Technivorm Moccamaster Cup-One is a single cup (10oz/300ml) coffee brewer based on Technivorm’s famous 10-cup version. It looks and functions very similarly which is a good thing since the 10-cup version is so beloved. Both of these brewers emulate the manual pour-over technique, but with the repeatability of a machine. Given those qualities, this appliance is ideal for our purposes here at FCT testing coffee one cup at a time.
Is it ideal for you? Let’s find out.
The cost is $220(!) and seems to be out of stock (originally written April 2017 – no longer an issue as of Jan 2018). I got mine in like new condition, on eBay for $150. The Cup-One doesn’t come up too often on eBay but the 10-cup KBT or KBGT w/thermal carafe does for $170-180 with shipping vs $308 new on Amazon. A major point in Technivorm’s favor, a 5-year warranty with parts availability and a company known for standing behind their product. It may be our only possession handmade in Europe.
Here is the Cup-One’s brew cycle. It spatters a bit at the beginning. By design or not, it adds a bit of a pre-infusion. Brew cycle is just about 4 minutes. This was a fairly freshly roasted coffee so you can see the bloom.
So how does it do? In our opinion and for our purposes, it’s great. Is it better than our manual pour-overs? Well let’s say this – it brews an excellent cup every time. At our best, we might be better than it but when we are not at our best, it beats us. On average, I am sure it comes out on top. If you are a professional barista, you would be buying this for its convenience. For the other 99% of us, it will make better coffee than we will, most of the time.
Alone but not lonely… hmm.
Correct Water Temperature
Ideal water temperature for drip brewing is between 196-205°F (91-96°C). A good drip brewer should deliver a consistent flow of water within this temperature range for the entire brew – which few actually achieve. Most automatic coffee makers do not get the water hot enough. This Moccamaster is nearly perfect and our specific machine keeps it between 200-207°F.
Use the #2 sized filter
The smaller filter hits the limit!
What filter to use?
Go for the Melita style #2 size filter. I found that both the Melita type #1 and #2 filters both fit the filter basket just fine however with 18 grams of ground coffee, the #1 filter was at its limit and the water level reached the very edges of the filter but didn’t spill over (see the picture for reference). The #2 fit just fine (fold the bottom and side seams over) and I can’t see any reason you’d want to risk using the #1 since it could overflow if things don’t go perfectly.
It’s not cheap but it’s beautiful in form and function. If you are going to buy a coffee maker and want a one-cup capacity, this is the only one to buy as far as we are concerned. Of course, it is understandable if you think it’s too expensive but we would suggest you do not buy a lesser automatic machine to save money. We don’t know of any other one cup brewer that is worth buying – if you do please let us know. If money is tight, stick with to pour-overs. Pour-over equipment will cost you very little and you will be developing your brewing skills and knowledge. Check out brewing page for more information.
January 15 2018, update: After brewing 2 cups of coffee every day since purchase, it’s still as good as new. Actually, you might say it is slightly better now since the initial spatter at the start of the brew noted above is less.