I have tried a few different machines, various instant coffees, and plunger cafetières and found the Tassimo to work best for me.
I have a Tassimo coffee maker, and I thought I'd write a little about it for the people that are wondering whether or not to make the jump from instant coffee to an entry-level machine that makes the coffee for you. I have tried a few different machines, various instant coffees, and plunger cafetières while researching, and here are my thoughts on them. I'm not a coffee expert, but I am keen to try new foods and drinks and have been searching for a half-decent coffee.
Instant Coffee: Terrible Flavor
First of all, instant coffee. This is what I used to drink only when I needed a pick-me-up. I didn't particularly like the taste, but I also didn't know any different. I used to have it with milk and sugar. The bad old days.
Then one day, I was visiting someone's house to buy something from them, and they offered me some coffee. I accepted, and my mind was blown as I tried my first brewed coffee. It sounds daft, but I didn't realize that coffee could actually taste good. The journey began!
Plunger-Style Cafetières: Splashed Me With Boiling Hot Coffee
I started off with a plunger-style cafetière. These are used with pre-roasted, ground coffee. They do the trick, and the coffee can taste good—but the problem I found with these is two-fold. The first is that you have to let the coffee brew, which isn't a problem. But when you want a quick cup first thing in the morning after shuffling out of bed and down the stairs, you don't really want to be waiting 5 minutes.
They also require some cleaning after use, although this isn't a major issue. A bigger issue is that you have to be careful when pushing the plunger down. I tried a couple of different types of cafetières only to find that if you push the plunger down too hard, then the filter part can suddenly slip down the glass and the boiling hot coffee spurts everywhere. After drenching my arm with boiling water for the umpteenth time, I moved on.
Traditional Coffee-Grinding Machine: Too Time Consuming
The next one was a traditional coffee grinding machine, which used filters and needed beans in the top. The coffee from this tasted good, but the problem here is that I found it a massive, massive pain in the nether regions to go through the filling process in the first place. Then as soon as I've brewed a jug of coffee, I'd have to clean it all out again. This meant that a cup of coffee took about 10 minutes of messing about. I was going to give this machine away, but I binned it instead.
Tassimo: Just Right
Then I found the Tassimo machine! I am not going to say that all of my dreams came true or anything, but this thing does the trick. It uses capsules that you can buy online or from the supermarket. I found that buying them online does save a bit, but not that much. And I am lazy, so I just fill up when I am in the supermarket.
They are very simple to use, which is a bonus. All you do is fill the reservoir at the back with water, put a cup under the nozzle, put a capsule in the top, and press the green button. About 20 seconds later, you have a cup of coffee. The reservoir holds enough water for quite a few cups.
The capsules have a bar code on them that tells the machine how much water to pump through it, so you don't have to do anything else. Although, you do get the option to add a bit more hot water if you want a bit more.
There are various capsules available, as the machine will do normal coffee, espresso, lattes, etc. It will also make hot chocolate. You can get holders for the discs if you want to have them on display as well. These should be free with the machine in my opinion, but they're not. They look alright, if you're into coffee capsules as a display piece in your kitchen.
Quick, Easy, and Low Maintenance
Nowadays, I don't bother with sugar or milk. I just drink my coffee black, which is how James Bond takes his coffee of course.
The coffee from the Tassimo machine tastes good, at least as good as coffee that you can buy on the high street at most coffee shops anyway. I know there are some extremely expensive coffee machines out there that can cost as much as a used car. The coffee from one of those would probably blow my mind, but the coffee from the Tassimo tastes nice, and it is extremely convenient.
Another good thing as far as I'm concerned is that the Tassimo machine takes very little cleaning. All you have to do is put in the cleaning disc once in a while and press the green button. This then pumps boiling water through the system to clean it out. That's it!
I'm in the UK, and the Tassimo coffee maker costs about £100. It is well worth it in my opinion and makes a good gift as well. The capsules work out to cost about 20p per cup, which is fine as far as I'm concerned. It's not as cheap as drinking instant coffee, but the taste and texture of the drink is way better. In fact, I can't drink instant coffee any more, as I'm now used to the taste of proper coffee and find instant pretty disgusting nowadays.
Treat yourself to a nice drink in the morning instead. It might make facing the day ahead at work a little nicer!
I hope this small writeup helps out the people that are thinking about buying one of these devices and don't know what they're like.
Thanks for reading, and if you have any comments, please leave them below.
Walter Shillington from Windsor, Nova Scotia, Canada on August 23, 2020:
I love my Tassimo machine. Unfortunately, when it eventually dies, I will have to switch to something else. These machines are no longer available in Canada.
ChefStar007 on June 11, 2020:
Sandy - there are pods that come with milk - actual pasteurized milk made for staying stable on the shelf.
Sandy on June 11, 2020:
Might sound like a silly question But when u but the coffe pods does it come with the milk or do I need to buy milk separately
Joan simmons on June 01, 2020:
I bought 2 tassimos 2 years ago they both broke 11 months later . We got replacement but now my replacement has gone 11 months after again. Disgusting and they not answering my messages
Maria on June 26, 2019:
Have you been able to find these new? My beloved Tassimo of 11 years kicked the bucket and I can’t seem to find a retailer that has them!
Joe Lawrence on June 01, 2019:
My wife and I have a tassimo coffee maker. We have had the machine for about eight years and love the delicious coffee that we make...everything from latte to cappuccino...we even came up with a few specialty drinks that we enjoy when we have guests over to our home. But, recently we have that Tassimo is phasing out the pods. We would buy the pods from Bad, Bath and Beyond and through the internet. Now, the pods have become unavailable. NOW WHAT! Do we switch to the other guy (K-Cups)? I can't imagine!! Help us out!!!
Russell on May 26, 2019:
We have had our Tassimo machine now for about six years replacing it once for the best one. However I drink Costa Cappuccino and the wife has Cadbury’s Chocolate and over The past couple of weeks we have noticed a substantial indifference to the quantity of powder that is supplied to the pods. This can only be rectified by using double pods? i.e. twice the price. Why can’t Tassimo produce two different pod sizes to suit different tastes !
Kevin on March 20, 2019:
I love my tasimo machine. What I like about it, is nicely compacted,and I can take it with me when I travel. I like it when I buy a caramel latte it comes with a creamer that you can put in the same slot as the latte. The chi tea has a nice flavor. It is a very nicely designed machine for those who don't have a lot of space. And is perfect for the college dorm. Its very easy to clean. The fact that it has a filter for those who use tap water. I use distilled water,as it leaves no water deposits and makes the filter last longer. Its not a well known brand to a lot of people. So people prefer to buy from a popular maker. What I don't like about the other brands is the milk is separate and you do have to keep it clean,and what you don't use goes back in the fridge. With the tasimo machine it comes with milk capsules to the type of coffee you get,and it does not have to be refrigerated.and it tastes just as good as using milk. It can also make cappuccino,and froths your milk all in one. The reason I got one was its size and easy to use.
Mik on March 08, 2019:
So how is this different fron a kcup pods still very wasteful cant use your own custom ground coffee no thanks at least i can use my universal kcup adapter. Machine might be good but expensive
Breaj on December 20, 2018:
I've had my Tassimo for over 4 years and enjoy it. The supermarkets in PA stop selling the T-discs. I now purchase them from Bed Bath and Beyond using my 20% coupon or order via Amazon.
Anne on November 05, 2018:
What is the problem with the milk pods they keep exploding in my machine
Rachel on December 27, 2017:
Hi, does the tassimo make normal coffee...i.e. nescafé? Thanks
Ruth on January 05, 2017:
Thanks very helpful
Ejh on December 03, 2016:
Very helpful, thank you
Rain Defence (author) from UK on October 10, 2012:
It's not as good as some coffee I've tasted from some of the top end machines. But it's a good approximation, especially as it cost a fraction of what they do. The Tassimo is a good starters coffee machine I reckon, to see if you really like coffee before powering up for one of the big units.
dommcg on October 10, 2012:
That looks like a good machine, I've been looking for one myself. How does it compare to real ground coffee?