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Braun Tassimo Hot Beverage System TA 1400
Member Name: Gemma_C
Braun Tassimo Hot Beverage System TA 1400
Date: 07/11/08, updated on 03/02/10 (1515 review reads)
Advantages: Very easy to use, and it's very quick!
Disadvantages: Sometimes the temperature isn't hot enough, and it doesn't fill your mug to the top.
In Nov 2008 my Tassimo machine broke when I was running through the cleaning cycle. I rang Tassimo who asked questions about what had happened, then they gave me a freepost address to send the machine to (to a repair agency that was nearest to where I live.)
A month went by and still no word so I rang Tassimo who put me through to the repair agency. The man there checked and said a new machine had been ordered for me the day before and should be arriving that day through Parcelforce. Sure enough a brand new machine of the same model arrived!
I bought my Tassimo machine a few months ago after looking around at the different types of coffee machines you can get.
I was drawn to the Tassimo machine as it seemed so simple, pop in a disc, the machine reads the barcode, and your drink is made.
So first of all when you get the machine, be very careful to read the instructions! You might be very eager, like I was, to just whack a disc in and make your first latte. However, you have to go through the cleaning process first. You get a 'cleaning' disc with your tassimo machine. You filled up the water tank and pop in the cleaning disc and put a cup udner the nozzle. It will fill the cup with hot water, then you must empty and repeat the process until the tank is empty. Then you are ready to start using your machine!
Making a drink is a very simple process. Simply get your disc, pop it in the top, and wait for the Green light to show which means it's ready to go. The orange light means it's heating up the water. So you press the big button and it makes a drill like sound out at, splurts out a bit coffee then stops. You might think at this point something has gone wrong, however Tassimo assures that this is normal, and a few seconds later a gentle drill like sound (not not that loud!) and your drink is pumping into your cup. Your cup gets about half way full then the process stops. This is one annoying part with the Tassimo machine. They argue that the amount of drink produced is making the 'perfect' drink. Tassimo must think we all drink from very tiny tea cups! Luckily, you can hold the big button in, and manually make it continue pumping further so you can fill your mug properly, although it's advisable to stop a slight way from the top as when you leave go it continues for a couple of seconds more, and you need room for your milk!
Another problem I have found with the Tassimo machine is that the coffee's are often not very hot to my liking. They argue that the drink is made to the perfect temperature, and you can't change the temperature of the water it decides is 'perfect' for your drink. This problem seems to be mostly with coffee, so we often have to whack our drinks in the microwave for a few seconds if we want them any hotter. The tea's and hot chocolate have seemed fine though.
There are a wide range of discs in most supermarkets. I have seen them in Morrisons, Asda, Tesco's and Sainsbury's and they sometimes have an offer on of getting 4 for £10 (they are usually about £3-£3.50 each.)
Unfortunately my favourite, earl gray, is not sold in the shops but I have been able to get this on eBay. If you want to order off the Tassimo shop then you need to spend a minimun of £5, and the postage charge is high, but free over £20. I haven't used this service yet, but I suppose it's good if you want to order a large batch of discs you can't get in the shops!
My favourite discs are earl gray, suchard hot chocolate and the cafe latte drinks (which you get an espresso disc, and a milk disc, so nice frothy coffee!).
I recommend when you get your Tassimo machine to register it on the website. You get sent a voucher for a free pack of discs, and since joining I've also had another voucher for 50p off a pack of discs so it's worth while.
All in all a simple coffee machine for people who want coffee/tea quickly!
Summary: Great, non-fuss coffee machine.
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