March 13, 2006

First Impressions: FLAVIA FUSION Coffee Drink Station

Us 2 1 DimensionsWe've been using the new FLAVIA FUSION Drinks Station for over a week now and we have one thing to say, "This machine makes a ton of different hot drinks." It's nothing short of staggering the amount of different combinations you can make with the FLAVIA FUSION. We're not saying just because the FLAVIA FUSION can make a ton of different beverages that they're all amazing though.

Img 2279The FLAVIA FUSION can make Coffees, Fresh Leaf Teas, LATTES, Cappuccinos, Hot Chocolate and other drinks. They even have a Wellbeing line of teas with vitamins in them. You can even mix up your own "hot cocktail" by Mixing and Matching from they're entire line of syrups and sprinkles you can purchase along with the coffee and teas.

The interesting thing about the FLAVIA FUSION for everyone here at Single Serve Coffee is the fact the brewing happens inside the filter pack much like the Tassimo. Because brewing happens inside the filter pack, there is really no cleaning of the machine or mixing of a tea or coffee for taste.

The machine itself is well designed and easy to use so far. We like the controls on top of the machine - essentially three different areas: Other Drinks, Coffee Drinks with the ability to dial up more or less water, and two pack drinks which require two different filter packs like a milk and espresso pack used to make a cappuccino.

We also like the large reservoir and the fact it comes with a filter inside the reservoir. The trend of supplying a filter now extends to the Tassimo, Krups Home Cafe, and the FLAVIA FUSION. We can't tell enough how much good water can make all the difference.

Img 2280-1The FLAVIA FUSION is also a bit tall but not that wide. The head on the front of the machine that holds the filter pack inside extends a good 2-3 inches above the top of the machine. This doesn't make the machine too tall to fit under your countertops, but it does make it the only single serve coffee machine we've seen with a "neck".

We'll have more on the FLAVIA FUSION as we finalize our review, but so far the machine is working well and we are just getting through the over 30+ drinks you can make with the machine. Take a look at picture above to get an idea on just how many drinks we've needed to sample.

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Posted by Jay Brewer at March 13, 2006 7:55 AM

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Interesting - thanks for both of your feedback. Inded - the brewing happens in the filter pack but not truly like the Tassimo - it does shoot straight out the bottom. I'm going to include some small quicktime movies I think to show this - it's truly unique. So far I'm enjoying the Sumatra - it's pretty good.

Also - the water tank is removable. I carry mine over to the fridge to fill it with filtered water regardless of the built in filter.


Posted by: Jay Brewer at March 14, 2006 7:45 AM

Jay, it's worth pointing out that unlike the Tassimo or just about any other single serve brewer, with Flavia machines the brew drops straight out of the coffee packet and into the cup. The brew never touches any part of the machine so there's literally zero cleanup. I just wish I liked more of their drinks. The only ones I find that I like are the flavored coffees. This is based on my use of their SB100 model. I haven't tried the Fusion so I don't know if it's brews taste any better, or maybe even not as good.

Darryl


Posted by: darryl at March 14, 2006 4:40 AM

I bought a Flavia Fusion machine back in January for home, and a Senseo for work. So far, I love the Flavia, and not so much the Senseo, but they do fit their roles. At home, I make different drinks - hot chocolate, coffee, chai lattes, etc., while at work we just wanted an inexpensive coffee/tea machine. The one thing you didn't mention about the Flavia unit is that the "neck," where you insert the coffee packs, telescopes up and down. When you press the button on the side, it goes up, or you push down on it to lower it. If I remove the bottom spill catch, and raise the neck all the way up, I can fit a traveler mug. My only gripe with the Flavia is that the water tank is not removable, and if I don't use it for a while, water just sits there. To empty it, I have to take the whole unit and tilt it over to drain it. I wish the manufacturer would have used a detachable tank, like the Senseo. Otherwise, it's a designer-looking unit that makes good coffee.


Posted by: LAArt at March 13, 2006 4:38 PM
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