Hey gang, Valkor here. There's loads of interesting stuff happening behind the scenes here at TOV and believe me it’s all good; it’s an acceptable change that will truly see this site for what it is – a fun and entertaining guy site, and I can’t be happier. I’ve brought a bit of a change around the site already, but now I’ll dabble a bit with TechView and our first (and certainly not last) appliance review that fits right into the scheme of things. Introducing “iCoffee”, from the folks at Remington, who are also bringing change to how you have your morning cup of joe. And the “i” in “iCoffee”? That stands for ‘innovation”.
From the outset, the iCoffee appears to be your standard coffeemaker; at the top you have your water reservoir and at the front of that is the brew basket, which uses a metal filter (no need for paper). You’ll notice at the face of the device there’s a clear window called the “Rotational SteamBrew Viewing Window”, which allows you to see the coffee grinds swirl as the machine does its stuff. Below the reservoir you have your 12 cup glass carafe with lid and below that is the warming plate. Finally and further below, you have your on/off, clock settings and music buttons along with a display window.
Now what exactly is SteamBrew technology? The iCoffee does something different from traditional coffee makers that simply drip water over the grounds and into a carafe; with SteamBrew, the iCoffee immerses the grounds and swirls them around using hot water jets; this allows the device to pull maximum flavor from the grounds. Taking a quote from the press release, from the inventor Bruce Burrows:
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.”
In giving the iCoffee a thorough Val-Cave testing, I set out to buy my favorite brand of coffee and instantly set to work on seeing how well the iCoffee might improve upon my morning experience. after setup and popping in the gounds, I kicked started (not literally) the device into motion, patiently waiting for my pot to finish brewing. Upon completion, the device alerted me the process was done with a musical. And all that was left is the tasting. Now before I continue with the breakdown, should you invest in the device, your experience may differ from mine; it all comes down to how you much coffee/water you use on the daily and the type of grounds you use. And now, on with the TOV Breakdown.
First and foremost, the iCoffee is really easy to set up and use; without having to look at the instructions, I was able to piece together the device and get it going in a matter of minutes. It’s easy if you’re used to the experience already, but for newcomers you’ll have no issues with the initial setup. But it all comes down to taste and does SteamBrew technology make a difference over traditional methods? That was my biggest fear going in and even though the press release claims there’s no bitter taste, I totally went in expecting my first cup to be the bitterest – I was very, very wrong! The differences between the two methods are like night and day – you can clearly taste the difference! A cup of coffee made with the iCoffee, prepared just how I like it (with milk and sugar) brings about a much bolder and smoother taste; normally when I make coffee at home or buy a cup on the outside, after the milk and sugar have been added, the coffee still taste strong and bitter. This isn’t always the case cup by cup, but there’s clearly a delicious difference between my way and using the iCoffee. I thought maybe with the first two pots, maybe I got lucky. But pot after pot, the iCoffee never failed to produce an outstanding cup of joe. Quick story: I grew to like the taste of coffee only with milk whilst I visited Japan. I was never able to get that same experience here in the states no matter where I went. I tried it with the iCoffee and I’ll be damned if it didn’t reproduce a similar, tasty experience. But the best part is that you’ll save money as the iCoffee touts needing less grounds and uses no paper filters. Remington, you have a clear winner on your hands in the eyes of Val and the iCoffee delivers on it's promise of producing an exceptional cup of coffee.
I find that there’s some sediment at the bottom of the cup; this isn’t necessarily a bad thing as with the traditional method, you usually find coffee grinds at the bottom. And I’ll take a dusting of coffee over full on grinds any day.
Remington’s iCoffee is a wonderful appliance that makes an exceptional cup of coffee again and again. It’s simple to setup, fun to watch and ultimately gives you a taste that makes waking up worthwhile – and this is coming from a guy who hates mornings. Interested and want to learn more about the device? Click that logo on the right and you’re on your way. And out of TOV 5 stars, I’m giving Remington’s iCoffee a full on 5 stars perfect and it’s been Valkor tested, TOV approved!