Bosch Tassimo - This morning's coffee talk topic

  Normally on Coffee Talking, I stick to topics I know about.  Hey, it's just easier for me to sit here and sip my coffee and chit-chat about random topics as they come to me, right?  So this morning I got my coffee, came to the website and opened a new, empty window and what came to mind?  That yesterday, while be-bopping around the internet looking for some recipe idea's, I saw a Tassimo Coffee maker in the background of one of the food photos.  It caught my eye because, well, I'm always noticing things in the 'background' of photos, but also because it looked a little cooler than my Keurig.  Now, I love my Keurig (obviously since I've been using that brand for 7 years now).  However, you have to admit, the photo image above that I got off Amazon is pretty darn spiffy looking.

Here is their product description from the site (albeit pretty sparse and not very informative);
  • Single-serve coffee brewer brews at the touch of a button in about a minute
  • Uses T-Discs with barcode technology; beverages pour directly from T-Disc into cup
  • No measuring, no fuss, and virtually no cleanup; customizable size and strength
  • LED user interface; 67-ounce removable water tank (without water filter); 2 MAVEA water filters included
  • Measures W 8" x H 11" x D 13 1/4"; 1-year parts-and-labor warranty
From the Tassimo Direct site I see they offer 4 brewers, ranging in price from $99 - $169 and depending on the brewer, come in colors; black, white, silver and red.  

Not knowing anything about this brand other than I have always viewed it as a copy cat of the Keurig, I decided to read a little about it.  I actually got some of the best information from reading random anonymous reviews of the product.

Apparently the first maker of the machine was Braun.  And they might have rushed to get a competitor out against Keurig because apparently, the owners of the Braun version of Tassimo weren't too happy with some of the quirks. 

The original by Braun seems to have been bulky, wide and a space hog.  It also didn't have a power button on the front of the machine so you could turn it off and on easily (you had to unplug it).  Had a 'warm up' time.  Was loud.  Didn't brew a really strong cup of coffee.  Wasted a lot of 'drips' at the end of brewing cycles that you either had to wait and wait and wait for, or continually empty the waste water reservoir daily.  Filter system apparently wasn't too user friendly.  The machine felt cheap and wasn't a solid product.  Slow brew time.  Short puncture needle that resulted in splattered coffee. No cord storage. No handle on the water reservoir.  Price was high.

Now let's move on to what the owners of the Bosch version say about the current choice of Tassimo Brewers:

Newer Bosch Version:
  • It's quiet.  Some say up to 90% more quiet than it used to be.
  • It's narrower in design.  Streamlined.  Doesn't take up a lot of space.
  • Faster brewing.  It's ready to go after just a few seconds instead of waiting for a couple minutes for a 'ready' button to come on.
  • More solid, better built.  Heavier plastic and not as flimsy.
  • Power button has easy access on the front of the machine.
  • Better flavored coffee and stronger brew than the previous versions.
  • Less wasted coffee and water drips.  More in your cup and no messy drip container to empty all the time.
  • Improved filter system and a change filter indicator.
  • The puncture needle that goes into the coffee grounds is longer which doesn't cause splatters anymore.
  • Cord storage in the machine as well as storage for the cleaning disc so you never misplace it.
  • New design and no waste water cups means travel mugs fit more easily in the machine.
  • The price has come down about $20 from where it was a few years ago.

After reading about the Tassimo brewer this morning and learning about a product that until now was completely unknown to me, I have to admit it sounds pretty nice.  I like the look, I love that it sounds like it's a quiet brewer, has cord storage and a handle for filling the water reservoir, and doesn't have a long wait for the final 'drips' after brewing.  All these are functions my Keurig does not.  Considering I've had 5 Keurig's in 7 years, although I'm happy with them now and the improvements they have made, I do believe I would be interested in trying the Tassimo brewer in the future as well.  The only thing I could not find on the Tassimo site nor on Amazon was the brewing temperature. 

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