When this came out of the box I was interested in it’s shape – huge on top compared to my old coffee maker. The reason – the unique brewing method. Hot water is squirted across the grounds and then six water jets circulate the grounds in hot water while brewing, a process Remington calls “SteamBrew”. It produces a smooth cup of coffee with little, if any, bitter aftertaste, much like French pressed coffee.
Like a French pressed coffee, you can have more “essence” or “sediment” in the bottom of the pot or cup. This can be diminished by using coarser ground coffee and the second, smaller filter. The iCoffee machine doesn’t use paper filters and uses less coffee than a standard drip coffee maker. It may take several pots to find you perfectly brewed coffee.
This is an expensive product at $170, but you can use your 20 percent coupon at Bed, Bath & Beyond to bring id down. Aside from the price, my two main concerns are emptying and cleaning the filter basket and cleaning the carafe. The lid doesn’t come off the carafe, making it nearly impossible to pop into the dishwasher. For those of you who nurse a pot of coffee throughout the day, the burner turns off after two hours, which means transferring the coffee to an insulated carafe or reheating it as you go.
If you aren’t bothered by these issues, you’ll be rewarded with a smooth cup of coffee. Otherwise, you may want to see if Remington comes out with a revamped model.