Review: iCoffee Opus Single Serve Brewer

by Cate on December 22, 2014

iCoffee Opus-001

To say I’m a late adopter to coffee would be an understatement. To be honest (or #tbh if you’re a tween), I didn’t really have my first cup of hot coffee until 2011 (at age 40!) when I was in Seattle on a trip to Starbucks Coffee College. Although I still don’t care for hot drinks, I was most definitely seduced by the taste of coffee then more than ever. I had always liked coffee ice cream up until then, so the coffee flavor and I were golden. It is simply a hot drink aversion.

Back then I was dating Mystic and he was addicted to iced coffee. And during our relationship, he got me hooked on it something fierce. I had given up Diet Coke then and iced coffee quickly and neatly filled that void.

I think that’s a good thing.

And my kids?

Unfortunately they like it just as much.

Not that I actually buy it for them, but if I don’t keep an eye on my cup, they have been known to swipe it.

Because I am admittedly late to the coffee arena, it means that my home is generally not prepped to give you a cup of coffee if you visit. I make a cold-brew for my own iced coffee, so I always have a pitcher of that available (a post on that process is coming soon). But if you want hot coffee?

Well, you would have been out of luck.

When The Ex and I were married, we had an espresso machine, and, as my mom says, he made the best Cuban coffee ever.

That machine and the best Cuban coffee went with him.

And so I now have started a relationship with the iCoffee Opus.

Similar to its counterparts, it allows you to make one coffee at a time. Whatever kind you want.

Which is pretty perfect for when we have company over.

Or the kids want hot chocolate.

Or if I want to try a flavor without a whole-pot commitment.

iCoffee Dial-A-Brew-001

The machine itself is pretty sleek looking and very simple to operate, which is awesome because I have a thing against reading directions or manuals. I want to just take it out of the box, set it up intuitively, and begin using it right away. It turns out my 12-year-old is pretty much the same way, and he had this set up and making hot chocolate in minutes.

The machine operates with a SpinBrew technology, which sprays water all inside the pod to thoroughly mix up the grounds and really get in there, which is said to provide a smoother taste. You will have to be the judge of that, because I’m not a coffee snob. I am particular, for sure, but my interests lie in cost (at $140, it is significantly less expensive than its competitors), ease of operation, what it looks like, and, when you come right down to it, if it fulfills my needs.

And yes. Yes, it does.

The biggest plus?

You can use any K-cups or non-branded cups in this machine. You can also use fresh grounds and put them into a little cup that comes with the machine.

So the machine isn’t snobby either.

Which is exactly how it’s earned a permanent spot on our kitchen counter.

For more details on the taste of the cup of coffee that the Opus produces, you might want to check out this recent study that the Ohio State University Sensory Science Group did, comparing the taste of brewed Starbucks coffee in the Opus versus the Keurig.

It doesn’t have all the bells and whistles, necessarily, that some of its counterparts do, and honestly, I find that to be a positive thing. Less to deal with, and less to potentially go wrong or need maintenance. It’s like buying a car that has those fancy windshield wipers for the headlights.

Who needs that?

As this particular brewer was just released last month, it’s slowly making its way to the marketplace. You can check here to locate a store that sells it, and Bed, Bath & Beyond is definitely one of them.

It might not be as good as my ex-husband’s cup of Cuban coffee, but it’s shaping up to be the next best thing.

And it just might be the perfect gift idea for someone special on your Christmas list … or yourself. I won’t tell.

*I was provided with an iCoffee Opus for review, but all opinions, as always, are all mine.

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Joanne December 23, 2014 at 7:57 am

Ooo I love that with this you can either add your own grinds or use one of theirs…best of both worlds!
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Meg December 23, 2014 at 9:58 am

Very nice! I’ve been in love with our Keurig since we received it as a bridal shower gift last year . . . such a nice, convenient way to start the day. :) This looks similar, but I like that you can adjust the ounces of beverage, etc., and that it uses any type of K-cup or the like.
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Les January 16, 2015 at 2:33 pm

I am returning my Optus today after giving it nearly a month to redeem itself. yes it looks great on the countertop and yes it makes a good cup of coffee but that’s not enough for me. Maybe I’m a bit on the lazy side but I don’t like the fact that all the water does not go out of the reservoir and I have to keep filling it up when I don’t want to or need to just to make another cup of coffee. When I used the generic cup to put my own coffee in it, it made such a mess in the container and its very hard to clean. So I went to pack it up into the box to return it to the store and I discovered that there is water remaining inside the coffee maker.so I called the manufacturer and asked them how I could get the water out of the machine so I could return it to the store empty. I was told there is no way to do that and to just put a paper towel in where the cup usually goes and put it in the box and bring it back that way. Now I understand why Kerig had such a problem with mold build up and I see the potential for the same thing with this one having to leave water in it constantly never to be empty or dry again

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Rich January 2, 2018 at 2:54 pm

It worked great for close to 6 months and then just stopped working! This company is a joke – website is blank – tried to call number on box and you get caught up in voice mail loop indicating all warranty machines have been used and there are none left and new model out in mid 2018! Yeah right like I would buy another one of these things – how about standing by your product and answering the phone!

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