The Bosch Tassimo Coffee maker has been around for as long as Keurig brewers. Why did the Keurig K-Cups brewers become a household name while the Tassimo T-Disc brewers fell into relative obscurity? One might conclude that the Keurig was simply the better machine, but not so fast. See the Demo before you give up on the Bosch Tassimo Coffee Maker.
iCoffee Opus Update
The iCoffee Opus by Remmington has continued to serve my needs well the past couple of years. I do have a recommendation to insure that you are getting the most out of the product and making the best coffee possible on a consistent basis. Over time, I noticed that the coffee began to taste less strong and bold. The problem was consistent whether regardless of the brand of K-Cups I used. After giving the iCoffee brewer a good cleaning with vinegar the coffee immediately improved back to the impressive level it was at the time of this review. The other recommendation I have is to remove the plastic taste from the brewer using the recommendations here: Coffee Tastes like Plastic. A new model, the Mozart has been introduced. From what I can tell from the manufacturer website these products are both the same and both names Opus/Mozart are being used to describe the product online. Scroll below for the full review on the iCoffee Opus which should also apply to the Mozart .
New iCoffee Model or Name (Mozart)
The price on the Opus seems to have sky-rocketed since I last did this review. The Mozart model seems to have the very same features and is considerably less money.
iCoffee Opus (Original Review: March 2015)
This review also applies to the iCoffee Mozart. The name Opus and Mozart appear to be interchangeable. As you have probably noticed from my dozens of coffee-maker reviews, coffee brewers are a bit of a habit with me. I’ve tried percolators, drip makers, thermal carafe brew stations, grinder-drip makers, various single-cup Keurig machines, Tassimo single cup brewers, and French Presses. The latest addition to my coffee maker addiction is a new and improved, off-brand version of the most popular, single-cup, K-Cup brewer, the iCoffee Opus. While there are a few other off-brand, K-Cup brewers, the iCoffee Opus utilizes a unique technology not found in other coffee makers.
How do you rate the iCoffee Opus?
Hamilton Beach Brewstation
Review: Is this a better way to make a pot of coffee?
The Hamilton Beach Brewstation makes a very powerful argument against the every day use of single-cup coffee makers like the Keurig. Not too long ago, I began to feel that the convenience of the single cup Keurig coffee brewer topped my reasons to ever buy another coffee maker. I even wrote articles about how coffee is enjoyed one cup at a time, not one pot at a time. Why deal with messy coffee grounds and coffee that sits in a pot and gets old and tastes burnt? On the other hand, single cup coffee makers give you only one cup at a time. Would if you want just a little bit more, but don’t want to waste $.40 to $.87 cents on that second full cup? Perhaps, when you consider the the limitations of single cup coffee makers, they aren’t so convenient, after all. Does life really happen one cup at a time? Would if you want just a little more or a little less and don’t want to pay for the entire cup? And, why does it have to sit in a pot and get old? Why can’t we have the best of both worlds?
Hamilton Beach 12 Cup Brewstation
Is it a Single Cup Coffee Maker or a Coffee Pot Brewer?
The Hamiton Beach 12-Cup Brewstation is neither a single pot or single-cup coffee maker. It brews coffee into a holding tank that can be dispensed into your cup when, as often, and in the quantities you like. The Hamltion Beach Brewstation keeps the coffee fresher because there is no carafe or coffee pot sitting on a hot plate to burn it and make it taste bitter. I discovered the Brewstation at a condo I stayed at for the weekend in Copper Mountain, Colorado. I became intrigued with the Brewstation’s simplicity and flexibility. I could sip as much coffee as I wanted without being in a hurry and didn’t have to worry about the costs of cracking open another k-cup or two. So, how do you make coffee in this thing?
If your coffee tastes like plastic there are a couple of good reasons for this: One, your coffee maker is made from plastic. Two, you just bought a brand new coffee maker. It is unfortunate that even most expensive coffee makers are made from plastic. Plastic, particularly when it is new, contains chemicals which become significantly more active when hot water is added. There is nothing worse than tasting plastic in your favorite brand of coffee, especially when you just purchased a new brewer which is supposedly designed to extract the most flavorful cup of coffee possible. Unfortunately, there is no way to get around the materials manufacturers use to make their coffee brewers. There is, however, a fool-proof way to permanently get rid of the plastic odor and taste for good.
How to get rid of plastic taste in coffee maker
Getting rid of the plastic taste in your coffee maker is so simple, I wish I had thought of it. The only ingredients you will need are a bottle of 70-90% rubbing alcohol and a few minutes of your time. Don’t be fooled by the claims that vinegar works. I’ve tried it several times and it simply doesn’t do the job. Using vinegar will only make your coffee smell like both plastic and vinegar at the same time. The rubbing alcohol works and chemists have confirmed the scientific reasoning for this. The chemicals contained in plastic are soluble in the alcohol. More importantly, I’ve tried it on a brand new, Hamilton Beach Brew Station and the strong odor and taste of plastic have completely vanished. Here’s how I recommend doing it. Pour half of the bottle of rubbing alcohol in the bottom of your brew dispenser. Fill the dispenser with water, leaving room for the rest of the alcohol. Fill the top up with the remaining rubbing alcohol and brew. I recommend leaving the fully brewed hot water/rubbing alcohol mixture sit in the coffee maker for about 10 – 15 minutes before emptying it. Then, you will need to brew about 2-3 pots of additional water until you’re confident that the alcohol is completely diluted from your brewer.
Gevalia K-Cups are now available in just about every store. Being that I have never been a huge fan of Gevalia coffee in general, I hesitantly picked up a box of 18 at my local Target store for $11.99. I have liked some of the Gevalia Tassimo products which are advertised as being similar to Starbucks (Which they are), so I thought I’d give them a try.
Gevalia K-Cups Columbia Taste Test
Gevalia Columbia K-Cups are advertised as a medium roast coffee. Normally, I prefer dark roasts which are just a tad lighter than French or Italian roast coffees. The darker roast coffees seem less acidic to me and don’t give me the jitters quite as bad as lighter roast coffees. Perhaps, some of the caffeine is roasted out of them. Still, I often get tired of dark roast k-cups because they all taste roughly the same. The Kirkland Brand Pacific Roast is my favorite but only because it is a bargain in a box of 100 for just $37.99. Thirty eight cents a cup for a reasonable quality coffee is about as good as it gets for the Keurig. At $11.99 for a box of 18, the Kirkland is practically double that in cost. But for some variety, I thought I’d try something new and lighter tasting, so I went for the Columbia. The Gevalia Columbia roast is indeed lighter, but is very fresh and plenty strong enough using the normal-size cup setting on my Keurig. It is bold, but yet light at the same time and doesn’t have the sour after-taste of some of the cheaper, commercial Columbia coffees. Gevalia coffees have always been fresh and good quality, but they’ve always seemed weak to me until I discovered some of their larger, Tassimo brands. The Gevalia K-Cups are no exception (at least in the Columbia flavor). It is good, bold coffee that is just a tad lighter and richer than most of the dark roasts like Newman’s, etc.. Give Gevalia K-Cups a try if you like a lighter, rich cup of coffee.