Sunday, August 15, 2010

Tassimo Home Brewing System by Bosch (and a Giveaway!)

We have a winner: Tracy from The Faerie Castle! Congratulations, Tracey!

I don't drink coffee.

Yet I was really excited to get to try out the Tassimo Home Brewing System by Bosch, whose primary purpose, let's be honest, is to make coffee. My reasons for such excitement are many-fold.

First, if you have an individual cup brewing system in your home and a coffee drinker comes over, you have coffee for them in, like, two minutes instead of having to brew a whole pot of coffee that will never get drunk.

Furthermore, I do have a husband who drinks coffee. He has very much enjoyed the convenience of being able to make a single cup of coffee.

Here's how it works: You turn on the machine, put one of Tassimo's T Discs into the coffee maker, make sure the water tank on the back has water in it, and push the brew button. Shortly thereafter, you have a cup of coffee. There is even a way to adjust the strength of the coffee at the end by adding more water. It looks intimidating at first, and my husband spent three days asking me to teach him how to use it, but after a four-minute tutorial, he was making coffee like he'd been a barista all his life.

At first I thought that the Tassimo didn't make big enough cups of coffee because it only filled our giant mugs half way, but Alex assures me that it is enough coffee.

Just look at the happy goofball.

You may remember up at the top when I said that I don't drink coffee. Happily, the Tassimo makes other hot drinks as well. You can also make tea and hot chocolate. There is a wide variety of coffee available, including specialty coffees, such as espressos, lattes, and cappuccinos.

Hot chocolate for my little guys.
Everyone demands a different marshmallow situation.

Another happy goofball.

All of this brings me to the T Discs. This is my sticking point. I wonder about the extra packaging required for single-serve coffee. I also wonder about the expense of having to buy T Discs for every cup of coffee. You do have to use the T Discs because the machine reads the bar code on the disc every time you make a drink.

Here's what I've come up with: If you compare the Tassimo to a regular at-home 10-cup coffee maker or a French press, it is more expensive and more environmentally wasteful to use the Tassimo. However, if you get your coffee at Starbucks every day, by using the Tassimo you will save a disposable cup and your coffee will be cheaper.

For instance, on the Tassimo website, you can buy 12 Starbucks discs for less than $11. You can also buy the discs on Amazon, at Target, and other retailers. You can also set up a subscription service to make sure you never run out of coffee. There are several models of the Tassimo available, ranging in price from $129.99 to $199.99.

The bottom line for me is that my family has really enjoyed having the Tassimo. My husband likes being able to go from wanting coffee to drinking coffee in less than five minutes, I've had house guests who appreciate that I can offer them coffee even though I don't drink it myself. My kids like the hot chocolate, and I'm sure I will use it to make tea for myself some day. It doesn't take up much counter space and it is extremely functional.

The kind people at Bosch are offering one of my readers their very own Tassimo Home Brewing System! To enter, all you have to do is leave a comment on this post by midnight Eastern time on August 30. Maybe tell me what kind of beverage you would make with the Tassimo. Be sure to leave your email address or I won't be able to get in touch with you if you win. Only one entry per person and I will choose the winner from a random drawing. Good luck!!

Honesty Clause: I received a Tassimo machine at no charge along with three samples of T Discs to try out the product.