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Braun Tassimo TA 1400 Hot Beverage System
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- Hot-beverage system brews drinks at the touch of a button in about a minute
- Patented T-Disc system with barcode technology; customizable strength settings
- Beverages pour directly from T-Disc into cup; no measuring, no fuss, and virtually no cleanup
- Measures approximately 10 by 15 by 16 inches; 2-year limited warranty
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Introducing Tassimo, a revolution in home brewing. This state-of-the-art system delivers the ultimate in hot-drink variety--coffee, tea, espresso, hot chocolate, and even authentic cappuccinos and lattes with real milk, all at the touch of a button. The Tassimo hot-beverage system brews one perfect cup at a time using Tassimo discs, called T-Discs, which contain precisely measured amounts of the ingredients for each drink. Each T-Disc contains a barcode that tells the machine the optimal brewing conditions for your drink, expertly adjusting the brewing time, amount of water, and temperature. With Tassimo, you simply insert a T-Disc, press the button, and in about a minute you can enjoy a delicious hot drink, one perfect cup at a time. You are also able to customize the strength of each beverage to your taste. And, since all the brewing takes place in the T-Disc itself, there is virtually no cleanup! A system this extraordinary deserves partners of the same caliber. Select from world-class brands Gevalia, Suchard, and Twinings to find your favorite drink. Discover the art of the perfect cup. Right on your kitchen counter.
Top Customer Reviews
I've seen some reviews that people drink more coffee with this machine. I seem to drink less, but it is of a much higher quality, and potency. I was a regular auto-drip person, making 5+ cups whenever I wanted coffee. Call me crazy, but I could rarely seem to get the same taste twice out of my auto-drip machines over the years. The Tassimo is very consistent and brews a high quality cup of whatever I've tried so far. (Cappuccinos, Latte's, Hot Chocolate, and regular Gevalia coffee)
I agree with some of the other reviewers, if you like the convenience and very high quality of having a Capp or Latte in house, then this machine is awesome.
I'd much rather have one good cappuccino, than 3 or 4 cups of regular coffee, any day.
Here in NYC, Century 21 stores (a 2 location store in Manhattan & Brooklyn, are the cheapest place to buy the discs) Best Buy, sells them, so you can buy them there in a pinch if your In-Laws are coming over, but more expensive that what you will get online. I'm not really qualified to speak about the general nuances between various brands of Tassimo discs. I will leave that up to other reviewers, I can say that the Latte's and Cappuccinos are really very, very good. I've never been a Starbuck's loyalist, so having this at home, is just as good for me.
This machine is not exactly quiet for a small NYC apartment.
Between making coffee and shredding my documents in the morning, I think my wife has reach the limit of her patience with me.
Just something to keep in mind. If you have a little bit of space, the noise is not really that bad.
I'm not sure if I've had some technical problems, but I find myself needing to "re-boot" my machine occasionally. It may or may not flash "warming/heating", and I may need to recycle the machine to get it to work properly. (meaning, turning the power button on and off one time) The other odd quirk is the "manual" light. This feature allows you to hold down the button to add some extra hot water, after the brewing is completed, if you like to dilute the coffee. My wife likes her cappuccino a bit weaker, so if I start the first half of the process, and walk away, if it finishes the espresso portion before I return, I my miss the opportunity to "manually" add some hot water.
In general I would give this very high marks, for easy to use, good quality coffee and coffee variation.
The bad news? The milk in the cappucinos and lattes tastes funny to me (the UHT milk factor). Those two drinks and the Gevalia crema have a chemically taste. The Gevalia coffee and decaf coffee are great. But I mainly bought this to make it easier to have a quick cappucino, so I am kind of disappointed.
Yes, I knew the machine was expensive. And I knew the discs were too. Do the math: 10 cappucinos is $10. But one is 1/2 the size my regular mug (i.e. it's one shot of espresso and a small amount of milk). You probably never drink a cappucino this size. So you're likely to have two. You're up to $2 now for what is essentially about a 14 oz cappucino. (They say one is 11 oz, but this is really not true; two together do not fill my 16 oz mug.) So I just saved about $1.50 over buying a Starbucks Grande, but the latter is MUCH better. More to the point, I saved myself only about 4 minutes of cappucino-making and clean-up, using my traditional espresso maker, which is awesome and cost the same as the Tassimo. If I had known how small and how so-so the Tassimo cappucinos would be, I would have stuck with that, and maybe bought a cheapo one-cup pod maker for my coffee drinking housemate. He prefers Hazelnut anyway, and Tassimo can't provide that yet.
Other comments? The noise is brief and no big deal. (You should hear my banshee of a real espresso machine frothing milk.) Cleanup is easy but like the other reviewer, I have had messy milk issues: after EVERY cappucino, there's milk around the area where the disc sits; I run the cleaning disc and there's some milk here and there. Not good.
Bottom line: the t-disc prices need to come WAY down; bring my faux-cappucino down to under $1 for 15 oz. and we'll talk. The ease of use and variety are a plus, but don't get too excited. You don't _quite_ get what you pay for.