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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.
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.
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.