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I bought this coffee machine about 9 months ago.
I have never looked back. It has a modern look to it. Easy to clean.
You can buy the coffee pods from lots of supermarkets also online.
Also there is normally deals on the coffee pods which is always good
This coffee machine can also be used for just hot water which is good as I don't need two hot
Water machines I can use this for coffee or tea.
I clean it with descaler liquid once a month which it always comes out as good as new.
The water canister is easy to remove to fill up and also easy to clean.
The only thing that I ould say is a let down is that if you forget to turn it of it would be nice for it to have a automatic off the newer ones do do this but I suppose that is due to amendments
==Tassimo Coffee Machine==
I never liked coffee at all until I got pregnant with my second son and then I had a really major craving for it (and lots of it). Since giving birth I have carried on my love for all types of coffee and to feed my addiction I have since purchased a Tassimo Coffee Machine.
These machines are sold in a variety of places and can often be found on some sort of special offer. I unfortunately couldn't wait for one and rushed into purchasing one from the Next catalogue which cost me around the £80 price and I know for a fact that Morrison's were selling them for around half this price a few months prior to me purchasing mine. There are a ton of second hand ones that can be bought cheaply online too so I would again recommend a hunt around.
The machine I have is a solid black in colour although I do believe you can get the machine in a variety of colours to go with your kitchen. The black has a high shine finish and needs wiping over every day even if you haven't used it. The look of the machine is really rather nice and it fits in with my other kitchen items nicely. There is not an excessive amount of buttons on this appliance and it has really the bare minimum to include the on off switch and the brew button.
It came housed with the instructions (and no free coffee I might add) in a ton of cardboard packing. There was no real setting up and it was purely a case of filling the water container up and filtering it through a few times before use to make sure it was flushed out and ready to make a coffee.
The machine itself will only make one cup at a time and of each time it brews a type of coffee you will need to have the T-Discs that fit in the top of the machine. I tend to like buying the Costa Latte packs of coffee. These aren't cheap at all and usually set me back £4.99p for a pack of a meagre 8 lattes (although of the large cup variety). This consists of using both a milk t-disc first through the Tassimo Machine and then using a coffee disc to finish the latte.
Using the machine really couldn't be simpler and although the machine came with a large booklet which contained instructions I haven't really looked through this too much. I think the thickness is because of the multiple languages that it is explain inside though. However it is so simple that even a child could do it (although as of yet I haven't trained my eldest to do it.....yet!). You literally turn the machine on, make sure that there is enough water in the back container, place your T-disc in the flip up area on top of the machine, push and clip this down into place, wait for the green brew light to flash on before then pushing the brew button. The Tassimo machine will then begin brewing the coffee for you. Once it has finished and ready for you to take your cup away the little brew indicator light will change to the second light and you can either choose to add any extra water (where you need to push and hold the brew button) or take your cup away and enjoy!
The brew time of each different drink is of course dependant on which of the Tassimo discs you are using. Each of the discs has a little bar code on the front which is read by the machine. Which I suppose is how it knows how much water to apply with the disc etc. It really is quite cleaver. It isn't especially noisy when brewing up a coffee although compared with my kettle it is a fair bit quieter actually. The drinks however are far superior and nothing beats a Costa Latte at home and a little bit cheaper too! Of course as a way to drink coffee regularly it is a very expensive way to do it and I would say that I am only having one a day, if that, which is a shame as I really would love to drink the drinks from this machine all day long.
There are other T-discs that can be bought like hot chocolate, espresso and even tea. I have tried the hot chocolate which was really nice and I am sure I will be buying some of those discs again come the winter months. There are a good many to choose from in Tescos and Morrison's and they can sometimes be on offer with a pound or so off the price. However you will be lucky to get a pack of the discs for under £3.99p so as I said before it is an expensive way to drink coffee (albeit nice coffee)
All in all I really do rate my Tassimo Coffee Machine highly. It might have been a little bit expensive to purchase initially and I know if I had been patient and looked around I could have probably got it for at least half the price but I do think the coffee drinks you get from it are well worth the money as they taste so very delicious!
I think for the machine as a whole I am more than happy to award the top score of 5 out of 5 stars and a high recommendation.
I do hope that this has been of some help/interest to you
Many thanks for taking the time to read.
Let me start by saying that this coffee machine does exactly what it is supposed to: it makes a convenient coffee (from a massive variety of choices) quietly, efficiently and quickly. Equally it is important to state the coffee's taste a huge amount better compared to the coffee produced from an instant sachet
The machine itself is very well made, I have had it for over a 3 months now and I have had no problems in terms or reliability or build quality. It stores a decent amount of water that allows at least 5-8 drinks from one tank (obviously depending on the size of the drink for example a Costa latte uses more water than a Cadbury hot chocolate). I also like the fact the machine cleans itself and tells you when the filters need changing or it needs descaling (something which I have not had to do yet - so I cannot comment. My friends however say that this is as simple as purchasing a de scaling disk!)
The variety of drinks is what truly sets the Tassimo machine apart from the rest of the competition. The choice is endless and what is better is the fact all capsules belong to different brands - so whether you like Kenco, Cadbury or Costa (or Cafe Noire - a personal favourite being slightly weaker than the Costa counterpart) there is always a coffee waiting for you in just 60 seconds (or there about). Personally I think the Costa/ Caffe Noire capsules are excellent and the coffee is brilliant quality (though admittedly I am not a coffee connoisseur). My partner frequently has pleasure in drinking the cadbury hot chocolates which though not to my taste (too sweet) they seem to keep her quiet!
There are some negatives that you do need to keep in mind when purchasing. Firstly the disks are quite expensive and though agreeably they are of course far cheaper than going to Costa every day and buying yourself a large Latte for £2.60 - they equally aren't quite up to scratch and do not provide the same out and about convenience. Therefore in comparison to a pot of Kenco granules for example £4.60 (or there abouts) is quiet a lot to spend on just 8-16 drinks (again dependent on what drinks and brands bought). There are of course ways of getting round this cost. Initially take advantage of the £20 free credit provided when you purchase any tassimo machine to spend online (bear in mind you will need to pay for the postage and the minimum spending limits still apply). Also you can buy in bulk (something I definitely recommend from Amazon where you can buy a pack of 5 standards Costa packs for £25 instead of £26 and then you can save a further 5% by using subscribe and save). Both of these alternatives are equally viable and though the savings are small both will add up if you use your machine as much as I do!
The only other negative I can think of with this particular Tassimo machine is the taste of the milk. I think personally I am rather picky in this department as I am used to the actual taste of Costa (being a student this is of course a daily staple - well not quite) however the milk (not being fresh) still leave a tang and slightly unpleasant taste with some of the lattes. The milk that is used is liquid form (not powder thankfully as that would be hideous) however it is long life meaning there is still a difference between the costa you get in your cup for 50p in 60 seconds with the machine and the £2.60 cup you get in your local Costa. However I have found an alternative - which didn't take too much brain power to think of - buy the Americano disks and then add your own milk! Genius! This way you get a perfect cup of coffee every single time - and you can also use the disks for that early morning espresso.
In conclusion the machine is great. I knew it would be and it has not disappointed. It produces a great cup of coffee (and even in some cases the perfect cup of coffee). It saves you money in the long run and is incredibly quick and easy to use. It makes making a cup of coffee, coco or tea a doddle and I am really happy I bought one. Bear in mind the cost and the taste of the milk but apart from that I would one hundred percent recommend this product.
Ease of use: 9 (only marked down for having to purchase a de-scaler disk)
Taste of Coffee: 7 - 8 (depending if you use your own milk)
(this review has been posted on Ciao - under the same user name)
You only have to walk down the High Street to realise that coffee houses like Costa, Starbucks and Caffe Nero are becoming even more popular nowadays. Sure, we all like a cuppa when relaxing at home but this often comes in the form of freeze dried granules and a kettle of boiled water.
Having researched some of the new 'pod machines' such as Dolce Gusto and Nespresso, I opted for a Tassimo machine as I was impressed with the range and had heard good things from a friend who loved her caffeine fix.
The T20 is compact in size and takes up roughly the same kitchen space as a medium sized electric kettle. There are options to customize it with various coloured 'splashbacks' so it can compliment most modern kitchen colour schemes. These can be bought on the Tassimo website for £14.99 each.
Easy to set up, the instructions walk you through first use and how to brew the perfect drink. With the option to vary the strength of your drink, it distances itself from vending machine coffees by using a specific technology to create each hot drink.
Each T-disc has a barcode on it which is placed face down in the top of the machine. A barcode reader picks up the information which tells it how much water to use and what temperature to heat it to. Regardless of this, each drink is made quickly - no more than a minute or so - and leaves virtually no mess to clean up. The used T-disc can become hot after use but apart from that, I have not noticed any safety issue in using the T20.
Maintenance of the machine is also very user friendly. A yellow service disc with its own barcode slots in the back of the machine and can be used to rinse hot water through, this can be useful to use if you have just made some hot chocolate and are going on to make tea. The illuminated display also includes a symbol that will light up when descaling is required. The process involves either using tablets or solution available from the manufacturer and should be done more frequently if you live in a hard water area.
On the whole, I am very impressed with the quality of the drinks, especially the Costa range which I am sure influences many people when choosing a machine. The packs of T-discs normally come in around the £4.00 mark but can sometimes be found on offer in supermarkets so that's a perfect time to stock up!
Prices for the T20 vary, they are supplied by the Tassimo website for £99.95 but I picked mine up from John Lewis for £39.00. Stock varies but if you can get one for this price it's well worth it. They are available from most electrical retailers, department stores and a host of websites so there is plenty of places to search for a bargain.
If you decide to opt for a Tassimo machine, be sure to register your model on the Tassimo website where they offer you a £20 credit to use in their online store. This allows you to buy a decent amount of T-discs and view the full range of drinks available.
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.
Recently featured on sale at just £39.00 from its original price of £99.99 it took me next to no time to decide that I had to have a Tassimo T20 when I spied the offer on amazon. It had always been one of those things I coveted ever since having my first hot drink from one at a friends house many months ago but budget restraints and the fact that I bought a Senseo from Phillips dashed my hopes of buying one for myself. My Senseo was fine, a really nice machine though admittedly a bit big and bulky but it made and delivered delicious fresh coffee and I was very happy with it. However, an unfortunate mishap resulted in it getting broken last year when I moved to my new home and for the past few months I've gone without my fresh coffee until this last week when my brand new toy was delivered.
My Tassimo T20 is black in colour, small in comparison to the Senseo and measures in at a worktop-space-friendly 30cm in height and around 28cm in depth. A generous length mains cable allows the machine to sit away from a plug socket and the machine itself comprises the brewer itself and a removable water tank which has a 2 litre capacity. A comprehensive instruction booklet is provided which clearly provides step by step details on how to use the machine which I did have to refer to when I used mine for the first time although once you've used it once it is genuinely straightforward and simple to use. The Tassimo makes use of TDisc technology which basically means that the hot beverage of choice is supplied in a flat plastic disc container and by placing this in the top of the machine the water in the tank is boiled and then pushed through the disc into a mug or cup that is placed on the adjustable cup stand. There are a series of illuminating icons that appear on the front body of the machine that tells you when the machine is ready although the main ones that I use are just the on/off switch and the start/stop button so would suspect that these would be what the majority of other users use too. The instruction booklet gives details about how you can adjust the strength of the drinks it produces but I haven't had need to change any of the settings as I find that my drinks are always perfect and definitely delicious.
The water tank is easy to remove, fill and sit back in place and the heat up time is remarkably quick, less than 10 seconds I would say for a hot drink which makes it a good deal faster than a kettle and a lot speedier than my old Senseo. The machine does make a noise as it draws the water through to the disc and into a cup or mug but it's not excessively loud and more of a 'chugging' sound than anything to be concerned about though worth mentioning here if anyone is expecting this to be a silent machine because it isn't. The instruction booklet advises you to flush the system through before using the machine to make a drink and lists the steps needed to accomplish this, this was handy I thought as it gives you a chance to see and hear how it works before trying it with a TDisc and once that's done it's ready to use.
There are a number of TDiscs available for the Tassimo from different coffee manufacturers but for me my favourites are the ones produced by Costa coffee. They do the full range of drinks you'd be likely to buy in one of their outlets for the Tassimo and whilst relatively pricey at around £4-5 for 8 of the Latte variation I would say that they are worth the money and are absolutely delicious. The Tdiscs themselves have a foiled top which is pierced by the machine when it is in use and are easy to dispose of whilst remaining mess-free, you simply pop a disc into the top of the machine, press the large 'on' button found on the body of the Tassimo and once your drink is ready you simply remove and discard the disc. It genuinely is simplicity itself and is one of the main positive points for me about owning mine. The Costa drinks in particular make for an indulgent treat that work out being a fraction of the cost you'd spend in one of their coffee shops and for me allow me to have my favourite drink without having to leave the house. Prices do tend to vary for the discs themselves depending on the manufacturer and size as they are available in small to XL, the Latte's in particular come in the XL size which gives me a mug-full of steaming hot milky coffee and you are spoiled for choice from the variety on offer, something that was lacking with the Senseo in my experience with both machines.
There is the option to register your Tassimo online on the Tassimo UK website and as a bonus for doing so you receive a £20.00 discount voucher to use to purchase TDiscs. This is a fabulous little extra I think and made my purchase even better considering I only paid £39.00 for the machine itself, at the time of writing this review there are stock issues on the website but from what I can see they hope to replenish the stock within a matter of days. I tend to buy my TDiscs from Tesco as they have been on offer recently and am also waiting for my delivery of discs to come through but I have no reason to suspect that they won't honour the orders and am eagerly waiting for mine to arrive.
I bought my Tassimo from Amazon where all purchases from their website come with a 12 month warranty so have no concerns about how long my machine is likely to remain functional, I've used mine daily from receiving it and would say that it's well made, very easy to use and I'm confident that it's built to last. It doesn't take much to maintain it's sleek appearance and even though mine is black in colour it doesn't show fingerprints or splash marks and is easy to wipe over with a damp cloth to keep it looking clean. The size of it makes it relatively unobtrusive on a kitchen worktop, it doesn't have a huge footprint compared to other coffee makers and its elegant and sleek design makes a nice addition to my kitchen and something that I'm happy to have out all the time.
For me the Tassimo delivers hot, delicious coffee drinks at the push of a button and I'm delighted with mine, the fact that I got it for under £40.00 makes it all the better and I would definitely recommend the T20 to other people. The wide variety of hot beverages available in TDisc form makes it a versatile machine that should cater to plenty of people and for coffee-lovers I would say that it won't disappoint. Five stars as a rating from me, there's nothing negative I can mention about the machine other than the cost of the discs but even so I wouldn't say they were prohibitively expensive when you factor in how much the same drink would cost in a coffee shop so from me it's a perfect rating for a perfect coffee machine.
Thanks for reading my review.
I recently was gifted one of these Tassimo T20 coffee making machines by a family member. It is my first ever coffee maker machine and I have only ever experienced other coffee maker models if a friend or family member has one. My review, therefore, is from the viewpoint of an absolute beginner or 'newbie' in regards to using these types of machines, rather than as a connoisseur.
I was suprised by how pleasingly small the machine is as I don't have much spare kitchen space. The machine measures one foot long by 8 inches wide. It's also almost 11 inches tall. It's about the same size as my juicer machine and can fit into a small spot on a worktop. The design of the machine means there are no sharp edges or parts that look like they would be easy to damage. The electrical lead is of an acceptable length but you will need to sit the machine within about one metre of a plug socket.
The back of the machine has a sloping water tank whilst the front of the machine has a alien space ship style compartment where your coffee goes. Below this is where the coffee is dispensed. This is into a space where there is a removable cup and stand. The stand and removable cup means you can alter the size of cup, mug or glass you use to fill.
The water tank is remarkably easy to fill. It is made of transparent plastic which is marked with a clear 'maximum' water level. The top of the tank has a black handle which you only have to push to open. It means it's quick and easy to fill. The tank is fitted with a magnet which suckers onto the back of the machine. As long as you align the tank to the sloping angle of the main body then the magnets are activated and the tank clicks into place.
I had never heard of Tassimo before recieving this machine and did not know that you can buy things called T-Discs to use with this coffee machine. T-Discs are sold by Tassimo themselves in their online shop but I've noticed you can also get them from major supermarkets.
You can get many different types of T-Discs including things like hot chocolate and flavoured teas as well as coffees of all flavours imaginable. The T-Disc is a small plastic pod filled with a component of the drink (such as cream or cocoa powder or coffee grains). T-Discs are marked with a bar code which the machine reads in order to decide how much water to add. To use the disc you have to insert it into the machine with the bar code downwards. You can do this by lifting the compartment at the front of the machine. The disc only fits one way anyway so it's easy to insert. There is a procedure involved though. You need to plug in the machine first, press the on switch, wait for the orange light on the edge of the big black button which activates the process, then insert the disc. A light will then be illuminated - a picture of a green coffee cup. You then press the big black button and the water is dispensed. If you want to add more water you can press the black button and an alternative light is illuminated - that of a coffee cup with a + sign beside it.
You have to wait until these green lights go out and the orange light on the edge of the black button comes back on before you remove the disc. You will probably need to do this to make several drinks as there are different parts to the coffee like cream and coffee flavouring. Do not open the compartment before the orange light comes on or the disc will be too hot to handle!
When you press the black button to activate the machine the water comes through very rapidly indeed. I was very surprised that the water could be heated up so quickly. You know when the machine is coming to the end of it's dispensing as it suddenly lets out a burst of steam. The steam cloud is small and just pours into the mug. The hissing steam is a useful noise to let you know when to expect to change the disc though if you are busy doing other things in the kitchen! The discs can sometimes remain a little warm when you take them out to discard them though so be cautious.
The whole drink making process is very quick, much quicker than boiling a kettle and making a hot drink that way. The machine also produces drinks of a more professional standard than I'm used to. The machine is able to create that amazing creamy foam at the top of hot drinks and it also blends the drink components in perfect measurements. There are no fiddley bits to the machine that I feel would put me off continuing to use it often.
When I got this machine it came with a promise that upon registering it (each machine has a unique serial number) that Tassimo would give me a £20 off voucher code for their online store. A minimum shop there is £25 though. Each pack of T-Discs is around £3.79 to 4.99 on average. I have so far tried several amazing coffees and hot chocolates. The hot chocolate is decent but not amazingly different to a basic tub of drinking cocoa. I would say the strength is in the different types of coffees you can make with this machine. I mean some coffees I've never experienced before but the Tassimo T20 has created them like an expert would have done!
Very happy with the machine in general. Have had no problems with it and would recommend. I have been told by my sister who is a coffee addict that the Tassimo T20 is a superior model to her own coffee machine which she takes absolute pride in, so I reckon both beginners and more experienced coffee maker users would like this.
I had been looking at coffee machines for a few months but was unsure of which one to get and also I was a little worried it would be a novelty that I would use for the first few weeks then it would sit on the side collecting dust. I was then sent an offer from costa to get the machine for £30 now I am one for a bargain and couldn't resist at this price so I ordered mine in no time at all and two days later it arrived. I was expecting it to be quite a big machine so was surprised at how small the box was and how light it was I was just hoping this wasn't going to effect the quality of the machine.
As I said before I was lucky only to have paid £30 for my machine where as the rrp for this machine is around £99. Having now had the machine for 9 weeks I would definitely say it is worth it although if I hadn't used the machine before I would have been a bit put off at the rrp price.
When I opened the box there was my machine with the water tank that you fill up and connect to the back of the machine. There was also some instructions and wait for it whooooppppie a £20 voucher for T20 pods!! Before you can have your first drink you have to filter the water through the machine which does take around 20 minutes but this is only a set up it is not what you have to do each time.
Once you have followed the instructions you are then ready to make your first cuppa!
Making the drink
The first drink I made was a Costa Latte. Now whe you open your packet you will find two seperate boxes containing your pods. One will be the coffee and one will be the milk. There are instructions on the side of the box telling you in what order you use your pods with the latte you put the milk in first and then close the lid and press the big round button. The Milk will then dispense into your cup. when the light on the top of the bottom turns orange you can then put your coffee pod in and repeat the steps. You have to throw the pods away after use. There is no cheating by filling the pods up as they work on a barcode system there is actually a little barcode reader in the machine!! Now when you do your coffee there is an option to make it stronger by holding down the big button when the second green light comes on.
This machine is great for all the family as it isn't just a coffee maker there is a whole range of hot drinks you can make many of which you can try out using your £20 voucher! I was always a Costa addict so I opted for the Costa Latte, Capaccino and the Milka Hot chocolate! The packs work out around £4.99 which is for 8 drinks so is cheaper than costa and these are HOT not warm like costa store drinks!
I have seen in Sainsburys the Costa pods go on offer at £3.69 so best to stock up then. On the front of all the packets they also tell you the size of the drinks. My Latte is Large and fills a standard size mug to the top whereas the hot chocolate is only 3/4 full but you can press the button to add water to fill the cup up more.
I have had my machine for 9 weeks now and I am still using it as much as the first week so is definitely not a novelty. Three of my family members have since brought their own machine after trying mine so it is definitely a hit. It is so easy to use and also very quick and I seem to be saving myself a lot of money from not drinking in Costa and having my drink at home!
Even my niece and nephew love the hot chocolate and fight over who gets to use the machine. One good thing is the machine itself is not hot to touch which is a bonus.
Look out for this machine on offer and snap it up it is an amazing little machine who I couldn't live without now. I am looking forward to trying some of the other discs with a range of 40 different drinks so far!
I had wanted a Tassimo for a very long time.. Like us all, we want to try out the new gadgets and see if it brings anything to our lifes. Well I can honestly say I don't know how I coped without my Tassimo and my daily fix of Milka Hot Chocolate. I say daily and I actually mean 10x a day *blush* We (my husband and I) recieved our Tassimo for christmas from my husbands father along with a HUGE selection of of the Tassimo T disks range - Costa Cappuccino, Milka, Suchards, Carte Noire latte Macchinato Caramel & Kenco Caffe Creama. I'm not usually a fan of coffee from these type of machines but the Kenco caffe Creama is fantastic. My tip is to add a little bit of milk at the bottom before using the T Disk. The Tassimo machine itself is very easy to use. The one we were given had a leaflet inside that gave you £20 discount when you registered your machine. I used mine for a whole crate load of Milka. I just need Tassimo to pay for some execise classes.
The only niggle I have is the cup button. When you load in your T disk and press the cup button it will make a small cup. Now most of the range are designed for a large cup (mug) but to make it a large cup or to alter the strenght of your drink you need to press and hold the cup button for around 20 seconds in which time it will switch other to the large cup icon. For me I like being able to control the strenght I would like my drink to be, But I could see it being a pain for other people. Why not just make a button for a small cup And a Button for the large cup? Anyway I'm off to get my next fix, I can feel myself twitching.. HAPPY DRINKING!!
I am not one for the Sales, the thought of queueing up outside Next at 3am to get a pair of jeans for £5 really doesn't appeal to me. But there are times when even I am surprised and between Christmas and New Year, I was doing my online food shop with Tesco when I clicked on Tesco Direct by mistake and was taken to their sale page, so I had a look about. For a while now, I have been saying that we need to replace our very old coffee machine, it works but it is very slow and will at any moment depart for Coffee machine heaven and there is no way I am going back to drinking instant coffee, I don't like it, but I wasn't sure I could justify spending over £100 on a new coffee machine right there and then. Then I saw the Bosch Tassimo T20 Multi Beverage Machine on offer for £54 in the Tesco sale and promptly bought one as it usually sells for around that £100. It is called a Multi Beverage machine because it does more than coffee, it does tea, hot chocolate, speciality teas and speciality coffees also such as Espresso and Latte Macchiato to name but a few.
It arrived a few days later in a much smaller box than I had been expecting, nothing untoward about that, it was simply packed for the machine rather than wasted packaging and loads of polystyrene. Inside the box was my T20 machine in a nice sleek black colour, the only colour that was available on the offer and the accompanying 1.5 Litre water tank, nicely wrapped in foam for protection and the cup stand which also acts a drip tray, this stand is removable to allow taller glasses, such as Latte glasses to be used when making drinks. I have been told you can also get them in white and purchase at an additional cost an interchangeable section at the back of where the cup sits, though why you would do that is beyond me. Also inside the box was two leaflets, one being the instruction booklet and the other being an invitation to join up to what is called MyTassimo upon which you have a £20 discount code to spend on the T-Discs (pods) or anything else you deemed suitable. I spent mine stocking up on T-Discs which arrived really quickly and the whole process is really easy to follow.
Before you can use your Tassimo machine, you do need to read the instruction Booklet. As instruction booklets go, this was very straightforward and easy to read and explained certain processors really well. Once you have placed your Tassimo machine in its new home on your Kitchen worktop, its quite sleek in design and doesn't take up much room, you need to familiarise yourself with cleaning the system, because before you can use it, you need to clean it and its important is stressed quite matter of factly in the booklet and it is a really easy process and when following said instructions and completing the cleaning process, it has in a way given you an in-depth training session on how to use your machine.
At the back of your machine there is a T-Disc stored in its own compartment with a smaller set of instructions for cleaning the machine. This T-Disc is a bright yellow colour with a bar-code and through following instructions on how to insert it, where to fill the water tank up to and then guidance in switching the machine on, which buttons to press and so on. After completing the cleaning process 4 times, as requested, you are now ready to make your very first drink. When you purchase this machine, it doesn't come with any T-Discs, so I was prepared and had, in advance, bought a few packets which had been on offer in Tesco as well.
Knowing how and where to insert your T-Disc is really important and it is all done using a barcode system. Each T-Disc has a speciality bar-code which helps the machine produce your drink, use the right amount of water and at what temperature. So if you are making a white coffee and choose to use one of the milk T-Discs, your machine will know not to add any hot water to the drink. So, once you have filled your water tank, you will need to turn the machine on and then place your cup on the stand, or if your cup is too big for the stand which also acts as a drip tray, then remove that. Once your cup is in place you can then add your T-Disc and as soon as you have closed the compartment where the T-Disc goes, a green light will immediately appear in the shape of a cup which tells you that your machine is ready to use. If this cup symbol doesn't appear then there is something wrong somewhere and you might need to open and close the T-Disc compartment and/or add and remove your cup. The T-Disc is only designed to fit one way and this is what you learn during the cleaning process.
Once you have everything in the right place and your green cup symbol with some steam is visible, to start your machine you simply press the button in the middle of the machine and then you will hear a hissing noise as the machine is warming up and within a matter of seconds you will see you drink appear. Once it has finished making your drink, if the coffee is too strong you have the option to add more water by pressing the middle button again. If you need to add a milk or creamer T-Disc, wait until the machine has finished, which it does so by using a further green sup symbol to the right with a little plus sign above it, you then insert that T-Disc having removed the first one and then once again pressing the middle button. When your machine is on standby an orange light will be clearly displayed. This whole process will literally take a few seconds and your drink will be nice and hot and it is a lot quicker than waiting for your kettle to boil, which for me is one of the reasons that I bought it.
The final light you will soon become aware of is the de-scaling symbol which will flash when your machine needs to be de-scaled. Again, using the instruction booklet, the process is really simple to complete. You will need to detach the water tank and use the solution which comes directly from Bosch, which is the one I bought and complete those steps you completed when you first got your machine, using the yellow T-Disc from the little compartment at the back. This process takes just a few minutes and thankfully you don't have to repeat it after using the machine every-time. To clean my machine I use fresh water in the water tank, put the yellow T-Disc into the right compartment and press the start button so it just pumps hot water through the machine into a cup, then I empty the cup and repeat the process, again as you did once you first got your machine.
There is a large selection of choice when it comes to the different types of drinks for this machine, all of which are sold as T-Discs and they all come at different prices, so you might need to shop around. I bought Cadburys Hot Chocolate T-Discs which cost £3.89 for 8 T-Discs and on the front of the packet is a cup with the letter L, which tells you it will be a large drink and by large it means fit into a mug, where as the Carte Noir Espresso costs £3.79 for 16 T-Discs and on the front of that packet it indicates using the letter S that it is a small drink, though not wanting to point out the obvious, it is an Espresso, therefore I am not expecting a mug of it. Medium sized drinks are usually shown using a cup and the letter M. It is all about experience and learning to use the machine to get to know what size cup, mug or glass you will need to use and whether or not you need to use a Cremer Disc, a milk disc or anything else extra. This is one of the things that I like about the MyTassimo website, you not only get a lot more choice, currently 35 different options plus one or two promotional items on offer for a limited period of time, and they are reasonably priced
The reason I love this machine is because of one word - Easy. It is easy to use, the instruction booklet is easy to understand, it is easy to clean, it makes drinks easy and it is really quick. In a morning I can have the machine switched on and set up to make a coffee and it be ready by the time I have been in the shower. I don't have to boil the kettle, have a shower, get out of the shower, go back to the kitchen, put the water in the cup, add the coffee and so on; instead it is all done for me quick as a flash. Yes it is a little bit lazy, but it makes my life easier and for £54 I have a complete bargain and am happy with it.
Overall, I cant find anything to complain about and if you can find a machine like this on a half price offer and its something you have always wanted to try, do it. A few people have commented that it is noisy when it first warms up; this is true it does make a hissing sound and it vibrates against the kitchen workshop for a few seconds, but I can live with that. I also love the choice of T-Discs and have recently ordered a few new options to try one of which is a Twinning Chai Latte and the other being Twinning Étoile de Russie which is a black citrus favoured tea, both of which I am looking forward to trying.
I have wanted a coffee machine for quite a few years now, but have never really justified the money on a luxury item that may or may not get used after the first couple of times.
Just before Christmas, we spotted the Tassimo T20 machine with a third off the price bringing it down to £66 instead of £99. This was enough of a bargain to justify the money so we snapped it up.
**In the Box**
The machine is one unit that you remove from the box, but it comes with a couple of requirements before you can use it for the first time.
The unit itself is available in a variety of colours, but we opted to buy the black unit as it fits in well with our kitchen colour scheme.
The lead attached to the unit isn't very long in length but us comparable to your average kettle lead length, so perfect really for sitting on the kitchen work top.
As you remove the machine from the box, you will find that there are a couple of packaging aspects that need to be removed such as a plastic pod that is sitting where your coffee pods will go. There is a handy store for this at the back of the machine although if I'm honest I haven't worked out the purpose of keeping this disc yet.
The water cannister which slots onto the back of the unit has clear labels for minimum and maximum guide lines for daily use. The booklet recommends that you use fresh water each day which to be honest I would always do as standard.
I noticed very quickly that if your water level is too low then the machine will tell you by flashing a red warning light against a shower symbol to represent water.
You are advised to run the machine through without a pod for the first two runs. This is to clear the machine of any impurities etc. before putting the coffee into it. You would expect to do this on many appliances so not out of the ordinary to come across.
**Look of the machine**
The whole machine is a good size for even a small kitchen. It's not too heavy to manoeuvre around the kitchen if you are limited on space. I like the shiny sheen that covers the machine, and when kept in a clean condition without water marks, then this looks very stylish and expensive.
To look at the machine you would think it's a modern design with plenty of curved lines and nothing looks out of place despite the need to attach a cup in the base of the unit.
Using the machine is a very easy process. The first thing is to make sure you have enough water in the reservoir. I have found that you will need to turn the machine on before adding the cup as it seems to recognise the weight of the cup to tell you it's there and ready to be used, but only once the machine is on.
The coffee pod must be the last thing you add, as if this is already in place then you have to open the pod compartment and close it again before the machine will be ready to use.
When you turn the machine on, there will be a green light with a cup symbol which tells you it's ready to be used. If there is no cup symbol then you know either the pod isn't in place or the cup isn't in the right place.
The pods only fit into the compartment one way and they all have a lip on their edge which helps them sit in the correct place ready to be used.
To start the coffee process then you press the middle button on the machine. There will be a slight delay before you hear a couple of noises that may put you off the first time you use the machine, but you'll soon realise it's perfectly normal.
The water can then be heard to be pulled through the machine and without too much delay you'll see the coffee granules being pulled through the pod compartment into your cup.
If you're making a drink that requires one pod only then the process with only take around thirty seconds to be completed. Some drinks require two pods to be used, and the base pod for the drink such as coffee is usually the first to be used, before you are required to change the pod for the milky topping etc. to complete your drink.
When a pod needs changing, the machine will act as though it's finished and you must wait until the unit flashes the cup ready symbol at you. Once this is flashing, then you can open the pod compartment to change the pods. At this point I find you should be careful as a small amount of steam can escape. I have never been burnt. But if you were badly positioned then it may sting slightly.
I usually find that I need to use different size cups or mugs depending on what drink you are making. It's really down to trial and error by yourself and you'll find what mugs or cups you have suit the drinks you'll be making.
I was pleasantly surprised that despite the process only taking a few seconds, the coffee was coming out at a good temperature, and I wasn't disappointed that it went cold too quickly.
The machine doesn't require a lot of cleaning. The pods are intact when they are removed from the machine and can be disposed of straight away. The base area underneath the cup can contain spillages or overflow in it's small reservoir area. I don't find there are spillages very often, but I have encountered one mishap with a dodgy pod which resulted in granules escaping from the pod compartment and running down the side of the machine. This meant my coffee was ruined and I had a small clean up job to do.
The only other times I find small spillages are when the froth overflows or your cup is too small for the drink.
I find it easy to give to base area a wash in the sink or a rinse and then a wipe over with a damp cloth.
The nozzle which attaches to the pod compartment is the only other area that needs cleaning. This is cleaned easily enough with a wipe over with a damp cloth.
**Value for Money**
I find the machine as a whole to be good value for money. From buying the pods which have to be purchased separately, I find the drinks to be around 50p per cup. This is as expensive or cheap as your own personal opinion. For me it works out to be very good value for money and I am happy with my purchase.
I bought this after lusting after a coffee machine for months on end. At the time it was a debate between this and the slightly more attractive (albeit not as practical) Dolce Gusto. Practicality won out and the fact that they did hot chocolate pods swung it. We are not huge coffee drinkers but our friends are and I fancied the odd cappucino every now and then. We bought it with the intention of using every now and then so were not too bothered about the cost of the pods.
It's very simply to use - literally just put the pods in and press a button - though a cappucino takes two pods and you have to buy them seperately.
Unfortunately the novelty soon wore off and we ended up giving it away. When having a large group of friends over it took ages to make coffee individually for each of them and would have been easier just to boil the kettle. It really ended up just taking up space and was a bit of a waste of money. I think this is something that people will buy as a bit of a fad and get fed up with in the end. If you are a serious coffee drinker then there are better products on the market which will provide a much nicer cup of coffee for a bit more money.
Perhaps a product for those that have the space for it to sit in their kitchen and look fancy.
My mother in law brought us one of these for Christmas and I haven't stopped using it since. She brought it as I cannot make a decent cup of coffee to save my life and I think she was fed up of substandard cuppas when she came to our house. It is so simple to use, only takes a few seconds to make a great cup of coffee and there are a wide range of 'sachets' available. So far we have used the Starbucks sachets, and the milka ones for a treat. It has a 1.5l water tank which holds more than enough to do a round of coffees when visitors are here and is so quiet. It's especially good when I am up in the night with the baby as there is no chance of it waking him up and I get a good cuppa. The only downside is that it can take a few minutes to do a full round of coffees as you have to do it one at a time.
For the last month I have been looking at coffee machines weighing up the prices and their capabilities as well as how much all the capsules or pods cost (which are inserted into the machine to get your chosen drink). It is a very important factor to weigh up the pros and cons of these since the capsules are ridiculously expensive so although you buy the coffee machine whatever company you have bought it from they will have a regular income from you for the future since you cannot use the coffee machine without the product to put into it for your drink.
Well the main brands I looked into were Nespresso by Krups, Bosch Tassimo and Nescafé Dolce Gusto. These are the most popular, recent brands of coffee machines that are around at the moment at affordable prices. Out of all of these I thought I had decided to go for the Nescafé Dolce Gusto because I liked the design of the machine and it was quite reasonable in price. However, I went to look at the pod/capsule prices for the chosen drinks on their website and Amazon and the prices were truly ridiculous so I then opted against this one. I then opted against Nespresso because the machines were just slightly over what I wanted to pay for a coffee machine. So then after my deliberation I went for the Bosch Tassimo as the make that I would buy. However, for the first time in my life I did not rush into buying it. I left it a few days whilst I decided whether to buy one or wait until Christmas and get my parents to buy one for me. But then like magic a couple of days later I received an email from Sainsbury's. They had 25% of Bosch Tassimo selected coffee machines plus 6000 Nectar points (Sainsbury's loyalty points programme) free when you buy one (this is the equivalent to £30.00). This made my chosen coffee machine the Tassimo T20 at £75.00. So of course I couldn't resist this amazing offer when I had seen this same Tassimo machine in Tesco the previous day for £125.00. This offer is valid until December 2010 but whether you have to be sent the exclusive email for the additional Nectar points I do not know or it could be found in the Nectar website in your personal login under exclusive Nectar offers as long as you have a nectar card.
The postage for the machine was free which was another bonus but you could pay an additional P&P fee for next day delivery. I opted for the free delivery which was for around 5 working days to be delivered but I received it 2 days after ordering it.
It can also be bought on the Tassimo website for £99.99 or in Argos for £89.99.
So far so good... now to whether the machine looked like what it did on the website.
============= WHEN I RECEIVED THE TASSIMO T20 ===============
I carefully opened the box not wanting to damage the packaging in case I had to send it back for any reason. I was very impressed that the machine looked just as good as the picture on the Sainsbury's website. It is white in colour and is actually called coconut white. It has a sleek finish to the white too. However, one point that was misleadingabout the machine was that it mentioned that you could interchange the colour of the middle of the machine where the cup is put into the holder. I expected to receive these different colours to interchange however, I found out that you had to buy them additionally at £14.99 off the Tassimo website. However, to my delight one of the leaflets that came with the machine said that if you register your Tassimo machine on the Tassimo website you will receive an exclusive voucher code to use online for £20.00. Then all you would have to pay for is P&P which is £4.50 or you could spend £30.00 and get free P&P which is worth doing. So with that £20.00 you could put this to buying another coffee machine, one of the interchangeable colours or the pods/capsules of your chosen drink which Tassimo call T-Disc varieties (Tassimo coffee pods) to put into the machine. I ended up spending this £20.00 on numerous different T-Disc varieties because they retail between £1.99 for Twinings fruit tea to up to £4.29 for the more extravagant Carte Noire Latte Macchiato Caramel so they can be quite pricey. This means I will be stocked up with them for a long time. Plus when I receive my 6000 Nectar points I have another £30.00 to go towards the T-Disc varieties to buy at Sainsbury's.
============ THE ACTUAL MACHINE'S CAPABILITIES =============
The Tassimo T20 is the cheapest machine currently sold by Tassimo on their website. It is very smart looking and takes up very little room on the kitchen work surface. The instructions manual was extremely easy to follow and explains everything step by step. It is a good idea to read through this since it will make a lot more sense. I tried to go into using it without reading through this and got stuck so had to read it. It explains how to clean the system out before your first use as well which is obviously very important (I have explained this process later on in the review).
1.The first interesting function of the machine is with its unique bar-code technology. Each T-Disc has a bar code on it which the machine reads when you input the T-Disc. From this barcode it reads what to produce from the machine and at what temperature. For example, if it is a milk T-Disc you are popping into the machine it knows not to add any hot water to it.
2. It has a clever one button operation making it very easy to operate. The way that you touch the button customises the strength of drink if it is a coffee containing drink. If you press the button with one finger this gives a smaller drink which is stronger in taste. Alternatively if you press the button with two fingers it produces a larger quantity of drink (due to added water) that is less strong. However even pressing it with two fingers I find it quite strong. So I tried pressing it again and it made it weaker again which was perfect for me. This button operation also lights up in green to show that it is working or about to work and is ready. When it is on an orange light it is on standby.
3. It has a very easily removable water tank which you simply fill up to the line that says 'max'. The light 'fill up' icon at the front of the machine flashes red when water is low so you know you need to fill it up again.
4. There is another light up 'descaling' icon that flashes when descaling is required. This means that it needs a thorough clean. It is very easy to clean the machine, simply remove the water tank and prepare a descaling solution which is thoroughly explained. A specific descaling agent is provided by Bosch which can be ordered from a customer services number. Then reattach the water tank with the descaling water agent in. Then take out of the back of the machine a T-Disc specifically used for cleaning. It is stored in a small compartment at the back of the machine which I have taken a photograph of. This is inserted into the front of the machine where you would normally put the T-Disc for your drink. Open the compartment for this, but the cleaning T-Disc in it so it can read its bar code. Clamp the holdall down. Put a cup under the machine. Then press start and the descaling process begins. It pumps the descaling solution through the machine. Note that descaling is not required to wash the machine every time after use. To quickly wash the machine after use just fill the tank with clean water, put the cleaning T-Disc in the holdall and press start and it just pumps hot water out through the machine and then empty the cup of the water.
5. It has a removable cup stand that can be positioned in two different places for different cup sizes or it can be removed for very tall latte glasses. The inside of the cup holdall can be removed very easily to give it a quick clean too. The cup holdall has ample space in it to hold a large amount of liquid in case you make a mistake with the machine for example, perhaps press the button before putting your cup under it.
6. It has a low energy consumption since the machine only heats water on demand and it instantly switches off this heat once the button is switched off.
7. It is supposed to be silent whilst it works but that is complete rubbish, whenever I put it on I am scared I am waking up my housemates if it is early in the morning or late at night... I find it extremely noisy especially as it warms up.
=============== How to Prepare a Drink ================
Simply plug in the machine, switch the on button on, and put a mug under the dispenser. Then open the lever at the top of the machine, pop the T-Disc in, most drinks like lattes, cappuccinos and hot chocolates contain milk T-Discs too. So depending on the drink either the milk T-Disc or the Coffee or chocolate T-Disc goes in first by putting the bar-code downwards. Then click the lever down (which pierces the T-Discs) and click start. It takes around 20 seconds before it actually pours out the contents with the hot water or as the milk is by itself. But I think this is extremely quick since you do not wait for the machine to heat up it does it on demand. Then once the T-Disc has finished dispersing its contents into the cup, wait until it has stopped dripping and the green light turns off and the orange standby light comes back on (this ensures that you do not burn yourself by opening the lever too early when it is still steaming hot). Then open the lever and remove the T-Disc. Then either your drink is prepared or add the second T-Disc if the drink requires it like the milk T-Disc or other T-Disc. Then do the same with this one and remove the T-Disc once completed. Then turn the machine off. Each time I start the machine up again I give it a quick clean through as I mentioned earlier by just inserting the cleaner T-Disc and allowing it to work through the machine as hot water.
This entire process honestly takes less time than waiting for a kettle to boil and the results are so much better than anything you could make with water out of a kettle. I love the amount of froth on the drinks which you can never get from making your own drink unless using a special frother. However, the only disappointment I found was that although I was using a very large mug only a small amount of drink is made up from the T-Discs. My large mug was not even filled half way. So to overcome this problem you could either insert more T-Discs (but this would cost a lot of money for one drink) or warm some extra milk (but this would take a lot of time which the coffee machine is supposed to reduce in the first place). So for me I put up with the problem and since I do not drink a lot anyway it is not an issue but others may be shocked by this for the price of the T-Discs.
The other thing that was rather confusing for making the drink but it then becomes very simply after making your first drink. But when I bought some of the Tassimo T-Discs I wondered with the ones that came with milk discs too which I put in first for example, the milk disc or espresso disc first. The only instructions for this is on the box of the T-Discs when bought. To be honest it probably does not matter in what order the T-Discs are put into the machine, but it may make a difference aesthetically when presenting the drink. For example, if the milk is supposed to be floating on top of the drink rather than underneath.
=========== Different Types of Drinks and Prices of the T-Discs - Examples Not The Entire Range (Or else I will be reviewing forever!) =============
Kenco - Medium Roast coffee - 16 drinks = £3.29
Kenco - Pure Colombian
House Blend Starbucks coffee - 8 drinks = £2.19
Kenco - Caffé Crema (rich coffee with a layer of cream on top) - 16 drinks = £3.29
Milka Hot Chocolate - 8 drinks - £3.49
Carte Noire - Cappuccino - 8 drinks - £3.29
Carte Noire - Latte Macchiato - 8 drinks - £4.29
Twinings English Breakfast tea - 16 drinks - £3.29
Twinings Earl Grey - 8 drinks - £1.99
Twinings Fruits of the Forest tea - 8 drinks - £1.99
============ There are also some speciality drinks such as: ==============
Carte Noire Tiramisu - tiramisu flavoured coffee - 8 drinks - £3.99
Carte Noire Crème Brûlée - surprise surprise it is Crème Brûlée flavoured coffee - 8 drinks - £3.99
============ Some Background History to Bosch Tassimo Coffee Machines ==============
The Tassimo hot drinks system was first introduced in France in 2004, this originally was manufactured through group distributed by Braun (a German consumer company) up until 2008 when Braun pulled out of distributing Tassimo and other home appliances. This is when Bosch took over manufacturing Tassimo hot drinks systems. The Tassimo machines will only take the T-Discs. There are currently four types of Tassimo machines, mine was the cheapest type the T20. The more advanced types contain additional features such as, Brita Maxtra Water Filtration system, Light up LCD display and cup-stand light. But since using mine I do not see the need for these additional features unless you have the money to splash out for it or of course if you are bought it as a present.
================ Overall =================
One of the main things about this coffee machine that I love is how quick it is, how it looks and how it self cleans. However, as I said the main disappointment is the lack of drink that is produced per cup, it does make a bit of a mockery out of what is being paid for these T-Discs but I suppose that is where the company is making huge amounts of money. The variety of the T-Discs are amazing though there is a huge range, however, the entire range is not supplied at most supermarkets just a few, for example, my local Tesco only had 4 different types of T-Discs. However, they can all be purchased online.
Despite the few flaws with the Tassimo I would highly recommend this coffee machine, for £75.00 I am extremely impressed!
Short name: Bosch T20