The iCoffee RCB100-BC12 is part of the coffeemaker
test program at Consumer Reports. In our lab tests, electric french-press coffeemaker
models like the RCB100-BC12 are rated on multiple criteria, such as those listed below.
Reflects ease of filling the reservoir, placing the filter, and gauging the amount of coffee remaining. It also reflects how clear we judged the controls.
Refers to the ease of cleaning the device.
Covers handle comfort, tendency to drip while pouring, balance of a full carafe, and how easy it was to empty the last liquid. Models with no score here brew into single-serve cups.
Features & Specs - iCoffee RCB100-BC12
Programmable Has a clock and can be set to brew at a specified time.
Thermal carafe/mug Keeps coffee warm for about four hours; thermal mugs don't hold heat as well.
Small-batch setting Claims to let you make a partial pot without compromising coffee quality.
Brew-strength control Adjusts brewing time to make weaker or stronger coffee.
Dimensions H x W x D (in.) The height, width, and depth of the coffeemaker, in inches. Measurements are rounded up to the next whole inch.
Produces a very smooth brew. Controls are very intuitive. Quality of materials and construction very high. The brew basket takes a lot of effort to clean. I found that turning it upside-down and aiming the faucet water into the bottom opening does a good job of flushing any grinds out of the three jet tubes. Despite the cleanup labor, there's a special something about this machine and the great coffee it makes. It's the 'HP Calculator' or 'SAAB' of coffee makers. Some of you will know what I mean.
How long have you owned it:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
from Boston, MA
(9 of 10 customers found this review helpful)
Makes great coffee, but pops its lid...
MAKES GREAT COFFEE
Difficult to clean
Prone to malfunction
Time-consuming to clean
My wife and I bought this coffeemaker about a year ago, and while it does make the best cup of coffee that we've ever had from a home machine, it is very fickle. The tubes that push water into the filter basket tend to get clogged with coffee as it is brewing, which leads to the filter basket popping and spewing coffee grounds all over the counter. We spend enormous amounts of time cleaning the coffee maker after every use, even pipe-brushing out the filter tubes, trying to prevent this from happening. We even bought a coffee grinder to produce a coarser grain of coffee, hoping to keep the filter tubes from filling up with coffee grounds. But the machine still periodically pops the filter basket. It's hard to recommend this because of its lack of reliability.
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
By Pun Pop
from Durham, NC
(21 of 21 customers found this review helpful)
Just Brew It
Auto Shut-off Efficient
Grind Blend To Taste
Ready when you are
A Bit More Rinsing
No Thermal Storage
The Window's Meh
Busy-morning Coffee Lover
French Drip Oui
We're a 2-person empty-nest household. Wife and I love rich, flavorful coffee. I use a burr grinder at night to prepare our multi-bean blend, pour our taste-tested water measure into the iCoffee and set the timer. In the morning as I make an espresso for myself, the goofy-happy Mozart riff lets me know when the 10-minute brewing starts and ends. When my wife comes downstairs, I whip and pour the latte that starts the day for her and our cat. This is truly a drip-ease coffee maker with French press results. Adjust the water ratio, bean blend and grind to your taste and you can't do better. Yes, it's worth the price, and no, we ain't rich. Don't slump that you can't be entertained by watching it happen through the LED-lit window. If you need that, you'll be disappointed -- probably by many things in life. Fact is, it's making coffee. It's a mess in there. Nothing to see here. But lots of nice coffee here. Friends love our coffee. If inventor Bruce Burrows gets even smarter, he'll put an induction base and a thermal carafe on this thing, and own the market. He'll be unbeatable.