Tassimo

Thursday 28th April, 2005
My girlfriend showed me a magazine advert yesterday, I believe it was in the free Tesco magazine.

It advertised a new coffee machine with the name of Tassimo. She's hinted at getting a coffee machine before but, with me not drinking coffee, it seemed a bit of a waste. We'd seen my mate Kingy's Senseo machine before but it would be redundant in my eyes.

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So in comes Tassimo which makes frothy cappucino, ground coffee and espresso but also goes onto TEA & HOT CHOCOLATE. We have a winner thought Ben and I did a bit of research.

One hour later, due to the wonders of late night shopping, it was in my house being unpacked. We'd bought all the varieties of T-DISC available. A few quick cleaning cycles and off we go.

Well, I've yet to have a real coffee conniseur try it, but she likes it and I can not only whip up a quick Suchard hot chocolate (which is nice but seems to have a strange chemical after-taste) but also make her a tea/coffee with almost no effort at all. The water resevoir is large, holding a litre of so of water which will make many a cup.

The main dissappointment is it makes cup size drinks, not mug size. In a large UK sized mug, this looks a bit pitiful. But 2 T-DISCS later and you're sorted. There is an option to manually add hot water to taste anyway so you can top up if you're happy to dilute a little.

The volume of drink is actually varied electronically. There's a barcode on each T-DISC instructs the machine how much water to use, what temperature etc. The tea seems to produce the most output which, once the milk is added, pretty much fills a mug. The capuccino, even with frothy milk, is only cup sized. Still, it's quick and easy and loads better than instant coffee.

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