iCoffee Opus Single Serve K-Compatible Cup Brewer Review
It's been an interesting year for the entire single serve coffee industry, and especially with the introduction of the Keurig 2.0. The problem has been with the Keurig 2.0 - it only brews compatible Keurig 2.0 Keurig brewed K-Cups. If you have an older K-Cup brewer you're in luck, but what if that older brewer has stopped working and you don't want a Keurig 2.0 with the DRM to lock you in to only what Keurig Green Mountain has to offer in K-Cups? We think you're going to be just fine with the iCoffee Opus K-Compatible single serve coffee brewer.
The iCoffee Opus brewer is pretty straight forward in what it offers for features and also for the price. It will use any K-Cup and features a unique spinning needle to smooth out the coffee in the brewing process. It also has a pretty large reservoir at 75 ounces, and lots of cool blue LED lighting.
The iCoffee brewer is all about these 3 features:
- SpinBrew Technology - a patent pending needle uses jets to spin inside every K-Compatible cup, creating more turbulence and thus a richer brew. It also makes the coffee a bit smoother.
- Dial-A-Brew: the dial allows you to choose between 4-12 ounces in 1/2 ounce increments.
- iCup Reusable K-Cup: the iCup Reusable works with the iCoffee brewer allowing you to use any ground coffee of your choosing.
Using the brewer over the past 2 weeks has made us a convert. The dial a brew is so straight forward and easy to use it seems like every brewer should have an analog control like this to give you more or less coffee. The Reusable cup works great, and we didn't have any issues when trying over 20+ types/brands of K-Cups.
The SpinBrew feature is hard to measure, but the coffee from the iCoffee Opus brewer is hot (170F+ at the brew head at least), and the coffee produced has great flavor on par with our older Breville K-Cup brewer.
Comparing it to the Keurig 2.0 we like the fact you can use any K-Cup you want, and the controls are easier to use and it just feels like a brewer Keurig should have made that didn't have all the Keurig 2.0 features we aren't using.
Pricing for the iCoffee brewer is $140 putting it a little above what we would expect but not too high either. Given the set of features and the fact the reusable iCup comes with it, we think it's a fair deal. You should be able to pick up an iCoffee Opus brewer at Bed Bath and Beyond.
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Posted by Jay Brewer at December 9, 2014 7:50 AM
I have had the iCoffee for a couple of months. Most of the formal reviews are accurate. I did buy some aftermarket cups. On most, you will need to cut off the extension in the lid that only seems to work with Keurig. Having done that, they kinds work great. I got three for $12.00, and you get what you pay for. The $10.00 per is not as steep as some aftermarket that I have seen.
The coffee. Buying pods is outrageously expensive with the coffee. That is why I have the refillable cups. But, selecting 12 oz provides dark water. I need 6.5 - 7.0 oz for a rich mug of coffee; but, even with that, I am still using the same amount of coffee I would in my older drip. And, it is faster, even though I can't walk away and let it do its thing without help.
Overall, I like it. I got it on sale, so I am happy with it.