Braun Tassimo TA 1400 Coffee Maker

Before we begin lets understand one thing, the Braun Tassimo TA 1400 is not just a coffee maker, it is much more then that. The manufacturer perfers to refer to it as a hot beverage system. It is a good description to be sure, but what the description doesn't tell you is that the Braun Tassimo is one heck of a machine.
And rightly so, this machine can brew coffee, espresso, real milk-based lattes, cappuccinos, cafe crema, hot tea, tea latte, and hot chocolate. It can do it very quickly also, which is a godsend especially when your running late in the morning and need just a fast cup of coffee, tea or whatever. Surprised yet? We were.

This is how it All Works
T-Discs - that's what makes the Braun Tassimo unique. If you've ever used a pod/capsule-based coffee machine, then T-Discs will seem very familiar to you on the surface, but they are really very different. Each T-Disc has a barcode imprinted on the top that tells the Tassimo the exact amount of water to inject through the T-Disc. The result of this process is an exact brew that has the same taste time and time again. Alternatively, the Tassimo also lets you manually control the brewing process by simply pressing and holding down a button. It is all about options, which is why the Braun Tassimo TA 1400 is so different from other coffee makers. Unlike other coffee and espresso machines, you have a wide selection of brands offering a multitude of flavors and types of beverages. Don't like Seattle's Best Coffee? No problem, you have a choice.

One of the downsides of the tassimo is the price of each T-Disc is significantly higher than if you were to purchase a bag of coffee at the supermarket. So, what you'll gain in speed and ease of clean up, you'll have to pay for with your wallet. Also the Tassimo is missing a milk frother attachment, which is a standard feature in many other coffee machines. Though the cappuccinos are delicious and have some froth when using the cappuccino T-Discs, it would be nice to be able to have apply as much milk foam as desired. You'll want to keep this in mind before making a purchase.

On a brighter note though, whatever you are brewing wth the braun tassimo TA 1400 has a great taste. The Gevalia espresso in particularly delivered a completely balanced espresso with a smooth, yet strong taste. We were also pleasantly surprised at the taste of the cappuccino, perhaps aided by the fact that the Tassimo uses real milk in their cappuccino T-Discs.

In conclusion the Braun Tassimo TA 1400 is easy to use, easy to clean and easy to recommend. With such a wide range of options and features it is truly in a field of its own. And even though this is as multi-purpose as it gets, the Tassimo performs extremely well in all categories, most importantly in the taste department.

The performance of the tassimo is not the greatest, though it is not bad. The Braun Tassimo is not the fastest of the capsule-based brewing machines we've reviewed, that award belongs to the Nespresso brand of coffee machines, but it is still fast enough to brew an espresso in just 30 seconds, and coffee and tea in under 60 seconds. The machine will take approximately thirty seconds to warm up before it is ready for use.

All in all the Braun Tassimo TA 1400 is a good buy for the price and all that it can do. I like it because I can make a single cup of coffee whenever I want and not have to waste a whole pot. It's easy to clean and maintain and it looks cool to boot.



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