The Great Coffee Maker Debate: Tassimo vs. Keurig vs. ?

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coffeeI want need a new coffee maker.  That’s not a typo – I did that on purpose.

I have a Phillips Senseo coffee maker and it works “fine” but, I don’t like it anymore.  Why? Because, ever since @TassimoCanada ran a Twitter promotion a couple of weeks ago, I have been ga-ga for a Tassimo brewing system.  There was a fury on Twitter for some lucky Canadians.  @TassimoCanada was giving away brewing systems complete with a huge assortment of TDisks.  If I remember correctly, (as in, don’t quote me on this) the only qualifications to get a machine were that you had to have at least 300 followers and a Canadian resident.

I watched the flood of tweets over the course of about a week from people who wanted one, people who got them, and the people who didn’t.  A simply genius marketing plan if you ask me. If you didn’t live in Canada, you were tweeting about why not “my country”.  If you did live in Canada, you actively tweeted to get the followers to qualify for the machine.  EVERYBODY seemed to be talking about @TassimoCanada and the Tassimo brewing systems.

I even got swept up in the excitement and did a little research on the Tassimo brewing systems.  I read enough to know my Phillips Senseo machine was no match for the Tassimo.  So now, I want one.  Terrible huh?

Well, before I drop down  huge chunk of change (unless Santa brings me one for Christmas!), I’d like to get some feedback on different coffee makers and brewing systems.

My Phillips Senseo machine works fine, and I can’t complain.  I got it for under $30 a year ago and the coffee selection is OK.  I really do like the Godiva Creme Brulee coffee pods.  But, there are two things that I really don’t like about it.

  1. The coffee is not hot.  It brews fine, but once I add a little milk, its room temperature at best. I don’t like to reheat freshly brewed coffee in the microwave – seems like such a waste.
  2. The selection of coffees is minimal, and that’s it, you can only buy coffee pods.  When I want tea or hot chocolate, I have to make it the old fashioned way.

I really like the individualized brewing systems because I can make just enough coffee for me.  My husband doesn’t drink coffee at all.  But he does like hot tea and hot chocolate in the winter.  So this type of machine would work out well for us.  I have also heard great things about the Keurig brewing systems.

So, if you have either of these brewing systems, I would love your feedback.  I want to make an informed decision before making a purchase.  Hopefully some of my Twitter followers who received a Tassimo Brewing system from @TassimoCanada will share their experiences with us.  So far, I have only heard raving reviews on Twitter.

So, which brewing system will it be?  Tassimo? Keurig? Or another system?  You decide!

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  • http://ascendingbutterfly.blogspot.com/ Tracy

    I don’t have the Tassimo, I also have the Senseo, but the Senseo does not offer Hot Chocolate pods, and I’m actually interested in reviewing the Keurig because they have a nice variety of hot chocolate available! :-)
    .-= Tracy´s last blog ..Weekend Words of Inspiration and THREE giveaways! =-.

  • http://ascendingbutterfly.blogspot.com Tracy

    I don’t have the Tassimo, I also have the Senseo, but the Senseo does not offer Hot Chocolate pods, and I’m actually interested in reviewing the Keurig because they have a nice variety of hot chocolate available! :-)
    .-= Tracy´s last blog ..Weekend Words of Inspiration and THREE giveaways! =-.

  • http://www.underthegoldenappletree.blogspot.com/ Ida Red

    Ok…well…I have only had Gevalia coffee makers in the past so many years. LOL. Seriously. Is that sad? They work great. I can’t remember what I had before that.
    .-= Ida Red´s last blog ..Five Question Friday/Oct. 30th =-.

  • http://www.underthegoldenappletree.blogspot.com Ida Red

    Ok…well…I have only had Gevalia coffee makers in the past so many years. LOL. Seriously. Is that sad? They work great. I can’t remember what I had before that.
    .-= Ida Red´s last blog ..Five Question Friday/Oct. 30th =-.

  • Ivette

    I had a Gevalia coffee maker too, and liked it. (LOVED the coffee, but expensive!) Since my hubby doesn’t drink coffee, I have some “trouble” making the right amount.

  • Ivette

    I had a Gevalia coffee maker too, and liked it. (LOVED the coffee, but expensive!) Since my hubby doesn’t drink coffee, I have some “trouble” making the right amount.

  • http://www.tassimocoffeemaker.net/ devin

    Thanks for the help I love this monitor easy-to-use single cup coffee maker.
    .-= devin´s last blog ..Understanding the Tassimo Coffee Maker =-.

  • http://www.tassimocoffeemaker.net/ devin

    Thanks for the help I love this monitor easy-to-use single cup coffee maker.
    .-= devin´s last blog ..Understanding the Tassimo Coffee Maker =-.

  • http://www.senseocoffeemaker.net/ xavier

    I do not drink coffee. I want to Senseo Senseo pods, but hot chocolate was my real interest in Keurig check because they have a good variety of hot chocolate has.
    .-= xavier´s last blog ..The Senseo Coffee Maker is Revolutionizing the Coffee Maker Industry =-.

  • http://www.senseocoffeemaker.net/ xavier

    I do not drink coffee. I want to Senseo Senseo pods, but hot chocolate was my real interest in Keurig check because they have a good variety of hot chocolate has.
    .-= xavier´s last blog ..The Senseo Coffee Maker is Revolutionizing the Coffee Maker Industry =-.

  • Squonk

    I have owned a braun tassimo for about 3 years now, I love it, My wife doesn’t drink coffee but she likes the teas and lattes. It is more expensive than grounds per cup, but atleast I’m not wasting coffee by throwing away a half pot of cold brew every day because I only drink a cup or so in the morning on the way to work, theres no mess, no filters just throw in a pod and go. I order the coffee disks offline through tassimo directly if you order atleast 30.00 dollars worth shipping is free and no tax.The brawn machine is noisey though, and just today we saw that bed bath and beyond has thier best bosch tassimo for 199.00 minus 20% off and 50.00 mail in rebate. We plan on getting it tomorrow. I can’t say much for the keurig except with that unit you can get a cup that you can put your own grounds in and save money. But you can’t get the real milk creamers for cappuchino or lattes…if you like that stuff. The keurig coffee seems good, I have friends that have them and have tried several types…but we love the tassimo.

  • Squonk

    I have owned a braun tassimo for about 3 years now, I love it, My wife doesn’t drink coffee but she likes the teas and lattes. It is more expensive than grounds per cup, but atleast I’m not wasting coffee by throwing away a half pot of cold brew every day because I only drink a cup or so in the morning on the way to work, theres no mess, no filters just throw in a pod and go. I order the coffee disks offline through tassimo directly if you order atleast 30.00 dollars worth shipping is free and no tax.The brawn machine is noisey though, and just today we saw that bed bath and beyond has thier best bosch tassimo for 199.00 minus 20% off and 50.00 mail in rebate. We plan on getting it tomorrow. I can’t say much for the keurig except with that unit you can get a cup that you can put your own grounds in and save money. But you can’t get the real milk creamers for cappuchino or lattes…if you like that stuff. The keurig coffee seems good, I have friends that have them and have tried several types…but we love the tassimo.

  • http://productreviewroundup.com/ Grace and Tiffany

    Howdy!

    Thanks for posting a thorough, honest and entertaining review! We linked to your excellent post on our blog, *Product Review Round-Up* under the category of Food & Beverages. The link is embedded in this listing:

    NEW 11/16-Ivette’s lowdown on the Phillips Senseo Coffee Maker

    Again, many thanks!

    Happy Trails to you,
    Grace and Tiffany
    The Uncommon Cowgirls of Product Review Round-Up
    http://productreviewroundup.com
    .-= Grace and Tiffany´s last blog ..NEW 11/16-Ivette’s lowdown on the Phillips Senseo Coffee Maker =-.

  • http://productreviewroundup.com Grace and Tiffany

    Howdy!

    Thanks for posting a thorough, honest and entertaining review! We linked to your excellent post on our blog, *Product Review Round-Up* under the category of Food & Beverages. The link is embedded in this listing:

    NEW 11/16-Ivette’s lowdown on the Phillips Senseo Coffee Maker

    Again, many thanks!

    Happy Trails to you,
    Grace and Tiffany
    The Uncommon Cowgirls of Product Review Round-Up
    http://productreviewroundup.com
    .-= Grace and Tiffany´s last blog ..NEW 11/16-Ivette’s lowdown on the Phillips Senseo Coffee Maker =-.

  • http://mrcoffeemaker.org/ Mr Coffee Maker

    I have philips coffee maker which works perfectly fine and wish to buy a new one and i think i will try out Keurig

  • http://mrcoffeemaker.org/ Mr Coffee Maker

    I have philips coffee maker which works perfectly fine and wish to buy a new one and i think i will try out Keurig

  • Gwen

    I have the Keurig coffee system. I saw it for the first time this Christmas, and have since purchased one for myself! It’s abosolutely great! The machine is very easy to use, the clean-up is a non-issue, and the coffee variety is unbeliveable. I purchased my machine from Costco, and it came with 90 K-cups to try. If you don’t have (or run out) of the K-cups, you can also use your own regular brand of coffee. I love it, and will continue to try new flavours until I find the ones I like the best. If you are looking for a single cup coffee system, Keurig is a great investment!

  • Gwen

    I have the Keurig coffee system. I saw it for the first time this Christmas, and have since purchased one for myself! It’s abosolutely great! The machine is very easy to use, the clean-up is a non-issue, and the coffee variety is unbeliveable. I purchased my machine from Costco, and it came with 90 K-cups to try. If you don’t have (or run out) of the K-cups, you can also use your own regular brand of coffee. I love it, and will continue to try new flavours until I find the ones I like the best. If you are looking for a single cup coffee system, Keurig is a great investment!

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  • http://coffeeofthemonthclub.net/ Coffee Clubs

    Based on customer reviews, coffee maker specifications and features I will go for Keurig.

  • mitchdcba

    i prefer Gevalia..it is popular NOT only because of the sensational taste and flavor that their coffee varieties have. What made this coffee club and manufacturer a crowd favorite is the fact that you could get wonderful deals and services that you won’t find anywhere else.
    http://gevaliacoffeeclub.net

  • http://www.wahmbahm.com Ivette Muller

    I”ve tried Gevalia too, but wasn't impressed with the taste of the coffee. I've had better coffees that are less expensive without the autoship commitment.

  • http://www.wahmbahm.com Ivette Muller

    I”ve tried Gevalia too, but wasn't impressed with the taste of the coffee. I've had better coffees that are less expensive without the autoship commitment.

  • Donna Smith

    I’ve had a Senseo for years and just converted to a Tassimo. Why did it take me so long? All those wet pale pods? It served me well but I love the Tassimo. I have been in search of a home cappucino without an outlay that set me back a month’s salary and the Tassimo makes a very nice cup. Not quite worthy of Starbucks but very nice. I love it!

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  • Keady7

    I had the BOSCH tassimo and so did my mother in law. They both 'broke' within a year. Apparently my friends and sister-in-law purchased the BRAUN tassimo systems prior to the BOSH models and have never had any problems. One sales clerk even told me not to waste my time buying the bosh model. Forget about trying to send it back to the mfg – it's just a huge hassle . I wish Keurig would come up with a model that would allow the user to adjust the intensity of the drink like the tassimo does (by holding down the manual water button). I am still researching the 'My K cup” holder that will allow you to use any ground coffee, but from the blogs I have read the tassimo has the best flavour. I am trying to find a BRAUN tassimo online to buy from ebay, but most shipping to Canada is about $50 bucks. Sounds like there is just no pleasing me from this post but I am sure I'll figure out an acceptable solution before my Timmy's budget goes through the roof!

  • http://www.wahmbahm.com Ivette Muller

    I actually purchased the Keurig B30 mini model and I like the convenience, however, I can't use the My K Cup in this model (too small). I purchased it to try the coffee and see what the Keurig was like because I had seen some of the same complaints about malfunctions about Keurig in general. So, I purchased mine at Sears with the Product Protection Plan which allows me to exchange it if it malfunctions within 2 years. I agree with you though that I would like to adjust the flavor, but for now I just use less water and make two cups to make it stronger :)

    Hope you find a machine soon!

  • http://www.aboutcoffees.com/ K Cups

    Another thing to consider is the environmental impact of your decision. K Cups do not biodegrade like a coffee filter.

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  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_F4V6AFUOHD4G6QYXOPLV4V5ZZA Derek Moffett

    This is an outdated review, so take it as it is.

    I have had the Keurig. I sold it on Craigslist. I liked the options available with the Tassimo (T-20) better. Espresso, Crema, Latte….

    I found a Tassimo on Craigslist and got it. I love the Tassimo.

    The only downside of the Tassimo is that the disks can not be found everywhere. The Keurig won the marketing battle on this one.

    The upsides are that the Tassimo is smaller and more intelligent. It reads the barcode and brews each type of disk to the specs of the manufacturer. There is not an issue with the barcode reader. Just simply wipe it now and then.

    The disks are cheaper than the K-cups. Now that the Keurig has the corner on the market they have raised the prices significantly.

    The T-disks can be found at Target, Walmart, BBB and a few other retailers. The website is pretty good and shipping is fast. There is a huge selection there and usually there is a discount that they will give you. I have seen others talk about the subscription. You do not need to do that. You can order whenever you like.

  • http://www.wahmbahm.com Ivette Muller

    Derek – thank you so much for taking the time to post this!  I really love the comparison and your feedback on the Tassimo.  I have heard WONDERFUL things about the barcode reader and that the taste is amazing.  

    Thanks for your comments – I appreciate you!

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