Putting the iCoffee SteamBrew Technology to the Test

by Laura on January 29, 2014

in coffee, Drink, Test Kitchen, Tools

Coffee in the morning

Coffee in the morning

It was last year at about this time when I first heard the iCoffee by Remington story. It was a story that was 7 years and more than 1,200 prototypes in the making.

Back in 2005, Bruce Burrows, the founder and inventor of this innovative new coffee maker began his pursuit of finding a way to brew a coffee that did not have the acidic and bitter flavor.

Burrows believed that there were problems associated with the various methods of brewing coffee. For instance, he felt that drip coffee makers suffered from uneven extraction. Single serve methods produced over-extraction of unwanted acidic and bitter coffee oils, and French Press – while a method that produced a smoother tasting, non bitter and non acidic coffee – was terribly inconvenient to use. So, he set out to make a change, and in the process revolutionized how the coffee is finessed inside the brewer.

He turned to using the goodness of steam in coffee brewing. iCoffee’s SteamBrew™ technology, which is engineered to extract only the most exquisite coffee flavors, is now on the market, and I’ve recently had the chance to give this new technology a try. For the past several weeks, we’ve been brewing with the iCoffee by Remington on a daily basis, and I do believe that there is a difference.

iCoffee_300How is it different? And, how does it work? Well, iCoffee technology forgoes the mechanics of shower head drip coffee brewers, pressurized single-serve cups, and French Press by revolutionizing how the coffee is finessed inside the brewer. First, the coffee is pre-steamed to evenly apply proper moisture and heat. Like steaming vegetables to unlock nutrition and flavor, iCofffee uses the benefits of steam to open up and fully release only the non-bitter, non-acidic, exquisitely smooth coffee flavors. Six patented SteamBrewTM hot water rotational jets further steam, and stir, your favorite coffee releasing a symphony of exquisite flavors.

Aside from the theater involved in the brewing process, there was something else I noticed – sediment in my cup. The company refers to it as “a finely extracted coffee essence due to iCoffee’s SteamBrew technology and premium goldtone filter which uses the “goodness of steam” to eliminate any bitter and acidic aftertaste ensuring only rich and “impossibly smooth” tasting coffee.”

If you’d rather not experience this ‘essence,’ the iCoffee comes packaged with a optional filter that helps eliminate this sediment.

I found the iCoffee surprisingly easy to use right out of the box. Of course, I read the directions to ensure I was properly readying the machine for brewing. Once I started the brew cycle – and was briefly entertained with the Mozart tone – I was startled at I saw: Through the viewing window, I can see the process in all its glory – the water and grounds mixing . My initial thought was, “No! Stop! The grounds are getting all over the place,” but then I quickly realized that this is just what happens inside the brew basket.

The sound of coffee brewing is different that what I’ve been used to, which made me nervous at first. But I listed to it pulse and steam the coffee, and in a few minutes, the Mozart tone let me know that the brewing was complete. I was pleasantly surprised by the results. The cup, was quite smooth, and

I haven’t had a bad cup of coffee since.

Overall, I’m pleased with the machine, although, I find it a bit cumbersome to make and maintain. The unit is a bit too tall to sit on our counter, under the cabinets, so I’m to move it towards the edge of counter so the steam can escape and not ruin my cabinetry.

I also find it a bit awkward to fill the unit with water. And, when it comes to cleaning, it takes some getting used to. The filter can be cleaned in the dishwasher, but since we don’t have a dishwasher, I find myself spending a lot more time ensuring all the grounds are removed from the brewing basket, which has steaming wands inside.

Some of this fumbling is surely a result of transitioning from one machine to another and becoming more acquainted with the iCoffee

On a final note, the website reads, “iCoffee releases more flavor from the same amount of coffee and allows you to use less coffee to achieve the same boldness. iCoffee drinkers report using less coffee to achieve desired strength and exquisite flavor.”

Now, I can’t say I’m using less coffee to brew my morning pot of coffee, but what I can say is that I find myself brewing fewer cups and this may be related to the fact that I’m more satisfied with the fuller, smoother flavor of the brewed coffee, therefore I don’t need to drink as much.

 Here are a few other features of the iCoffee:

  • It includes, six rotational hot water jets
  • brew-viewing window
  • gold-tone filtration
  • 12-cup fully automatic
  • 24-hour programmable, automatic shut-off with 2-hour keep warm, and rich coffee crèma extraction that is seen forming in the exclusive Brew Window

The iCoffee by Remington is available for a MSRP $199.95 (MAP Retail $169.95). For more information, check it out online.

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