Newest Review: ... expensive way to drink coffee (albeit nice coffee) All in all I really do rate my Tassimo Coffee Machine highly. It might have been a li... more
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Bosch Tassimo T20
Member Name: cyberem78
Bosch Tassimo T20
Advantages: Easy to use. Looks good.
Disadvantages: T-Discs are sometimes still hot after dispensing has ended.
I was suprised by how pleasingly small the machine is as I don't have much spare kitchen space. The machine measures one foot long by 8 inches wide. It's also almost 11 inches tall. It's about the same size as my juicer machine and can fit into a small spot on a worktop. The design of the machine means there are no sharp edges or parts that look like they would be easy to damage. The electrical lead is of an acceptable length but you will need to sit the machine within about one metre of a plug socket.
The back of the machine has a sloping water tank whilst the front of the machine has a alien space ship style compartment where your coffee goes. Below this is where the coffee is dispensed. This is into a space where there is a removable cup and stand. The stand and removable cup means you can alter the size of cup, mug or glass you use to fill.
The water tank is remarkably easy to fill. It is made of transparent plastic which is marked with a clear 'maximum' water level. The top of the tank has a black handle which you only have to push to open. It means it's quick and easy to fill. The tank is fitted with a magnet which suckers onto the back of the machine. As long as you align the tank to the sloping angle of the main body then the magnets are activated and the tank clicks into place.
I had never heard of Tassimo before recieving this machine and did not know that you can buy things called T-Discs to use with this coffee machine. T-Discs are sold by Tassimo themselves in their online shop but I've noticed you can also get them from major supermarkets.
You can get many different types of T-Discs including things like hot chocolate and flavoured teas as well as coffees of all flavours imaginable. The T-Disc is a small plastic pod filled with a component of the drink (such as cream or cocoa powder or coffee grains). T-Discs are marked with a bar code which the machine reads in order to decide how much water to add. To use the disc you have to insert it into the machine with the bar code downwards. You can do this by lifting the compartment at the front of the machine. The disc only fits one way anyway so it's easy to insert. There is a procedure involved though. You need to plug in the machine first, press the on switch, wait for the orange light on the edge of the big black button which activates the process, then insert the disc. A light will then be illuminated - a picture of a green coffee cup. You then press the big black button and the water is dispensed. If you want to add more water you can press the black button and an alternative light is illuminated - that of a coffee cup with a + sign beside it.
You have to wait until these green lights go out and the orange light on the edge of the black button comes back on before you remove the disc. You will probably need to do this to make several drinks as there are different parts to the coffee like cream and coffee flavouring. Do not open the compartment before the orange light comes on or the disc will be too hot to handle!
When you press the black button to activate the machine the water comes through very rapidly indeed. I was very surprised that the water could be heated up so quickly. You know when the machine is coming to the end of it's dispensing as it suddenly lets out a burst of steam. The steam cloud is small and just pours into the mug. The hissing steam is a useful noise to let you know when to expect to change the disc though if you are busy doing other things in the kitchen! The discs can sometimes remain a little warm when you take them out to discard them though so be cautious.
The whole drink making process is very quick, much quicker than boiling a kettle and making a hot drink that way. The machine also produces drinks of a more professional standard than I'm used to. The machine is able to create that amazing creamy foam at the top of hot drinks and it also blends the drink components in perfect measurements. There are no fiddley bits to the machine that I feel would put me off continuing to use it often.
When I got this machine it came with a promise that upon registering it (each machine has a unique serial number) that Tassimo would give me a £20 off voucher code for their online store. A minimum shop there is £25 though. Each pack of T-Discs is around £3.79 to 4.99 on average. I have so far tried several amazing coffees and hot chocolates. The hot chocolate is decent but not amazingly different to a basic tub of drinking cocoa. I would say the strength is in the different types of coffees you can make with this machine. I mean some coffees I've never experienced before but the Tassimo T20 has created them like an expert would have done!
Very happy with the machine in general. Have had no problems with it and would recommend. I have been told by my sister who is a coffee addict that the Tassimo T20 is a superior model to her own coffee machine which she takes absolute pride in, so I reckon both beginners and more experienced coffee maker users would like this.
Summary: A pleasure to use and has given me unique taste experiences!
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