Staring at the coffee maker as it performs its daily duty is a tradition long held not-so-dear to the precaffeinated; waiting for the coffee to finish brewing is no fun. However, that doesn't mean it has to be dull. Just because a traditional drip coffee maker hides the action behind an opaque filter holder doesn't mean that something exciting isn't happening behind the scenes, right?
Usually, it does mean just that. Hot water drips into ground coffee beans and out comes coffee. Bo-ring. Considering the lack of caffeine for the viewer, it is probably better to watch paint dry (with a cup of coffee in hand). It doesn't have to be that way. Like a window into the soul of coffee, the Remington iCoffee Steam Brew Coffee Maker ($169.95) offers a new take on the age-old process.
The method is called SteamBrew; the first step for the Remington iCoffee machine is to steam the grounds. Then things get interesting. Like a hot tub, specialized SteamBrew jets not only soak and steam the grinds, but also tumble and stir them. The result is designed to provide a rich cup of coffee complete with a nice crema. And thanks to the brewing window, for the impatient coffee drinker, the entire process can be monitored and promises to be more exciting than watching the coffee pot fill up painfully slow.