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If you like the taste of proper coffee but can't be bothered with all the hassle required to make it, then the Tassimo from Braun is probably, if you'll pardon the pun, just your cup of tea.
Tassimo is the result of a collaboration between experienced appliance manufacturer Braun and food-giant Kraft and the fact that they've worked together from the start has really paid off.
|Rather than using traditional brewing methods to produce your drinks, the Tassimo exclusively uses special pods called T-DISCS to brew your drinks. These T-DISCS each contain precise amounts of coffee, tea, chocolate or concentrated milk and have been individually designed for each of the different beverages that the Tassimo machine can produce. Each disc features a barcode that is read by the Tassimo machine when inserted and gives instructions on exactly how much water should be used and how long the drink should be brewed as well as any other variables that are needed in preparing the perfect drink.|
This rather high-tech approach to drink-making really pays dividends and during Amazon.co.uk's tests we were particularly impressed by the high quality of the drinks that the machine produces. At the time of writing there are seven drinks available in the Tassimo range including Kenco Classic Blend, Kenco Classic Blend Decaffeinated, Kenco Cappucino, Kenco Espresso, Kenco Caffé Crema, Twinings English Breakfast Tea and Suchard Hot Chocolate. Even the resident Amazon.co.uk coffee buff was pleasantly surprised, in particular with the machine's ability to churn out a potent espresso with a decent crema - something that often proves to be the stumbling point for other coffee machines (the crema is the layer of thickly effervescent foam that is found on top of a well crafted espresso).
The Tassimo machine itself is a squat little device with stylish curves and a clean modern feel to it, something that will make it look at home in pretty much any kitchen, dining room or home office. It has a good solid feel to it and a relatively compact footprint that won't take up too much valuable worktop space. Water for the drinks is provided by a 1 litre water container that sits at the rear of the machine. A nice touch is the ease with which you can fill the water container - the whole thing simply lifts off, can be filled directly from the tap and then popped back on again - meaning that there's no messing around with jugs of water required.
Operating the machine is simplicity itself. Once you have chosen which drink you want just lift the clamp above the brewing mechanism, insert the appropriate T-DISC and close the machine up again. Conveniently T-DISCs only fit in the machine one way round, so even the most ham-fisted of individuals shouldn't experience too many problems. After a brief pause (while the machine reads a barcode on the T-DISC to work out how your drink needs brewing) the Auto light pops on and you can operate the Tassimo's single control - an unmistakably large start/stop button - to dispense your drink.
If you want to make other drinks straight away then the Tassimo copes well with this too. All that is required is to pop in another T-DISC and follow the process straight through again, although if you're making a large round you may experience a pause after the second or third cup while the Tassimo machine heats additional water to cope with the demand. The fact that all brewing happens inside the T-DISCs is a real boon at this point as it means that flavours aren't transferred when you switch between different drinks.
Made good coffee but capsules were too expensive to carry on using the machine so it went to a charity shop.Published 5 months ago by Poppy
will never order anything from cash converters again
the machine did not work put it together but it would not read the bar codes
The product is well worth the money. Makes a perfect drink every time. I personally love the hot chocolate, amazing.Published on 26 Jun. 2013 by D Simpson
i havent recieved the item so disgusting service,it was due on the 22nd of march still not arrived disgusting! and noone is helping me will not be using this againPublished on 4 April 2013 by angela morris
I purchased three of these machines for home, office and holiday home. They produce a great cup of coffee, and there are various varieties available, but Tassimo have discontinued... Read morePublished on 31 Aug. 2012 by CMB
It makes great tasting hot drinks at a touch of a button. The drinks are always hot which was one of my concerns when i was thinking of buying. Read morePublished on 31 Mar. 2012 by Yoshi
We received this machine one week after ordering it. There were some parts missing and I had to go and purchase them from another supplier, We reported it to Amazon , but got no... Read morePublished on 5 Dec. 2009 by Stephen O'neill
A very good coffee machine for the money even a disc for cleaning its inside and easy to clean the outside.Published on 10 Sept. 2009 by bogsdolics