If you could have a cappuccino (or coffee or latte, WHATEVER) within one minute from start to finish without ever leaving your house, putting on a bra, pants or shoes, finding car keys, standing in line or doling out $2.65 plus would you complain?
OK, you probably would, but not about that, right? Because oh my god I fear for the rest of ya'll because I now have access to round-the-clock cappuccinos (coughCAFFEINEcough) thanks to this sleek, handsome, I may just be a little too into it, Tassimo T20 humdinger of a machine. I don't even want to call it a coffee maker because it out does your normal every day messy filters-and-grounds routines on so many levels, trumping the average coffee maker with its one-button operation and no mess T Discs and that leave you with nothing to clean up. Tassimo is so speaking my language with this bad boy.
On top of all the features the Tassimo T20 claims on its box, it proudly wears the Starbucks symbol which had me tearing open the box quicker than a kid demolishing a present on Christmas morning. BUT, I knew better than to just trust the Starbucks symbol – I mean, c'mon, we've all witnessed Starbucks at Target and know full-well that it is not the same thing as a real, certified Starbucks store. So, I had to give it a try for myself.
Trying the Tassimo T20 was the ultimate test. It doesn't matter how great the coffee is – if I can't work the machine then forget it, the thing is useless. And with an attention span the size of an ant, Tassimo (Bosch) was really working against all odds. I photographed each step so a) you could see for yourself what the T20 is like and b) just in case I managed to cause a small kitchen fire like I've been known to do in the past.
Here's what Tassimo sent me in the mail (for free, I might add!) to try out…
Um, Hello Starbucks Cappuccino T Discs…
Isn't she pretty?
I followed the 5 very simple instructions to get her going. I even re-read the instructions a few times because it seemed a little too… easy?
Pure. Excitement. when this bad boy came to life. (Note: No caffeine had been consumed. Yet.)
I picked one of my favorite mugs from the RV/Meg Exclusive Mug Collection (TM) and might have squee'd a little in excitment.
Like I was going to go for anything other than the cappuccino. C'mon now.
So how on earth do you make a cappuccino in a disc-oriented coffee machine you ask? Well, let me tell you. See these T Discs? The one on the right is milk creamer and the one on the left is espresso. Guess what? You use one after the other AND THAT'S AS DIFFICULT AS IT GETS.
First, the milk creamer T Disc. Maybe 30 seconds to steam? Then… foam!
I own a full-blown fancy schmancy espresso machine and I have to say, this is waaaay easier than steaming milk to create cappuccino-worthy foam on that thing.
Then? Just change the T Disc to the espresso one…
NO, THERE WAS NO FIRE. Just steam. Lovely, hot steam. And espresso. In under 30 seconds. It's like a love story for the coffee addicts across the world.
And this, my friends, is the extent of the mess. No more spilling coffee grinds all over the counter or outside of the filter or having them end up in your actual coffee. Just an empty container to toss in the trash. I am so on board with the no mess thing.
And luckily, this story has a happy ending… It's true. It was delightful. It tasted awesome (and you know I'm hella picky about my cappuccinos), it was easy to operate (and you know I require easy) and there was no mess to deal with (and you know I am all about keeping it clean) (well).
But the best part is? Well, besides the fact that I can now be highly caffeinated at all times of the day without having to put a bra on? It's that I get to give away one of these fancy change-your-life Tassimo T20's to YOU.
How to enter:
To enter to win, leave a comment on this post telling me why coffee is your best friend (and be creative! Not because it's required but because it's boring to read "because it tastes good.") Each comment = one entry. You may enter as many times as you want beginning now through Sunday, December 26, 2010 at 8:00 PM Pacific Time. Winner will be chosen at random. Sorry, this item can only be shipped to U.S. residents at this time.
*Tassimo/Bosch sent me the brewer and coffee products at no cost for review and all opinions are mine and do not reflect that of the company's.