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Tuesday, January 6, 2015

iCoffee Single Cup Brewer Review #iCoffee

As many of you know, we moved this year because my husband got a new job. That means he also has a new office. I have a single brewer coffee machine at home and he wanted to take it away from me for his office. That was NOT going to happen.

Luckily, I received an iCoffee Opus brewer to review. So now he gets the brewer for his office but not before I tried it out. And after I did, I might give him my old brewer and keep this one for myself. The set-up was easy. And it heats up fast so there is no waiting around for minutes to get a cup of coffee.

iCoffee is the first single-serve machine to use SpinBrew™ technology, which releases the locked-in flavors of coffee while eliminating any bitterness and acidity to deliver an impossibly smooth tasting beverage from a single-serve brewer. Brewing 10 ounces in less than one minute, iCoffee Single Serve is compatible with all k-type cups, including K-Cup®, RealCup™, OneCup™ and all private label cups.

iCoffee also comes with it's own reusable cup so you can brew your own coffee. I loved this because we love Costa Rican coffee and it is great to be able to use our own coffee instead of always using K-cups.

The Opus brews coffee in the brew chamber at approximately 200° F. The brewed coffee stream leaving the brew head and before entering the cup is reduced to approximately 180° F. 
When determining your desired beverage strength, we recommend that you start with an 8-ounce cup and adjust from there. If you like a stronger brew, simply choose a smaller beverage size. For a milder brew, choose a larger beverage size. 
 Keep an eye out for new iCoffee models – specifically the Express and the DaVinci – hitting the market in early 2015. These models will offer variations on the features offered by Opus while delivering the same expert-verified SpinBrew Needle Technology. 

iCoffee recently engaged the Ohio State University Sensory Science Group to compare the differences in taste and flavor, aftertaste and aroma between coffee brewed using the iCoffee Opus, which you recently received, and the Keurig 2.0 K560.

After multiple tests conducted by a panel of highly-trained Descriptive Analysis experts using Starbucks House Blend K-Cups, the results were clear:

* Flavor and Taste: iCoffee presented more were woody/cinnamon and more chocolate/dark cocoa flavors, while those of the Keurig were more ashy/burnt, more astringent, more sour and more bitter with a thicker mouth-feel.
* Aftertaste: iCoffee Opus left testers with a pleasant nutty, woody/cinnamon and chocolate/dark cocoa aftertaste, whereas the Keurig left testers with a more ashy/burnt, more bitter, more astringent and more sour aftertaste.

* Aroma: iCoffee presented a pleasant woody/cinnamon aroma, compared to the more ashy/burnt aroma of coffee from the Keurig brewer.

This means that the coffee brewed in the iCoffee is smoother and tastier. I can say that I loved brewing my coffee in the iCoffee and it tasted better than my regular coffee machine that might be going away since we now have the iCoffee. It also made rich hot chocolate. That has always been a pet peeve of mine with the single cup brewer I have. But iCoffee passed the hot chocolate test with flying colors.

I also liked the Dial-a-Brew feature. You can change the amount of water you want to use. It goes from 4 ounces to 12 ounces. This is fantastic when you are want stronger coffee or are making iced drinks. I really liked this brewer. It is as good as my current single cup brewer and at $139.99 it is a good deal. If you are looking for a new single cup brewer, check out this brewer. It is really a good product. I think this one is staying at the house while the old one goes with hubby!


  1. I like that it removes the bitterness and can be adjusted for amount of water. Thanks for the review.

  2. I would love to have one of these machines,but I don't but I do love when I go to my sons house he has one

  3. This would be nice for me since I only like an occasional cup of coffee.

    slehan at juno dot com

  4. I would love to have one of these coffee makers. It looks so fancy and I did not know it took K-cups. I only like drinking coffee out of machines that use K-cups. The taste is of the coffee is never bitter. I think that this would be a great machine for me to get.

  5. I don't drink coffee but my husband does. He has one or two cups in the morning. So it makes sense to have one of these type of machines for him. Right now he has a Keurig and it works great, but when the times comes I'll make sure to check out this as a replacement.

  6. i have one of these,but i havent taken it out of the box..i already had a k machine...i bet this is better,but i dont want to use 2 at once...

  7. Love it! I like that you can use any k-cup as well as the reusable cup that comes with the machine. And it lets you adjust the strength to your taste with their dial control.

  8. This sounds like a great coffee maker. I have a K-cup and use it almost every day, but I will be looking for this one to use as a backup. Thank you for sharing!

  9. I need a new coffee brewer, and I had never before considered a single cup maker. This sounds wonderful in every way!

    1. Love my Express Sears Black Friday Doorbuster $25.00 usually $80.00. First review was bad noticed only one reviewer his tastebuds must have been away!!! Lots better than K machine!!!

  10. Just got the Express love it was a doorbuster for Black Friday at Sears Outlet was scanning the internet for one there it was believe it or not $25.00 it's mine now!!!

  11. I got one of these for a friend who loves coffee to use at work. She enjoys it because she doesnt have to drink the mes others make and she has a fresh cup any ime she wishes!
    ellen beck