Know what that is? That, my friends, is an original Mr. Coffee. That gizmo right there was practically in every home that had a coffee drinking adult. I remember sneaking a sip of my mom’s coffee one day, and thinking to myself “Who on earth would purposely drink this crap”. I mean think about it … it did everything wrong. It used filters that were not only bleached, but I’m convinced could strain molecules out of the air. It had a hot plate that instead of keeping the coffee warm it actually burnt it. And it used a drip, which means that the water only hit some of the coffee in the filter, and kept hitting them until someone changed the grounds and the filter. But for the people who used them, crappy coffee was a small price to pay for the ease and convenience of the early Mr. Coffee machine. Fortunately, like everything else technology related, the art of coffee making has advanced over the years. Some got it right, others … not so much.
So this generation’s version of the “Mr. Coffee” is the pod coffee makers. What can be easier than snapping a pod into the machine, filling the bin with water and hitting a button? And variety … good grief, the different types of coffee you can get in a pod is staggering. But while they’re super convenient, especially since you can make a cup as opposed to a pot, quite a few of the pods don’t have the best coffee (and some coffee makers are going to force you into using only their pods), and the method that they use to “brew” the coffee is just an updated version of the drip coffee makers … instead of dripping, a jet of water is shot through the pod, but the same problem exists; only some of the grounds are used, and the jet of water is hitting the same grounds continuously, which is giving you crappy coffee.
At the International Home + Housewares Show, I got the chance to talk to the fine people who make the iCoffee. The iCoffee doesn’t use the conventional drip or shooting a jet of water through the grounds method. The iCoffee first (yes, first) pre-steams the coffee grounds, which starts the process of unlocking the flavors that are contained within the grounds. Then, it uses jets (as in more than one) that rotate (yes, rotate), which means all of the grounds (which remember were first hit with the steam) are used. All of them. The smell of the coffee brewing in the iCoffee is fantastic. Even better, because of this process, you can actually use LESS coffee than you would use in a conventional coffee maker, and get the same boldness. And as a bonus, the window is clear, so you can watch this process. It’s actually pretty cool to see.
So you’re thinking “Uhm, Freddy … what about the pods”? Today they showed off a single brew iCoffee that uses … you guessed it … pods. It uses the same steam technology as the standard iCoffee. No clear window to watch the magic happen, though. And it uses the pods that the Keurig uses, or whatever pods are compatible with the Keurig, including empty pods that you can use your own grounds with.
I saw a quote that said “Life’s too short to have a bad cup of coffee”. Especially on purpose. Let’s not relive the days when bad coffee was OK because you can make it quickly. Do yourself a favor and check out the iCoffee.