How to choose the best single serve coffee maker?

How to choose the best single serve coffee maker?

If you are on the lookout for instant caffeinated gratification without any mess, then the single serve coffee maker is the ideal choice. The following factors should be considered in order to be happy with your purchase.

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The Origin and Evolution of Coffee

The Origin and Evolution of Coffee

Your cup of coffee is brewed from roasted and ground beans that grow on coffee plants. The coffee plant is grown in approximately 70 countries around the world and there are many hybrids that are usually unique to the geographic location they are grown, however it is basically only 2 varieties that are commercially used today. Arabica beans account for 80% and Robusta accounts for 20%. The plant grows best in sub-tropic climates, and while a plant can grow to 30 feet tall if left untended, growers crop the bush to keep it to a harvestable size of generally no more than 12 feet tall. The bean is actually the pit or seed of the coffee fruit. Just like oranges or cherries, coffee fruit ripens over time and farmers pick the ones that are ready for processing. The fruit is then shipped to various plants where they are processed, have the bean extracted, roasted, often ground and then shipped to the supermarket.

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Tassimo Single Serve Coffee Maker

Tassimo Single Serve Coffee Maker

Tassimo single serve coffee maker came into the market a little later than its competitors. Introduced first in France in 2004, it soon spread to numerous countries throughout Europe and into North America and Australia as well. Kraft Inc. is the parent company and Braun made pretty much all of the Tassimo coffee brewers until 2008. Bosch now produces the Tassimo single serve coffee maker. While not as popular as Keurig (yet), Tassimo has some advantages that we will get to.

One area where Tassimo falls short of its competition is the variety of beverage available. Ten brands including Nabob, Twinings of London, Carte Noir and Maxwell House make the 25 or so available T-Discs. Keurig has 248 beverages available on their website, and Coffee Pods are available in even more varieties!

The main advantage Tassimo has however is the T-Disc itself; it has a barcode that tells the coffee machine exactly how to make the beverage. From amount of water, temperature, brew time and more, you can be sure you get an excellent quality drink every time. Furthermore, the T-Disc contains measured amounts of all ingredients needed like quality coffee, hot chocolate and even concentrated milk product. That’s right! Tassimo gives you the ability to also make milk based drinks! The beverages possible are:

• Many different blends of coffee from dark roast to mild, including decaffeinated
• French roast, French vanilla, Swiss hazelnut and Caffe Crema by various brands
• Tea from Twinings like Earl Grey and Chai Tea Latte
• Two varieties of hot chocolate (try a real milk creamer T-Disc to make it super creamy or an espresso T-Disc and get Mocha!)
• Quite a few cappuccino beverages, some of which are decaf and/or skinny (low fat)
• Latte’s like Gevalia Caramel Latte Macchiato and other regular or caramel lattes
• A surprising selection of espresso, rich crema included!
• A delicious sweet and creamy iced coffee by Gevalia

Of course like all Tassimo single serve coffee maker, you can make drink after drink with no taste transfer at all. An added benefit to Tassimo brewers is the ability to take manual control of the system to customize drinks making them stronger or weaker as you desire.

There are lots of models available to purchase, but for regular households there are basically 3 models you’d choose from. The Tassimo Intermediate (commonly referred to as T20 Home Brewing System), the Tassimo Suprema (T45) and the Tassimo LCD Premium (T65). As you’d expect they have certain similarities but differences between the features are present.

TassimoT20 (Intermediate) Home Brewing System

The T20 Tassimo single serve coffee maker is a fantastic entry point into the world of single cup brewers. It’s inexpensive and can be found for under 100 dollars. As with most brewing systems it also comes with the obligatory sample pack. The T20 will accept all T-Discs so if you want to start somewhere…well you could much worse than starting here!

Benefits of the Tassimo T20 Intermediate:

• You can adjust the cup stand in order to use various cup sizes
• Most of the movable parts are dishwasher safe to make cleaning even easier
• Use the manual function to customize beverage strength and taste
• Flow-through water heater for faster brewing
• 50oz water reservoir
• A light-weight 5.6lbs empty

Drawbacks of the Tassimo T20 Intermediate:

• No clock feature
• No auto-on or auto-off
• No water filter like higher models have
• Slightly smaller water reservoir than upscale models
• Wont work well in altitudes over 6500 feet

Despite Keurig coffee maker having a much larger selection of brands and varieties of coffee, if I had to choose a starter machine I think I’d pick up one of Tassimo’s T20 single serve coffee maker. I appreciate the fact they make milk based beverages, and while they no longer have Starbucks support I am confident in the quality of T-Disc brands. Want to know more about Tassimo T20? Visit Tassimo Single Serve Coffee Maker Reviews for more info or click here for prices and T-Discs!

Tassimo T45 (Suprema) Home Brewing System

The Suprema is by all means an upgrade over the Tassimo T20, even though by default there is no difference in the quality of beverage they produce. For the extra 40 dollars (the T45 retails for about 140 dollars) the differences are generally cosmetic. There are some functional differences such as a Mavea Maxtra water filter.

Benefits of the Tassimo T45 Suprema:

• Adjustable cup stand just like the T20
• Again the movable parts are safe to put in the dishwasher
• Ability to customize the strength of the beverage with the manual override button
• Available in different color options to match your décor
• Chrome finished details (buttons, beverage outlet etc)
• Removable 61oz water tank including LCD filter monitor
• About 6.5 lbs empty

Drawbacks of the Tassimo T45 Suprema:

• Many consumers report the lifespan seems short at about 2 years
• The extra 40 dollars on the price tag does not get you much
• Still no clock or programmable features
• Not suitable for altitudes over 6500 feet just like the T20

The extra 40 dollars for this model could be spent on more T-Discs for the T20. While the Suprema is a popular model and of course makes a very satisfying beverage, it also looks fantastic on your counter. For more information provided by consumers on these single serve coffee maker head over to the Tassimo Reviews page.

Tassimo T65 (Premium) Home Brewing System

As the name of this model suggests it is the premium offering by Tassimo. The cost is usually in the 170 dollar area, and its loaded with extra features the other models don’t have. Do you need those features? Well maybe not, however as with all upgrades you pay for the aesthetics as well. Rather than rehash all of the benefits (since the T65 has all of the benefits of the other units) the list will just have the differences.

Benefits of the Tassimo T65 Premium:

• Pleasing Twilight Titanium premium metallic brewer color
• Automatic one button operation
• LED cup stand light
• Multilingual LCD display that walks you through making your beverage
• Still very light at only 6.8 lbs
• This model DOES function fine at higher than 6500 feet altitudes

Drawbacks of the Tassimo T65 Premium:

• A little slower and noisier than you’d expect from a premium maker
The Tassimo T65 Premium is an excellent model. Stylish, modern and not bulky at all, it can definitely enhance your kitchen or office or wherever you may place it. The quality of beverage produced is exactly what you’d expect from Tassimo single serve coffee maker. Of course you can read for yourself whether others like you find the T65 to be worth the money.

Summary of Tassimo Single Serve Coffee Maker

The most important factor in choosing what brand or model of coffee maker you want is obviously the quality of the drink it provides. In that regard, Tassimo and their T-Discs are definitely and exceptional product. The taste profile of nearly all of the beverages T-Discs produce compares favorably to what you would receive in a high profile coffee shop like Starbucks. While the variety of offerings is fairly small you would still be happy with your purchase of any Tassimo single serve coffee maker.

Keurig Single Serve Coffee Maker Reviews

Keurig B40 Reviews:

The Keurig B40 Elite has an average rating of 4.0 out of 5 stars across all the major consumer sites that provide a rating system. Combined, the sample size is nearly 1300 reviews, with about 850 five star ratings! This tells us that indeed, the Keurig B40 single serve coffee maker is a great model. So, what are people saying?

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Keurig Single Serve Coffee Maker

Keurig may not have been the first company to market single serve coffee makers (that distinction belongs to Nespresso), but they now control the largest market share. Founded in 1992 and named Keurig (which in the Dutch language means “excellence”) the company first introduced their Keurig single serve coffee makers in 1998. Green Mountain Coffee has an interest in Keurig, but the main reasons they enjoy such popularity is the array of different models available to consumers and the extremely vast amount of K-Cups on the market.

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