Product Type: Bosch coffee machines
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Instant Coffee Just Got Faster!
Bosch TAS2002GB Tassimo
Member Name: EmilyWrites
Bosch TAS2002GB Tassimo
Advantages: Fast, makes luxury drinks, easy to use and maintain
Disadvantages: The expense
Getting the machine set up only takes a few minutes, not much longer than if you were unpacking and setting up a new kettle. There's a small pocket at the base of the back of the machine and in this is the service disc, and a small quick start booklet too. I didn't need to read the whole manual to get started with this, the quick start booklet was enough to get me going. After following the initial set up steps, required to clean out the machine of any manufacturing residue, I was quickly able to make my first Tassimo coffee.
To use the machine you select a pod of the hot drink you want to make, from a wide selection available from Amazon, supermarkets (e.g. Tesco) or the Tassimo online store, place it in a slot at the top of the machine, and press a button. Within less than thirty seconds your drink is made! No more waiting around for the kettle to boil for me.
The pods that contain the drinks are understandably a fair bit more expensive than if you used a few spoonfuls out of a standard jar of instant coffee, but there is a way round this. I put the service disk in, press the button to activate a 'flush through', and just discard the first few teaspoons of cold water that come through using a second cup. This leaves me with a cupful of boiling water that I can stir my instant coffee into in much less than time than if I were to boil the kettle (and obviously you can use this hot water for tea or cocoa too). It saves electricity too of course.
Everyday maintenance is fairly straightforward. To refill the water tank, I just lift it off the back off the machine and hold it under the tap, then slot it back onto the machine which is quick and easy to do. It takes no more time than filling a kettle does. I don't find I need to clean out the area where the drinks pods sit, though I do occasionally wipe the nozzle that leads from the pod holder to the cup. There's a detachable drip tray underneath the machine that is easy to pull out and rinse off, and the surround that the drinks tray sits in can also be pulled out in case it needs a clean. I haven't needed to clean the machine too often in this manner, but there has been a couple of occasions when I haven't put the pods in properly and have ended up with a bit of a mess on my hands that's needed sorting out!
Maintaining this machine has also involved a twenty minute course of flushing descaling agents through after a few months of use, though I was only required to start this process off - I didn't have to stand there and watch the machine while it did this. A flashing light on the front of the machine alerted me that this was needed, then the instruction booklet told me what to do. The official descaling tablets are rather expensive if you buy them from the Tassimo shop, but the ones I picked up from Poundland worked perfectly well!
My personal recommendations as far as drinks go include the Costa Latte and the Carte Noir Americano pods. My local Tesco stocks both of these, and while they are a little expensive at around 50p per drink, they are well worth it as a little treat. The Costa Lattes come out tasting exactly the same as they do from a Costa shop (which would set me back around £2.50). My only gripe with these is that the volume of each drink is rather small. I always press the button to get extra hot water for every drink I make as the standard amount it gives me is not enough for me.
Another little tip for making your money go further, along with using the service disc to get instant hot water, is to use fresh milk to make lattes. Fill half a mug with milk, microwave it for 30 seconds, then top it using a cappucino pod. You'll get a great tasting latte for much less cost than if you buy latte packs containing milk powder pods.
This machine has made coffee time a little more expensive in my house, but much quicker and better tasting too. I love that I can enjoy a Costa Coffee with friends at home (I've even bought the Monin Caramel syrup to make caramel lattes like Costa do!). I love that I don't have to wait around in the mornings or when I'm in a rush too. I still have a kettle for times when I have lots of company round and I need to make quite a few drinks, but I would say I use my Tassimo machine nine times out of ten now.
Summary: Speed and taste - but for a price.
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