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This is such a pretty, sleek coffee machine. My parents and I are quite big on coffee, and we find that this machine delivers, especially on ease of use and value for money: two things which have been selling point for Bosch's other Tassimo machines. The box for this came with an assuring two year guarantee, complete with the machine (of course), a water tank and a lid for it, a cup stand with a cup stand base, an instruction booklet, and an instruction brief and a cleaning disk which were in the rear of the machine. It is compatible with Tassimo pods (called T-Discs) which come in lots of varieties including caffe crema, cappuccino, espresso, hot chocolate, filter coffee and tea.
We found that the quality of the coffee and various disks was brilliant and of barrista quality. The hot chocolate in particular is wonderfully creamy and not watery, and tastes like melted chocolate. With regards making the drinks, it's very simple. All you need to do is place your chosen T-Disc in the top compartment, allowing the machine to read the barcode (which contains all the information on brewing, temperature and water amount). We also fill the removable water tank after 8 drinks - although you may have to refill more often - thus making it like a kettle. I don't have dishwasher and all the components are easy to wash by hand with warm soapy water. If you like hot chocolate as much as I do and make it regularly, I would recommend that you wash the nozzle regularly as this makes the hot chocolate thicker and creamier; it a nutshell simply delicious.
- Virtually no heat up time: given that most hot drinks can be brewed in approximately 60 seconds, it's not long before you can enjoy your coffee in the morning. The latte macchiato and capuccino take a little longer than this
- It has a height adjustable cup stand which means you can accommodate to your favourite cup or even remove altogether if you plan to take your drink in a travel mug (this is what I find myself doing most often, it's incredibly convenient)
- Simple to operate. It essentially consists of 4 steps: 1) pick your choice of drink 2) pop this T-Disc into the top compartment of the machine 3) push the button to start brewing 4) after roughly 60 seconds of brewing, enjoy your drink
- Easy to maintain and clean. As mentioned before you can either clean this by hand or simply pop the components into a dishwasher. There is a flip up handle attached to the refill water tank so it's easy to fill up. You can monitor the water level from outside using the float
- The steam purge at the end of each drink preparation means that there is no mixing of tastes - i.e., if you have just made a coffee and make a hot chocolate afterwards, your hot chocolate will not taste like a mocha because of the taste of coffee. The drinks always taste consistent and refreshing
- Since the Bosch Tassimo reverts to a standby mode straight after a brew has been made, it has a low energy consumption which means it is not overly expensive to run
- You can enjoy a wide range of drinks from many brands including Twinings, Cadbury and Kenco etc.
Although we're very happy with our purchase and still use this machine as we did when first purchased, there are a few small niggles:
- The price of the pods can add up if using this machine is a regular thing. We were lucky enough to receive £20 off our first batch of pods when we ordered through Tassimo
- It would have been nice to have a few samples of the coffee pods in the box when it was purchased - that way you could see which drinks you liked and disliked
- The nozzle needs more regular cleaning than the other components (which is understandable)
- Some may find this machine too noisy, but I'm sure this is evened out by the fact that making a drink is a very quick process
- More de-scaler could be included with this: once the de-scaler light comes on you cannot use the machine until it has been de-scaled
- Too many people come over for coffee now... only joking! (Or am I?)
Overall, I think it's a brilliant little coffee machine for a brilliant price. Agreed that the pods are a bit on the expensive side, but the drinks you get are of a wonderful quality. I remember when this was first placed in our kitchen, it became an object of awe to everyone. It's great if you want to get your friends together, or if you just want to have a nice cup of hot chocolate by yourself whilst sitting near the window and watching the rain on a cold day. Yummy. I'm off to make one now! :}
When I saw this advertised on facebook the offer really did seem too good to be true, it was £40 but you got a free gift of a £25 voucher to buy pods with, so really the coffee machine was just £15!!!! It felt like it was so good to be true that I in fact had to check a few of the comments on the facebook page before buying to check it was legit!
PRICE - As already mentioned, I paid £40 for it and received a gift vouchers for £25 of pods - it was a bargain considering in the shops at the time it was retailing for £70! It's worth keeping an eye on the facebook page as they often have similar deals. The pods that you need for the machine can be a little expensive if you buy them when they're not on offer (about 30p each), but if you're clever and wait for facebook deals or go to pound shops you'll be able to get them fairly cheaply. There's often deals on the facebook page for £10 if you spend more than £25, and I also often find 12 tassimo pods on sale for a £1 in my local bargain shops!
USING IT - It's so easy! You simply put you're pod in, press the button and wait for it to be created! Some of the drinks require two pods but the box will always tell you. For example the cappicinos need a milk pod, then a coffee pod. Cleaning it is really easy too - it comes with a little disc thing that you insert to clean it, it's adviseable to clean it after putting a milk pod in there as it can start to smell if you don't.
SIZE - It's not too big, roughly I'd say it's 25cm tall by 20cm wide by 30cm. I find it doesn't take up too much room on your work surface. It's more the pods that take up the room! It's adviseable to store your favourite ones by the machine, then store all the rest in the cupboard so there's not too much clutter. We have about 20 different pods in our house and if we had all them on display it wouldn't leave us with much of a kitchen work surface!
This coffee machine is one of my favourite purchases in recent months. The coffee tastes amazing and it's addictive. I'd definitely advise you to look out for the deals though rather than paying full price, why would you pay £70 when you can get the bargain deal that I did??
I received the Bosch tassimo as a birthday present and I couldn't of been more excited, I went straight and bought costa coffee lattes and caramel macchiatos, and some monin vanilla syrup. In using the product it is so simple, switch it on, cup under disk in press the button, switch disks and press the button and down, simple hot lattes at home which taste really good.
The machine it's self looks very modern and fits in really nicely with other appliances in my kitchen, and it is not bulky. My machine came with a £20 voucher to spend on line, however you do have to spend £25 before they deliver and then the £4.95 delivery cost, but the amount of coffes and hot chocolates I essentially got for £10 was fab.
The only problem I have had with the discs are when I have bought then from a supermarket a couple of packs I have had have had burst discs in. This being the case I mailed my complaint through the tassimo site and they brilliantly mailed me back and sent out a £5.00 voucher which I was very pleased about. Great customer service.
As for the machine it does need some maintence which the machine will tell you when it needs descaleing and there are instructions provide and a t disc to help with this process, however you do need to purchase descaleimg tablets they do sell these on the tassimo site.
There are pros and cons to using this single cup coffee machine, but if you prefer a 'coffee shop' coffee in your own home, this is certainly a contender.
The coffee machine is compact, good looking, well designed and excellent quality - what you would expect from Bosch. It is very easy to clean (unlike others I have experienced), and is quick and simple to use - basically open the lid, select your pod and place it in (only one way to do this so you can't go wrong); put your cup/mug underneath and press the button - that is it, no messing (other than to check your water tank is filled sufficiently (which, for the size of the machine holds a fair few cups before you need to refill). There are lots of variety of coffees, speciality coffees, teas + to choose from, and the online Tassimo site definitely has the best range.
The initial outlay of the machine is expensive, particularly if you also decide to use the water filters with the machine (bulk buy when on offer - available in all major supermarkets). The ongoing cost of the pods can also seem expensive (particularly from supermarkets, where the range of Tassimo pods is extremely poor), but compared to a daily coffee from one of the big branded high street names, you really do save. Also, check how much 'ml' each coffee provides, some are very small quantities (e.g. expresso), but some of the others do fill a mug (particularly if you want to add a normal dash of milk too). My biggest bugbear is the drip tray; whilst this has been designed to change size (very easily), it does not reduce in size, and some cups/mugs are too big for it, but removing it causes the cup/mug to be too low, and once dispensing coffee causes a lot of splashing. This may not be a problem for you, but bear it it mind.
+ easy to clean
+ excellent quality & durability
+ simple to use
+ excellent range of pods (on-line)
- can be expensive (initial outlay + filters + pods)
- limited range of pod availability at supermarkets
- cup sizes vary and may need 'topping' up (which the machine facilitates)
- inflexible drip tray for some cup sizes/can splash
In all, I would definitely recommend this product, and would purchase another if need be. I have had my machine for just over 2 years and it is still working wonderfully - instant coffee will never taste the same again!
After receiving this as a Christmas present, I was extremely happy with the quality of coffee it produces. To me, it tastes just like the coffee you can order at Costa coffee, but it's in the comfort of your own home and it works out a lot cheaper than regularly visiting the store.
The machine itself is easy to clean, although after use it does dribble out the occasionally water droplet, so I'd suggest permanently having a mug underneath where the water comes out.
Another thing I love about this coffee maker is the range of different flavour/types of coffee you can make with them, I originally thought it just made normal coffee, but it makes cappuccino, caramel mochas etc. which I was surprised about.
This product looks elegant and sophisticated, but not so it would look out of place on anyone's table/cupboard tops.
All in all I was very impressed with the quality of the product and how quick it took to the make the coffee - depending on your make, quicker than your kettle!!!
The only downside to this product is that it's quite loud whilst making the coffee.
Basically this is just heaven in a cup and by far the best present I bought anyone for Christmas. My mam and dad were so unsure on buying this item and took them weeks to decide so instead I bought them it as a surprise for Christmas and it's great because I get to use it too. However I do find this as more of a luxury item and would only recommend to buying it if you can afford to keep buying the pods as they can be quite costly but on a positive they are so worth it. The machine works fast and very easy to use, simple and straight forward. So far I find the machine reliable. My mam and dad were over the moon with this product and they bought boxes of pods to go with the machine, wide variety of different hot drinks you can make with the machine. Since then I have recommended it to my friends at work and they have actually purchased these as gifts for their partners and not heard a bad word about them. I can guarantee you will not be disappointed!
i have had over the years lots if different coffee makers and many of which spent most of their time sat in the cupboard. This one however is used on a daily basis due mainly to its ease of use, wide selection of quality drinks available and most importantly because it gets the drink perfect every time!
It's only down side is the price , the machine itself is very competitive on price but it's the discs which are a bit steep. Drinks themselves are delicious and you do get a voucher for 25 pounds to spend on drinks if you register your machine on the tassimo website which should keep you in lovely lattes and hot chocolates for the near future. I would also suggest buying a britta filter for the machine as it makes the drinks a lot smoother. Over all I've got to say I love it, it's a must have for coffee lovers!
I have had and used several coffee machines over the past few years, some more expensive ones and then a few cheaper versions.
This Machine is probably price wise very much in the middle of the pack! For around 60 pounds you can get yourself a very nice machine thats reliable and good quality! I have always rated Bosh products for their quality and this is no exception!
The water filter on the back is not the biggest but is good for around 6 or 7 cups so theres no need to constantly be refilling it. It is able to heat the water and produce the coffee very quickly, however it is very load when in use so not great for someone whos up early and not trying to wake anyone up!!!
Another great feature is the coffee packet options, there are many options for this type of machine, from espresso to every day milky coffee!! Allowing for a lot of variety depending on your needs and requirements!!
Disadvantages: Size of the coffee, this machine really only delivers a half cup of coffee about 2/3s for a regular size cup, and because you have to replace the coffee caps every time theres no easy way to top that amount up.
Also price of the coffee refills are not cheap working out at about 40p per cups and considering that is for only half a cup it is not the best offer in terms of price!!
I've used this machine for about 2 months now and have tried 4 of the varieties of coffee that they offer, by far the espresso is the best of the lot and actually the best home machine espresso I've had. The regular coffee is expensive and I would say not worth the money as again the refills cost 40p for half a cup and you really would be hard pushes to tell the difference between that and some nice filtered coffee. Therefore this is a must have or speciality coffee but probably not worth the price tag for regular coffee.
So in conclusion, great machines, a lot of variety and great tasting coffee!! But expensive to run on a daily basis!!!
This capsule coffee machine was my first experience away from a traditional kettle and although it hasn't replaced the kettle,it certainly adds a little something extra when I feel like a quick pick me up coffee or a cosy hot chocolate on a cold dark evening...
Quick? It certainly is and it will force hot water through the capsule within a few seconds to create your basic cup...some drinks require a milk capsule also so you can double the making time with this and then if like me you're not satisfied with a small cup you can use the handy top up water button allowing you to decide when the cup us full enough...just be aware it will stop a couple of seconds after you release button so don't leave it too late!
Clean? Most of the time it's pretty clean and easy to maintain. I've had a couple of times where capsule hasn't been in properly and has split and made a mess, or capsule has split in pack and I haven't noticed...although this is user error! If this does happen it's easy to clean. Plenty of cups out of the ample sized water container to the rear of the machine too so you're not constantly refilling...
Features? Nice extra features like the adjustable cup stand make it easy to alight any size cup properly to avoid spillage although drip tray helps with this also...
Cost of unit is fair in my opinion and the biggest cost is keeping your supply of capsules filled! A variety of coffee is available to suit all tastes although I've played it pretty safe with the medium roast most of the time and also a variety of hot chocolates are available! Again, the capsules aren't the cheapest way if making nice coffee but look out for offers from tassimo as they frequently have free delivery or money off offers direct from them.
Easy? It couldn't be easier...put capsule in machine, cup underneath nozzle and press button!
Extras are available to compliment your machine such as the capsule stands...
I would definitely recommend if you enjoy nice coffee and hot chocolate, or if you want the occasional treat away from the jar of instant! However, if you're a tea drinker and only a tea drinker, I probably wouldn't bother...you can get a lot of dunkable digestives for sixty pounds!
I've had this machine almost a year now so I'm going to try and give a fair review using + for positives and - for negatives and hopefully then you can make up your own minds.
Not as expensive as a coffee at popular coffee chains
It's still quite expensive to buy coffee for when compared with the price of instant coffee which most people would normally drink at home.
Fill the water tank,put a disc in the machine, put your cup on the drip tray, press a button = almost instant coffee which is just at the right temperature
How much more effort does it take to boil a kettle and make your own instant cup of coffee?
Tastes like the coffee you'd pay good money for when visiting coffee chains
No negatives to this one ^, it genuinely produces great coffee and with a wide variety of other compatible drinks discs such as hot chocolate and latte, what's not to like?
Easy to clean, stick a service disk in the machine, press a button and it cleans itself, then all you have to do is give the machine exterior and drip tray a quick wipe down.
Once finished with, you will need to leave the water tank to drip dry for quite a long time as it would be almost impossible to dry the inside of the tank yourself.
Great for special occasions but the discs are a little too expensive for the machine to be used as a general use coffee machine. However if you can afford coffee shop prices and want to be able to recreate the taste at home with little effort, then this may be ideal for you.
I love this machine but the coffee for it is too expensive for me to use more than once or twice a day , so my caffeine addiction is supplemented by instant coffee for the rest if the day.
Bosch Tassimo Beverage Maker, Silver
This was a Christmas present three years ago, and it's the first and only coffee/drinks machine I've used, which is testament to how much I like this product. I got the black/silver model which looks great in our kitchen. I think it's really stylish, and still looks good three years on. It's extremely well-made, and the pieces are easy to put together and take apart again, which is handy because it will need cleaning from time to time. If you're making chocolate drinks, the beverage outlet will need cleaning more often than if you're making just coffee, because the chocolates I've tried are very thick and oozy.
The various drinks that can be prepared with this machine come in the form of T-Discs. These are small circular discs that have a barcode on them. When you place them into the machine it reads the barcode and prepares your chosen drink accordingly. For example, an Espresso requires less water than a standard cup of coffee. As the headlines says, it's more than just a coffee machine. As well as the various blends of coffee available, you can get hot chocolates (which I've tried and enjoyed) and also tea! I love coffee, but I'm not a massive tea-drinker. Even so, I think I'd prefer a traditionally brewed cup of tea rather than buying T-Discs.
Brewing a drink is easy:
1. Make sure there's enough water in the removable tank.
2. Place your chosen T-Disc in the Brew Dome.
3. Press the start/stop button.
4. Wait for your drink to be made.
5. Hold down the start/stop button if you want more water. Release when you've got enough.
One of the great things about this product is the time it takes to make a drink. A cup of coffee is ready in under 45 seconds - I haven't timed it, but it's quick! This means it's also low on energy consumption, and after every brew cycle the machine reverts to stand-by mode. I always turn off at the plug though once I've finished. If you're making a coffee, it gives off a really nice stRong smell too! It is quite noisy, especially at the beginning of the brew cycle, but this is an observation rather than a criticism.
After a certain number of brews the machine will need de-scaling. The machine lets you know when this procedure is due by a red light illuminating. I won't go into the process of de-scaling, but it's quick and easy. Once it's done, the warning light goes off.
The quality of finished drink is very high. I've tried lots of varieties of coffee and have settled on my favourites, but none were lacking in quality. I've also tried hot chocolates and these were great too, but I tend to use the machine exclusively for coffee these days.
The only negative i've experienced is that sometimes when I place a T-Disc into the Brew Dome, the machine doesn't recognise it's there. I think this is because the sensor that reads the barcode needs a good clean. Anyway, I just pop the T-Disc back in again until it does recognise it, which might take two or three attempts.
Although I love my Tassimo, because of the price of the T-Discs, I only use this as a treat at weekends, or if we've got guests over. My favourite blend of coffee is Kenco's Columbian, and this costs about £4 for 16 discs. I think the price has come down a touch recently, but at a time when we're trying to cut the household shopping bill T-Discs are treated as a luxury.
I've a real soft spot for this product, so despite it been expensive to run it gets a well-deserved five-star rating from me. If I could afford it I'd like to try other more expensive coffee machines so I something to compare the Tassimo with. If I do take the plunge I'll be sure to write a review here!
Having previously used a senseo model and becoming annoyed with the lack of choice, I decided to opt for the tassimo equivalent. I am extremely happy with my choice. The operation of the product is simple; fill the water tank, add the pod at the top and press the dial. Although it is slightly noisy, it is simple to use and quick.
The range of pods is probably the best on the market in comparison to the equivalents. As I am not the biggest fan of coffee, I was happy that I was able to get chai tea latte and hot chocolate pods, it really is suitable for all members of the family, not just those that like coffee. The tank is a good size, meaning that water does not need to be re filled as often as other products.
As these are usually on offer, I would definitely recommend a purchase, although I would not pay the recommended retail price.
We have had our Tassimo machine for some time now but we have beer had a problem with it and I consider it a bit of an old faithful. It's so easy to use and to keep clean anyone could do it. The reason I love it so much is because at the end of a long and tiring day there is nothing better for the soul than a cup of something yummy without a lot of effort... Especially in the dark and cold winter months.
The machine itself is great value for money but the disks can get a little expensive if you get hooked like us, we now think of a Tassimo drink as a treat (which believe me it is!) and if you like a costa coffee like I do you will soon get your money's worth by using the costa disks rather than going to a costa shop.
It can be a bit bulky to have out on the worktop all the time if you have a small kitchen so I would advise clearing out some cupboard space to store it when it's not being used. It has an inbuilt cord store which is handy for storage and comes with a cleaning/servicing disk so you can run it through a cleaning cycle to wash out the pipes post storing it and all of the little bits come out for a good scrub.
All in all one of our favourite kitchen appliances.
Some months ago, I recieved an email from Costa. As a holder of their Coffee Club loyalty card, they were offering me the chance to buy a Tassimo coffee machine for only £30, plus I'd get a £25 voucher for the Tassimo shop. Although I don't drink coffee myself, my partner is a bit of a connosieur, so I've considered home coffee machines before - and this seemed like too good an offer to refuse, as the Tassimo T40 normally costs around £100.
So I ordered my Tassimo T40, and spent the days before it was delivered having a good look around the website to see all the drinks we could make in it. The Tassimo range includes a wide variety of coffee types an strengths, several hot chocolates, a range of Twinings teas, and the Costa At Home range, hence the offer from Costa.
The Tassimo T40 is a plain yet smart machine. My model is all black, and I'm not sure if this one comes in different colours, although certainly some Tassimos do. It has a stand at the front for your cup, which can be raised or removed to allow for different sized cups - the default height is perfect for the average sized mug. There is a power switch and one large button on the front. The back has a removeable water tank.
First of all, operation. The Tassimo T40 is very easy to use. You make your drinks using Tassimo t-discs, which have barcodes on them - the machine reads the barcode once the disc is inserted, and it knows what kind of drink it is making, and therefore how much water and steam to use. Tassimo calls this system "Intelibrew". Inserting the disc is the trickiest part - it took me a couple of days to realise that the disc holder closes in two stages, which explained why I had been having trouble closing it. The disc sits in the holder, closing it pierces the foil on the disc, and then the machine runs hot water and steam through the contents while the drink pours out into your cup. Easy peasy.
The water tank and cup holder can be removed and washed up with your dishes, but you need to keep the disc holder and barcode reader clean too. This is best done with a dry cloth, but sometimes you might need to give it a careful wipe with a damp cloth. The insides of the machine also need to be cleaned, which is done by using the service disc which comes with the machine - this basically tells the machine to run hot water through the machine to clean it. Tassimo recommend that you clean the machine weekly, or daily if you are using drinks made with milk discs (more on that shortly).
The machine will also need to be descaled from time to time, how often will depend on the water hardness where you live. As we live in London and have hard water, I ordered some descaling tablets shortly after buying the machine, so I had them ready. The Tassimo website tells you to order them from the Bosch website (who manufacture the machine), but you can get them cheaper from Amazon. There are step-by-step instructions for descaling in the machine's manual. The process takes about half an hour, and is pretty easy to set up.
The Tassimo T40 has lights on the front around the main button, which show standby, in operation, top up (to add more water to your drink as it finishes), water level low and descaling needed.
As for the drinks, this is strictly speaking a review of the machine, but what use is a review of a drinks machine which doesn't tell you whether the drinks are any good? As I mentioned before, I don't drink coffee, but my partner has been impressed with most of the coffees he has tried. He usually has espresso discs, Carte Noire being the best, and mixes that with hot milk to make a flat white. He didn't like the Costa Americano, said it was too watery, and neither of us likes the milk discs that come with certain drinks - the Costa Latte being one of them. He said the coffee from that was good when mixed with real milk, but the milk disc was rubbish. On the strength of the hot chocolates I've tried, I agree with him on that - so now we buy hot chocolate discs but don't use the milk discs which come with them. Cadburys hot chocolate is good, but Milka is the best.
The tea selection hasn't impressed me very much. The first ones I bought were flavours exclusive to Tassimo, as I thought there wasn't much point in buying tea I could get cheaper in teabag form. But they weren't great - and avoid the Apres Midi de l'Orient like the plague, the taste isn't terrible but the smell made me feel sick. I bought some Twinings English Breakfast just to see if I could get some decent tea out of the Tassimo, and it's really quite nice, but I still prefer my loose leaf teas.
The packs of discs cost on average £4, and are available from the Tassimo website, supermarkets and Amazon. Sadly there doesn't seem to be anywhere that you can get them cheaper, although the Tassimo site often has one at a time reduced to £3 - but delivery is only free if you spend £35, and under that it is £5.
So our verdict is that the Tassimo T40 is a quick and easy way to make tasty coffees and hot chocolates, although they don't match up to in-store ones from Costa, it is much cheaper and of course it has the benefit of being in the comfort of your own home. My £30 Tassimo T40 was a bargain, and I'm very pleased with it, but I don't think the quality of the drinks is quite good enough to make it worth £100.
I am not one for fancy kitchen gadgets but my partner definitely is (He works with computers-LOVES technology) so when this Tassimo machine became available for the reasonable price of £50 we took the plunge and indulged ourselves in a little retail therapy. Online forums and even reviews on this site suggest that this machine can be bought on short lived offers for a wide variety of prices but I feel that £50 is an appropriate price for this machine. If you can get it for less- hurrah! I'm not sure I would have paid much over £50 though. My tip: Keep an eye out for offers and act quickly, they sell out fast on offer, I did see the machine on offer for £30 but didn't fancy it at the time, big mistake on my part. Anyway, onwards with the review...
The Tassimo machine is one of many hot drink making machines available on the market. It has been around for quite a while and seems quite popular at the moment. I preferred to go with Tassimo, not only because of the price but also because it is a well established brand and I knew that I could pick up the drinks discs during my regular weekly shop. I didn't want to buy a machine that would ultimately be useless when they discontinued the pods but I think the popularity and affordability of the machine itself will prevent this (fingers crossed).
The machine itself is a sleek black number. It looks nice in my kitchen and it takes up about the same worktop space as my four slice toaster. We have quite a large kitchen and so it can be put out of the way but in a small kitchen it might be a bit imposing and get in the way. My advice would be to make sure you have enough worktop space to keep it out as I imagine it would be a pain to store it and move it every time you wanted a drink. It has a 2 litre water tank that sits at the back of the machine and is easily removed and therefore easy to fill. The machine has a clip/flip lid in which you place the T-discs, I found this stiff at first but that was due to the newness of the machine, it has since loosened slightly and is now easier to lift. There is an adjustable cup stand/drip tray and to the right of that are the buttons for use. It is a smooth, attractive looking machine and I like the way it looks in my kitchen.
It is also impressively easy to use. All you need to do is place your chosen T-disc into the holder at the top, close the lid and push the button. Certain drinks require two pods, a creamer and the drink itself. In this case you simply do one then the other according the instructions on that particular pack. It's so simple. The intelli-brew system does all the work. Want to know how? Each T-disk has a unique barcode containing 'instructions' on how the drink should be made. The machine reads this bar code and prepares the drink accordingly. In terms of ease of use the Tassimo definitely gets five stars.
So, what kind of quality can you expect? I personally find the quality of the drinks to be average. They are much better than I could make at home but when you compare them to coffee shop standards they fall a bit short but in all honesty that is what I expected. You can't get barista style coffee from a machine. You can however, get a delicious, cheaper alternative in the comfort of your own home. I would particularly recommend the Costa range of Latte and Cappucino and the Twinings Chai Latte is delicious. I tend to use my Tassimo to make more 'exotic' drinks such as Lattes, Cappuccinos' etc. As although they do make Tea T-disks I personally find them expensive, it's much easier and cheaper to boil the kettle and pop a tea bag in a cup. There is no getting away from the fact that the T-discs are a tad on the expensive side at between £4-£5 for between 8 and 12 drinks but if it's replacing your £5 a day Costa habit then you're onto a winner. One thing I must point out though is that the drinks are tiny- think tea cup rather than mug and although there is the option to add extra water I do find that this waters down the taste substantially so with that in mind Tassimo drinks may not actually be that much cheaper than coffee shop drinks when you consider price per ml.
We have set a limit of one Tassimo drink each a day in our house- that may seem extreme and although it is partly due to the cost of T discs the main reason is for health benefits. T-discs have a lot of sugar and fat and are not a healthy choice of hot drink, they are an indulgent treat and as easy as it would be to drink these every time we fancied it would become a terribly unhealthy habit so we will stick to our once-a-day T-mo treat!
I like the machine and since moving to the middle of nowhere it is nice to be able to get a nice indulgent coffee without having to get the bus to the nearest coffee shop. There are a wide range of drinks available in T-disc format and like everything else nowadays it pays to shop around. It is definitely a convenient invention, nice to have around and I would miss it if it wasn't here. My partner loves it more than I do but we'll see about that when the novelty wears off!
The machine is easy to maintain, it requires a simple procedure that is fully explained in the instructions and everything you need is supplied with the machine.
Overall I would recommend purchasing a Tassimo if you enjoy a leisurely drink at home and if you can get the machine for a reasonable price. I wouldn't advise paying more than £50 for one as you maybe disappointed and bear in mind the cost of future T-discs when making your decision.
One final tip is to register your machine. I did so and received a £20 voucher for the Tassimo online shop which enabled me to stock up on T-discs, I have also received information to the email address I registered with in regards to other offers which are always going to be handy as long as I have the machine and have T-discs to purchase.
Coffee strength control / Drip tray / Water level indicator / 2 litre water reservoir / The Bosch Tassimo Multi-beverage Machine delivers automatic freshly brewed hot drinks at the push of a button / It makes a range of drinks, including caffe crema, espresso, latte macchiato, cappuccino, teas, hot chocolate and more / The discs have the right amount of ingredients sealed into them to protect their flavour / The drinks system reads the bar code printed on each drink, adds the right amount of water for that drink and sets the best temperature, to ensure a perfect drink every time / You can even manually adjust the drink strength to suit your taste / It also includes 'flow heater technology, which means there is virtually no heat up time and minimal waiting between drinks / Theres an automatic de-scaling function and 2 litre removable easy-fill water tank / An adjustable and removable cup stand lets you use different types of cups and mugs / Dishwasher safe parts / Short name: Bosch TAS4011GB