Zevro KCH-06066 Incred 'a Brew-Direct Immersion Brewing System for Coffee
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|Item Weight||0.69 Pounds|
|Item Dimensions LxWxH||5.9 x 5.1 x 5.2 inches|
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- The automatic valve starts and stops the flow of liquid
- The removable double filter prevents coffee grounds from passing through the opening
- This brewing system creates a rich, robust and aromatic brew without bitterness
- The included drip tray keeps your countertop or table clean and liquid free
- Cup not included
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|Sold By||—||AKTive Lifestyle Inc||CLASSICAL FITNESS & HEALTH||Amazon.com||FandeGlobal|
|Color||Coffee||Green||Cloud||Stainless Steel||transparence gray|
|Item Dimensions||5.90 x 5.10 x 5.20 inches||6.90 x 5.60 x 4.90 inches||—||12.40 x 6.80 x 12.20 inches||9.00 x 9.00 x 9.00 inches|
|Item Weight||0.69 lbs||0.85 lbs||—||6.13 lbs||—|
Whether selecting a light blend, dark roast, or any variety of coffee, Incred 'a Brew by ZEVRO always brews a consistent rich and aromatic cup of coffee. Start with heating cold water and bringing it to a full boil, do not over boil. Meanwhile, place 1-2 tablespoons of ground coffee, for every six ounces of water, into the clear BPA FREE chamber, adjust coffee measurement to suit your taste preference. Pour the boiled water into the chamber and let brew for 2-4 minutes which is just enough time to extract the flavor (adjust brewing time to your liking). Once brewed lift the Incred 'a Brew off its included drip tray and place it on top of your coffee cup. The patented automatic valve will start the flow of coffee into your cup while the removable double filter prevents coffee grounds from passing through the brewing chamber. Simply lift the Incred 'a Brew to stop the flow of coffee and return it to the drip tray. Enjoy your finely prepared cup of coffee and notice its perfect aroma, body, acidity, and balance. Cup not included.
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First of all, I can't find anything wrong with it. Well, it was designed for a smaller cup size than the travel mug that I use most of the time. Still, with only half of the support actually touching the cup, it works perfectly.
The item is made from polyester. Why it isn't hard plastic, I don't know. Maybe polyester handles the heat better. Maybe because the pieces fit tighter when cold and come apart easier when warm. Either way, don't be fooled by the feel of it. It works perfectly.
Someone said that getting the filters out was very difficult. I admit it is when the plastic is cold. So, warm it up and try it again. The filters come out fine when the material is warm to very warm. The same goes for total disassembly ... piece of cake when the unit is a little warm. Tap water warm is enough in my house.
Finally, cleaning is almost non existent. If a person dumps the grounds and flushed the unit right after using it, while it is still warm, it comes very clean. If one turns it upside down, the valve falls open and hot tap water will back flush the filter. Neat. I washed mine in soapy water before I used it the first time. I hvae used it every single day for over three weeks straight and it is perfectly clean without soapy water ... given that the top funnel area where the grounds work their magic gets wiped out with a paper towel to remove the oils that will start to collect there. That just makes sense to me.
One more thing ... don't worry about the top. In fact, I have taken mine off and I leave it off. It is hard to get inside and wipe it down with that silly lid attached. When using the unit, I just set the lid in place with the hinge piece off to the side, and I don't even think about it any more. The lid does keep the water hotter while it is perking or stewing or marinating or whatever it does. In fact, the coffee is so good, I have started to prewarm my travelmug with hot water because the coffee is now worth the extra effort.
Summation: Five stars and lots of compliments.
PS: Buy it from Amazon. Then, if you are still not a believer, you can send it back.
I ordered my unit the first week on May. In a few more weeks, it will be the first week of September. That means I have used my little brewer at least once a day for four months or over 125 times. I am as excited today as I was the first time I used it. I have totally given up one inexpensive and one costly coffee maker and will stick to this. It is the best coffee deal I have found ever. I do want to share some things though.
1. When the brewer is full, it has a lot of weight of the water pressing down on the coffee grounds. As the coffee flows into the cup, the water moves out of the brewer and the coffee grounds have less weight pressing down on them. So, it drains slower. It has to do that if gravity is going to have its way. So, be patient. I use a system where by I hit the switch on the electric pot first thing out of bed. I fill the brewer. Then I pour in the water but I have learned to pour from as high as I can and still be accurate. That agitates the grounds in the water and helps with the draining when the water gets low. Otherwise, you might try a grind that is not so fine. If I grind my own, I grind the beans coarse. If I buy ground coffee, I buy medium grind, never the fine. Either way works fine for me. As soon as the water is in, I set a 5 minute timer. When the timer rings, I set the brewer over my insulated cup and go away. Actually, I turn on the computer, brush my teeth, and do all of that stuff. By the time I get back, the coffee is in the insulated cup, and is the perfect temperature for drinking. An easy, simple system and I love it.
Regarding cleaning, I have cleaned my brewer every time I use it, but I have never taken it apart. I never have used soap on it, except to wash it well before I used it the first time. I always take a paper towel, or a napkin, and wipe out the upper chamber after emptying the used grounds. Then, with hot water running, I turn the unit upside down which causes the drain valve to open. From the bottom, I back flush the unit with plain running hot water and it will clear the screen filter. (Using a too fine grind would definitely cause problems here.) Then, I turn it right side up and fill the brewer from the top with clear hot water. I lift the lower ring under the brewer so the clear water runs through it and flushes it out in the opposite direction. That's it. I might wipe it out with a towel and I might not. Usually it gets turned upside down, so valve is open, and it air dries on the counter. That really is all there is too it. Nothing else is needed. Use a grind that is on the coarse side, back flush and flush the unit, wipe it out with a paper towel and you are good to go for the next time. Remember, I am speaking of my experience over 125 cups of coffee.
One other thing ... the lid. There is no need for the lid to be attached to the unit. It only gets in the way for cleaning. So, after my first use, I pulled the lid off and it has been off ever since. When the brewer is full of water, I set the lid on top and when it is fully drained I life the lid off to dispose of the grounds. Period. Done.
I hope that I have encouraged some people to take another look at this guy, and try it again. I admit, I have not dropped it on the floor yet. I don't know what it would take to break it, but, that is called Operator Error not Equipment Malfunction. I have not used it for loose tea, but, just for fun, one day I did drop two tea bags in it and I got very good tea, I thought.
I was very happy with this for months, but the fact is, it's made of plastic and prone to break at stress points. It came with a cracked plastic coaster, which I didn't even worry about at first. Eventually, the crack worked its way across the coaster, and once it got below the drip area, it would wick the drips out to the edge and form a ring on the table. That was a minor bother to be honest.
Then the hinge of the lid broke. It's only a small pair of tabs that stick up and have little nubs that snap into little sockets on the actual lid. One of the tabs broke off. To be fair, I was in the habit of prying off the lid (as gently as I could) because it got in the way of washing, then snapping it back on. This was also a minor bother because I find it was just as well to leave the lid off; it then doubles as a coaster. That's my advice to anyone who decides to purchase this: snap the lid off once and leave it disconnected. It'll still work to cover the brew and keep heat in, but it won't get in the way for cleaning.
The real deciding factor was the filter cartridge. There are two mesh arches embedded in plastic frames that nest together. The upper mesh is as fine as any French press mesh I've ever seen, and the lower mesh is even finer. This leads to a rich brew with insignificant sediment, and because the coffee drains out from under the floating coffee instead of being forced back through the grounds like in a French press, there's less bitterness. But sediment does get trapped in the space between the two filters, and the whole design makes it drain poorly, so you really do have to disassemble it frequently to clean; just rinsing won't do unless you plan to make another cup right away. Just taking it apart as per the instructions (pushing sideways on the nub that sticks up in the middle) puts a lot of stress on the skinny ribs that support the mesh. I'm surprised it took 6 months for them to break, but eventually they did. (On the plus side, it can be completely broken down and all parts can go in the dishwasher.)
I looked in Amazon and at Zevro's website: replacement filters are unavailable. I wrote them a letter of complaint. I did not ask for another filter; I merely suggested they need to be designed to be stronger, and they should offer replacements. They apologized and sent me two replacements. So kudos to them for good customer service, although I didn't believe them when they say this rarely happens. I gave one to my Aunt because I'd gotten her the same device for Christmas. The second one they gave me was prone to intermittent clogging and broke within a month. I chucked the whole rig in the trash this time instead of trying to pry the broken filter out.
I guess I would recommend this only to occasional drinkers. I used mine typically twice a workday, and stopped cleaning it between uses (only once per day no matter how many cups I brewed) once the filter started showing signs of wear. I hope they do redesign the filter cartridge to be stronger and offer separate replacements for purchase, but I don't think I'd go back myself. I think I've found a better alternative. I got one of those cup-top filter holders and a mesh filter that fits it. I brew the coffee in a separate mug for three minutes, just like in a French press, then dump it through the filter into the second mug. It's cheap and effective and makes about the same quality coffee. Also, it's easily scalable, in case I want to make a full Thermos jug for the weekend.
-Makes as rich coffee as a French press does, and less bitter too.
-Completely disassembles and is dishwasher safe
-Unusual design is a good conversation piece (really, that's a pro)
-All-plastic design will eventually wear out (the mesh embedded in the plastic ribs is a natural weak point)
-Can only make up to 16 oz at a time
My first problem was right out of the box. It's very difficult to remove the strainer/filter to clean. After a few minutes it finally popped out but I can't imagine it holding up to the aggressive handling needed to remove it on a daily basis.
My next problem was the brew time. For some reason it took forever and never drained completely the first time I used it. The next day, with the same coffee, it seemed to drain faster and more complete. I'm sure I'm to blame for this but it's a mystery to me why. Then as I was cleaning it the top came off. The hinge on the lid is plastic. I would thing a metal pin would be a better design.
The coffee was good but no better (in my opinion) than a french press. The french press is easier to clean and mine is in an insulated pot so it stays hotter longer. I'm hoping this thing grow on me but I don't think I can recommend it yet.
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Please note that the cup seen in the picture in not included and any standard cup with any standard diameter at the mouth works just fine.
Looking forward to brewing cups, night and noon :)