Tassimo Brewer vs. Keurig Brewing System

Which Is the Better Single-Cup Coffee Machine?

If you found this page, then chances are high that you already know what the Tassimo and Keurig brewing systems are, but in case you don't, both are single-serve coffee brewing machines that use small packages or capsules of coffee to make your drink. They are very similar, but they also have defining differences which you might not know about until after you've made your purchase—in other words, too late.

For those of you who want research this purchase ahead of time, I am going to go over the similarities and differences between the two machines so that you can make an educated decision. I couldn't decide which I wanted at first, so I actually bought both and then returned one. I then decided to write this article because I didn't want others to have do as much work as I did to find out which one is better.

I will be comparing the two systems (Tassimo vs. Keurig) in general, but I will also be comparing two specific models:

Bosch TAS 1000UC Tassimo Single-Serve Coffee Brewer
Keurig B40 Elite Gourmet Single-Cup Home-Brewing System

Note: Be sure to check out the poll at the end of this article, which lets you see which machine is most preferred.

Tassimo vs. Keruig: Brains

Both the Tassimo and the Keurig brewers rely on a micro-processor to manage the volume and temperature of the brew. This means that these systems are both essentially "smart." The Tassimo in general is slightly smarter than the Keurig system. The Keurig brews the same for any cup of coffee. The Tassimo, however, is able to tell what kind of coffee you're brewing and it automatically adjusts brew volume, temperature, pump drives and brew cycle to give you the best brewing experience for the particular product you're brewing.

The "brains" in the Tassimo give it a slight advantage. See, the Keurig is meant to make a simple cup of coffee and it does that well. However, it cannot make espresso, cappuccino, or latte. The Tassimo, however, can make each of these. If these are the types of drinks that you prefer, you can stop reading because you should go with Tassimo, hands down. But if you typically drink coffee, hot chocolate, or tea, you should keep reading.

Keurig vs. Tassimo: Design

In my opinion, both systems are close in aesthetics. Of course, the precise design will depend largely on the system you purchase and I'm sure you can determine which looks better in your opinion and fits best with your stuff. You should consider where you will be placing this brewer and if it will match your kitchen.

Both the Tassimo and Keurig will fit nicely on your kitchen counter. The consumer models don't take up too much room.

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K-Cup and T-DISC

Each single-serving coffee brewing machine has its own way of packaging its coffee. The Keurig uses a K-Cup.

The K-Cup is a simple, easy-to-use cup that you just pop into the Keurig brewer. The cup helps to protect the coffee from moisture, light, and oxygen. Inside this little cup is not only the coffee, but also a drip-style filter. Keurig has licensing structure for its coffee, meaning that it licenses this technology to coffee companies who then create the K-Cups. There are currently more than 200 varieties of coffees and teas available in K-Cup form.

The T-Disc is similar to the K-Cup in the fact that it protects your coffee from oxygen, light, and moisture however, since the Tassimo brewing system is smarter than the Keurig system, logically the T-Disc is going to be smarter than the K-Cup. When you insert a T-Disc into the Tassimo brewer, the brewer scans a barcode on the disc which tells the brewing system how much water to use, what temperature that water should be, and the timing of the brew cycle. Not only does this allow the Tassimo to brew great coffee, but it can also brew a shot of espresso and froth milk to make a cappuccino or a latte. This is why the Tassimo is often called a "beverage delivery system" instead of just a coffee machine.

Using Your Tassimo or Keurig System

Both of these systems operate in a similar way. They require you to open the brew-head to place in the disc or cup. The Keurig is slightly easier for this, but the difference between the two is very small and probably won't make a difference to you.

For usability, Keurig is the easiest. Simply put the K-Cup in your Keurig coffee maker and press the button. Your only choice is brew volume, which is how you can adjust the strength of the brew. A 6 oz. brew is going to be stronger than a 10 oz. brew. You should try both settings at first to see which you prefer, and from then on you'll probably only use that button.

Brewing coffee with the Tassimo brewing system is very similar to the Keurig, but it becomes more complicated if you're brewing a cappuccino or latte. First you must insert and brew the espresso T-Disc. Then, you insert and brew either the cappuccino or latte T-Disc. After that, you then need to insert the cleaning disc and run a rinse cycle. You need to run the rinse cycle after brewing dairy or hot chocolate.

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Which Is Faster, the Keurig or the Tassimo?

Timing: From Power-On to Sipping Coffee

Keurig is the clear winner when it comes to speed. My Keurig takes approximately 45 seconds to heat the water and another 15 to send the water through the filter. That means it's about one minute total from the moment I turn it on until the moment I have coffee in my cup. My Tassimo system takes about 60 seconds to heat up and another 60 seconds to filter the coffee. So the total difference between the two is approximately one minute. If you're single and not in a rush, this won't really make a difference. However, if you're making five cups of coffee for your family (why don't you have a normal coffee maker?) then you will want to consider time.

Discounts on Single-Cup Coffee Machines

It's often difficult to find discounts on these coffee systems. Amazon is a great place to get K-Cup from, especially if you have Prime. I did find one good place to get a discount Tassimo coffee maker: Tassimo has a cool system called Tassimo Direct. You get a Tassimo coffee brewer + two 12-packs of T-Discs from Starbucks + two stainless steel thermoses for just $100. Note: The Tassimo brewer itself costs more to buy from Amazon. That's the only good deal I've found so far. It's by far the best Tassimo discount online, though.

Give me your opinion...

Which single-cup coffee brewer do you prefer?

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Comments 133 comments

Audre 6 years ago

Great information! It's helpful knowing how the systems differ. I plan to purchase one or the other in the next few days.


Bradley 6 years ago

Temp is everything, especially with teas. Tassimo is clear winner in temp control and because of that, in taste as well. The Bosch machine seems to be the most reliable and common.

You'll have to pry my Tassimo from my cold dead fingers!


Caffeinated in Maine 6 years ago

I've only used Keurig, but can't find Starbucks K-cups. Will the t-discs fit in a Keurig system?


Eva 6 years ago

T-discs are for use with the Tassimo brewers only.

Starbucks doesn't make k-cups, but you can buy a my kcup and grind any coffee you want (but you will have to fill it and clean it up after). And it still won't taste as good as the tassimo cup.

Do yourself a favor and trade in that Keurig! The Keurig is only good if you like hot coffee-flavored water.


One more question ?? 6 years ago

Does either allow you to use your own coffee?


Caroline 6 years ago

thanks for this posting, excellent info, I now know which one to buy w/o buying 2!


Karthik 6 years ago

Good Information. I was a litle confused in making my choice. This information helps.


craig 6 years ago

This article was very informative. It helped me to decide on which brewer to purchase. Since I mainly drink coffee, I don't really have a need for the latte,expresso etc. I would like to be able to control strength though. A small tradeoff.. Thanks for the great info....


Heidi 6 years ago

Tassimo needs to make offer more flavors! That would be my ONLY complaint =)


Kim 6 years ago

Great information. I have a Tassimo (6 mos old), but had a problem with the DeScale. Tassimo is sending me a new machine. Meanwhile, I just purchased a Keurig from Best Buy, but haven't taken it out of the box. I love the variety of coffees available at my local outlet for Keurig, but L-O-V-E Cafe Creama and various Cappuccino and Lattes that Tassimo offers....hmmmm....I feel like I need BOTH! Gaah!


Mary 6 years ago

I've had my Tassimo for three years and love it. The cappucino is a real treat! We had a house guest from Italy who wanted expresso and was quite pleased with the Tassimo version. If you want cappuccino, expresso, or lattes the Tassimo is the clear choice. If you only are interested in single serve coffee, the Keurig is probably better.


Jackie 6 years ago

I'm so confused! I love my Starbucks, that's why I'm leaning towards the Tassimo. I can't stand a weak cup of coffee. However, I heard I can use the myKcup to put in my own coffee. I also like the new Cuisinart Keurig because you can get hot water for oatmeal too. Does Tassimo give you just hot water?


Greg 6 years ago

The Tassimo Used to sell just hot water discs but i dont know if they still do.


Bruce 6 years ago

I have had my Tassimo for about a week and I love it and now that we have it the coffee consumption has doubled, my wife found out and is now drinking coffee where she would not before. In answer to your question will it deliver hot water welllll yes and no. Yes by putting the cleaning disc in it will deliver hot water but you can not select how much so using it for cerial and such is probably not a great option.


Coffee Addict 6 years ago

I just bought my Tassimo today and so excited to use, but when i was cleaning it with water,i think the insode spout is not smooth cause the water keep splashing all over the place outside the mug. Is that normal? I haven't try using it for coffee or anything. Just the water


DavidLivingston 6 years ago

Cool post. It was a good read, thanks.


Nikki 6 years ago

I was pretty much set on the keurig until I heard about the Tassimo. I think the keurig is a better choice exspecially since I dont like the idea of waiting for the Tassimo to heat up and all the steps that have to be taken if I decide to have a latte or whatever. Not like i have time to sit around sipping latte's! From what i can see the Keurig has more choices as far as coffee flavors and seems to be easier to use.


Debbie 6 years ago

I have a Keurig now (for two years/no problems) and am considering a new one b/c of the development of the quiet brew. The Tassimo sounds intriguing, so I'm alos considering that one. Then, like Kim, I would have both since there is nothing wrong with my current Keurig other than it make a lot of noise. Is the Tassimo quiet?


Patty 6 years ago

I have had a tassimo for 3 yrs or so and absolutely love it. I was thinking about replacing it with a keurig until I found out it didn't make lattes...they are really good.....it is not a quiet machine but that's never been much of a factor for me.


Doris 6 years ago

I was first introduced to the Tassimo machine in 2009 when we went to visit family. I was offered regular coffee. I must admit that it was the best cup of coffee ever. I am not lying when I tell you that I had four cups that same day. It was simply delicious. I was told if had to do with the way the machine reads the bar code and prepares the coffee pods. I was sold! I love Starbucks, love it but it gest a bit expensive. So I finally waited until Bed, Bath & Beyond came out it a sale on the Tassimo. I bought the Tassimo today, along with their regular coffee, the Frapuchino and hot chocolate. This is my X-Mass gift to myself and will wait until X-Mass morning to open up the box and brew my first cup of Tassimo coffee. Can't wait to be able to offer company an excellent cup of coffee or a latte. Really excited about it. =)


Ken  6 years ago

I have had my Keurig for about 1 month, so far it's been a awsome machine. When company came over I was able to make a tea, 2 hot choclates and 2 coffee all within a short period of time, my friends were impressed with the versatility and speed. I also found some good deals and hugh selection of K-Cups on line. Love it!!!


smoothcarol 6 years ago

I have had a Tassimo since 2007 (one of the original Braun brand) and love the fresh cups of coffee & tea. I use the cleaning disk to dispense hot water for tea, cereal, recipes and anything needing hot water.

My only complaint with the Tassimo is not as many selections as I would like, but I am a Seattles Best lover & have no complaints with that. I would also like to be able to brew my own blends also, but no adapter and the delivery on my standing order is slow. They charge me 2 weeks before I receive it.

All in all my Tassimo probably needs to be replaced one of these days because it leaks (I just keep a towel under it),I'd like to get the Bosch brand. But with what I have read about other types like Keurig, this one has stood the test.Right now, I am staying with Tassimo.


brigitte007 6 years ago

I got my Tassimo 2 weeks ago, and I LOVE IT!!! I'm so glad I read up on both before purchasing.


Julie 5 years ago

thank you for this!!! what a fantastic help in this minorly major decision :)


Babbsy 5 years ago

Thank you to everyone for their info and advice, espcially to Theif66 for taking the time to write down all of the information, very helpful!


Carol 5 years ago

I just got my Tassimo! I have had a caramel machiatto and hot chocolate. I love it so far. My husband (the coffee snob in the house) was surprised at how good the coffee is. Granted I've only had 2 things, but so far so good. Temperature is great. Machine is easy to use. I can put the T disc in and push the button with one hand. I got it because I thought the whole family could use it... not just my pot of coffee a day, husband. I got some sweet and creamy ice tea. Can't wait til my son gets home and sees this. He loves that stuff.. Thanks to all who give reviews. This is how I made my choice. I'm sure the Kuerig is good, but I wanted the froo froo drinks and my husband likes them occasionally, plus he likes a shot of espresso now and then too. We're going to get some syrups and schnapps and try out a bunch of recipes from DaVinci. :)


Lyle From Canada 5 years ago

I just purchased the Bosch Tassimo system. What a great little machine! Where has this been all my life? I use bottled water which makes the drinks taste even better in my opinion. I don't use the water filter it comes with and I think the bottled water will reduce scaling issues. I went with the Tassimo over the Keurig because of its "smart" barcode-reading technology and, in my opinion, the drink selection for Tassimo is better. I can't believe what a good job it does making a Latte. So simple and consistent. The Nabob brands of coffees are delicious. Use the Earl Grey tea disc to make an awesome Blueberry Tea (with 1 oz Grand Marnier, 1 oz Ameretto and a thin orange slice in a a large sniffer glass) ... wow!!

I don't get excited about too many things but I am about this machine. My only disappointment is that there are, to my knowledge, no Tim Hortons brands of coffee for, if there were, this would be a miracle machine. If you're a Canadian like me, you know what I'm talking about. I also wish there was a subsequent cream disc to add to the coffee after it is brewed. Adding cold cream to the coffee after its brewed cools it off too much. Another minor complaint is that the coffee is not as hot as I would like (probably because I add cold creamer from the fridge).

Again, I absolutely love this machine and like a guest commented on earlier; you would have to pry this machine from my cold dead fingers.

Buy one ... it will be one of the best items you will buy for your home.


dave 5 years ago

You guys are killin me...can't make up my mind. The coffee selection seems to be better with kourig. You can also brew your own coffee. But I need cappiciano,lates, and other drinks. I run the gambit on my caffeine. Bought them both but i have to make a decision on which one i want.


Bonnie 5 years ago

To Lyle in Canada...Bed Bath and Beyond carries the Creamer discs here in Virginia. So you can find them and no longer have cooled off coffee. I just bought my Tassimo a week ago and LOVE IT! Never had Chai tea before...it really tops off the holiday, cold weather feeling.


Jeremy 5 years ago

There is one huge benefit to the Keurig as far as I can tell. They are licensing their technology so any of the big producers can use the pods, this means an ever expanding product line. Whereas the Tassimo system, AKA Kraft Foods Brewer are selling only their own liscenced products, and Starbucks. Kind of seems like the whole Betamax/VHS war all over again and we know who won that one. And as for cappuccinos and lattes go, the cost of a dollar fifty for

Home brewed product just doesn't sound all that thrifty too me. The Tassimo may make sense if you drink a frufru coffee everyday but for Joe Average I'd say the selection and open sourcing of the Keurig far outweigh the frothing capabilities of the Tassimo.


MarnaF 5 years ago

I have owned my Tassimo since it first came out. Yes, it is noisy...just like a coffee house. But worth every sound! My cappuccino is better than any coffee house I have been to. And you can't make that in a Keurig. I have never had a coffee pot this long. My best friend bought the Keurig for her husband and while she likes it, she wishes she had bought the Tassimo. When family comes to visit, I know when they are up, because I hear and smell the cappuccino.


Leon 5 years ago

I am a big coffee drinker. I have many different types of machines including a french press, vacuum system, Chemex, drip machine, and Keurig. I use the Keurig when I am in a rush and/or only want one cup. I have not been able to get a robust, full bodied cup of coffee from my Keurig even using a french roast and making only a 6 oz. cup. As an experiment, I put an instant read thermometer in a cup and brewed clear water through the Keurig. The water barely reached 160 degrees F. Those in the know say that to extract the maximum flavor the water should reach 195 degrees F. So I would conclude, you can't expect much from the Keurig. I tried a sample cup of coffee at a store prepared in the Tassimo. The coffee seemed more robust and flavorful. I emailed Tassimo and they informed me that their brewing temperature for coffee is about 160-165 degrees. I don't know whether there is more coffee in the pod or greater pressure in the pump to compensate for the temperature difference but for me it made a better cup of coffee. Anyway you look at it, all of these machines seem to compromise coffee quality for convenience.


Doug 5 years ago

I chose the tassimo bosch machine because of other reviews saying that the keurig dosent brew coffee as strong as the tassimo. I also love how the tassimo can make lattes and cappuccinos, although i do find it to be a bit strong so i add more water or milk. to prevent having to use a cleaning disc when making lattes or cappuccinos just use the milk disc first then the coffee or tea disc after. coffees are perfect every time, hot and strong. i do envy keurig for their selection of coffees, teas and ability to use your own grinds but i prefer quality vs quantity.


Sean 5 years ago

Macys has a great pst Xmas in store sale on the Tassimo and $50 rebate to boot on select models. After the rebate my Tassimo cost $9.99. Yes. $9.99 for the TAS451XUC.


tea drinker 5 years ago

Love love the Tassimo. My mother in law has the keurig, it makes a good cup of coffee, but if you like a variety Tassimo is the way to go. The keurig leaves a coffee flavor in all other drinks especially the tea. The teas do not taste good because of the transfer of flavor. Tassimo make a great cup of whatever without the flavor transfer.


Cecil 5 years ago

Received a Tassimo "Brewbot" for Christmas. It is awesome!!! I am not a big coffee drinker but I love making cappuccinos and lattes, and my husband loves espressos. This machine is amazing, makes a perfect cup of latte. I am very happy with it and recommend it to anyone :)


Mike 5 years ago

We have used Keurig machines at work for the past three years and I was never impressed with the "coffee-flavored water." My wife and I took a gamble and replaced an aging burr grinder / drip machine with a Tassimo T-65 and could not be happier! If you truly like coffee, this is a no-brainer. Buy the Tassimo. It's true that Keurig has a wider selection of coffees and can be found in more places and that you can brew any coffee in a Keurig. However, you might want to do a little digging as to why Starbucks refuses to make K-cups while they do make T-discs. The Tassimo T-disc system makes excellent drinks and you can vary the strength (in spite of what some others have posted) very easily.

Tassimo wins this contest easily.


Kathy 5 years ago

We use the Keurig machine at work and loved it! Decided that we wanted one for our home. As we were searching the different options, we found the Tassimo Brewbot. We decided to give that a try. We figurede if we didn't like it, we would return it and go with the Keurig. Needless to say, WE LOVE OUR TASSIMO!!!!!

Although there is a larger selection of coffees with the Keurig, the Tassimo makes a much better cup of coffee by far and the Cappuccino and hot chocolate is awesome!

After trying both machines, I highly recommend the Tassimo.

You won't be disappointed.


Pam 5 years ago

Your info was so helpful, Thanks, I love the tassimo for my frothy drinks and like the Keurig for my coffee and tea, do I dare keep both!!:-) Wy not, we only live once!


Webduo 5 years ago

I am a huge fan of Keurig coffees and teas (I've never tried the Tassimo) however I've gone through 2 elite machines and 2 Platinum machines in less then 3 years due to half brewed cups or the power turning off. Since I like their selection and the taste of their coffee, I'm giving them one last try with the OfficePro - however, if the OfficePro maker suffers from the same quality issues, I will give Tassimo a try. The one thing stopping me up until this point was the price of Tassimo discs compared to the K-cups (we drink a lot of coffee in this house) and the number received (and selection). However, if I have to continue purchasing a maker every 8 months, it's probably costing more in the long run to own Keurig. I'm still a Keurig fan, but stay away from the Elite and Platinum machines.


Linda 5 years ago

Bought the Tassimo T65...$199 at Bed Bath and Beyond,

with the 20% coupon, it brought the Tassimo down to $160 and with the add'l rebate of $50...final cost without tax was $110 for the top of the line Tassimo...it does make hot water when the clng disk is installed...just wish you can use your own coffee...I love strong coffee and found that the Starbuck morning roast is way too weak for me, so I have to find another roast which is

much stronger.


Dan 5 years ago

Tassimo is my choice.

yes the Keurig brews faster, but ony at the expense of leaving it turned on all the time. (if your self employed like me i drink coffee throught the day) The Keurig does have a power on and off delay, to save power at the obvious times you sleeping. Although at cold start up i have found the Tassimo to brew just as quick. So if you wanted to save money by not heating the water internally all day and night then the Tassimo is #1.

Tassimo also has a top up feature so you can top up you cup to your specifics. (found it handy for travel mugs)

for simplicity the Keurig wins.

Keurig is the DUTCH word for excellence!! Go Holland


Sue 5 years ago

To Linda re the Starbuck Morning Roast; Try the House Blend from Maxwell House. Robust, full flavored and far from flabby!


Kim 5 years ago

I just bought a Tassimo today after reading the comparisons between the two brewers. I find it easy to operate, but am disappointed that it only brews 6 oz of beverage. An average cup of coffee is at least 8 oz (my cups are 12 oz). Is there any other way to brew a larger cup without using 2 T cups? I tried adding more water manually, but it just makes the beverage too weak.

Thanks.


Ang 5 years ago

kim there are other size t cups you have to look on the packege for the size.


Renee  5 years ago

I just got a free tassimo bosche brewer today from Gevalia coffee.And they sent me a 12 pack of gevalia t-disks.It was a total surprise and completely free of charge.Im very happy with the system and the flavor was amazing,and im a french press kinda girl.Loved the fact that it make a variety of drinks not just coffee.Still cant believe i got this,so happy.


Chuck 5 years ago

I have had the Tassimo machine for about three years now and love it. There is plenty of variety and the Gevalia Cafe Crema is absolutely the best. Hot chocolate, Chai Tea, mochas, they are all great. If you like more than just coffee, Tassimo is far and away the best choice.


Jan 5 years ago

Hands down Tassimo. Love it!!!


Shauna 5 years ago

This is a great post. I think I am going to go with the Keurig. We already have an espresso machine that we're happy with, and if you have to clean the Tassimo after every use...we might as well use what we already have for our delicious lattes. I'm going with the Keurig for the simple fact that sometimes one of us would like a quick cup of coffee.


Carmen 5 years ago

My husband just bought me the Tassimo for Christmas. So far we've tried the coffee, skinny latte and hot choc. disks. This machien is very easy to use - even when switching disks to put the "froth" on top of your latte. The only thing I would add or change is having a brew strength option. Yes...there is a feature where you can continue the brew process and it will add more water to the coffee brew...but it seems to disturb the taste of the coffee. I don't like strong coffees like Starbucks but I'm finding that even the Maxwell house brew is tasting a bit too strong. I guess I'll just have to keep playing with it until I find the right blend and brand etc....for my "perfect" cup. It sure is a wonderful way to get a quick java-fix - nice and hot, easy to use - a no brainer, really. The cost isn't too bad either considering what you pay for a coffee in a coffee shop. So far I'm enjoying this product and look forward to testing out as many of the product lines as I can find!


Joel at 604 5 years ago

Hello I have the Tassimo brewing system. My Sister has the Keurig. Hands down she loves her one cup coffee machine as she is the obly one in her family that drinks coffee. In our Family my wife and I like more exotic flavours so Tassimo works well. We still use the Coffee machine when we have guests, and need to brew a whole pot. Our issue is that we need to store our machine in cuboard for those occasions. A bit of a pain. On the other hand we are not brewing entire pots of coffee, drinking one cup and letting the rest go to waste. The other problem was my wife would also stop at Tim Hortons as she really never like my coffee anyways. With the Tassimo we each have what we prefer when we want it at any time of the day. no more expensive trips to Tim Hortons or Starbucks. I hope Tassimo and Keurig doen't become a BlueRay vs HD senario. I also hope that Bosch thinks about putiing one of these machines in their fridges so as to elliminate another appliance that won't need to be stores. Being set in a fridge would also elimimnate refilling of the resevoir, giving me an endless supply of filtered water for years to come.

Thank you Joel 604 Canada


Daniel 5 years ago

I have the Tassimo, and it doesn't take any time to warm up. From start up, it only takes a minute to brew a cup of coffee. Perhaps an older model was used for this review, because a friend has an older model and that one did take time to warm up. The newer one I have heats as it goes. PS i love that machine


Marie 5 years ago

Just received a free Tassimo yesterday. Had to call the company because my husband thought it was a gift from a secret admirer. I had given away my Keurig to my daughter and gone back to my old stovetop coffee pot!

So anyway, my new boyfriend "Tassimo Bosch" brews a pretty decent cup of coffee, close to what I can do with the old fashioned percolator. Haven't looked into the whole cost, but I think Tassimo has the right idea giving these things away. The Keurig's are more expensive now then when I bought the first one.


Leon 5 years ago

I tried making an espresso using the Gevalia Espresso blend on the Tassimo. Awful!! Coffee was weak and no crema produced. This does not replace my espresso machine. For a bold regular coffee, the Starbucks Verona seems to be the best I have tried yet.


Anna 5 years ago

Just received a Tassimo


Anna 5 years ago

Opps...Anyway, Brews the best cup of coffee. Less than 1 minut as noted. Chai latte's and espresso' are very good..


Bonnie 5 years ago

I received a Tassimo from my kids and a Kuerig from my husband for Christmas - have been trying to decide which to keep and which to return. This site and discussion was very helpful. Still haven't completely decided but getting closer to keeping the Kuerig. Thank you to all for your comments.


Susan 5 years ago

I only have a Keurig but I LOVE it!! I am not much into latte's and such so the Keurig is my choice. There are over 200 varieties of coffee, tea and hot chocolate to choose from! I am having so much fun trying them all.

It brews fast and quietly and gives a hot cup of coffee every time! Love it, love it, love it!!


Gail 5 years ago

I went to the tassimo discount link and the campaign is closed - what's up with that?????


Sha 5 years ago

My boyfriend bought me a tassimo last year for Xmas. I absolutely love it. Sure, keruig may have lots (and I mean lots) of choices.. It first make lattes, cappuccinos or the amazing cafe crema. I would like it of it had an option for my Own coffee brewing. why does one need a thousand choices in the Morning? I have a hard enough time getting my brain going, let alone boggling It further with the pivotal choice of which coffee to Choose for my first cup of the day. Bottom line- if you like lattes and cappuccinos Tassimo is the clear choice. I've discovered mixing my chai latte t-disk with the hot chocolate for one of the Most amazing mocha chai lattes ever!!


Don 5 years ago

I got my Tassimo for Christmas and I love it! We got ours the day before Christmas at Kohl's. This T45 (which lists for $200) as on sale for $170. On top of that we had a 30% off coupon, and got a $50 mail-in rebate. The bottom line was $69 for this fabulous coffee maker!


Joe 5 years ago

I found an old Braun Tassimo @ a thrift store for $6.99 !!! Works perfectly, only missing the lid for the water tank.

So far I love it. Signed up for the "subscription" online, and am getting a shirt-ton of t-cups, and 2 travel mugs for around $20. Can't go wrong with the Brewbot ! btw, Target had the Starbucks Breakfast blend on sale for $5.99 or $6.99 recently.

After reading what the difference is between Tassimo and Kurig, I don't see much benefit to the Kurig when I already have a "Brewstation" that makes and dispenses about 2 travel mugs worth of coffee. Not having to empty the filter seems to be the only benefit, and you only need a mug and a microwave to make tea or hot chocolate. Kurig-schmurig.


Jessica 5 years ago

I purchased a keurig with some money i got for christmas, used it for a few weeks and decided to return it for the tassimo. I have only had 1 cup of coffee so far with the Tassimo and 1 cappacino (got it last night) and WOW I am so glad I switched to Tassimo.

The coffee isn't weak like the keurig!

Yes the Keurig has more flavors, but the quality of drinks the Tassimo makes is much much better. What's the point of having a million flavors of coffee if they all taste watered down?


Maria in Canada 5 years ago

In the tassimo, are any of the fancy drinks sweetened?


Henry 5 years ago

I just received my FREE Bosch Tassimo machine, a promotion from Bosch for buying their dishwasher last November. I spent 15 minutes last night to learn the ins and outs of the machine. But this morning, I was rewarded with my first brew of Starbucks cappuccino, and hot chocolate for my wife. They tasted just like something you get from the barista! It definitely tastes better than the Kurig I sampled elsewhere. It would be interesting to see how this stacks up against the top-rated Nepresso?


Melissa 5 years ago

I recently bought the Tassimo and am THRILLED with it. The first cup of coffee using the supplied Maxwell House Breakfast Blend was, without a doubt, the BEST cup of coffee I had ever had. Since then, I've had fabulous coffee at home every time I've made coffee. I have been a coffee snob my entire life -- my parents taught me to grind coffee daily and I very seldom ever had the "canned" coffee -- never in my home. Anyway, in my search for the perfect coffee, I have found that Tassimo has created the perfect coffee.

It takes about a minute to brew and I NEVER HAVE TO MEASURE ANYTHING! I've read where people have posted that their Tassimo quit working...OPERATOR ERROR. Folks, it's computerized and in order to operate correctly, must be OPERATED correctly. It's simple and wonderful. I have used a Keurig in hotels and a few friends' and have found that filling a cup with water and then pouring the water in the maker was a bit bothersome. I fill my Tassimo every morning with COLD water from my refrigerator, pop in a pod and let it brew. After drinking that cup of fabulous coffee, I pop in another pod and have another excellent cup of coffee. PERFECT! I would recommend the Tassimo to everyone -- already have!


Scott 5 years ago

I purchased my Keurig Last year(2010) For my wife as a Valentine's Day gift. It failed after 3 months. Keurig replaced it and the replacement failed after 3-4 months. I am now on my fifth replacement and it has failed. I have only two weeks before my year is up. I am demanding a refund for the purchase price.

I decided on Keurig based on my friend who has had one for several years without incident. However theirs predates the new Quiet Brew Technology. I have read several reviews and I believe that the newer design may be problematic.... I will try my luck with a Tassimo.

Scott


Debra 5 years ago

I just purchased both the Tassimo and Keurig to compare. There was a $30 rebate on the Tassimo ending today. I am surprised that no one mentioned the size of cup that would fit in each. We like a larger cup of coffee and the Keuring max size is 10 oz. Sounds like the Tassimo is the one for us, but my mother wanted the Keurig and loves that.


Lynda Smith from Canada 5 years ago

I threatened my husband to NEVER buy me any appliance as a gift, thank goodness he didn't listen!!! He gave me a Tassimo for Christmas 4 years ago and it was the best gift ever!!! It's been my weekend treat ever since.

To Lyle in Canada, I always pour my creamer into my mug first and heat in the microwave for 20 secs then brew my lattes/cappuccinos, love it, love it, love it. I buy lots of different creamers from Wegmans and Tops!!! Tassimo All the Way!!!!


Lynn 5 years ago

I was not a coffee drinker until my sister got me hooked on Starbucks around Thanksgiving. So my little kddos thought it would be a nice Christmas gift to get me the Tassimo Brewing System. Absolutely love it!!! Love the Starbucks latte and I just add my favorite creamer to it. Thank you my little angels... mama loves her Tassimo!


rob 5 years ago

tried both types. I am in a rush at 4;30 to get out fishing, so I want it made quick. I don't drink yuppy coffee so it the keurig for me


Gary 5 years ago

Excellent article! Thanks for taking the time, but I have a couple points to bring up regarding Tassimo.

You mention rinsing after every dairy T-disc is used, but this is not in the manual and the Tassimo website FAQ itself says;

"The TASSIMO brewer requires very little maintenance, although it is recommended to insert the re-usable cleaning disc (supplied with the machine upon purchase) in the brewer every seven days."

Might want to clear that up as that would definitely be an issue for some if they are comparing.

Also, I didn't dig too deep but I'm not sure when you're article was posted so maybe this has changed with newer units, but for a standard cup of coffee to brew from power off to removing full cup is just shy of 1:30. I didn't wait for the machine to reset to 'ready', just waited until I could remove the cup without missing any final drips.


Gary 5 years ago

Also, many T-Discs brew I believe 6-8oz cups, which is fine for many but I definitely like to fill my travel mug when I leave for work in the morning, so I was happy to find the nabob 'breakfast blend' large which is a better 12oz size :)


Fay 5 years ago

wow so helpful tks to all - I'm now leaning heavily towards Tassimo - quick question where is best place (read that as cheapest) to purchase the T discs


gayle 5 years ago

thx. for this site, very helpful. I am leaning toward the Tassimo. I like my coffee very HOT, and I've been told that Tassimo's coffee is hotter than Keurig's. Someone said they both brewed around 160-165 degree.Any input on the temp. of the coffees?


Rochelle 5 years ago

I have had my Keurig for almost a year and find that the coffee is too strong for me. I love cappuccinos and lattes which are not available with my Keurig. It looks like I'm going to be purchasing a Tassimo, but which model is now the question. It seems rather decadent to have two machines. What's the difference between the T65 and the T45 Tassimo coffee makers?


Jenny 5 years ago

We have a keurig in our office at work and I hate it. Actually, we are on our 3rd Keurig in 6 months. There are only 3 if us that use it and we are careful to use it properly. The K-cups get expensive after a while. And no matter how many varieties are available, none of them taste BREWED to me. An earlier post described it well, in my opinion. The keurig gives coffee flavored water. I think I'd really enjoy the Tassimo. I've also just read that Bunn is making a single serve brewer that's gotten good reviews. The main downside of it seems to be that you have to put the water in before brewing each time.


Antonio 5 years ago

We purchased the Tassimo brewer after a LOT of research and feedback from friends with the Keurig and Tassimo so we were able to compare taste and functionality. After 4 months of use (including the holidays with guests and many snow days stuck at home) we're in love with The Tassimo! We buy our T-Discs online and a couple of times at Target. The variety and quality of beverages have been really good and the system is fast in the morning for a cup to go on the way to work. Our favorites so far are the Gevalia Signature Blend and Nabob Colombia.


Kerri 5 years ago

I've used both the Tassimo and Keurig...and I like both. The Keurig flavored coffees are really great, not weak at all. The Tassimo also makes good coffee. I find that the milk used for the Lattes and Capps tastes weird and it's really creamy. I go to Starbucks a lot, hence why I first bought the Tassimo. But I prefer after trying out both machines I like to make the coffee with the Keurig and go through a few minutes of effort to froth my own milk if i want a Latte/Capp. I get the best of both worlds with more flavor choice!


Kate 5 years ago

I got my Tassimo three weeks ago and we are really enjoying it. My kids love the hot chocolate and I love everything else. The green tea is just right. My husband has a Keurig at work and when I use it I'm really glad I have my Tassimo at home!


Amy 5 years ago

The Tassimo system is not that complicated despite what the writer implys. So there's couple extra steps-inserting the creamer and cleaning disk, both having to push one button. How hard is that? Besides, the end product is worth it (either a latte, or cappucino...) vs. the Keurig who only makes... coffee. Gee, the Tassimo can do that too!

Can you tell I love my Tassimo? I don't need all those fancy flavored brown water when I have flavored creamers.

Tassimo wins hands down in my book!

Thanks for the article, BTW. :)


Jackie 5 years ago

As stated by an earlier reviewer, buy the Keurig is you want flavored hot water, but if you want a good cup of coffee - it's Tassimo hands down!


laughin888 5 years ago

One of the key things to consider is the cost of the T-discs versus the K-cups. The K-cups are quite a bit more expensive. I can get 16 T-disca at Walmart for $4.99 versus an 18 count of K-cups are a little over $10. I had a Tassimo and loved it but it had problems. They sent me a replacement machine and that had problems. Sooo, I bought a Keurig but am wishing I would have purchased another Tassimo.


Maria 5 years ago

s and and a keurig. One for me and my kids had them in college. I had a tassimo for myself and my son wanted a keurig. Love them both for different reasons. Not sure what temp Tassimo brews but you can set Keurig up to 192 and because you dont need to put in the cleaning/water disc thats needed in the Tassimo for hot water, you can heat your mug up. So you can get a nice hot cup of coffee. But you can only make coffee or tea. I do love the Tassisos ability to give you espresso and latte.The reason we use the Keurig now is the price of the pods. We can buy a large box at Costco 80pods for $30+ When I do buy the Tassimo for my daughter I get them at Bed & Bath and use the 20% coupons that never expire. Any way I think they are both great machines but I had one choice I think I would get the Tassimo. If I could get the disc at Costco. That would be it for me.


jennifer 5 years ago

Have been trying to decide which one to get, I am a huge starbucks coffee person. I have my own espresso machine but is very time consuming and a lot of clean-up. I was leaning towards the tassimo, but just read they will not be selling starbucks coffee as of March 1st. Stock up, once they run out thats it :(


Jennifer 5 years ago

I have both machines. I like the variety offer with Keurig and I think the milk product with Tassimo a gross. By the Green Mountain just signed a deal with Starbucks, so you'll be able to get it with your kcups in 2012 (google if you want to verify it). I do love the espresso option with Tassimo.


steve 5 years ago

That review is BOGUS. The new tassimos take the same time as the keurigs, maybe a few seconds less! The OLDER Braun machine took a long time, not the new BOSCH machines. Also, the rinse cycle after brewing cocoa???? Ridiculous. The brewing takes place in the discs, so you are able to switch from coffee to cocoa to tea without ANY tastes of the previously brewed beverage. Clearly a biased keurig review.

The tassimo machine is more sturdy in my opinion. I have tasted MANY k-cups and none of them stand up to some of the t-discs. SURE, Id love more variety, but what I like from tassimo, I like alot...................


marye 5 years ago

I just inherited a tassimo as my grandaughter got a kehrig which she prefers, Kehrig just came out with a disc you can reuse with your own coffee, will Tassimo be doing something like this. This can make a big difference expense wise


steve 5 years ago

The 'my k cup' feature lets you use your own ground coffee. Then WHY HAVE A KEURIG? Just use your regular machine and use less water. The whole selling point of single serve machines is ease of use and convenience....IE: no grounds to play with, no cleaning of pots, etc.

The hassle of pouring grounds into a small k cup doesn't appeal to me whatsoever...........


Mike 5 years ago

I have both the tassimo and the keurig and so fare I love the tassimo much more than the keurig both in taste and build all in all tassimo wins in my book


Ron 5 years ago

I am on the fence as to which coffee machine to purchase, however, besides having a built in water filter on the Tassimo is there a difference between models. Since we always have filtered water (Brita) at home I am wondering if the more expensive models are worth it. Costco has the Keurig B70 on sale for $180 and that includes 60 K cups as well as the make your own K-cup included. however, the costs of K-cups is significantly more expensive that the T-Cups. Please help.

Cheers


Claude 5 years ago

I lucked out. As with most people I did not know the difference. Costco sold the Keurig at around $140. I almost divedinlast Christmasbut then I caught a neat little commercial on TV on the TAssimo. Then I had seen an ad in a Bed Bath and Beyond flyer where the Tassimo T-45 was on sale for $99. After going to 2 locations I finally found one. I am very happy with the Tassimo. The ability to make Latte and Expresso made it a winner. I'm glad I got the Tassimo and my local Wegmann's carries a limited T Cup selection but their price are dirt cheap. Fo a bigger selection I go to Amazon.


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troutdude 5 years ago

Good hub. I think that the tassimo would win this battle.My decision leans more towards the tassimo because it has the ability to make more than just coffee. It can make cappuccinos and latte macchiatos. When I bought my nescafe creativa, my decision was between the tassimo t45 and the nescafe creativa and the creativa won. So far, I am a happy camper.


Trebert 5 years ago

If you like Starbucks coffee which we do, don't buy Tassimo, I have had mine for 2 years now, great machine, love my Starbucks, hate nabob, tastes terrible, so now no Starbucks are available because Kraft could not agree with them,

I don't want Keuring very upset with Kraft. Really don't know what to do.


Adair 5 years ago

I have a Tassimo and I disagree with your statement that says it takes 60 seconds to heat up. I have never found it takes that long. I like my Tassimo, we have have a Keuring at work and it is awesome too. Enjoyed reading this article because I wasn't sure I had the right machine. I think I would have enjoyed either one equally as well.


Walt 5 years ago

Tassimo! And Tom Thum has them on sale for $59.99 (at least they did August 20,2011)


Lianne in WInnipeg 5 years ago

I've had a Keurig for about 2 years now. I like it, however I find the coffee cools off really fast, unless you have it in a stainless steel tumbler. Also, I keep having issues with it to "descale" . About once a month I have to run vinegar through it, and it is really really slow, and acts up often. Keurig is great, if you are ok with having to replace it after only 2-3 years. I am looking at getting a Tassimo , as I'm tired of my Keurig acting up, and having to descale all the time. and we do use filtered water.


Kat 5 years ago

We have a Keurig, and LOVE it! It's the only single-cup brewer that allows you to brew your own coffee in a reusable filter, which is very economical. The water temp. is adjustable, for those who like a hotter cup, and cup volume is also selectable. My husband likes very strong coffee, and there are many brands which offer 'extra bold' k-cups, which have more coffee grinds than regular. But the best thing about Keurig is the customer service - they are very anxious to please. We started having an issue about descaling, after 2 yrs. of use. We immediately called Keurig. After trying a few things, as instructed by the guy on the phone, it was still acting up, so he sent us a new machine, which arrived within 2 days! No questions asked, no hassle, just great customer service - you don't see that much these days!


Kat 5 years ago

Forgot to say, our guests love choosing from all the different flavours and roasts we have - really convenient. And NO clean up!


Edward of Fredericton 5 years ago

I just purchased a Tassimo T20, on sale, from Zeller's department store (a Canadian store) here in Fredericton, NB. (Cost was CDN$98.99 plus HST.)

Unfortunately, mine had some kind of terrible, very strong chemical/plastic odour that I noticed as soon as I opened the box. The best way to describe the smell: it smells like the polystyrene glue I used to use as a kid to build plastic model airplane and car kits.

I washed all the removable parts, wiped down the accessible surfaces of the brewer with a damp, clean cloth, and must have run the cleaning disk cycle about 30 or 40 times, and the hot water STILL came out with that stinky smell. Unfortunately, there is no way to take the machine apart and thoroughly clean out the insides, without voiding the warranty

I tried brewing the Nabob 12 oz. "Breakfast Blend" coffee (using Britta-filtered water), and it tasted absolutely terrible. (The "chemical/plastic" taste was still in there.) I spewed out the first sip and dumped the rest.

I think that the particular machine I purchased did not get properly completed (cleaned, or whatever) during the manufacture process. I will be returning it back to the store for a simple exchange and try another T20, as I think this is probably a "one off" problem. I'll give it another chance, because I have not seen ANY on-line review complaining about any plastic smell or taste from a Tassimo brewer. However, I will open the box on the new one and take a good whiff, before leaving the store, just to make sure. ;)

BTW, thanks for the great review. It did help me to decide on the Tassimo over the Keurig, for the "specialty" coffee varieties.

Thanks,

Ed.


Edward of Fredericton 5 years ago

I forgot to add: I would be interested in hearing if anyone else has had the "bad smell" problem with your Tassimo. If so, please email tassimoto gmail com (insert the proper, obvious punctuation marks - I omitted them in hopes of reducing spam.)

After I do the exchange, I will update my review.

Thanks,

Ed.


Donna, suburban Toronto 5 years ago

I just bought a T20 Tassimo earlier this week after doing much online research. I chose the Tassimo for it`s ability to make specialty drinks but the most significant reason were the countless remarks on numerous sites from people complaining that their Keurig had mechanical issues after only a few months use. Everyone seems to praise the Keurig`s customer service and ease of getting a replacement unit, but then most people say the replacement failed after a few months. seems like the older Keurig machines are good but there appears to be some serious issues with the new models.


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eileenvideo 5 years ago from Boston

Thanks for putting up such an informative page. I had a Tassimo and I gave it to my daughter in law who loves it. She drinks coffee black. I HATED cleaning the Tassimo after dairy inserts, plus I wanted one that would accommodate just plain coffee too. There is so much to throw away - all that plastic in the land fills. But the coffee sure tasted good. So, I am thinking of getting a Keurig. They had a model which you gave you the option of using just plain coffee.


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texasgirlfw 5 years ago

Thanks for this information. I personally have the Keurig and do love it. I like learning how they work though.


negotiator53 4 years ago

I have had a Tassimo for quite a while now and it's really fantastic. I keep it in my office with a set of demitasse/cappuccino cups and offer fancy drinks before meetings.

I recently found out that Starbucks was no longer making T-Discs and frankly, that was my favorite espresso to use. The other ones aren't bad, but they're not as good to me (and I've tried them all). I decided to look up the Keurig because they just made the deal with Starbuck's, but I found out that they don't make any Espresso, Cappuccino type coffee. That's a huge bummer for me.

Incidentally...I think it's pretty rad that Keurig actually allows you to use your own fresh coffee. If only Tassimo could find a way to do that!

Overall....I really love the Tassimo and I wish that Starbucks would keep making stuff for it. They have caramel espresso's, hot cocoa's, chai latte's as well as all the regular coffee and tea you want. It's a great and wonderful device. Very easy to use and makes your office smell like a coffee shop (which is kinda nice sometimes).

Also....I've never really run the clean cycle on my Tassimo after dairy drinks and I've never once had an issue in two years of having it.

An extra tip --- use hot water when you fill up the water tank -- and your drink will stay hot longer. :)


Marilynn from Canada 4 years ago

What would anyone say about the Dolce Gusto Circolo by T-fal ?

Would that be a good choice compared to the Tassimo machine ?


Johnny Bean 4 years ago

Hi, First let me tell you that I drink my coffee black as I like the full taste of things. We have a Keurig at work and it is ok for work (since not everybody enjoy coffee the same strong way) but for me the Tassimo is for sure a superior concept. We have one at home for 1 year now (our Christmas gift last year) and it makes a perfect cup everytime and this within a minute. Yes it is noisy a little but why drink coffee? to put you to sleep or to wake up? We are quite happy with the Nabob Columbian and we enjoy the occasional Caps and Latte (very nice, just like the coffee shop) with friends. When I need a little more "octane", I go with the Gevalia Dark House blend (nice wallup, very strong but not bitter) I can't say the same for work as I have yet found something that I like, 35 Keurig flavors giving weak brews and about 5 that are too strong or bitter. I do however like the "My K cup" idea and will have to use it with coffee (maybe I can make something good with it as I am about to give up on the K cups) plus it is less wasteful this way. This gadget make a very good cup of tea, just throw the bag in and bam your tea is ready. I love the Tassimo earl grey but a bag of tea would be cheaper and less of a waste. Does anybody know if Tassimo have something similar? I am thinking of trying the My K cup on my Tassino (under the spout) to see if it works. Not much room there plus while doing some experiments with the cleaning disk i noticed that the first 2-3 onces of water during this cycle is cold water so this water will have to be dumped frist. Temperature of both machine seem to be about the same. Only draw back for Tassimo is the lack of "Make your own brew".Draw back for Keurig is the lack of taste. So it boils dowm to taste and the type of coffee you like. I will post my findings next week when I try the "My K cup" rigged on my Tassimo. Cheers and Merry Christmas!


Tara from canada 4 years ago

My husband and I use to drink at least 3 coffee's a day from tim hortons we purchesed the tassimo a little over a week ago and haven't went to tim hortons once we love it!!!!


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sabrani44 4 years ago

Great hub! I prefer the Keurig because the the K-cups are reusable. Read my hub:

TASSIMO VS. KEURIG

http://hubpages.com/living/Keurig-vs-Tassimo-The-U...


michaelra 4 years ago

Went to Future Shop last night. Bought the Mr. Coffee Keurig with the my K-cup option , 'cause I thought that would be "more economical".

Where do I begin?? Let's start with the cup size. Neither the directions nor the packaging actually indicate how much water you can actually brew in the "one serving", although there is this great blue plastic fill line that you add water to in the reservoir. I found out very quickly that this is some sort of magic fill line because despite how much water you put in, you always seem to get less than that in the finished cup of coffee.

So, without wasting one of those expensive like gold K-cups (we'll get to that in a bit) I did some experimenting on trying to fill a travel mug by running several different levels of water through the brewer one after the other(thinking I could brew one k-cup twice to fill a travel mug). Putting aside the fact that a standard travel mug won't even fit under the brewing spigot, and putting aside the fact that the whole "ease of use" factor is quickly going out the window, the coffe level out at the bottom changed every time I tried running it thorugh, even when I used the same amount of water. What a headache!!

I am not a really big coffee drinker ( I like the fancy shmancy ones), but my wife is a serious coffee-head and one of the reasons I bought it was so that she can have her travel mug ready to go at the door when she leaves for her hour commute in the morning. So as far as cup size goes, keurig-Strike 1!!!!!

Let's talk about water temperature. First actual brewed k-cup (filled about half of a large coffee mug) I left on the counter for about two minutes after the directions repeatedly telling me how "hot" the water would be coming out of the machine. I came back to take a tentative sip as I didn't want to burn my lip. It was almost cold. Went back to the machine, ran just water through the brewer, took a sip, and yes it was hot, but so is tap water, I would say they were just about the same temperature. Keurig-Strike 2!!!

Based on strike 2, taste really didn't have a chance. I think the comment someone made early on about "coffee flavored water" pretty much sums ups the taste experience. My wife called me this morning to let me know that her medium blend which I had to run water through twice, was "weak". Keurig-strike 3!!!!

Not even beginning to discuss little things like the price of a k-cup vs. a t-disk......

Someone above wrote that this looked like a "beta-max vs. vhs war, and we know how that one turned out". Puuhhlease..... the thousand or so tv stations who continued up until the middle of the 2000's to use Beta as one of the recording methods of choice for on air broadcasting can't be wrong. Beta was a superior product.....period; ask anyone in the industry. What there is no accounting for though is the propensity for sheep like behavior on the part of the buying public. I hope that the internet/social media marketing machine doesn't do the same thing here. Using the above reasoning as the basis for argument doen't necessarily mean that Keurig is better, it just means they have a more prolific marketing machine. Open source doesn't necessarily mean a better product, there are a lot of really bad open source products.

Running hot tap water over a brown crayon would make a tastier, hotter, more coffee-like beverage than the liquid produced by the Mr. Coffee-Keurig, with less effort and more ease of use!!!Listening to the reviews, I am getting ready to return this dog today and pick up a Tassimo instead.

Think long and hard before buying a Keurig, and certainly don't even think about buying the Mr. Coffee Keurig!!!!


kzinti1 4 years ago

A fairly good read as to the slight differences between these two systems.

I have owned both systems. The Keurig is my choice as to the easiest and fastest to use.

BUT, and this is a big one, the Keurig has an extremely high failure rate, according to a large number of reviews I read, after, my Keurig kicked the bucket. One day, it no longer pumped any water through itself. It just sat there and sounded exactly like an aquarium pump, (which is all this part really is), that was run without any water. The bearings, or most likely bushings, had simply worn out. Mine did this in exactly two weeks!

THAT'S when I thought to start seeking out reviews. I had bought it only on its name. I had heard of Tassimo but never in the same amount of times I had heard of Keurig. Big mistake there. I know that when I want to buy something my friends at home do not own then I go to my friends on the internet. I failed in doing this, this time.

Luckily, Bed, Bath and Beyond has a very easy return item feature. You can either return whatever you buy on-line to them through the mail and they'll pick up the tab for shipping, or, just take it to their local store. They didn't even ask if I wanted an exchange, they immediately asked if I wanted a refund or some other item. I then realized that they had been through this a number of times already for this same coffee-brewer.

I was already completely hooked on practically instant brewed coffee, so I then chose the Tassimo system.

I had already read about the high failure rates of the Keurig brand and also the supremacy of the Tassimo system in terms of reliability and long life. If I had simply thought to seek out the opinions of you people there would've been no problem and I would never have bought the Keurig to begin with.

The Tassimo is nowhere near as easy to use as the Keurig. Neither are exactly difficult but you should realize the Keurig IS easier, and faster, to use. This is, of course, completely offset by the low reliability of the Keurig. Most reviewers said that their Keurigs died in less than one year. During that one year, you may ask Keurig to replace your broken one and it's reported that they have a completely no hassle return policy.

So far, my Tassimo has worked flawlessly. It takes what seems to me, a long time to brew a cup of coffee, or the Caramel Macchiato of which I am more than a little fond. Just today, I found my favorite Tassimo coffee to be the Columbian. I have been through dozens of cups of their Kona blend and still enjoy it quite a bit, but I just wanted to experiment, so I bought a package of the Columbian along with my shipment of the Kona blend and Caramel Macchiato, and was extremely surprised at the difference.

The only problem I have found with the Tassimo is that you have to stand, or sit, there and watch it like a hawk for the display to show "Add More", or something to that effect. I need to be more aware of what it says on the very nice, highly readable LED screen on this Tassimo!

If you fail to "Add More" when it says to, then you'll lose the chance and, for me anyway, end up with an overly strong cup of coffee which I then have to add hot water to, lengthening the time it already takes. I've done this only a couple of times when I became distracted doing something else.

Now, this is something that I also liked more about the Keurig. You can set the amount of coffee that you want brewed, the amount of water going into your one specific cup of coffee, at the start of the brewing cycly. With the Tassimo, you have to do as I said, and sit there and wait to add the extra water with a push, and hold, of the button to weaken the coffee to the strength that you want. This is a hassle as the Tassimo is just too smart to make you do this, when, like the Keurig, it should do it at the beginning of the brewing cycle and not make you wait and perform this necessary little task yourself. Especially with the first cup of the day.

I have found the variety of coffe's, tea's and various blended drinks to be equally as varied with either brand of these two coffee makers. I usually order my coffee disks through B,B & B on-line. They have a deal where you pay no shipping, you get your coffee at almost precisely the same amount of time, and you soon learn when it's time to re-order your coffee disks and not run out. For the times I do manage to run out, I have quite a nice stash of pure "imported" Hawaiian coffee beans safely vacuum packed and almost as fresh as when it left the coffee roaster. Imported? Yes. Believe me, when you order something from either Hawaii or Alaska, it certainly goes through a Customs Inspection and/or Homeland Security. Both states are very far from the Lower 48, the shipping costs are exorborant, even using the U.S. Mail, so yes, you are "importing" from these states.

Keurig has an attachment available that lets you brew your own freshly ground coffee. It does NOT, however, brew a good cup of coffee this way. There just isn't anyway to use enough coffee to make a good cup and it's not very nice having to brew several cups using only 4 ounces of water to about a tablespoon of your freshly ground coffee to make a full cup or mug. So do yourselves a favor and pass that little attachment by, or you will definitely wish that you had.

To sum this up as succinctly as possible:

My Keurig died within 2 weeks. I found that in the vast majority of reviews that other peoples Keurigs died within a year. This is far too much money to spend on such an unreliable item.

My Tassimo brews a better tasting cup of coffee but takes longer and is not as easy to use as the Keurig.

Keurig=Equally good taste, easier to use, very short lifespan.

Tassimo=Equally good taste, slightly more difficult to use, lasts an, apparently, longer time without failing.

You'll be perfectly satisfied if you buy the Tassimo first, because you'll have no reason to even try a Keurig.

Unless you have hundreds or thousands of friends that own these two coffee brewers, then it would be best if you trust the thousands of reviews that you can find on-line through a simple Google Search, as I found this site.


Wendy 4 years ago

I am worried about what is in the cappuccino/latte disks for the Tassimo; they do have sugar in them and I usually drink my latte's unsweetened. How sweet are they? Some people say they are too creamy and taste funny. What about the preservatives in the concentrated milk? The fat content seems high, too.


kzinti1 4 years ago

I find the plain latte' and Caramel Macciato latte' not sweet enough. I either add sugar or caramel and stir it in. The only downside for me is losing that pretty layered effect when brewed into a clear mug.

It look like a sand sculpture in a jar, if you've ever seen one.

I don't find them creamy, which they're supposed to be since they're a milk-based drink and I've bought quite a few at coffee stands to know what they're supposed to be like.

Preservatives? I don't know about that. I don't know, but hope, that they use the high-heat pasteurization/sterilization process that makes milk products safe to store on the shelf. If they do, then there would be absolutely no need for any preservatives.

Fat? I never use enough fatty products to even bother checking. Unless gulped by the gallon, I would advise you not to worry about the fat content. Hopefully, there's someone else that can help you with this.

Don't forget that the Tassimo cappucino/latte drinks just barely resemble the drinks you get from a coffee stand, so please don't be disappointed when you find that they really do not. They're the best you can make, the easiest, at home.

BTW, when I 1st bought my Tassimo, I bought a bunch of the 15% Kona blend coffee. Only recently have I found that the Columbian coffee is the best coffee you can find, this side of Bogata!

I can't find the words to describe the 15% Kona blend. It doesn't come anywhere close to the pure Kona beans I buy from Hawaii or resemble any other coffee I've ever tried. It's unique unto itself. Not bad, but you can do a lot better.


Mike 4 years ago

There are a few different ways to get hot water from your Tassimo. The easiest is to cut a bar-code from a tea product, then tape it to your cleaning disc. If you are really adventurous, you can create your own "hack". This method involves using simple bar code software to print your own bar code with EXACTLY the specifications you want. You can tailor water temp and ounces to your preference. I like my coffee HOT and noticed some of the regular coffee disc don't meet my needs. Using a "hacked" label overlaid on the disc does just the trick. Enjoy!


Ric 4 years ago

My mother bought the tassimo and the coffe have a platic taste. Don't buy tassimo, T-discs are shit


Susan Gibson 4 years ago

I have the Keurig. I love it and use it 3-4 times a day as does my husband. Not sure about people saying there a lack of flavours. There are over 200!! Way more than Tassimo. True there are no cappacino or lattes, but I bought the frother for my Keurig and it works great especially with the international flavoured creamers. YUM!!. If you like stronger coffee, buy the bold or dark roasts. For a milder coffee the medium roasts. Keurig also has a separate filter that you can buy to put your own "favorite coffee" in which to me, made the choice simple. Love my Keurig!!


Susan Gibson 4 years ago

@ michaelra

What you are saying is simply not true about my Keurig, all you do is just slide the base over to fit the travel mug. Takes one second. You set the water temp yourself so maybe you had better read the instructions. There is a setting for teacup, 8oz and 12 oz on mine. Not sure what model you are talking about. Must have bought the cheapest one? The K-cups cost on average 60 cents each but you can buy them cheaper online and can also mix and match them. We have a store near to us where you can go and try as many flavours as you like for 25 cents each. Everything from white chocolate mint to Khalua...This does not taste like coffe flavored water AT ALL!!!! And I like STRONG coffee. And as I said before, with the Keurig, you can also buy a separate filter for use with the type of grounds you prefer. Seriously...do you work for Tassimo??


kzinti1 4 years ago

I owned and tried both Keurig and Tassimo. My opinion is based on my experience with both.

This really isn't a forum for people that haven't tried both.

Fanboys need not reply. It would be best to start a separate thread from this one.


guest 4 years ago

I've also recently purchased a Tassimo machine, so far every drink I've tried has been undrinkable due to the chemical taste. Very disappointed, I wanted store style frothy hot chocolate but even the Cadburys is undrinkable.


Sarah 4 years ago

I received the keurig elite machine for Christmas in 2010 and just before Christmas this year it just stopped working one day. It was like it wasn't even plugged in even though I tried several outlets. The date it was purchased worked out to be a week or two over a year of when it broke and we used it about twice a day. I like coffee but usually go for something besides plain coffee so having lots of coffee choices doesn't do much for me and after reading this I decided not to replace it, and to try tassimo and I can't wait for the recall to be over so I can go get one!


mitch5 4 years ago

I've used keurig at home for past 2 years and use tassimo at work. I find tassimo coffee pretty much undrinkable. Every variety I've tried has been bad. I mainly drink regular coffee. The few latte's/espresso's i've tried were awful as well. Keurig has many different flavours and strengths of coffee most of which rival any drip coffee maker. The only complaint I've had is the reliability...I'm on my 3rd machine now. The key is to purchase from retailer with good return/exchange policy (costco in my case).


Johnny Bean 4 years ago

Me again, Tassimo still working very well at home and enjoying perfect cups everyday. I can now do a good cup of coffee at work with the Keurig using the second small water level setting (tea cup)with Costco's Van Houte Blend. Not bad but not cheap since I need two batches to fill my mug. Not fast since it take twice the time. I tried the My K-Cup with various blend and it is not practical/good. I now drop my bag of tea directly in the K-Cup holder without the use of the My K-Cup, this works great, no need to use that thing anymore. Still wish Tassimo had something like this. I will try the Tea code bar on the cleaning disk for hot water (thanks Mike). Cheers!


daryn 4 years ago

the keurig is good for all of flavors such as coconut doughnut chi tea french toast cinnamon role and there is bold and dark coffee and there is white hot chocolate and mocas if you by the tassimo the hot chocolates are gross but the other things with the tassimo are great that's why i like theme both.


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Thief66 4 years ago from U.S.A. Author

I'm glad that so many people have found this page useful over the past two years. Over time the Keurig system has become my system of choice. The Tassimo allows you to brew a larger variety of drinks, so it's perfect for someone who doesn't drink straight coffee. But for normal coffee, I think Keurig is the winner.


michaelheemson 4 years ago

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Elzee 3 years ago

I have had both brewers. When the time comes to purchase again, I will continue with the Keurig. Tassimo was more consistent in its coffee delivery; however the only decent blend they had was Starbucks which they no longer carry. Sorry but T.Horton doesn't cut it. Keurig has flavours for every taste. The servings were more expensive with Tassimo and there was no option to do your own grounds like there is with Keurig. Although the size of the Tassimo disk is smaller than the Keurig cup, the plastic is much thicker and weighs more. That equals even more plastic in landfills. Of course, if you're more about the cappuccinos then stick with with Tassimo. I found, though, that the milk in those disks would congeal in relatively little time. When that happened the machine couldn't flush the milk into your cup. At the price, that's just not acceptable.


Karli 3 years ago

I personally prefer the Keurig because in the end the discs are way cheaper, and they have more of a variety. I have heard from a lot of friends that the Tassimo drinks come out very watery, in comparison i have had no problems with my Keurig, I absolutely love it. I use it every morning to make a cup of coffee for work and them also one once i get home! The speed is fantastic and a nice trick I like to do is put the sugar and milk in the bottom of the cup and let the coffee brew over top, it tastes almost like the milk is steamed, its delicious. I hope this helps:)


Remington John 3 years ago

I have not heard any complaints from the Tassimo, however I have heard read a lot of horror stories regarding the Keurig at:

http://keurig-reviews.measuredup.com/9213297

Because of this and other reviews, I am thinking of purchasing a Tassimo.


tanya embree 2 years ago

I'm amazed with the keurig


Yolanda Russell 2 years ago

You are absolutely wrong about the Keurig. I had 2 Tassimo both stop working in less then 2 or 3 months. The company sent me a new part for the Tassimo but it still didn't work. Then got a Keurig and use it 6 to 8 times a day eveeryday for over a year and it works great. AS FOR CAPPUCCINO, LATTE THE KEURIG DO BREW THEM AND I CAN CHOOSE SMALL, MED OR LARGE. I DON'T KNOW HOW YOU CAME TO YOUR CONCLUSION BUT YOU ARE TOTALLY WRONG.


Angotti 2 years ago

Have heard bad things about the Keurig, but never owned one, so I can't comment on that. I've had a Tassimo for five years, and it still works well, if not as good as new. My issue is the price of the discs ($.50-$1 depending on where you find them) and the complete lack of stores that carry them. Every Walgreens, CVS etc in Brooklyn has K-cups, but never Tassimo. Target had them up until recently. Went there specifically for them, and guess what, the section of K-cups grew and took over the area with the Tassimo T-discs.

In the end, I still love the ease of the "set it and forget it" fuctionality of these 1 cup brewers, but the price and scarcity will likely lead to me ditching it for a french press or regular brewer.

So..for the Tassimo:

Pros: Quick, well made, still works excellent after 5 years. Taste is quite good but not exceptional.

Cons: Expensive, hard to find discs anywhere but the internet.

Oh and DON'T lose the yellow cleaning disc. It costs $16 to replace the small piece of plastic!


Billie Sawyer 2 years ago

Can you use Tassimo pods in Keurig machine? I would guess not.


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