One of the many perks of working for a coffee company is that we get to drink an unlimited supply of coffee as well as use a wide variety of coffee equipment. I recently had the opportunity of bringing home one of the Bosch Tassimo machines. Single serve machines such as these become popular during the “back to school season”. Being that it is early August, now is as good of time as any to brush up on my single serve knowledge. The Bosch Tassimo machines were quite popular over the winter. I expect this trend to continue during the 2010 back to school season.
There are three aspects of the Bosch Tassimo machines that I have found to be unique. First is just the sheer variety of the capsules, called T-Discs that can be used with these machines. You can brew coffee, espresso, cappuccinos, lattes, hot chocolate, and tea without having to change anything. There are various flavored coffees, multiple types of milk based drinks, and a variety of teas available. T-Discs produced from many popular coffee manufactures are available as well.
The second unique feature of the Bosch Tassimo machines is how the coffee is brewed. Most coffee companies have recommended brew temperatures, brew times, and brew pressures for their coffee. Each T-Disc has a bar code on it that tells the brewer the exact temperature, pressure and brew time based on manufactures recommendations. I have found the coffee produced from these brewers to very close to the coffee I would receive when I went to a coffee shop producing the same brand of coffee.
Along with the large variety of T-Discs and the bar code brewing technology, the most notable feature of the Bosch Tassimo is its ease of use and speed. You can have a cup of hot coffee in your hands within a minute of turning the machine on. All you do is activate the machine, pop in a T-Disc, hit brew and the machine does everything else within minutes.
I definitely would recommend these brewers for people that need coffee in a pinch. While beverage quality is good, I still prefer fresh espresso or coffee out of a traditional machine. All in all, I think these machines do a great job and serve the purpose of both speed and convenience.