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Tassimo Espresso Machines



Tassimo espresso machines are quickly becoming some of the most popular espresso makers on the market today. You may have seen the commercials on TV recently; I'll admit that the commercials looked pretty cool and made me want to run out and buy one of these little machines...but how good are they really?


The Company


Bosch is the company that makes the Tassimo. Bosch is also known for it's Benvenuto and Barino lines of espresso machines. I've discussed them in detail in the Bosch section of the site (check out the link on the right hand menu).


It's true that Bosch has never really impressed me with their regular line of espresso makers, I'd go so far as to recommend you stay away from them completely; but the Tassimo may be different.


Tassimo Espresso Machines


Tassimo Espresso MachineSo what's the scoop on these strange looking machines? Well, they aren't really espresso machines, but more like mini-coffee centers. You can make coffee, tea, espresso drinks like cappuccino's and latte's etc.


They use something called Tassimo Discs (T-Discs) instead of coffee beans - and that feature really appeals to people because they're easy to use, cleaner to handle, and save you all the aggravation of grinding your own beans.


The Tassimo basically comes in several base models:

  • Tassimo T20 (white, black) $129
  • Tassimo Home Brewing System $129
  • Tassimo Suprema (red, black) $169
  • Tassimo LCD Premium T65 $199


Adding to the confusion, they seem to offer similar models under different numbers, like the TAS6515UC and the TAS1000UC. These all seem to vary in prices between $129 and $200 depending on the model. To tell you the truth, I can't really seem to figure out the difference between any of them. Put the disc in, press the button, coffee comes out. *shrugs* Maybe they have different sized water tanks or something.


The one downside to these types of machines is that you are stuck buying their special cartridges, in this case T-Discs, forever. If you don't like the flavor of coffee in those t-discs, you're flat out of luck. Plus if they decide to discontinue the flavor you like, or jack up the prices in the future, there's absolutely nothing you can do.


But unlike many similar pod or capsule or disc machines, Tassimo has partnered with other companies to produce t-discs. So you can purchase Starbucks discs and Gevalia discs as well as others. 16 discs usually cost around $20 (which is a 2-pack of 8-disc per pack) making them not too expensive compared to buying loose beans.


Tassimo
But if you aren't picky about coffee flavors and things like that, and are simply looking for a compact, inexpensive machine that will quickly brew up a nice cup of espresso or coffee or even tea, then the Tassimo is probably right up your alley. You really can't beat the price, and customers are certainly raving about these little guys.


To give you an example, the $169 version has 191 reviews at amazon.com (a regular espresso machine might have 20 reviews). And 126 of those reviews are 5 out of 5 stars, with another 27 being four out of five stars. That's a HUGE vote of confidence and would certainly make me feel confident in shelling out $170 bucks to give the thing a try.


The 20 or so 1-2 star reviews complain that the machine breaks easily and that customer support is horrible. To get around this I suggest you purchase from our links below. We ship through Amazon.com and you know their support is 100% and that they will refund your purchase if things go wrong.


What's the bottom line? If you're a true espresso connoisseur (an espresso snob like me) you probably won't want anything to do with these machines. If, on the other hand, you're primarily interested in brewing up a quick and easy cup of coffee or espresso without the hassles that regular espresso machines can come with, then the Tassimo is probably right up your alley. Check the reviews below to decide which Tassimo is right for you and to get special deals and discounts.








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