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The Tassimo T65 - its tass-tastic!
Bosch Tassimo TAS6515GB
Member Name: dbarcl10
Bosch Tassimo TAS6515GB
Advantages: Good range of drinks, quick, quiet, well designed, user friendly
Disadvantages: Some drinks can be expensive
For those of you that don't know, the Tassimo is a pod-style coffee maker where you buy pre-packed pods of coffee that each make one drink at the touch of a button.
This isn't my first pod style coffee maker, the first being a Dolce Gusto. Whilst this was more than adequate at making great tasting drinks, it did take time to perfect making the milky drinks such as lattes and hot chocolates as you had to manually control the amount of milk and coffee used. Gradually, the Dolce Gusto was used less and less until it was eventually given away as part of a kitchen de-clutter.
Fast forward a year and we again found ourselves in search of a pod style coffee maker. After researching online, looking at reviews and the range of drinks available, we decided upon the Bosch Tassimo T65.
The main advantage of the Tassimo T65 over the Dolce Gusto is that it is more automated, using a barcode scanner to identify the type of pod currently being used, and automatically adjusting the temperature, brewing time and amount of water required to make the perfect drink. It's so simple; open the pod compartment, pop the pod in and press go!! It's really that simple!
For milky drinks, the milk and coffee come in separate pods so you do need to repeat this process (remembering to remove the used pod before inserting the second). The milk pods contain UHT milk rather than powdered milk that is used in the Dolce Gusto pods.
If you like a stronger coffee, simply press the main (only) button before the end of the process, or to make it a bit weaker, press it again after the end of the process to control the water flow.
With this barcode system, you get the perfect balance of milk and coffee with each drink, unlike with the Dolce Gusto where you had to guess the right amount of milk to balance the coffee.
The Tassimo caters for all sizes of cups and mugs, with a cup stand that is adjustable in height to cater for the small espresso cups to your larger coffee cup. For larger mugs, the cup stand can be removed entirely.
The Tassimo also comes with a yellow cleaning disk that can be inserted in the pod compartment and is used to clean out the water pipe and nozzle between the pod and the cup stand - I tend to use this after most drinks, particularly where a milk pod has been used in case any splashes of milk have been left behind.
A small downside is the location of the slot to hold the yellow cleaning pod - it's at the back of the machine behind the water compartment, so you have to turn the machine round, remove the water compartment to get the cleaning pod out. I think the cleaning pod would be more useful at the front of the machine where it would get used more often. Instead I keep the cleaning pod beside my coffee mugs.
The water compartment (it holds 2 litres of water) has space for a Britta water filter, although I decided not to use this as the water here is of a high quality. A filter does come with the unit, but as I didn't use it. I cannot comment on its effectiveness or how long it lasts.
Registering your Tassimo T65 also gives you a £20 voucher to spend in the online Tassimo shop, where you can choose from 36 different flavours -not just coffee, but tea and hot chocolate too! My favourites so far are the Twining's Chai Tea Latte, Milka hot chocolate and the Caramel Macchiato Latte.
Pods are available from most supermarkets but the widest choice is available from the online store. Prices vary depending on the type, but you can expect to pay upwards of £4 per pack (most packs have 16 pods which will give 16 drinks, apart from the milky drinks which will only give 8 drinks as two pods are required.) Prices do however vary so shop around online and you might find some good deals.
In my mind the machine has been designed to be environmentally friendly - it only boils the water required for each drink and goes into a standby mode after a few minutes of inactivity. There is also a pod recycling scheme, administered through Terracycle, where you can send off your used pods to be recycled into new plastic products. The disadvantage of this is that you need at least 200 pods before you send them off, so unless you are a heavy user, it would take a while to get to this level. On the plus side, your pods are exchanged for points which you can donate to local charities, schools etc for cash payouts.
Once you have sat back and enjoyed your drink, it's easy to clean the machine. As I said earlier, there is a special cleaning disk that starts a cleaning programme, and a quick wipe of the outside the machine keeps it looking spick and spam. I tend to wash out the water compartment every few days, but again this is easy to do with no hard to reach areas.
Summary: In summary, I think this is a great, easy to use machine with a wide range of flavours available.
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