Like other one-cup coffee makers, the Tassimo one-cup coffee maker uses premeasured coffee pods to brew a single cup of coffee, tea or hot cocoa. But unlike Keurig or Senseo models, which use coffee cones or pods made by third-party manufacturers like Starbucks and Diedrich, the Tassimo T65 uses proprietary T Discs, which reviewers say are more expensive. These discs use a bar code that tells the machine to adjust water volume, brew time, temperature and strength for each beverage, such as tea or cappuccino. The Tassimo, manufactured by Bosch, comes in three different styles, which differ slightly in finish and features but are mechanically the same: the Tassimo T65 , the Tassimo Suprema , available in black or red, and the regular Tassimo (*Est. $100) . However, only the Tassimo T65 and Suprema models come with a Mavea water filtration system, and the Suprema also has a manual function for more control over the resulting brew strength. If you're looking for less per-cup expense, Keurig Special Edition B60 (*Est. $150) offers an extensive variety of flavors.
We found detailed reviews of the Tassimo T65 at Popular Mechanics, where it's compared to eight other well-known coffee makers and at Wired where Matthew Lasky evaluates the unique bar code system and also critiques some of the T Discs. We also consulted TheNibble.com and SingleServeCoffee.com, which both offer further details on the Tassimo's performance. More than 100 owner-written reviews at Amazon.com were also insightful.
Popular Mechanics compares eight single-serve coffee makers, evaluating them for speed, cost and convenience. The Keurig Special Edition B60 receives high praise for being easy to clean, but editors say that unlike the Keurig, the Tassimo T65 brews faster and makes lattes and cappuccinos. However, because lattes and cappuccinos require milk T Discs, a premium serving of Tassimo coffee can cost as much as $1.37 per cup.
Review: Single-Serve Coffeemaker Showdown: 8 Brewers Put to the Test, Jeremy Repanich, April 2010
Reviewer Jay Brewer evaluates the Tassimo T65. He likes that it contains a number of upgrades from the previous Tassimo Suprema model, including an illuminated cup stand and multilingual LCD panel that delivers instructions in five languages. He says this "whisper-quiet" unit's only drawback is its steep price.
Review: Review: Tassimo T-65 Single Serve Coffee Maker -- T-Disc Brewer, Jay Brewer, Dec. 2009
Wired writer Michael S. Lasky reviews the Tassimo Suprema and likes its simple operation, easy cleanup and barcode technology. However, he's less enthusiastic about the beverage selections and complains that the expensive foil T Discs are not eco-friendly.
Review: Belly Up to the Bar Code, Michael S. Lasky, Feb. 2009
More than 100 owners contribute to an average rating of 4 stars out of 5. Owners are generally pleased with the Tassimo T65, but there are several complaints of coffee grounds ending up in the cups. A few owners also report malfunctioning machines.
Review: Bosch TAS6515UC Tassimo Single-Serve Coffee Brewer, Twilight Titanium, Contributors to Amazon.com
5. The Nibble
Editors at TheNibble.com review the Tassimo Suprema and praise its compatibility with a variety of coffee discs from different companies including, Starbucks, Gevalia, Maxwell House and Seattle's Best. Other improvements over the discontinued TAS 10 model include a water filtration system and easily refillable tank.
Review: Tassimo Coffee System, Editors of TheNibble.com, Jan. 2009