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This review is from: Bosch TAS2002GB Tassimo T20 Hot Beverage Machine, Gloss Black (Kitchen & Home)
I like my coffee. I've spent too long drinking the ground stuff to drink instant. With this in mind, a coffee maker seemed to be the next obvious kitchen accessory.
Ranging from about a tenner to a grand, the range is bewildering. Even once you've narrowed down your budget, there are hundreds of variants to choose from. And amongst these, two competing disk based models: Senseo and Tassimo. Having done a bit of online research, the decision was obviously going to be another Betamax or VHS gamble (or Blu Ray and HD DVD if you're too young to remember them)...
I opted for this Bosch mainly because the majority of reviews were fairly positive. And it was on special offer at the time of purchase. I'm easily influenced by a special offer!
And I have to admit, I was pleasantly surprised. The Costa range of Americano and Capuccinos are extremely good. I'd say the Capuccino could give a more expensive 'proper' coffee maker a good run for its money. And once you've used the machine once or twice, you'll find it 2nd nature to use.
Gripes? Some of the non-coffee drinks aren't great. I had high hopes for the hot chocolate but was sorely disappointed with the artificial taste from both varieties tested. And the disks are expensive! About £4-£5 for a pack of 16 drinks (the Costa Americanos) or the same for a paltry 8 Costa Capuccinos. Compared to coffee shop prices, this isn't bad. But compared to drinking ground coffee, it's expensive. And the disks are in no hurry to save the planet - they're binned once used. So, if you're concerned about the environmental impact, probably best to look elsewhere (I didn't see anything in the instructions to indicate the disks can be recycled).
Like a luxury gas guzzling car, it's a great machine that can produce some great results. But you'll need to be prepared to put up with the high running costs.
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Initial post: 13 Jan 2014 18:33:21 GMT
Recycle here http://www.terracycle.co.uk/en-UK/brigade
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