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Saved me a fortune at Costa!
Bosch Tassimo T20
Member Name: Lbird99
Bosch Tassimo T20
Advantages: Great tasting Hot Drinks
Disadvantages: Dearer than standard Tea and Coffee
I had been looking at getting a hot drinks machine, but as I am not a huge coffee drinker I decided I couldn't really justify the expense for that something that could turn out to be a five minute wonder. However I was really tempted by the Tassimo especially when I saw that they were doing a Costa Coffee range, as I am partial to their lattes, and by the fact they do various varieties of hot chocolate which is my hot drink of choice. When my friend gave me £15 in Argos vouchers before Christmas I decided to treat myself to a Tassimo T20 as it was half price and with the vouchers it worked out at £35!
Setting up the machine is really easy. First it needs to be plugged in. There is a clear plastic tank that holds the water that slots onto the back. After filling this you need to pop the control T-disc into the top and press that start button, which flushes the machine through with boiling hot water. Then you are all ready to start making hot drinks.
To make our first drink you lift the round dome on the top of the machine. Inside there is a space for your T-disc which can only fit in one way so there is no confusion. Each flavour of T-Disc has a unique barcode which tells the Tassimo how much water to send through to deliver the perfect drink each time. You start the Tassimo using the big round button on the front. This lights up the green light which tells you that it is working properly. It starts by making a popping noise which is quite loud but not unbearable, this move on to the water coming through and a whiring noise. Steam gets pumped out of the top of the machine but doesn't seem to be hot enough to burn even though the drink is piping hot. The whole process takes about 30 - 45 seconds depending on the flavour (some drinks need to have a milk pod put through the machine as well), which adds up if you have a few drinks to make but is quicker than boiling a kettle just for me! After the drink is made you just need to pop the lid up and dispose of the empty disk. I have found that sometimes if the pods get a bit cold they tend to leave some residue in the pod. This is easily rectified by giving them a quick rinse under the hot tap before popping in the machine.
One of the big draws of the machine is the vast variety of drinks it makes. There are four varieties of hot chocolate alone (my favourite is the Suchards!) You need to check the front of the packaging to see how big the drink is as some of them are very small. For my hot chocolate I can get two portions in my mug which I did not think was particularly big, but the Costa Lattes make a huge mug full. If you do use a very big mug you can remove the cup rest from the Tassimo if you have trouble making it fit, but I have not had trouble fitting any of my mugs using the cup rest.
When I registered my machine online I was issued with a £20 voucher to use in their online shop which was fab as it gave me the chance to try lots of different drinks for my machine. I did my first shop with them in January and found the service very good - it was all delivered within 5 days of ordering and they take Paypal, although I have heard there has been on and off supply problems since. The Pods vary from £3.50 - £5 for a pack of between 8 - 16 drinks. You can also get them in all the supermarkets and I tend to buy mine from Amazon now, as they do some good bulk order deals there.
Am really pleased I bought my Tassimo - I use it pretty much every day. Although the drinks work out more expensive than a normal tea or coffee, it has saved me money in comparison to what I was spending in Costa! I bought myself the black machine as it was the colour that went best with my kitchen. The machine is approximately 30cm squared so it doesn't take up too much room on the side. It has a glossy finish so is easy to wipe down and keep clean, and the only bit I find get a bit mucky is the ledge under where the pods sit, and this cleans up easy with a damp cloth. I would recommend this to anyone who likes hot drinks, and it is definitely not just for coffee drinkers.
Summary: Great All Round Hot Drink Maker
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