Review of the Month – Tassimo T20!

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Today I received something rather spectacular – a single serve coffee machine(SSC) from Tassimo. I have heard rumors that SSC discs costs much more than traditional ground bags, and there’s apparently a lack of choice. Are the rumors true or just simply jealousy?

Let’s start with the packaging – its all clear and informative, but trust me; Its so easy to use you wont even need to look at them. What we get is the machine, water tank, and a service/cleaning disc.

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Those who have seen my review on the Aeropress know it was annoying to clean after every use. Drip filters are pretty easy, you only need to rinse the coffee jug, and clean the filter after each use. How do we need to clean the tassimo? It’s simple. You don’t really need to – all you have to do is put the service disc and a de-scaler in every few weeks. It even indicates when it needs to be done so you don’t forget and you always know its clean.

How do we brew a coffee? Simply pull up the lid, put the T-Disc in and press the big button and because of its barcode system it will automatically make you the best brew it can. Thats it. What is in the disc? Instant coffee? Nope. it’s proper ground coffee – there are brands like Costa, Twinings, Cadbury and one of my favorites – Carte Noire.

There is so much variety, much more than the competition, and to those who say they want more flavors than what’s on offer – Experiment and make your own flavors – thats what I plan to do, so keep an eye out for my crazy tassimo experiments and see if you like them too.

Now, let’s get onto the big rumor. Disc prices. Let’s do some basic maths.

16 pack of carte noire crema T Discs = £3.80. 3.80/16= 23p per cup of coffee.

24 servings (ground Carte Noire) = £3.80. £3.80/24 = 16p per cup of coffee.

1 Crema from a coffee shop = £2.40. 2.40/1 = £2.40 per cup of coffee.

So as we can see – The tassimo T-Discs are literally over 10 times cheaper than going to a coffee shop and taste just as good but with more variety, where as the ground is 7p less per cup which is a very small price to pay for convenience. And if you wan to come into this matter you could easily counter-argue that these T-Discs are air-tight and the coffee inside wont “run out of date/taste not as good” for a year or two. I have seen people say they found discs in the cupboards they forgot about for years and they still taste just as good; my point being – people throw away ground coffee when they get bored of it or don’t drink it enough, wasting money.

Now let’s get down to the other important facor; taste. Does this taste as good as shop made coffee, ground or instant? This machine is faster than making instant coffee, so how does it fair? Thankfully, this leaps above instant coffee and some of the coffees are better than shop made coffees. I don’t know how. Perhaps the coffee fairies sprinkled some magic dust around Tassimo because I still cannot get around how nice these coffees are and they only take one minute to make.

Highly Recommended.

Cafe HAG crema decaff T-Disc review

Overall: 78% Aroma: 6 Taste: 8 PPC: 24p

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The ever so rare decaff review is here. Will this live up to the caffeinated counter-part?

Yes and no. The taste is okay at first which makes this equal to its caffein fueled sister, until; of-course the after taste kicks in. It goes from nice to a slightly “gutter” aste.

Its a shame because this could have easily of reached the 85-90% score point if it wasnt for the poor after taste.

Costa Americano T-Disc

Overall: 82% Aroma:6 Taste: 8 PPC: 24p

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This Americano literally tastes like its just come from Costa. For those who go to costa – you will know the taste quite well.

For those who don’t go to Costa – I will try to explain it. It’s what I would like to class as a “safe” coffee because it has a stadard taste but it is a nice taste, though it is lacking in character hence; safe for guests and people who dont want to try something new.

Great universal taste for most people and great for guests. Would definitely recommend, especially if your on a bit of a budget as 16 in a pack works out better than the 8 pack coffees at this price.

Colombia Decaf by Percol

Type: Ground coffee

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Overall: 72% | Taste: 7 | Aroma: 6 | Value: 8 | Packaging: 6

The aroma is okay. The taste isn’t too bad for a decaf either! Tastes similar to a lot of caffein fueled brews and even has a little character.

This has one of the most amazing lingering after tastes of all time and that alone is making me think I should score this in the 80s.

Definitely worth a go if you cannot or do not want caffein and possibly worth a go for some caffein junkies too!

Thank you for reading. – Judge Shaun.

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Hawaii Kona by Sea Island

Type: Coffee Beans

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Overall: 93% | Taste: 9 | Aroma: 8 | Value: 3 | Packaging: 9

Today I am reviewing Hawaii Kona – it sounds exotic, but how did it do?

I’ll start by saying it’s packaging is great, as are all sea island coffees. The aroma is really nice and gives a hint as to how nice this brew should taste.

The taste really is quite exotic! It has a nice sweetens to it and a huge kick of subtle character. plenty of different flavors and I think this might have made it’s way into my top 10.

I have tried hundreds of coffees in the past, and it has been extremely rare for a coffee to tick all the boxes but this one almost has.

Definitely recommend you try it!

Thank you for reading. – Judge Shaun.

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Latin America by Percol

Type: Ground coffee

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Overall: 71% | Taste: 7 | Aroma: 4 | Value: 8 | Packaging: 6

On the first sup I felt a huge kick that I initially didn’t like the taste of. But I went on to sip again and iI started to enjoy it more.

Every trim I took a sip it started to taste nicer and nicer each time. This one is a bit of an acquired taste.

At first it was dark but then it started to become sweeter with hints of chocolate and syrupy-toffee taste too. This really is a bit like an adventure.

I feel it is a very fair score and I would recommend this to anyone who wants to drink something different.

Thank you for reading. – Judge Shaun.

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Best Coffees up to March the 10th

Hello all! Today I write about all the best coffees up to March, along with some runner ups and best roasters.

Best coffees up to March: (in order of oldest to latest reviews)

Worth mentioning: (in no order)

Top 4 Roasters of March 2013: (in no order)

  • Climpson and Sons
  • Edgcumbes
  • HandsOnCoffee
  • Sea Island Coffee

Thank you all for reading, and hope you all have a nice cup of coffee!

Judge Shaun.