Tag: Equipment

BREVILLE CITRUS PRESS REVIEW | Fresh Squeezed Orange Juice

BREVILLE CITRUS PRESS REVIEW | Fresh Squeezed Orange Juice

Nothing says Good Morning like a fresh glass of freshly squeezed orange juice or grapefruit juice (aside from coffee of course)! We recently purchased the Breville Citrus Press. We are so LOVE with it that we’ve made a glass of fresh juice every morning for […]

Sudio Sweden Regent Wireless Headphones Review

Sudio Sweden Regent Wireless Headphones Review

I work remotely a lot. So it is very important to have a durable pair of headphones with me. 1. to listen to music and 2. to block out background noises. The last thing I want to is be stuck listening to someone’s conversation I […]

Remington iCoffee Opus Review | Single Serve Brewer Coffee Machine

Remington iCoffee Opus Review | Single Serve Brewer Coffee Machine

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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.

 

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Remington iCoffee Opus Coffee Machine Review

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.

 

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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.

 

 

 

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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.

Get $5 off 5 boxes, $9 off 6 boxes, $14 off 7 boxes.

 

 

 

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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.

 

Remington iCoffee Opus Coffee Machine Pros:

  • 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.

 

The Remington iCoffee Opus Coffee Machine can be purchased currently only at Bed Bath & Beyond with this link here.

 

Get $5 off 5 boxes, $9 off 6 boxes, $14 off 7 boxes.

Breville Juice Fountain Plus Review & Unboxing JE98XL Two-Speed

Breville Juice Fountain Plus Review & Unboxing JE98XL Two-Speed

Over the holidays, I had a lot of time to catch up on some Netflix and began watching Food Inc / Les alimenteurs (Bilingual Edition) and Hungry for Change. They are excellent documentaries if you haven’t seen them yet. I have heard all the negatives or feed lot, […]

The Milkmaid by Quirky – Smart Milk Jug + App

The Milkmaid by Quirky – Smart Milk Jug + App

Over dinner at Westender on Friday, we talked about kitchen gadgets and the state of the art refrigerators that still can not remind us when my milk has gone bad. Who needs a $5000 fridge when you have the Milkmaid (designed Quirky and winner of […]

Koubachi – Green App Tells You When Plants Need Watering

Koubachi – Green App Tells You When Plants Need Watering

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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!
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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.
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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.
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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!

 

 

 

 

Technical Specification from Koubachi:
Sensors & Measuring range
  • Soil moisture (0 to 6000 mBar)
  • Temperature (-20 °C to +50 °C)
  • Light intensity (0 to 200 kLux)
Wireless connectivity
  • Wi-Fi: 802.11 b/g @ 2.4 GHz
  • Very low power consumption
  • AP/Ad-hoc mode
Security
  • Security protocols: WEP, WPA, WPA2
  • AES encrypted server communication
Power
  • 2x 1.5 V batteries (AA)
  • Average battery lifetime: > 1 year
Dimensions
  • Device: 60 mm x 110 mm x 170 mm
  • Packaging: 70 mm x 80 mm x 200 mm
  • Weight: 110 g (incl. batteries)
In the box
  • Koubachi Wi-Fi Plant Sensor
  • 2x 1.5V batteries (AA)
User interface (free)
  • Koubachi iPhone App (AppStore)
  • Koubachi Web App (my.koubachi.com)
  • Available in English and German
Regulatory statements
Usage
  • 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
Environmental
  • RoHS conform
  • Free of lead (Pb), PVC, arsenic and mercury
  • Recyclable packaging

 

BODUMN PEBO Vacuum coffee maker, 8 cup, 1.0 l, 34 oz Black

BODUMN PEBO Vacuum coffee maker, 8 cup, 1.0 l, 34 oz Black

        Since my last Bodum French Press Coffee Maker broke I haven’t gotten around to finding its replacement. I like the smell of freshly grinded coffee. That is why even the Vietnamese drip coffee filter is a cheap alternative at the moment.   […]

999Bottle – Ecofriendly with App to Save Mother Nature

999Bottle – Ecofriendly with App to Save Mother Nature

Nowadays everyone is trying to be somewhat eco-friendly – but we don’t want to sacrifice style. We want our investments to look good and also make a difference. After Boxed Water is Better, Another contender is 999Bottle (approx $30 each) aims to overcome this with building a […]

Handpresso Auto E.S.E | Espresso Maker Coffee Genius

Handpresso Auto E.S.E | Espresso Maker Coffee Genius

Handpresso Auto E.S.E Portable Auto Espresso Maker is coffee genius. Brew up a shot of espresso in the comforts of the driver’s seat. 12V cigarette lighter

 

It’s 7:35am and you’ve slammed the snooze button one too many times. You’ve showered and groomed yourself but seriously there isn’t enough time to brew coffee anymore. Without coffee you know your IQ level may not surpass that of a chimpanzee and the stuff they serve at work is clearly not adequate! Now you can brew up a shot of espresso in the comforts of the driver’s seat. Handpresso Auto E.S.E is powered by a 12V cigarette lighter.  The Handpresso Auto Espresso Maker takes E.S.E coffee pods and lets you know when your cup is ready with 3 audible beeps. You won’t even have to take your eyes off the road or go running to Q! Hallelujah!! 

 

Handpresso Auto E.S.E Portable Auto Espresso Maker is coffee genius. Brew up a shot of espresso in the comforts of the driver’s seat. 12V cigarette lighter
Handpresso Auto E.S.E Portable Auto Espresso Maker is coffee genius. Brew up a shot of espresso in the comforts of the driver’s seat. 12V cigarette lighter

William-Sonoma, Vancouver (South Granville / 13th)

William-Sonoma, Vancouver (South Granville / 13th)

William-Sonoma is one of my favourite stores to shop – both online and retail. Unfortunately there is only one located in Vancouver on Granville Street. But one is better than none.   All-Clad, Le Creuset, KitchenAid, all sing to me like Alice+Olivia, Roland, and Nikon. […]

KitchenAid Artisan 5 Quart Stand Mixer Review | Secrets to Sweat Free Baking

KitchenAid Artisan 5 Quart Stand Mixer Review | Secrets to Sweat Free Baking

Life with a KitchenAid Artisan 5 Quart Stand Mixer is amazing. Some people say baking and cooking is very therapeutic. Others think it is stressful. Personally, I think it was only stressful when you bake and cook using the wrong equipment. Previously,  I would used my mom’s old […]

Unboxing of KitchenAid 13-Cup Food Processor

Unboxing of KitchenAid 13-Cup Food Processor

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Did you know huge I am a big KitchenAid fan? Ever since I started baking and cooking, I used to used my mom’s old machinery which were heavy and didn’t quite do the job anymore.

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But I got to give it credit for lasting so long. It is probably older than I am! Maybe one day it will become a collector’s item.

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That was when I finally went out and bought a KitchenAid Artisan 5-Quart Stand Mixer. But let’s stay focused here. This post is about something special, like how Christmas came early! Nov 10, early! So a big THANK YOU KitchenAid Canada! This food processor now stands proudly beside my stand mixer! Lovely!

 

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The food processor is newly available in stores as of November 2011 and has the following features:

  • Premium die cast metal housing provides a solid foundation during food preparation
  • New external adjustable, stainless steel slicing disc provides ultimate versatility
  • Dual shredding disc easily flips the disc from 2mm to 4mm to achieve ideal slicing thickness
  • Large 13-cup (2.75L) leak-proof work bowl, plus chef’s bowl and mini bowl to efficiently
  • Ultra Wide Mouth Feed Tube™ adjusts to 3 different sizes to accommodate foods of varying sizes, including whole potatoes and cucumbers
  • 17 precise food processing options for speed-controlled slice, shred, chop & puree functions plus three maximized slice, shred and puree/chop blades and bonus dough, egg whip & Julienne blades
  • Optimized speeds help process soft to hard foods. The 3-in-1 Ultra Wide Mouth™ Feed Tube accommodates a variety of sizes of food.
  • 4 speed-controlled functions
  • Comfort design side handle allows easy viewing while the food processor is in use
  • The 13-cup (3.1 L) work bowl, 4-cup (0.9 L) mini bowl and lid with Ultra Tight Seal are BPA free
  • The lid with Ultra Tight Seal is specially designed with a leak resistant ring and locking system to help prevent messes – ensuring that everything stays in the work bowl.
  • BPA FREE AND SAFE FOR YOUR DISHWASHER

 

 

 

UNBOXING the new toy! Somewhere out there I know you love this!! ENJOY!

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kitchenaid - food processor no logo

kitchenaid - food processor no logo

kitchenaid - food processor no logo

kitchenaid - food processor no logo

kitchenaid - food processor no logo

kitchenaid - food processor no logo

kitchenaid - food processor no logo

kitchenaid - food processor no logo

kitchenaid - food processor no logo

Gourmet Warehouse, Vancouver

Gourmet Warehouse, Vancouver

Have you ever been inspired by a cookbook, and you look down to the ingredients and it’s asking for 2 tablespoons of red sea salt from Mount Mordor. (I just made that up btw) You go to your local super market and you ask the […]