I love a good cup of coffee in the morning. Actually, I NEED a good cup of coffee EVERY morning. I look forward to it and it’s just the perfect start to my day. We’ve been using a traditional coffee pot for the past several years, so when iCoffee by Remington reached out to me about reviewing their revolutionary new iCoffee Steambrewer, I definitely wanted to give it a try.
I was sent an iCoffee Steambrewer to review (at no cost to facilitate this post):
Here’s a little background information from iCoffee about their Steambrewer and what makes it so different from traditional drip brewers:
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.
When I first un-boxed the iCoffee brewer, I was impressed with the sleek design. It looks like a traditional drip brewer in many ways and has most of the function buttons and timers you’d expect to see.
I got busy brewing my first pot right away. As instructed I removed all labels and cleaned the carafe and all surfaces to get ready to brew. According to iCoffee, their SteamBrew™ technology enables maximum flavor extraction so users should experiment to determine the optimal ratio of water to coffee based on their personal tastes. For the first pot they recommend using your usual amount of coffee, then adding more of less for subsequent brews. I went ahead and followed this advice, brewing a pot with 6 cups of water and 5 tablespoons of coffee.
The first difference I noted between my traditional KitchenAid drip brewer and the iCoffee steambrewer was that you’re not supposed to use a coffee filter. The iCoffee has a Gold Tone brew basket that acts as a filter and this is the where the “i” for innovation in iCoffee happens. The brew basket can be removed from the machine to fill with coffee grounds, then it just snaps into place. Speaking of grounds, iCoffee recommends using medium to coarse grounds since their patented SteamBrew Extraction Technology will lead to increased “extracted coffee essence” (read: sediment) in your cup. If you use very fine grounds they’ll slip right through into your coffee pot. If you’re not into a large amount of sediment in your cup, the iCoffee also comes with an optional filter that can snapped right onto the carafe to help decrease the amount of sediment making it through from the brewer.
The second difference I noticed was from the SteamBrew Extraction Technology. The brew basket has a great see-through window so you can see the magic happening. You can see the water coming into the basket and the steam rotationally swirling the grounds. While the coffee was brewing (and afterwards) I noticed the aroma of coffee was much more noticeable in our home. It smelled wonderful and I was excited to see how the coffee would taste.
They are not kidding about the extracted coffee essence! I chose to use the optional filter and am pretty glad I did. A little bit of sediment still made it through but I was able to collect most of it right in this handy little filter. The coffee in the carafe was a bit richer in color than our traditional pots of coffee, and like I said before it smelled fantastic. iCoffee mentions that your coffee will have a rich crema but I didn’t notice any crema to speak of. Honestly, I wouldn’t even have known what crema was, but I happened to catch an episode of “Dangerous Grounds” on the travel channel the other night and was enlightened about crema and a host of other coffee tidbits. Despite the lack of crema, the taste of the coffee was delicious. It was smooth and flavorful and I really enjoyed it. The only real drawback, if you want to call it that, is that the machine doesn’t fit underneath our upper kitchen cabinets. We have a 14 inch clearance and the machine is just a tab bit taller than that so it can’t just sit on the counter top unless it’s a space where there isn’t an upper cabinet. This isn’t a big problem for us since we do have counter space for it, but just be aware if you have a smaller kitchen space and lower upper cabinets.
Now I am by no means a coffee connoisseur, but I do enjoy coffee each morning and the iCoffee definitely makes a great pot of coffee! The clean-up is a bit more labor intensive since you aren’t merely throwing the filter with grounds into the trash, but it’s totally worth it to me. The iCoffee Steambrewer has definitely earned a spot on our counter.
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Disclosure: I received the items above at no cost from iCoffee to facilitate this post. All thoughts expressed are my own and may differ from yours. Amazon links are affiliate links.