In general, I am not a fan of the single-serve, Keurig-type coffee makers. I had a lot of experience using one when I used to schlep it out in a more corporate environment and I discovered that I would likely never purchase one for myself.
That being said, when a representative at iCoffee contacted me, asking if I’d be willing to try out their version, I felt the need to give it a go. Usually, I buy concentrate from New Orleans Cool Brew, but from time to time, I will spoil myself with a fresh pound of French Truck. Only problem was that my French press shattered in a million pieces after a devastating drying incident (I so LOVED my French press!) and my last coffee maker recently kicked the bucket.
To get on with it, I have to say that overall, iCoffee is pretty damn cool, especially in comparison to other Keurig-type coffee makers. Here is a list of pros and cons so that you can make your own decision about the iCoffee, starting with cons because everyone likes a happy ending! Don’t you?
1. It’s humongous! Living in a tiny, one bedroom apartment in New Orleans means I do NOT have a ton of counter space and this puppy is a foot deep and almost a foot wide. If you have a lot of space, then by all means, use it! But for me, the iCoffee’s home is currently in my parlor because I have no room for it in the kitchen.
2. The cord is too short. I might have been able to fit this monster next to my microwave if the cord would have reached, but no go. It’s approximately 28 inches long, but unfortunately, that was still not enough.
1. You can use your own coffee! With their reusable iCup, you can grind your own coffee for this machine, a feature I didn’t see available on the first wave of Keurig machines several years ago.
2. You can select how big (or small) you want your cup of coffee to be. iCoffee has this “Dial-A-Brew” feature that allows you to choose from 4 to 12 ounces. Since I like to drink a big cup of cafe au lait (made with CDM, of course), I’ll bust out my 12 ounce mug, fill half with hot, whole milk and set the iCoffee for 6.5 ounces and voila! This feature really impressed my boyfriend who deals with a not-so-versatile Keurig machine at work.
All in all, I think if I had a normal kitchen, I wouldn’t have the above two “cons” to contend with. Plus, at anywhere from $20 to $60 less than a Keurig at Bed, Bath & Beyond, it seems well worth it.