February 8, 2006

Revisiting Tassimo: Making a Cappuccino Tassimo Style

Img 2184In the second part of our series this week on Tassimo, we wanted to focus on one of the key hot beverages Tassimo can make easily - a Cappuccino. We love a good Cappuccino and resort to all kinds of different methods to make them in the Single Serve Coffee.com test kitchen. We sometimes use our Francis Francis!, or we may pull a shot using the Nespresso and microwave some milk and then froth it up. Whatever the method we have our standards when it comes to Cappuccinos - good buttery milk flavor and a note of espresso coffee.

Img 2186One of the key differences in the Tassimo system (see our review earlier last year for all the details) is the ability to use actual liquid milk that is shelf stable in a large-double stacked T-Disc to create Cappuccinos. When you purchase the Tassimo T-Discs to create Cappuccinos - they come dual packed with espresso discs and milk T-Discs. You'll pay $9.99 for 10 espresso discs and 10 milk discs - putting the price of your Cappuccino at around $1. Not bad and about 1/3 the cost of a similar drink at Starbucks.

We fired up the Tassimo and proceeded to create a Tassimo Cappuccino using the Gevalia Cappuccino T-Discs.

The Tassimo Gevalia Cappuccino

Img 2190To create a Tassimo Cappuccino you'll use one espresso T-Disc and one milk T-Disc. Put the espresso T-Disc in first and make that. We used our Bodum Pavina Double Wall glass to make our Cappuccino in. We like a clear mug to really see what's going on and we also like the presentation. Next you'll put in the milk T-Disc and this is where the Tassimo shines on the Cappuccino front.

Img 2191The pump in the Tassimo goes overboard when making the frothed milk portion. The milk produced is very rich and very buttery - and if you just want some hot milk and no espresso - it's not bad. The pump and the turbulence in the T-Disc really creates a frothy top and the sputtering finish does a great job of pumping up the foam.

Img 2194How does it taste? Not bad. We think the espresso could come across a little more and we wished it was little thicker in texture. Overall - the butter milk taste and coffee taste are well balanced but perhaps a little too balanced. Nothing stands out here but it's also very tasty.

We proceeded to do a double shot of espresso with a milk T-Disc and found the results much better. Double the amount of espresso made the taste really come out and we often order a double shot in our Cappuccino.

Overall - we like the Cappuccino produced from the Tassimo Hot Beverage system. It's not the best we've had but it is really easy. We also like just having some quick hot milk with little mess as well.

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Posted by Jay Brewer at February 8, 2006 8:42 AM

Recent Comments

I would love a fat free option. I bought it to save on money and now I am losing on fat grams


Posted by: Megan at September 30, 2007 10:52 AM

I LOVE my Tassimo. I have owned a Keurig 50 for a few months when I decided to buy a Tassimo for caps and lattes. I have not been disapointed. Amazingly enough, I use both on a daily basis. I make my morning cup with the Keurig, brew up a quick shot of espresso in the Tassimo and add it to my cup of Keurig made coffee! It is awesome.
After lunch of after work I use the Tassimo and have a cappuchino as a treat, I love them both.


Posted by: jim at October 4, 2006 1:01 AM

I WANT TO PURCHASE SOME CAPPUCCINO T-DISCS. WHERE DO I FIND THEM?


Posted by: JULIA J TORLUCCI at June 26, 2006 9:16 PM

I'm wondering if they'll make a lactose free milk T-disk for those of us with lactose intolerant stomachs? Anybody know? How about fat free?


Posted by: Mona at May 17, 2006 6:18 PM

I agree that the cappuccino doesn't have enough espresso flavor. It basically tastes like milk with a little coffee in it. I eventually started making a huge coffee that tasted good by using 2 espresso, 1 coffee, and one milk. It gave it a great flavor, but I could just about buy a Starbucks for the cost. That said, I love my Tassimo anyhow. The ease of use is worth a small sacrifice in taste.


Posted by: Kevin Netherton at May 2, 2006 6:39 AM

I tried the Gevalia cappucino and was very disappointed. The milk tasted like condensed milk and gave the drink a very weak off-taste.


Posted by: Eileen Seidowitz at March 6, 2006 7:36 PM

I love the tassimo. I must say the hot chocolate needed a little something for me so I start out with about 10 mini marshmellows in the bottom of my cup and I add a french vanilla creamer when its done. Now this is delicious. As for the cappuccino a little french vanilla creamer makes it delicious as well. I love the ease of the tassimo


Posted by: Tammy at March 5, 2006 5:45 PM

Hot Chocolate review coming tomorrow.


Posted by: Jay Brewer at February 8, 2006 12:30 PM

Aw...what happened to the Hot Chocolate review that I thought was in Part II?


Posted by: TheMatt at February 8, 2006 12:16 PM
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