Tassimo is a name that is fast-becoming synonymous with sophistication in Espresso machines. This coffee maker-espresso machine is easy to use and is designed for home use by people who want quick coffee, but with the high quality taste you don’t always get from traditional canned coffees and coffee makers.
The machine is fairly compact with a sleek design. The front of the machine includes the cup base for individual cup making, the on/off switch, and a cycle button that is used to start the coffee making process and proceed through it in a few steps. The top of the machine opens for placement of Tassimo “T-Discs”, which are the individual cup containers. Some discs include coffee grounds, others are flavored creamers for various drinks.
The back portion of the machine contains the filtered water system that feeds the machine and merges with the coffee during brewing/frothing. The machine comes with two filters, which each last around 6-8 weeks based on use. The unit has a monitoring system that allows you to get a clear indication when it is time to change your water filter. Adding water is easy.
Make sure when you begin to set up your Tassimo that you follow the directions to a “T”. It can be a bit confusing and time consuming, but shouldn’t take too long. The first step is to get things in place and run a few cleaning cycles to get the machine ready for use.
Making coffee begins when you turn the machine on and open the T-Disc compartment on the top. The coffee and creamer discs amazingly have barcodes that are read by the machine for optimum brewing. After you place the disc, the machine reads the code and signals it is ready when the green light comes on by the start button. After you push the button, it may take a 30-60 seconds for initial brewing. At that point, you the light moves on and you can opt to add more drink (which dilutes the strength of the coffee a bit as you add). Once you get the amount you want, you depress the button and coffee stops.
Some drinks come with creamers that are run through the machine prior to adding the coffee. This can make the entire coffee making process a bit longer (two-three minutes), but the quality of taste is worth it. Other espresso drinks are made as is, which means you would add your own creamer should you desire.
The Tassimo is fun, sleek in design so it looks great on your counter, and after initial set up and use, is fairly simple to use. The time involved in making one cup may seem a bit much, but you the quality of the drink you end up with is very much worth the wait compared to canned instant coffee.
What makes the Tassimo more fun is seleting from a growing range of coffee products (and accessories), including:
- Starbucks Verona
- Gevalia Signature Blend
- Milka Hot Chocolate
- Chai Tea Latte
Disclosure: Tassimo T45 received from company for review