A couple weeks ago I got the chance to review the Remington iCoffee Opus Single-Serve Brewer. It was spectacular timing because my coffee pot broke and I was seriously thinking I might need to crawl into a hole and die from lack of caffeinated goodness to start my mornings. I had already been contemplating a single serving coffee maker because, honestly, I get so. sick. of measuring out tablespoons of coffee to make multiple servings of coffee that I’ll just have to reheat throughout the day. Single serving makers are so much more convenient and substantially less hassle and mess to clean up from
I had been considering a Keurig, however, with their recent safety recalls I had some serious reservations. Single serving makers are convenient for me on a daily basis since I’m the only coffee drinker in my house (much to my toddler’s dismay!). However, what happens when we have friends over? I’d likely be brewing more than one or two cups in succession and I’d prefer not to be burned by scalding water, thankyouverymuch!
So, down to the nitty gritty. I’ll just start by saying that I love this little iCoffee machine! Well, it’s not little…it takes up a whole corner of my kitchen counter…but that’s besides the point and it’s no larger than other comparable products on the market. The machine came with very easy to follow directions and was very straightforward and easy to use regardless of the instruction manual. You literally plug the machine in, fill the tank with water up to the fill line, push power, wait for the water to heat (1-2 min tops), put your k-cup in (or fill the reusable k-cup they provide with coffee and put it in the machine), hit the brew button, and watch it brew your cup of coffee in about 30 seconds. For convenience sake, you can turn the dial surrounding the brew button and change the number of ounces you want brewed into your cup. I like my coffee in the morning, so I cranked the sucker up to 12 ounces, but you could also opt for 8 or 10 ounce cups.
I have nothing negative to say about this product. I feel like it heats faster than Keurig’s I have used in the past, and it makes a nice cup o’ joe. It also doesn’t discriminate between single serve cup types, so you can go for the expensive cups or the off-brand cheapies. Added bonus: when you turn the machine on the water tank lights up bright blue, and when it’s brewing a cup of coffee, the alcove where your mug sits lights up the same bright blue color. It’s pretty, and I’m a sucker for pretty. What can I say? I’m a girl. Another added bonus, aside from the digital display alerting you at what stage of the heating/brewing process the machine is at, it also indicates when the tank needs additional water and the bright blue tank light flashes. You can’t miss it if your machine needs additional fluid, which is nice. Because I have kids and I get distracted easily… You moms know what I mean.
The iCoffee can be purchased on Amazon, or at Bed Bath and Beyond and retails for about $140.