Tassimo single-serve coffee maker came into the market a little later than its competitors. Introduced first in France in 2004, it soon spread to numerous countries throughout Europe, North America, and Australia. Kraft Inc. is the parent company, and Braun made pretty much all of the Tassimo coffee brewers until 2008. Bosch now produces the Tassimo single-serve coffee maker. While not as popular as Keurig (yet), Tassimo has some advantages that we will get to.
One area where Tassimo falls short of its competition is the variety of beverages available. Ten brands, including Nabob, Twinings of London, Carte Noir, and Maxwell House, make the 25 or so open T-Discs. Keurig has 248 beverages available on its website, and Coffee Pods are available in even more varieties!
However, the main advantage Tassimo has is the T-Disc itself; it has a barcode that tells the coffee machine exactly how to make the beverage. From the amount of water, temperature, brew time, and more, you can be sure you get an excellent quality drink every time. Furthermore, the T-Disc contains measured amounts of all ingredients needed, like quality coffee, hot chocolate, and even concentrated milk product. That’s right! Tassimo gives you the ability also to make milk-based drinks!
The beverages possible are:
• Many different blends of coffee from dark roast to mild, including decaffeinated
• French roast, French vanilla, Swiss hazelnut, and Caffe Crema by various brands
• Tea from Twinings like Earl Grey and Chai Tea Latte
• Two varieties of hot chocolate (try a real milk creamer T-Disc to make it super creamy or an espresso T-Disc and get Mocha!)
• Quite a few cappuccino beverages, some of which are decaf and skinny (low fat)
• Lattes like Gevalia Caramel Latte Macchiato and other regular or caramel lattes
• an incredible selection of espresso, rich crema included!
• A deliciously sweet and creamy iced coffee by Gevalia
Of course, like all Tassimo single-serve coffee maker, you can make a drink after drink with no taste transfer at all. An added benefit to Tassimo brewers is taking manual control of the system to customize drinks, making them stronger or weaker as you desire.
There are many models available to purchase, but 3 models you’d choose from for regular households. The Tassimo Intermediate (commonly referred to as T20 Home Brewing System), the Tassimo Suprema (T45), and the Tassimo LCD Premium (T65). As you’d expect, they have certain similarities, but differences between the features are present.
TassimoT20 (Intermediate) Home Brewing System
The T20 Tassimo single-serve coffee maker is a fantastic entry point into the world of single-cup brewers. It’s inexpensive and can be found for under 100 dollars. As with most brewing systems, it also comes with the obligatory sample pack. The T20 will accept all T-Discs, so if you want to start somewhere…well, you could much worse than starting here!
Benefits of the Tassimo T20 Intermediate:
• You can adjust the cup stand to use various cup sizes
• Most of the movable parts are dishwasher safe to make cleaning even easier
• Use the manual function to customize beverage strength and taste
• Flow-through water heater for faster brewing
• 50oz water reservoir
• A light-weight 5.6lbs empty
Drawbacks of the Tassimo T20 Intermediate:
• No clock feature
• No auto-on or auto-off
• No water filter like higher models have
• Slightly smaller water reservoir than upscale models
• won’t work well in altitudes over 6500 feet
Despite Keurig coffee maker having a much more extensive selection of brands and varieties of coffee, if I had to choose a starter machine, I think I’d pick up one of Tassimo’s T20 single-serve coffee maker. I appreciate the fact they make milk-based beverages, and while they no longer have Starbucks support, I am confident in the quality of T-Disc brands. Want to know more about Tassimo T20? Visit Tassimo Single Serve Coffee Maker Reviews for more info or click here for prices and T-Discs!
Tassimo T45 (Suprema) Home Brewing System
The Suprema is, by all means, an upgrade over the Tassimo T20, even though, by default, there is no difference in the quality of the beverage they produce. The differences are generally cosmetic for the extra 40 dollars (the T45 retails for about 140 dollars). There are some functional differences, such as a Mavea Maxtra water filter.
Benefits of the Tassimo T45 Suprema:
• Adjustable cup stand just like the T20
• Again, the movable parts are safe to put in the dishwasher
• Ability to customize the strength of the beverage with the manual override button
• Available in different color options to match your décor
• Chrome finished details (controls, beverage outlet, etc.)
• Removable 61oz water tank including an LCD filter monitor
• About 6.5 lbs empty
Drawbacks of the Tassimo T45 Suprema:
• Many consumers report the lifespan seems short at about two years
• The extra 40 dollars on the price tag does not get you much
• Still no clock or programmable features
• Not suitable for altitudes over 6500 feet just like the T20
The extra 40 dollars for this model could be spent on more T-Discs for the T20. While the Suprema is a popular model and, of course, makes a very satisfying beverage, it also looks fantastic on your counter. For more information provided by consumers on these single-serve coffee makers, head over to the Tassimo Reviews page.
Tassimo T65 (Premium) Home Brewing System
As the name of this model suggests, it is the premium offering by Tassimo. The cost is usually in the 170 dollar area, and it’s loaded with extra features the other models don’t have. Do you need those features? Well, maybe not; however, as with all upgrades, you pay for the aesthetics as well. Rather than rehash all of the benefits (since the T65 has all of the other units), the list will differ.
Benefits of the Tassimo T65 Premium:
• Pleasing Twilight Titanium premium metallic brewer color
• Automatic one-button operation
• LED cup stand light
• Multilingual LCD that walks you through making your beverage
• Still very light at only 6.8 lbs
• This model DOES function fine at higher than 6500 feet altitudes
Drawbacks of the Tassimo T65 Premium:
• A little slower and noisier than you’d expect from a premium maker
The Tassimo T65 Premium is an excellent model. Stylish, modern, and not bulky at all, it can enhance your kitchen or office or wherever you may place it. The quality of beverage produced is exactly what you’d expect from Tassimo single-serve coffee maker. Of course, you can read for yourself whether others like you find the T65 to be worth the money.
Summary of Tassimo Single Serve Coffee Maker
The most crucial factor in choosing what brand or model of coffee maker you want is the quality of the drink it provides. In that regard, Tassimo and its T-Discs are an exceptional product. The taste profile of nearly all of the beverages T-Discs produce compares favorably to what you would receive in a high profile coffee shop like Starbucks. While the variety of offerings is relatively small, you would still be happy with your purchase of any Tassimo single-serve coffee maker.