Coffee. It makes the world go round. It fuels the staffrooms of the world. I know when our staffroom coffee machine is in for repairs, we are crankier than usual, especially having to drink “regular” percolator coffee. So when the kind folks at Dan Klores Communications contacted me about a Tassimo T20 review and giveaway, I jumped at the chance. Where better to test a coffee machine than in a staffroom?
The innovative Tassimo T20 home brewing system comes in a chic space saving design and boasts the following features:
Innovative barcode technology that delivers the perfect drink every time
A space saving design
Removable 1.5 litre water tank
Noise reduction system
Immediately ready to brew drinks
No taste transfer between drinks
Low energy consumption
Fully automatic one-button operation
Automatic cleaning and descaling program
Whether you’re in the mood for a coffee, tea, latte or hot chocolate, the custom brewing process makes a perfect cup, every time. With great brands like Starbucks®, Nabob, Maxwell House, Twinings® and Suchard, you can enjoy your favourite beverage, no matter what the occasion. You can see a full list of beverages available for the T20 here.
The Tassimo T Discs are designed to work exclusively with the Tassimo home brewing system. Each T Disc contains ground coffee, tea, chocolate or concentrated milk product, and is sealed to protect the flavours inside. Using barcode technology, the system reads every T Disc individually and adjusts the temperature, water volume and brew time. This way every coffee, tea, latte and cappuccino is made exactly the way it’s meant to be. All the brewing happens inside the T Disc’s ‘mini brewing-chamber’, using a unique inverse flow. Your drink pours directly from the T DISC into the cup so you can prepare different drinks, one after the other with no taste transfer.
Pros: Loved the ease of use factor and the speed at which it brews different drinks. There is, indeed, no taste transfer between beverages and it’s a neat little machine that does not take up much counterspace at all. Compared to purchasing similar beverages, this machine is very cost effective (the most expensive being the Chai Tea Latte at $10.99 CAD for 8 drinks. Note: these are what I consider “normal” sized drinks – 8-10 oz, so not what most people order at, say Starbucks). The hot chocolate, Nabob coffee and Chai Tea Latte got rave reviews.
Cons: The T-Discs themselves create a lot of garbage – the individual (non recyclable) portions are packaged in boxes (recyclable) that are then wrapped (not recyclable) so it’s not the most environmentally friendly. The concentrated milk product that comes with the latte drinks is sweet. And tastes a little artificial. Some people loved this, many did not. (Full disclosure here – we have a super duper De Longhi coffee maker that grinds, brews and froths milk at the touch of a button, so we are really spoiled. We mostly use skim or 2% milk in that machine so the milk product T Discs are obviously going to be a lot creamier.) A lot of people I have talked to love the taste this gives to latte-type drinks.
This is a great (and much cheaper) alternative to your morning coffee shop run and a great way to brew a single decent drink instead of making a huge pot of coffee and either leaving most of it or drinking more than you need. It’s small and quiet and I am sure if you experiment with the T Discs, you will find a favourite. The Nabob espresso with a touch of half and half cream was one of my favourites – so much better than a percolated cup but less filling than a huge latte.
The good news?
I have one Tassimo T20 to give away to one lucky reader (US and Canadian addresses only – sorry!)
How to enter?
Simply leave me a comment on this post telling me what your favourite hot beverage indulgence is and maybe you’ll be lucky enough to win a Tassimo T20 to indulge every day!
Bonus entry: Simply tweet the following message (you can even cut and paste) and leave a second comment on this post letting me know you have.
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Contest closes Saturday January 22nd at 6pm EST. I will announce the winner on Sunday January 23rd. Good luck!
Disclosure: I was provided with a Tassimo T20 at no charge in exchange for a fair and honest review. All ideas and opinions expressed are my own or those of people who reviewed the product with me. I was not paid nor compensated in any other way.