Bosch Tassimo Editorial Review
Review Author: John Littner
Review Date: March 16, 2012
|Rating:||(4.2 / 5)|
Summary: The Bosch Tassimo is a single-serve coffee maker that makes coffee as well as specialty beverages
What follows is a detailed review of the Bosch Tassimo coffee maker. To make this article as helpful as possible, I have included photos, Tassimo reviews (from customers), and buying recommendations. By the end of the article, you should have a good idea as to whether the Bosch Tassimo Coffee Maker is an ideal machine for your needs.
What Is A Tassimo Coffee Maker?
Using a Tassimo coffee maker is pretty much as hands-off as you can get without forking over $5 for a Starbucks Latte.
Basically, you just insert a special disc into the machine (called a T DISC), press a button, and out comes a tasty beverage in less than a minute. There are a number of different T Disks on the market, the most common being coffee, espresso, latte, cappucino, hot chocolate, and earl grey tea. Each T DISC has a barcode on the top, which basically tells the machine how to prepare the given beverage.
And that’s pretty much the whole process. Easy, pain-free, and incredibly convenient.
My First Experience with the Bosch Tassimo Coffee Maker
Well, at first I was skeptical. People that know me realize I’m a bit of a coffee snob. But the machine wasn’t bought for me… it was bought for “other” people in the household who couldn’t be bothered using a real espresso machine. But my curiosity got the better of me, and I actually tried it a day after receiving it.
First, the machine had to be cleaned out. This was done by inserting the “Service T DISC” into the T DISC holder, pressing the start button, and letting the machine clean itself out. I was told to do this 4 times to ensure proper coffee quality the first time. Of course, I followed these cleaning instructions to a ‘T’ (pun intended), and even cleaned out the machine a fifth time just for good measure.
I decided I would make myself a latte, so the first step was to insert an Espresso T DISC into the T DISC Holder. After closing the lid, a little green light turned on, thus
signalling the machine was ready. I pressed the start button and immediately the machine rumbled into action.
But then it stopped suddenly, going dead silent.
Did I do something go wrong? Was the machine defective?
After a brief moment of hesitation, the machine rumbled into action again, and a nice steady stream of espresso poured into the bottom of my cup accompanied by a sweet and dark coffee aroma. I suspect that brief hesitation was similar to something you might see on higher end machines, which inject hot water on the coffee grounds for a few second to extract a fuller taste. Brilliant. When it was done, the green light went off, and I ejected the depleted T DISC and tossed it in the trash.
I tasted it, and was pleasantly surprised. The espresso was smooth and silky, with a slightly nutty tasty to it. It came surprisingly close to an espresso you would get at a coffee shop (actually, I had tasted worse espresso at some coffee shops).
I then carried on with the process, and inserted a Latte T DISC into the Bosch Tassimo coffee maker. After pressing the start button, a steady stream of milk flowed onto the espresso at the bottom of the cup. Towards the end, the machine began emitting a layer of foam, which nicely crowned the top of the beverage.
The foam was pretty good in terms of volume. In terms of quality, however, I would give it a 6.5/10. Now to be fair, I worked in a coffee shop for several years, so I mastered the art of making good foam for a latte. The best foam should be creamy, with as few visible bubbles in it as possible. The foam made by the Bosch Tassimo coffee maker was passable, but had several large bubbles in it. It is what us baristas would call a “hard foam.” But for the indiscriminate latte drinker, this would probably go unnoticed.
In the end, the final product was surprisingly good. It didn’t make a better latte than my Cuisinart EM-100, but for only two minutes of work (if you could call that work!), it more than satisfied my needs. In terms of convenience, it doesn’t get much better than the Bosch Tassimo coffee maker.
After a Month Using the Bosch Tassimo Coffee Maker
I have used the machine a number of times over the past month, trying out different beverages and combinations. It makes great lattes and cappucinos. If you reverse the latte process (that is, do the milk first, THEN the espresso), you can make yourself a pretty nifty Latte Machiatto – as displayed on the right.
The only hot chocolate I tried making using this machine was the Suchard’s Hot Chocolate. It was very mediocre, and honestly, given another opportunity, I would probably not make it again.
I have had absolutely no problems using this machine, and I have a feeling this machine will probably last for a few years if treated properly.
Before writing this article, I came across a few Tassimo reviews from other people who bought this machine. I have included excerpts from these Tassimo reviews below:
“It’s a beautiful single serve brewer that comes with the option of purchasing interchangeable colors to personalize your unit. I’m really smitten with the colors which are easily interchangeable.” Kathleen San Martino, Amazon.com
“Hands down best single serve system out there. Keurig cannot even come close. Iced Coffe, Latte, Espresso, Tea, Coffee I could go on forever. I love this machine. ” Kyle, Amazon.com
In the end, I would recommend the Bosch Tassimo coffee maker to anyone looking for an easy, fast, and convenient way to make specialty beverages in their own home. The espresso quality is surprisingly good, and it can be fun to try out different flavor combinations. It is also a cool appliance to show off to friends and family. Whenever you have people over, this machine allows you to quickly and easily make your guests tasty and visually appealing beverages.
In terms of price, the Bosch Tassimo coffee maker costs about $130, which is about the going rate for single-serve coffee makers. But when you consider how much more the Tassimo can do, you realize it is perhaps a better value than other machines.
You should also be aware that the price for T DISCS can add up over time. You’re looking at a price per cup of about 50 cents. This is still far cheaper than Starbucks, but more expensive than brewing regular coffee at home.
Where to Buy the Tassimo Coffee Maker
So you’ve read all the Tassimo reviews and think you’re ready to buy this machine. Well, right now the best deal is online at Amazon. It costs $138, and they will ship it to your door for free. Plus if you’re looking to stock up on some cool T DISC flavors, they have the largest selection by far. So when you buy your Tassimo, make sure you get some T DISCS as well so you can use your machine right away.
Also, for a limited time, Tassimo is including 2 FREE packages of T Discs ($20 value) with every purchase. You just have to register your product, and they send your coupons in the mail.