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There was a time when my mates would get together and compare the different craft beers they had recently enjoyed, these days it’s much more likely we discuss our favourite coffee and preferred brewing method, honestly, we are a hoot to be around.

The Moccamaster KBG Select is a 10cup (1.25L) filter coffee machine, ideal for keeping both the new parents and party animals in our group awake, this machine comes in 21 colours, including a bright Yellow, Orange and Red as well as a range of more subtle colours. Coffee filters have had a recent resurgence in popularity potentially due to the reduced levels of Cafestol which could be linked to raising cholesterol, it is also a conveniently and mostly mess free way to brew multiple cups of your favourite coffee.

The KBG Select can be used for both large and small quantities thanks to the new select switch, you can easily choose between a full or half jug, the waterflow will be slower when using the switch for a half jug to ensure the coffee is brewed properly no matter how many cups you choose. The brewing temperature is 92°C to 96°C for a smoother extraction, ensuring the aromatic oils are dissolved for that ideal bitter and sweet taste. The machine is lovely and quiet as it extracts, no one needs a noisy machine first thing in the morning and it produces 10 cups in as little as 6 minutes.

The unit has a reasonably compact body at 36 x 32 x 17cm and comes with a glass coffee jug with mixing tube for smoother coffee, it all contributes to making it quite a striking piece on the kitchen counter. The 9-hole stainless steel outlet arm provides efficient wetting of the coffee grounds, the brew basket features an automatic drip stop, whilst the brewing element switches off automatically after brewing. The hot plate works independently, it keeps the coffee at 80°-85°C and automatically switches off after 40 minutes and the KBG Select uses high quality recyclable materials and BPA free components. Using and cleaning the KBG was a straightforward process, the coffee it made was good most of the time, occasionally a jug would come through a little bitter but more often than not it was fine, however, for the price I expected every cup to be perfect. There are enough redeeming features to forgive the occasional duff brew, the sleek design, ease of use, fast brewing time and effective hot plate makes it a good choice for those coffee addicts looking for abundant amounts of tasty filter coffee. RRP €229

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A beautiful looking machine that can provide enough coffee to get even the biggest addicts through the day.
  • Fast and silent brewing process
  • 10 cups within 6 minutes
  • Choose between half or full jug
  • 9-hole stainless steel outlet arm
  • Jug lid with mixing tube
  • Automatic drip stop
  • Brewing element switches off when the brewing is finished
  • Hotplate keeps the coffee at 80°C-85°C (switches off after 40 minutes)
  • High quality copper brew element
  • Easy to clean
  • Great looking machine
  • Occasional bitter coffee brewed