Sunday, February 2, 2014

iCoffee with SteamBrew Technology Review

ABCD Diaries was given samples for review purposes only. We were in no other way compensated. The opinions expressed in this post are ours and ours alone. 

"Remington introduces iCoffee, the first new coffee brewing technology in over 50 years.


According to inventor Bruce Burrows, iCoffee took seven years and over 1,257 prototypes to perfect. iCoffee's patented SteamBrew™ technology makes it the first coffee brewer ever to utilize steam jets inside the coffee brew basket. The SteamBrew™ jets first pre-steam the coffee and then stir the coffee throughout the brewing process so each of the coffee grounds is completely suspended and surrounded by hot water at the perfect brewing temperature. Next, a rich coffee crema forms, indicating the elimination of bitter and acidic aftertastes.

“What we’ve done is redefine coffeemaking,” said Burrows. “The ‘i’ in iCoffee stands for innovation, which is what we strive for in all our products. With iCoffee, we’ve found a way to use all the goodness of steam to release the locked-in flavors of your favorite coffee grounds, just like steaming rice and vegetables. This eliminates any bitterness and the result is impossibly smooth tasting coffee. There’s never been a machine in coffee brewing history that uses this technology. The difference in taste is unprecedented.”
iCoffee also features an exclusive brew viewing window, which allows coffee lovers to watch the SteamBrew™ process in action, including the formation of rich coffee crema.
According to Burrows, because SteamBrew™ technology enables maximum flavor extraction, users should experiment to determine the optimal ratio of water to coffee they prefer. “For the first pot, we suggest using the amount of coffee you normally add per cup when brewing. After the first pot, you can adjust the amount of coffee used by adding more or using less coffee in the SteamBrew™ basket to achieve the strength and flavor you prefer. Many people find they need less coffee than they did when using other coffee brewers.”

Burrows also notes that with iCoffee, finely extracted coffee essence, or sediment, may be visible after brewing. “This is normal and a result of our patented SteamBrew™ extraction technology,” he says. “Presently, coffee drinkers have a choice of using a reusable goldtone filter or disposable paper filters. Goldtone allows more coffee essence, paper allows less. It’s a matter of personal preference. If you prefer less finely extracted coffee essence, we have included an optional filter that provides a paper filter experience.”

iCoffee is available in more than 800 retail locations in the U.S., including major national chain stores, local independent retailers, Home Shopping Network and online via www.icoffee.com."

What we thought:  We've been using the iCoffee for a couple of weeks now and it really does live up to the claims above.  The coffee is richer and smoother, not nearly as bitter as our previous brewer provided.  The iCoffee is stylishly sleek and has a great keypad that is easy to use.  I especially loves that it "sings" a tune when it begins and once it's finished brewing.  What a pleasant way to start the day:)  The goldtone filter isn't as easy to clean as the paper filter, but it does seem to make the coffee taste better, so I'd say it's worth the extra minute or so of cleaning time.  The price tag of the iCoffee might be a little steep at $169, but if you are a regular coffee drinker who actually enjoys the rich flavor of a good cuppa joe, I would definitely say the iCoffee is a great investment!  ABCD Diaries gives the iCoffee an A+!

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