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We bought this as my wife is a coffee addict but doesn't have the time to spend steaming milk or messing with espresso.
It is a great little machine, and simple to use - just put in the pods and press the button. We've only really tried it with americano and latte so far. The americanos are great, and pretty much what you'd get if you did it the hard way. Lattes, however, don't use fresh milk, but UHT milk from pods, so they give a bit of an artificial flavour, and a lot of them have added sugar, which I think should be a choice.
However, I have grown used to this, and end up using it more and more.
A couple of down sides are the cost of the pods, and the fact that they are not recyclable, making for a lot of waste. The pods are often on 2 for 1 offers in supermarkets, so stock up when they're cheap.
There is a huge variety of pods available, so there is something for everyone.
PS I believe this is the same machine as the T20, just some dealers use a different code.
I bought this machine with vouchers I got for my Birthday. I love coffee and have had various machines in the past, but was fed up of cleaning them or having to fiddle around with all kinds of different attachments. They ended up stored away in the cupboard, rarely used - Until I bought the Tassimo machine!
I watched the adverts where the Lady just pops in a pod, presses the button, and that's it. I didn't think it would be quite so easy but having read reviews on Amazon, at least I wouldn't have to use different attachments or take it apart to clean it.
I went for it and ordered the machine and as I love Costa coffee, I bought some of the Latte pods. When my box arrived, I got the machine out and was prepared for the stress that usually comes with setting up a machine for the first time. No problem there though, all I had to do was read the instruction guide, fill the water tank and away I went. There is a plastic part which you put in instead of a pod for cleaning - all you do it put it in like you would a pod and press the button. This needs to be done a couple of times before you can use the machine to actually make a drink to flush water through it - which I expected. I was so surprised at the lack of effort required!
Loving Coffee, I already had some latte glasses, although these aren't needed - a big mug will do. There is an insert which you take out to allow the larger cups to fit underneath the spout so I did this, put in one of the pods and pressed the button. The pod packaging and the instruction book tells you what size cup you need for each type of drink. With the latte pods you need to use two - one for the milk and one for the coffee. I stood in front of my machine and when the milk had all gone in a little icon lights up to tell you it's finished and you can put the coffee pod in. I did this and the smell of the coffee going into the cup was fantastic!
The best thing was the taste though, you would think that with convenience would come inferior coffee but that is definitely not the case here, it was gorgeous and I knew I would have to be careful not to have too many!
My Mum came round later that day and I made us both a cup - no waiting around for ages before you can make a second one, the machine can be used again straight away. She loved it too!
One of the benefits of buying this machine is also that you can go onto the Tassimo website and enter your registration details and you immediately get an online voucher code to order £20.00 worth of FREE pods or accessories for your machine. I went on and was surprised at the choice of drinks you can get for this machine - tea, coffee, hot chocolate (over 40 different drinks). The delivery from the site was quick and if you order over a certain amount (after the first order when you have spent your voucher) you also get free delivery. My favourites are Costa Latte, Costa Cappuccino, and Cadbury hot chocolate. You can also get a taster set of all the different drinks so you can try each one. I didn't do this as I'm only keen on certain types.
You are recommended to 'clean' the machine every week which basically is just putting in the plastic insert and pressing the button to flush out the machine. It also requires a wipe down around the nozzle which is very quick and hassle free. I have had my machine since May 2013 and I still love it as much as I did when I first used it. I would recommend to anyone who loves coffee but doesn't want all the fiddling with a big, expensive machine.
I was one of a number of lucky Costa Coffee loyalty card holders to receive a special Tassimo promotional offer towards the start of the year. For £30 I was able to purchase the Bosch TAS2002GB Tassimo T20 instead of the usual retail price of between £65 and £95! On top of this, Tassimo were directly offering all new customers the opportunity to receive £20 credit towards a drinks order if they registered their new product with them. So basically I paid £30 for a Tassimo machine and £20 worth of drinks to go with it - bargain! Obviously I was very lucky but having had a good experience with the machine so far, I wouldn't put anyone off paying the full price for this.
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.
The Bosch Tassimo TAS2002GB Hot Drinks Machine brings the high-tech Tassimo T-Disc system into your home / Styled in a sophisticated gloss black design, this is a timeless-looking machine that enhances any kitchen / This clever system makes creating perfect / Short name: Bosch TAS2002GB