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We were recently sent the new Remington iCoffee Opus coffee machine. Coincidentally, we were also in the market for a single-serve brewer. Because, I simply do not have time in the morning to enjoy a French Pressed coffee. The iCoffee Steam Brew Drip Coffee Machine that was released last year in 2013. This year, Remington came up with a flashy new design that includes silver finishes and an adjustable brew strength for your K-cup coffees. So what were our thoughts? Let’s have a look at our Remington iCoffee Opus review below.
The iCoffee claims to make less bitter coffee for a Single-Serve Brewer by using Steam Brew technology. Steam Brew technology pierce the K-Cup, spin around and sprays water in to make a less bitter brew.
The iCoffee machine itself comes with a trail size coffee pack with Tim Hortons coffee, Marley Coffee, and a Higgins & Burke Lush Berry tea. A reusable K-Cup filter is also included. This is perfect because, sometimes I still would like to use my own coffee grinds that I purchase from local coffee roasters. This is economical also since I won’t need to buy K-cup coffee just for this coffee machine. The drip tray is removable so you can use a travel mug.
The Remington iCoffee Opus Coffee Machine works with K-style, off brand, knock off cups which can be purchased at any local grocers or Amazon. This is a great advantage it has over the Keurig 2.0 coffee machine since the scanner only brew with approved K-cups. However, there are plenty of options on the market for single brew coffee machines that will also take store brand including all K-Cups, RealCup capsules, OneCup and ALL Treehouse private label cups.
The Remington iCoffee Opus Coffee Machine itself is very simple to use. Simply fill the large 75 oz reservoir with water, adjust your desired brew strength, and press brew. Bear in mind, for a larger coffee of 12 oz, the coffee will be more diluted / watery than you would on a 6oz. I would suggest brewing two 6oz k-cups for a stronger cup of coffee. The dial was fairly accurate. We tested for a 10 oz cup and it resulted 10 oz.
The iCoffee does an acceptable job, but it is doesn’t produce an exquisite cup of coffee that it claims. We tested this with our regular coffee beans and there wasn’t a remarkable highlight. In fact, it was rather watered down. we suspect this is due to the ‘quick rinse’ vs a steeped French Press brew. This coffee machine is not the best in its class. But it is also not horrible either. However, for $140 we like the convenience of pressing a button and be on my merry way to work.
- SteamBrew technology
- large 75 oz removable water reservoir
- adjustable dial brew size from 4 to 12 oz in 1/2 increments.
- auto shut-off control
- energy saver mode
- iCup resuable cup for brewing your own coffee included
- removable drip tray so you can use a travel mug.
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I am a plant killer. Please don’t judge my gardening ineptitude. If you have ever drowned, fried, parched, wilted, exsiccated, dehydrated or burnt your plant than you know what I am talking about. I brought home a plant on the hottest summer’s day and left it on the porch to torch. The next day it was burnt and wilted. What?! The clerk said it needed sunlight! I’ve killed a cactus and turned it into gloop… Aren’t cactuses supposed to survive in the desert? It was only a month since I last watered it… who told me they were tough? Liars!
There is a cure now with technology and a simple sensor. You may think this is not really a food related post… Ah but it is. You see we bought some herbs to grow in our herb garden… Some fresh cilantro, rosemary, thyme and basil… Everything seems to be doing fine except cilantro – wilted from life.
Koubachi, a new app developed by technical universities in Germany (ETH Zurich) and Switzerland (Swiss Institute of Technology) will now give you thirsty houseplants more TLC (tender loving care) it deserves. It uses a Wi-Fi sensor and an iPhone app to collect data (soil moisture, light intensity and temperature) and sent to your smartphone. It will tell you when they crave some water, when you are murdering them, or simply want to commit suicide than to be tortured. The app tracks over 135 species of plants including orchids, cilantro, tomatoes and other floral bloomies.
The app is free but the sensor costs €122.60. For now during my Dummy stage of my gardening career I think I will pass. The price is a bit steep, but I do wish my plant will text me next time it’s about to drown or burn!
- Soil moisture (0 to 6000 mBar)
- Temperature (-20 °C to +50 °C)
- Light intensity (0 to 200 kLux)
- Wi-Fi: 802.11 b/g @ 2.4 GHz
- Very low power consumption
- AP/Ad-hoc mode
- Security protocols: WEP, WPA, WPA2
- AES encrypted server communication
- 2x 1.5 V batteries (AA)
- Average battery lifetime: > 1 year
- Device: 60 mm x 110 mm x 170 mm
- Packaging: 70 mm x 80 mm x 200 mm
- Weight: 110 g (incl. batteries)
- Koubachi Wi-Fi Plant Sensor
- 2x 1.5V batteries (AA)
- Koubachi iPhone App (AppStore)
- Koubachi Web App (my.koubachi.com)
- Available in English and German
- For indoor user only
- Maximal insertion force: 90 N (9 kg)
- Operating temperature: 0 °C to 50 °C
- Storage temperature: -10 °C to 60 °C
- RoHS conform
- Free of lead (Pb), PVC, arsenic and mercury
- Recyclable packaging
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