I've had my Braun Tassimo machine for more than 5 years now and it still runs like new. Tassimo is ideal if you have people over and want to offer your guests great tasting drinks. I probably only use it every one or two months when I have friends or family round.
For coffee drinkers, the Tassimo is more efficient and easier to use than filtered ground coffee from a percolator. There's no need to clean up messy ground coffee or wait for the coffee to fully brew before serving. A percolator isn't the most convenient option when you have more than 4 guests waiting for coffee. As you need to wash the percolator in between each serving and wait minutes before the coffee is ready to serve.
The Tassimo is therefore much better to use and ideal if you're making multiple drinks.
All you need to do is pop your Tassimo disc into the machine, press a button and wait for the coffee to fill the cup. If you run out of water, there's no need to wait around for the kettle to boil. You just need to add cold water to the reservoir and the machine is all ready to go again within seconds.
Depending on how the coffee is taken, you'll need to add your own milk and sugar if required. Or you can buy separate Milk Tassimo discs that cream and froth up your drinks. Latte varieties typically come with a separate creamer disc that need to be inserted in addition to the disc containing the coffee.
There are plenty of coffee brands to choose from such as Kenco, Carte Noir, Costa, Mastro Lorenzo, Jacobs. Each brand offer a variety of coffees to suit all tastes such as Colombian Roast, Medium Roasts, Caffe Crema, Lattes, Cappuccino, Espresso and many other specialties.
In the supermarkets, you can normally buy 16 coffee discs for around £3.80. Or for the more expensive varieties such as lattes or cappuccinos, you can expect to pay the same price for 8 discs. 50p for a small latte isn't a bad price in comparison to prices in the major coffee shops.
I mainly buy the cheaper versions and enjoy the taste of the coffee tastes. The expiry dates on lattes are much shorter due to the creamer so I would only recommend buying the creamers if you plan on using them within 6 months of purchase and check the expiry date before buying them to make sure there is plenty of time left.
In addition to coffee T-discs, you can also buy extremely tasty hot chocolate and tea discs. I've only ever bought the Suchard hot chocolate which is the cheapest of the three brands - £3.80 for 16 discs. You could also try Milka or Cadburys which costs about £3.80 for 8 discs. The Suchard hot chocolate is delicious as long as you only press the button once and don't carry on filling your cup, watering down the drink. I find there's no need to add any extra milk or sugar to the hot chocolate as it provides a perfectly good cup.
Cleaning the machine is easy. I would recommend cleaning it after every use to prevent any build up of residue around the pod area. All the parts detach effectively and can be washed easily. once dry, the parts slot back together effortlessly.
This Tassimo is a lovely machine that makes great tasting coffee and hot chocolate. personally I found the tea to be less than pleasant, but each to their own!
Although you can buy a wide variety of coffees in the supermarket the Tassimo shop also sells a massive selection on their webstore which can make a nice change.
It's easy enough to clean out, but beware if you remove some of the bits and chuck them in the dishwasher as I did then they scuff and fade very quickly indeed which means you are left with a shabby machine. The rest of the machine can be wiped down easily with a damp cloth and mine still looks fine, bar the dishwashered bits!
The other slight disadvantage is that it can be very noisy so no coffee (or tea) if you are sneaking out the house very early in the morning.
I would recommend this product to others as I think it is better than the competition out there.
This is the first generation hot drink dispenser made by Braun that uses the T-Disk system and will ensure that your drink is ready in just under a minute. It looks ok, nothing flash and it's what I'd expect from a cheap coffee machine.
We bought this machine about 6 years ago and is kept in our bedroom for occassional drinks at the weekend, so it doesn't have a great deal of use. Most parts of the Tassimo are removable and are fine to pop into your dishwaser. The water tank that sits at the back of the appliance is easy to remove and fill. Beware .... don't forgot to empty the tank, as once I forgot and it began to smell after a few weeks! The drip tray is adjustable and should be cleaned on a regular basis as limescale will enivitably build up. I must say that I was quite impressed with the amount of time it takes to heat the water up. There is a special disk that is supplied with the Tassimo which you pop into the top and it tells the machine to clean itself by reading the disk via a optical barcode reader.
Once the water tank is filled up, you pop your desired drink in the top of the unit and push down firmly. Don't forget to put your cup on the tray. The green light to the right of the machine indicates that it's ready to rock and roll. Press the big black button on the front and your favourite drink is dispensed. It then begins to make a rather loud noise - don't panic this is perfectly normal. Heat of the drink is ok but not as hot as we'd like it to be.
QUALITY & PRICE OF THE DRINKS:
The range of drinks available for this model are exceedingly good and range from expresso, capachino, Full English tea, hot chocolate, cafe noire/creme, and many other European flavours. And you can decide which strength you prefer. Stick with medium first and see how your taste buds become accostomed to it. The T-Discs are very expensive and cost in the region of £5 for just 10 - but I'd advise anyone to shop around and buy them in bulk.. We purchased a smart little T-Disc rack for about £25 from Amazon, looks the biz. You can buy Starbucks discs now but they don't come close to the real experience sadly
T-Discs are expensive, although if you shop around you can probable find them cheaper if you buy in bulk. Our machine gave up on us about 6 months ago and we cannot seem to fix it even after trying various suggestions that we found on the net. Bit disappointed in this as we haven't used it that often. If you can afford it and you're a coffee lover, forget this system and go for a proper bean to cup machine for about £600. If your budget can't cope with this then a Tassimo is a good place to start if you want to enjoy a fairly good cup of coffee.
WHAT IS IT?
A system that uses pods of coffee, tea or hot chocolate to create fuss free tasty hot drinks.
IS IT ANY GOOD?
I've had this machine for three years and love it. I spend around £10 a week on the pods and buy a selection from the range, the Suchard hot chocolate is definitely my current favourite but I also like the Kenco Crema pod which is a quality tasting coffee with a rich foam on the top. The different supermarkets stock different varieties so it's worth shopping around to find a good selection, Sainsburys stock all the big name pods including the new and improved Cadburys drink.
The machine itself is simple to use, you just put the pod into place and set it to make your drink. It doesn't take long but the Tassimo is quite noisy while it's brewing your drink, so much that sometimes I don't use it in the day as it can wake my husband when he's working nights. The TA1400 is one of the earlier models so has a bigger footprint than more recent ones, I have a big kitchen so it isn't a problem but if you have a galley style or compact kitchen it may be a bit too big.
The drinks are always delicious, the only one I didn't like being the Twinings tea but I think tea isn't suitable for this type of product in the first place. Everything is great and as someone with a hectic professional life that includes lots of driving each day it's ideal to use a simple pod to make me a hot drink while I kick my heels off. The drinks are very small, each one being 200ml. I like a large cup of coffee and 200ml only fills my mug to 3/4 full, I've made a compromise by using a smaller mug than usual with the Tassimo so I'd like it to at least fill that smaller mug.
I've seen this model go for £7 on Ebay and the fact that mine is still going strong after so much use makes me urge you to try this model if you're not yet fully committed to a pod machine. The cost of the pods puts a lot of people off and this can lead to a bargain as people decide not to replace the pods and let the machine gather dust for twelve months after only a few uses.
4 Dooyoo Stars.
We were given this machine as a gift and I was initially very excited at the range of nifty little t discs available to me. Milka hot chocolate you say? Sold! What I didn't realise at the time was that if you wanted a hot drink you probably need to heat it up in the microwave for a bit too and the first sip was a bit of a shock!
The coffee machine is well designed and if you're like me and want your appliances to match, this shouldn't be a problem although ours is now resigned to the corner of the kitchen. The layout is simple - a funnel at the back for water, a lid which pops at the front for the discs and an on/off button next to the filling platform.
The machine has a removable water tank with a capacity of 11 ounces and each t disc can be used once (I occasionaly use some of the stronger coffee ones twice as my partner likes stronger drinks than I do)
Cleaning is minimal as all of the messy work is done within the t disc so apart from an occasional wipe down and washing the water tank there isn't any required.
Initially I struggled to operate the machine as it only seemed to half fill my cup but eventually I got the hang of it but still couldn't get hot drinks (hot enough compared to a kettle) :(
The range of t discs available is quite impressive so there is something for all tastes (except tea of course) although for around 12-14 discs they can be quite pricey (£3 upwards from most supermarkets) so we stopped buying those as much too.
For those people who use this all the time it may be worth while but to be honest, the kettle is quicker and while I can't have my Milka hot chocolate, I can have aero!
Typically this range of machine are available from around £40 online via amazon but the Tassimo range are also stocked in retailers such as Argos and Comet.
Tassimo in general.
The Tassimo system is a range of drinks machines which use small, individual use pods which are inserted into a Tassimo machine to produce a variety of hot drinks. Other than the pods, you only need to add cold water to the machine itself; there are no filters or anything like that associated with the Tassimo machine. From "standby" to drink ready can take as little as 40 seconds.
The machine uses a special reusable cleaning pod (supplied with the machines), which is basically an empty pod with a unique barcode on it which instructs the machine to clean itself. Other than the occasional wipe down, emptying of the drip tray, and wipe around the pod compartment with a damp cloth, this is all the maintenance you need to do with these machines, making them very convenient and hassle free.
The pods are available in an ever increasing variety of "flavours", made up at present of different types of coffees, hot chocolates and teas. They contain very good quality beverages from companies such as Kenco, Carte Noire, Starbucks, Suchard, Milka and Twinings. Decaffeinated as well as "regular" versions are available of some of the beverages.
A full display of all the different types of pods currently available can be found at:-
I decided to put in the link, rather than list all the individual pod varieties, as they do tend to release new types on a fairly regular basis, and the Tassimo website is the best place to find the most up to date list of what is available. It is also the only place I have found which stocks all of the currently available pods for purchase; one downside to the Tassimo system is that it is rare to find a full or even a comprehensive selection of pods in any one supermarket; it seems that some are available in all supermarkets, whereas other varieties seem to be tied to specific supermarket chains.
The price of the pods varies depending on the variety you choose, from around £1.99 for 8 cups of some to £3.29 for 16 cups of others. This price seems to be consistent over both the website and the supermarkets I have purchased the pods in. The link to the pods shows the price of each variety, and also enables you to order online should you wish to do so, although there is a delivery charge of £4.50 unless you order over £30 of pods at one time.
The pods also range in the amount of beverage they produce; a logo on the side of each pack labels them as S, M or L. Although it is worth noting that to fill a mug you would need to use 2 pods of most of the coffee varieties, even those labelled as 'L'!
Although these prices are admittedly more expensive per cup than instant or even probably filter coffee, they do have the advantage of making an absolutely delicious drink everytime. Even my daughters can use the machine to make hot chocolates etc. for themselves, as the way the water is heated by the machine means there is no more danger of them burning themselves making the beverage than drinking it! Its convenience means that I now get to have lovely coffee every time, whereas when I used a filter machine in the past, I rarely used the machine as I tended to "save it" until I had a group of friends to share a pot with, and settled for instant coffee on a daily basis. Its speed means it takes a lot less time to make a drink too, an important factor for many of us these days!
This particular Tassimo model.
This particular machine is amongst the older versions of the Tassimo machine, but it still makes lovely drinks every time. An added bonus of its slightly older nature is the fact that it is cheaper than the newer versions, which I have looked at in shops but decided that, for me, this machine does everything I need it to do, so do not feel the need to "upgrade"!
Another advantage of this particular machine over some of the other models of Tassimo available is that it is not tied to a particular brand of coffee; some of the machines are, for example, Kenco branded, and only accept Kenco coffee pods, meaning that you do not have as much freedom of choice with those as you do with this model.
One downside to this particular model when compared to the newer models is that it does take up more space on your worktop than the newer versions, but having said that I wouldn't say it takes up more space than an average 4-slice toaster, so unless space really is a big concern, there should be room for one in every kitchen!
Tassimo machines do not save you money, but they do save you time, hassle, and allow you to indulge in coffee house tasting drinks on a daily basis.
I was bought this machine for Christmas. It is worth noting that Argos regularly do half price offers on coffee machines including this one.
Summary - A coffee machine that you put pods into the front and water in the back to produce your drink.
Ease of use.
Really easy, just fill up the jug at the back and place a pod of your choice in the front of the machine by lifting the top and then pushing down gently. Next you press the button on the front and then wait for your drink.
Much easier to use than other machines that I have owned such as the sensio and dulco gusto.
Taste and choice of drinks.
The taste of the drinks is much better than the sensio and on a par with the gusto, but not anything like the drinks you get from a good coffee house. If you like plain filter coffee like me then nothing beats a perculator. The range of pods on offer is good ranging from macchiato to luxury hot chocolate - however each supermarket only stocks a limited range of those available.
You get a ridiculously small amount of drink. You have the option of adding more water, but this makes the drinks too weak (And I don't like strong coffee/chocolate)
The machine is quite expensive, price varies, but it is around the £100 mark although it is possible to get it on offer for about £50. Now here is the killer - the pods are about £3.50 for 16 or for some coffee types £3.50 for 8 discs/pods. That is 43p a cup. Compare this to a cup of coffee from a filter machine which cost about 6p a cup. Hot chocolate powder cost a fraction of the price of the pods.
Due to the governments squeezing the working population I can no longer afford to use this machine, unless for a special occasion or if I see the pods on offer for a greatly reduced price.
Over the past few years I have started to drink coffee after years of not really liking it as I do not like a strong coffee, but I do like cappuccinos, mochas and all hot drinks like that. After drinking so many sachets one of my family members recommended that I should get myself a Tassimo coffee machine as they are quick and easy to use.
They were not wrong I purchased the Tassimo machine with some vouchers I received, it prepares a wide range of freshly brewed hot drinks at the touch of a button. All you need are the Tassimo t discs, you insert them into the machine and then at a press of a button your drink is ready after 30-60 seconds.
The Tassimo machine comes with a water tank that hold 1 litre of water, so you can make a number of drinks consecutively. The machine works off a barcode on each of the discs and it tell the machine exactly how to make the drink. The discs are available in cappuccino, espresso, cafe crema, herbal tea classic blend and classic blend decaffeinated; Twinning's tea and Suchard hot chocolate.
If you like strong coffee this is not really the machine for you as you cannot adjust the machine to suit your individual needs. But if you like different hot drinks and want them made quickly with no hassle this is for you.
This is a compact machine compared to other coffee machines and it will sit perfectly on your kitchen sideboard until you need it. The Water tank holds enough for about 5 cups and you need to make sure that you empty and change the water regularly. The machine is easy to clean and just requires to be wiped with a clean damp cloth.
The only disadvantage that I have found with this machine is that my local supermarket does not stock the entire range of drinks available, I need to go to larger supermarkets. There is however a Tassimo website where they have the whole product range available to purchase online with a small postage and packing fee.
Overall, I would definitely recommend this machine, it works really well in the home, it would even work well in the workplace for in your meeting room as it is clean and hygienic to use and offers a wide range of hot drinks. All you need to use the machine is a plug socket.
Prepare to be impressed.
I love my Tasssimo machine. What could be better than a machine that requires next to no cleaning and produces shop quality coffee and hot chocolate in seconds every single time you press that little button.
We got ours as a present and at first I was sceptical, yes it is slightly more expensive for the coffee but this is money well spent.
All you do is insert the disc in the top, close the lid, press the button and wait, and within less than a minute you are presented with the perfect cup.
So how does it work?, quite simply there are bar codes on each disk and at the back is the water reservoir, you press the button, it reads the code and woosh out it comes, you can opt for more water in the drink if you want but I have found it is best to trust the machine.
The only drawback is it is not really suitable for making drinks for a lot of people.
Great tasting coffee, tea and hot chocolate, flawless, absolutely flawless and it does lots of different types of coffee, you can have espresso, capucino, cafe au lait and all different strengths even decaff
Weve had a Tassimo Hot Beverage System for two years now.... and i can honestly say that not a day has gone by that we havent used it. It is so easy to use and virtually mess free - you simply buy the drink pods, click them into the top, fill the back with water, press a button and your away!!! Freshly brewed coffee at your fingertips.
Weve sampled most of the available drinks - latte, cappuccino, espresso, starbucks etc and find all of the coffees really nice. The only drink we have stumbled across that found to be weak and unappealing was the Hot Chocolates.
It can get a little but pricey to continue buying the drinks discs - but they are definately worth it and more often than not you can usually find some form of offer in one of the major supermarkets.
Another downside is the quantities... one cappuccino pod doesnt quite fill your average sized mug, so we tend to use two which means extra cost.
All in all, i would definately recommend a Braun Tassimo - delicious coffee with no nasty filters!
My other half loves a nice cup of 'proper' coffee, and so this year for Christmas I thought I would treat him to a coffee machine (also I have an ulterior motive in that our bambino is due beginning of January and so hopefully he will feel more awake for night time nappy changes! lol!).
I chose the Braun Tassimo Hot Beverage system because although the main drink we will be having from it is coffee, you also have the option of hot chocolate also (one of my favourites!).
The Tassimo is very easy to use. Simply add fresh water into the water container at the back of the machine, and a T-disc into the machine and switch on.
The machine will recognise the T-disc as being in place and will start to heat up the water. The lights at the side of the main button will light up as indication of how far the process is coming along. The water does not take long to heat up and when it is ready the manual light will appear and then it is time to press the button to administer your drink.
The machine does not have a 'standard' cup amount and so any mug/cup can be used. This is good as if you only want a small cup of coffee as the cup will not over fill and cause a lot of mess. This can be a pain though when (like my other half often does) you want a large mug of coffee as you have to press the button several times.
The coffee comes out hot, not just warm like some of the other coffee machines I have used in the past. It smells and tastes like proper roast coffee... delicious! But without the hassle and mess of using actual beans.
The T-Discs are clean and easy to use and store well, taking up little space in the cupboard. They only last for one cup though and so for each cup you have to change the disc or the coffee is noticeably weaker, not so great when you have guests.
Priced reasonably at just under £100, I would highly recommend this coffee machine.
I recently got given one of these, by a friend who has had it sitting in its box since receiving it as a gift a couple of years ago! Having fallen out of love with my current machine, i was excited to try this 'clever' machine. After fumbling about with the instructions and inserting the cleaning disk the wrong way round (no idea how!) i finally was ready to try the delights the Tassimo had to offer, (remember to retain the cleaning disk...you will need it again..) Highly excited by the prospect of having multiple choice of branded coffee and hot chocolate i started with a 'Starbucks' coffee. Unfortunately, i found my initial cup slightly disappointing, the coffee was ok, but had the taste of instant coffee, certainly not what i expected. The positives were you don't need to tell it when to stop filling the cup, and it is very hot. Undetered I tried again the following day, and heated a little milk on the stove, the coffee was much improved! Milka hot chocolate is nice, but certainly not the creamy delicious drink i had anticipated.
Features - mine has a water filter so less maintence to the machine overall. Nice sized drip tray which enables you to make several cups without it overflowing if you forget to empty it!
While i think it is a nice machine, it certainly doesn't beat a freshly made coffee.
The first one of these i had was for christmas, i was really looking forward to a cafe style coffee so i plugged it in, followed all the instructions to then find out that it was faulty!
So took it back boxing day got another one, finally set it up and it worked.
I wasnt impressed with the taste of the coffee at all, i'd much rather boil a kettle and have an instant coffee!
I found that the condensed milk was too harsh a taste and i ended up using real milk but i also found that the cups were not getting filled up enough and i found i had to do the whole thing twice to get a full cup of coffee.
Theres not enough range of drinks to go with this and the hot chocolate is absolutely vile!
It's now sat on my bedside table doing nothing and i doubt i'll use it again in a hurry.
Offering to make a coffee for Mr Norton when he wasn't feeling too good, I didn't quite realise what I was getting myself into with the Tassimo.
I had been shown the day before how to work the machine: ensure there is water in the back section reservior, put a small (3/4 size) mug in the slot, turn it on, wait for the light to come on, put one of the pods into the hole at the top (lid side down and press hard so it clicks closed), then press the large button on the front and wait. Which all sounded pretty easy and straight forward....
When I came to actually working it for myself the first time around, I opened the hatch, put in a tassimo pod and then somehow managed to switch the machine from Auto to Manual (I think this was when I got impatient and pressed the "go" button twice). The Tassimo then gurgled and spat about 10mls of coffee into the mug. Almost instinctively going to take out the mug to look at it- I remember being told to NOT remove the mug as there is more to come and it always spits a bit then waits and then more coffee appears.
Sure enough after about 10 seconds of nothing happening, the coffee started flowing and the machine had done its thing and Ta-Da a coffee.
Mr Norton was happy with his coffee and I had not broken the machine or covered the worktop in coffee. Result.
We inherited our tassimo machine from the in-laws (so I don't know how much these are to buy- sorry) which was a stroke of luck as coffee machines to me are those luxury items to go on the "to buy when we have money" list.. The pods are expensive. They sell in most supermarkets for £3.30 for 8 sachets so if you want 8 cups of coffee (or hot chocolate or one of the other tassimo drinks available) a day, it will cost you around £22 a week just for coffee! Therefore, ours is now rarely used which is a shame but even on ebay I cannot find any sachets for under £3.30 for 8!
The water holder at the back is easy to remove and clean and the machine appears to be user friendly. I would recommend this only if money is not really an option or if you only rarely drink coffee as it is quite nice to just put in a sachet and press a button and watch it doing its thing.
A nice little machine, convenient for home use. Easy to use, refill and clean. That's where the good points end. True coffee lovers will be disappointed with the quality of the drinks and the 'drinks machine' taste which they deliver. In the office a couple of my colleagues now choose instant coffee every time over the coffee produced by the Tassimo. The milk and creamer products that go with the coffee are passable but not a patch on the real thing. There are a good variety of discs available at supermarkets, but these are expensive. All in all a nice little consumer package, but I would not recommend this to anyone who likes their coffee shop coffee, you will find it a very poor relation! Believe me, I have tried every disc available and they all disappoint. I would recommend spending a little more and getting a proper coffee machine as the novelty of pressing a button soon wears off!
The same machine that makes a real espresso and freshly brewed filter coffee from some of your favorite U.S / and European brands, also makes real milk based lattes & cappuccinos, café crema, tea, hot chocolate / something for everyone / Each cup is freshly brewed to celebrate its true character and gives you the taste you love, every time / Tassimo lets you enjoy a cup of exactly what you want, right now / Simply insert your choice of T-DISC, select the right cup for your drink and press the button / In under a minute you'll savor an exquisite cup of coffee, tea or chocolate / You can brew your next delicious cup right away, knowing it will be as fresh and delightful as the one before it / No mess, no grounds and no waiting / Just pure pleasure, one cup at a time / Short name: Braun TA 1400