We’re taking a look at another capsule-type coffee machine today. The Bosch TAS6515GB Tassimo is a bit different to your average coffee maker though, it makes tea too!
As well as all the usual varieties of coffee that you usually find with capsule coffee machines, the Tassimo also provides a variety of different teas. Its “T Discs” are available in most supermarkets, and there are lots of different options available. Even Starbucks sell a Tassimo capsule for you to enjoy at home!
The Tassimo is chock full of unique features that you won’t find in any other coffee maker.
Each T Disc has a unique barcode printed on the front. When you place it in the machine, the barcode is automatically read, and the machine adjusts itself according to the drink you’re making. It’ll select the perfect temperature and brewing time automatically, simply by reading this barcode.
If you know how you like your tea or coffee, you can override this and manually adjust the settings too.
Thanks to its use of Flow Heater technology, there’s almost no heat up time with the Tassimo. It heats the water as it goes, which means you don’t need to wait for the kettle to boil! You’ll have your cup of tea or coffee in front of you super-fast.
The water tank is nice and big too, its 1.8 litre capacity will keep you going for plenty of time. It also has an incorporated Brita filter, to take away any nasties in the water. A nice little touch.
With auto-cleaning and descaling programs, the Tassimo promises to be nice and simple to clean and maintain too.
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Bosch TAS6515GB Tassimo Features and Specifications
- 16 different varieties of T Disc – includes teas as well as coffees
- Unique barcode reader – automatically adjusts to the drink you’re making, for the perfect temperature and brewing time
- Flow Heater technology – almost no heating up time required!
- Built-in Brita filter – gets rid of any nasties in the water
- Large 1.8 litre water tank – doesn’t need filling as often as other machines
- Automatic cleaning descaling programmes – easy to clean and maintain
- 2 year guarantee
Customer Feedback and Reviews
This popular machine seems to have been keeping its customers very happy. With 95% of customers happy overall, and 91% giving it a top review of 4 or 5 stars, the vast majority of people seemed to love it!
The first nice surprise that people got, was a £20 voucher to put towards their first purchase of T Disc capsules for the machine. You get this when you register your machine online at the Tassimo website, so make sure you do! Depending on the flavours you opt for, this voucher should get you going with anything from 40 to 80 drinks. Not bad at all!
There’s a great range of capsules to choose from, making this one of the most flexible coffee machines around. In fact, it makes a lot more besides coffee! Everything from Colombian coffee and lattes, to hot chocolate, English breakfast and Green tea. You can even find Starbucks discs for your machine.
The great thing about the T Disc capsules is that you can get them anywhere. You’ll find them in the supermarket, or if you shop online you’re bound to pick up a bargain. Unlike De’Longhi though, Bosch don’t provide free collection and recycling of your old capsules.
The machine is quick and easy to use. Slot in your capsule, position your cup and hit a button. It heats the water as it goes, and customers confirmed that it does have your drink ready very quickly. Definitely an advantage over bean to cup machines, which can be a little fiddly.
So what did people think about the coffee?
The majority of people liked it. The main attraction of the Tassimo is convenience, but most customers agreed that it was much better than instant coffee.
One thing to bear in mind, is that latte capsules use a separate capsule of UHT milk. Personally, I’m not a fan of long life milk. Unfortunately, the machine doesn’t seem to produce much of a crema on its coffee either.
There were mixed reports about the tea, although it was generally agreed that it wasn’t as good as the coffee or hot chocolate. Still, most people wanted the machine for coffee so that’s not the end of the world.
Whilst the coffee is definitely a big step up from instant, and far more convenient to make, it’s perhaps not for coffee connoisseurs.
We like the versatility of the Bosch TAS6515GB Tassimo, its ease of use, and the wide availability of its capsules. Whilst the coffee is clearly much better than instant, it seems to be a far cry from what we’d call a proper coffee. On the whole it’s a pretty good machine, but coffee lovers who want the convenience of a capsule machine might be better served by the Nespresso Pixie instead. Still, as a quiet, quick, and convenient alternative, the Tassimo is definitely worth a look.