half of the brew.

    One more hint, when you are in a hurry, just fill the brew chamber with hot tap water instead of cold. I can taste no difference in the final result, and it brews in half the time. Five stars!!!

    UPDATE: Krups had not imported these to the U.S. for a couple of years. I bought an extra when they were going away and they have become prized commodities on eBay because there is nothing else like it. If they are really available in 2007 jump on it before they disappear again!...more info
  • Superb and innovatve coffee maker
    Bottom line: This unique maker makes the best cup of coffee I have ever made in the home: deep, rich, and flavorful - not at all comparable to the "thin" taste I have seen with drip makers. Another bonus: durability. I have used this steadily for almost three years without a breakdown: also far more than any drip maker I have ever had. Yes, cleaning takes longer - but ritual is part of the true joy of coffee making and is something one can learn to enjoy - when you consider the quality of the product you are looking forward to. Yes the filters are hard to find, but there are workarounds for this. Another intangible bonus: the unique sounds of tortuously pressurized air the maker releases through the coffee cycle - more an act of giving birth than a simple passage of water through grinds. A rare product: something that actually makes your life "better."...more info
  • Great coffee every time
    I have owned the Moka Brew for over three years. I love it! I am even thinking of buying a second unit so I can have one at home and the other at work. I find the Moka Brew easy to use and clean. The taste of the coffee is superior to any other home brewed coffee I've ever tasted. I usually use French Roast coffee beans and set the grinder between espresso and fine.

    The carafe is fragile, I think I've replaced it twice now. The directions say to take the lid apart by unscrewing the small brass screw for proper cleaning. It would be just my luck that the screw would end up in the garbage disposal. The few times that I have checked, there has been nothing to clean out.

    All in all, it is simple to use, makes a great tasting cup of coffee, and is easy to clean up. What more could a coffee snob want?...more info
  • Not as good as a French press
    By the time you put in the filter, load the coffee, add the water, and when finished, clean up; it takes more work than a French press, for a lot more money. We thought it might keep the coffee warmer for a little while, but it doesn't.

    Makes a good cup though, better than drip, and no mud, but the flavor doesn't last. There is the smell of burnt coffee while brewing, but definitely no taste afterwards. We've gone back to using the French press and a thermos. Not any more work, and much better coffee. If you're looking for ease of operation and automation, there are better choices. We'll still use this when we have to brew a large amount for a party, etc.
    ...more info
  • Best-tasting coffee
    The Moka Brew does make outstanding coffee. The brews are strong but not bitter. Everyone agrees that it is far superior to the automatic drip machines. Also it takes less actual coffee to produce a strong cup.
    I do have some reservations. The machine takes a non-standard disk style filter that I have yet to find in any store (even Williams-Sonoma.)You can't use basket style filters as the steam goes under them and not through the grounds making horribly watery coffee. I even tried regular percolator filters, without luck. This forces you to by the filters directly from Krups.
    The machine is also harder to clean than my old automatic drip. Since the filter is under the coffee there is no easy way to get it (and the grounds) out. I end up putting more grounds down the disposal.
    If Krups supplied a reusable filter basket that would eliminate all of my reservations.

    UPDATE:You can use basket style filters if you cut them to fit. We use the filters for the mini 4-cup style drip machines. We tried to order some of the disk style filters from Krups...but the cost was $15.00 for 200 filters and they were on back order. If I were rating Krups'customer service instead of the machine itself, it would get 0 stars....more info
  • Daily user
    Works as good as all the positive reviews. Very good for day-to-day use. Pretty picky about my coffee. Higher end whole bean, preferably from specific regions, burr grind right before brew. Have drip, press and vacuum brewers. This is the best one of all that I've used myself. Strong full flavor like french press, but smoking hot and almost as convenient as a drip machine. Will save you money long term because for the same or better taste you can use less beans. May not work as well with milder, subtle "breakfast" blends or Kona....more info
  • Way Beyond My Expectations
    My 12 yrs. old Krups Coffee Maker died just before Thanksgiving. After reading the reviews on Amazon re the current Krups models and other brands, I was at a loss because most were mediocre. By chance, I stumbled on the Krups Moka Brew and decided to give it a try. Wow!

    I've been using it for just over a month and have nothing to offer but raves. It's easy to use, requires less coffee than a drip machine -- you need to experiment to find what suits your taste -- and produces a brew that makes me wonder what in the world I have been drinking all these years. The flavor is complex and deep but subtly so and not the least bitter.

    Don't be dissuaded by the concerns about 'filter availability'; they seem to be readily available on Amazon and at a price/100 comparable to what I had been paying for #4s, plus I tried making them from the #4s I still have as another reviewer suggested and it works fine.

    My only complaint is that finding it when you search "Krups coffee maker" is a challenge. It's as if Krups and Amazon want to keep it a secret.
    ...more info
  • Expensive Filter Replacement
    As mentioned in other reviews, filters are only available online directly from Krups. They cost $5 for 100, plus shipping and handling. If you use double filters as Krups suggest, that's over ten cents in filters for every pot. I called Krups customer service and even the service manager says, "I don't see the problem. It's not up to us to ensure the retailers carry the filters." He even denied that they were unavailable, but even the Krups order dept confirmed this. Krups doesn't know how to spell customer service as far as I'm concerned.

    Also, water stays in the bottom with the heating element after every brew and the only way to get it out is to take a towel or napkin and wipe it out. Quite a hassle. ...more info
  • Great Coffee
    I love this little machine. great coffee. SMOOTH, STRONG, but not bitter. It takes a little practice to get your coffee the way you like it, but I have yet to make a bad pot of coffee from this machine...

    AS FOR FILTERS:

    I find 3.5 inch disc filters in both a store brand and by melita as low as 99 cents a package at my local supermarket (and on-line)...more info
  • Originally I was very impressed but..
    ...I've gone back to using my little Delonghi four-cup brewer. This Moka Brew is too big a pain in the rear to use and if you find the replacement filters on-line, the shipping cost as much as the filters themselves. I see this unit if unavailable now anyway. ...more info
  • Great Coffee!!
    The best coffee I have tasted from a "consumer" level machine at anywhere near the price. Takes a little longer to brew and it is just a little trickier to fill the shallow brew basket, but coffee will be ready in the time it takes to take a shower in the AM. It is not the same system as all those cookie cutter "drip" machines, but there is a good reason why so many high end (and usually much more expensive) commercial machines use this system. And, unlike the new Senseo type "coffee pod" steam brewers, you can use any coffee you want & brew up to eight cups instead of just one or two.

    Considering the fact that all the reviews here are written online, I am surprised and amused by those that complain that the filters are expensive and hard to find. A quick search on Google netted a number of suppliers whose price is far below Krups web site price. Available at $5.00 per hundred, they are comparable to Melitta #4s. That works out to a whopping $1.50 a month.(The only time you need to use an extra filter is when you are just brewing a few cups.) And you get 100 filters when you buy the machine, so you have plenty of time to restock....more info
  • Makes a great cuppa
    I got this coffeemaker via smartbargains for $49.99 (just put in smart bargains in the amazon search up top, it sorta hotlinks amazon to them )
    I like it. It's unorthodox, funky looking, and totally different from how you make coffee.
    You would never believe that small looking pot holds over 40 ozs of coffee, but it does.

    I like that it is sealed, I think the coffee stays fresher while waiting for me to finish the first cup and barge on to the second. It does take more time to brew (which it does very quietly, no gurgling), but it will brew faster using hot water rather than cold. It appears to get more action out of the grounds, because the color is coming out richer, blacker, almost scary. The flavor is full and complete, and it's blessedly hot.

    I am still monkeying around with different coffees, I will prolly settle back with my antigua soon.

    The only reason it got 4 stars was Smartbargains. A number on my address was transposed, and when I emailed in a panic to get it fixed, they claimed there was nothing they could do. Their help was limited to the exact same information that I had from the website, and they showed no inclination to take one more step towards attempting to help get my coffeemaker to me. After three days of UPS trying to deliver it to a non existant address, they finally figured out the transposition and what should have been 5 days, took 10. At least it's here, but I will never order anything from Smartbargains again. They are just too darned helpless....more info