When winter arrives, there is absolutely nothing I love more than sipping a hot drink on a cold day. Whether it’s my piping-hot coffee first thing in the morning, a satisfying cup of hot chocolate after some time outdoors with my son or a soothing cup of tea right before bed, a warm drink is just the perfect compliment to winter weather. I enjoy the basic drinks, but spoiling myself with a specialty drink makes a day seem even more special. After all, the price tag that comes along with a scrumptious cappuccino or an expertly prepared hot chocolate is enough to ensure that fancy drinks are saved for special occasions.
But those days are in the past since I received the TASSIMO T20 Home Brewing System to review. This phenomenal machine prepares single servings of hot beverages ranging from the standard cup of coffee to a fancy cappuccino or latte. I have always wanted to see why so many people raved about the TASSIMO system, so I couldn’t wait to get to work testing it out!
I received the TASSIMO T20 in white, a yellow color accessory kit and two packages of T DISCs to review. The white T20 brewer has a fun and unique extra feature incorporated into its design, since the look of the brewer can be quickly and easily interchanged with the help of a separately sold color accessory kit that fits into the unit. Now, honestly, bright yellow is not a color that looks especially great in my kitchen, but I was so enraptured by the concept of customizing my brewer that I insisted on putting on the yellow accessory kit at once and it remains on the brewer even now. It may clash with our kitchen, but the burst of yellow is so much fun!
The first step before using the brewer was to rinse and fill the reservoir tank. I loved that the tank could be easily removed from the back of the unit and just as easily set back into place without any leaks or drips. Once the tank was back in place, I removed the small green service disc from the back of the brewer and inserted it into the T DISC holder. According to the instructions, I needed to run a cleaning cycle with the service disc in place five times before using the TASSIMO for beverages.
At first, I couldn’t figure out why the machine wasn’t starting. Despite repeatedly pressing the button, nothing was happening. At one point, my husband said, “Maybe we need to take this bar code off the disc,” but thanks to the TASSIMO commercials I knew enough about the system to scream, “No! That’s how the machine knows what disc is in there!” before he could take action.
After a few tries, we figured out that the reason the machine wasn’t starting was because we had inserted the service disc before the TASSIMO was plugged in and turned on. Once we opened and reinserted the service disc with the brewer turned on, it started perfectly.
After the five cycles had run through, I put the service disc back into its convenient slot in the back of the unit and grabbed the T DISCs I needed to make a Starbucks Single Serve Cappuccino. The process uses two T DISCs, one of cappuccino milk and one of Starbucks espresso. I loved the way that the machine was able to recognize the bar codes and make the appropriate amounts of beverage at the right temperatures for a perfect cappuccino. Even the milk creamer came out deliciously frothy and steaming, just like a restaurant beverage!
The cappuccinos were absolutely mouth-watering and my husband and I polished off the entire box in less than a week. We also tried the TASSIMO Suchard Hot Chocolate, which was creamy and delicious and an instant favorite with our son. I noticed that the temperature of the hot chocolate was noticeably lower than that of the coffee, and was amazed anew at how the bar code system of the TASSIMO could produce such perfect beverages. A TASSIMO hot chocolate is ready to be carefully sipped as soon as it is brewed, and even my sensitive son only has to wait a minute or so before he can drink it without finding it too hot. Compared to the ten minutes he usually has to wait, he is thrilled by the TASSIMO difference!
We also received the TASSIMO Gevalia Signature Blend Coffee T DISCs, and I really appreciated that I could brew up a single cup of coffee so easily in the afternoons. In the morning, my husband and I both drink coffee and both have more than one cup, so our old traditional coffee maker works fine. But before receiving the TASSIMO T20 Home Brewing System, I often faced an afternoon dilemma when I wanted a cup of coffee, because I knew that I had to choose between making too much coffee and wasting half of the pot, or just going without. No longer do I have to make that choice, and I am so happy to finally be able to enjoy a cup of great coffee in the afternoon!
I am absolutely in love with my TASSIMO T20 Home Brewing System and can’t wait to try out some of the other delicious-sounding T DISCs available for the machine. The Twinings Chai Tea Latte sounds especially delicious since I’m a huge chai tea fan, and I’ll be picking up a package before Christmas for sure! The TASSIMO T20 Home Brewing System retails for about $129 and is a sure-to-please Christmas gift if you’re looking for one final present to put under the tree. For scrumptious restaurant-quality beverages in the comfort of your own home, check out the TASSIMO T20 Home Brewing System today!
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