New in the Market: iCoffee Steam Brew and Grace Hightower & Coffees of Rwanda

by Jo-Ann Heslin, MA, RD, CDN on May 19, 2014 · 1 comment

iCoffeeBrewer-300 We enjoy trying new kitchen gadgets. Some are great. Some don’t measure up and some become staples in our kitchen. See what you think.

The inventor of Remington’s iCoffee SteamBrew coffeemaker, Bruce Burrows, said “Life’s too short to drink a bitter cup of coffee.” I agree, but have been disappointed more often than not. I was not disappointed with my first cup of brewed coffee using the iCoffee SteamBrew. The coffee was full-bodied, smooth and had no bitter aftertaste.

The iCoffee brewer uses steam jets inside the coffee brew basket to make coffee in the same way you would steam rice or vegetables. The coffee grounds are steamed and swirled at the right brewing temperature to extract maximum flavor while eliminating bitter or acidic aftertastes.

The coffee maker itself is sleek and attractive providing a viewing window to let you see the brewing process. The sound of the machine is reminiscent of your grandmother’s old coffee percolator that pumped hot water over coffee grounds at spaced intervals. The brewer makes 4 to 12 cups of coffee and small pots turn out as good as larger ones. One charming innovation is the start and stop sound for the brewing cycle is a few notes of Mozart.

The brewer can be programed to start automatically at a preset hour and it has a clock display. It comes with a Gold Tone filter brew basket which eliminates the need for paper filters. The steam brewing does result in a small amount of coffee essence (sediment) at the bottom of the carafe. To eliminate this problem, which some consumers objected to, an optional smaller filter brew basket is provided. This filter basket sits in the carafe right under the coffee that is coming from the brewer and catches any coffee essence. It works perfectly and both brew baskets are washable and dishwasher safe. Neither brew basket requires a paper filter. Another innovation that I applaud is a digital readout of what is going on with the brewer. When brewing properly a simple dancing animation signals all is working well. If there is a problem, such as you forgot to add water before hitting start or the brewer lid is not firmly in place, the digital readout highlights the problem. In a busy kitchen, I’ve often missed a step brewing coffee, to find out, too late, that the pot never brewed. This trouble shooting feature is an
excellent idea.

iCoffeePacks-300If you are looking for a new coffee brewer or dissatisfied with the one you have, the iCoffee SteamBrew is an excellent small appliance that produces a good cup of coffee.

To complete your great-cup-of-coffee experience, I suggest trying Grace Hightower & Coffees of Rwanda. Founded by Grace Hightower DeNiro in 2013, the brand’s mission is to improve the livelihood of Rwandan farmers by marketing their coffee internationally. The coffee sourcing is guided by fair trade practices, sustainability and environmental stewardship.

The coffee is available in medium light roast, medium dark roast, espresso roast and signature series. We sampled medium light roast and espresso using the iCoffee brewer. Both were excellent. This is a brand worth trying.

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