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Tassimo Bosch T20: You're unlikely to return to instant coffee!
Bosch Tassimo T20
Member Name: MoleyGoldpaws
Bosch Tassimo T20
Date: 28/04/13, updated on 28/04/13 (55 review reads)
Advantages: Wide range of drinks available. Clean and easy to use.
Disadvantages: Can be a little noisy. Scared the cat!
You only have to walk down the High Street to realise that coffee houses like Costa, Starbucks and Caffe Nero are becoming even more popular nowadays. Sure, we all like a cuppa when relaxing at home but this often comes in the form of freeze dried granules and a kettle of boiled water.
Having researched some of the new 'pod machines' such as Dolce Gusto and Nespresso, I opted for a Tassimo machine as I was impressed with the range and had heard good things from a friend who loved her caffeine fix.
The T20 is compact in size and takes up roughly the same kitchen space as a medium sized electric kettle. There are options to customize it with various coloured 'splashbacks' so it can compliment most modern kitchen colour schemes. These can be bought on the Tassimo website for £14.99 each.
Easy to set up, the instructions walk you through first use and how to brew the perfect drink. With the option to vary the strength of your drink, it distances itself from vending machine coffees by using a specific technology to create each hot drink.
Each T-disc has a barcode on it which is placed face down in the top of the machine. A barcode reader picks up the information which tells it how much water to use and what temperature to heat it to. Regardless of this, each drink is made quickly - no more than a minute or so - and leaves virtually no mess to clean up. The used T-disc can become hot after use but apart from that, I have not noticed any safety issue in using the T20.
Maintenance of the machine is also very user friendly. A yellow service disc with its own barcode slots in the back of the machine and can be used to rinse hot water through, this can be useful to use if you have just made some hot chocolate and are going on to make tea. The illuminated display also includes a symbol that will light up when descaling is required. The process involves either using tablets or solution available from the manufacturer and should be done more frequently if you live in a hard water area.
On the whole, I am very impressed with the quality of the drinks, especially the Costa range which I am sure influences many people when choosing a machine. The packs of T-discs normally come in around the £4.00 mark but can sometimes be found on offer in supermarkets so that's a perfect time to stock up!
Prices for the T20 vary, they are supplied by the Tassimo website for £99.95 but I picked mine up from John Lewis for £39.00. Stock varies but if you can get one for this price it's well worth it. They are available from most electrical retailers, department stores and a host of websites so there is plenty of places to search for a bargain.
If you decide to opt for a Tassimo machine, be sure to register your model on the Tassimo website where they offer you a £20 credit to use in their online store. This allows you to buy a decent amount of T-discs and view the full range of drinks available.
Summary: Excellent build quality, will save you a lot of money if you visit coffee shops!
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