Review: Nabob Latte T-Discs for Tassimo
Our Canadian correspondent S.H. has a another insightful review of Canadian T-Discs for Tassimo...
Nabob uses a combination of their espresso T-Disc (which I recently reviewed) and the usual shelf-stable latte milk creamer T-Disc which is common among most latte varieties such as Maxwell House Latte & Gevalia Latte.
You first make a shot of espresso...
The latte milk has a somewhat buttery taste and some may even find it tastes like 2% evaporated milk. Some people hate the taste and claim it's "too chemical" while others enjoy it so much they purchase the discs as stand-alones and use them with other coffee T-Discs or by themselves as a form of warm milk. Personally, I don't dislike the taste but I wish Kraft could improve it somehow. I have yet to sample the European creamer discs which come with the Jacobs or Kenco brands so I'm not sure if those would taste any better or worse.
Then a little Tassimo frothed up milk...
As far as lattes go, this is your pretty standard variety and since (to my knowledge) Kraft uses the same milk creamer discs in North America for all its brands of lattes, the taste is likely consistent regardless which brand you choose. I've tried substituting the Nabob Espresso with a Carte Noire Espresso and received slightly better taste due to the intensity of the coffee, so obviously, the more intense/bold of an espresso you use, the better the taste will be as there will be less of a buttery taste and more of a coffee taste.
- Aroma - 2 - The final "combined" aroma of the espresso + creamer disc results in an overwhelming scent of the creamer disk. You lose most of the espresso's scent.
- Acidity - 2 - The creamer helps to subdue most of the acidity of the espresso, however, there's still a tiny hint of acidity in the aftertaste.
- Body - 7 - Standard beige latte color, medium layer of froth which quickly dissipates after a few minutes. Could use a slightly thicker froth but hopefully this will be resolved when the new Bosch machine is released later this year.
- Flavor - 5 - I was hoping for more of a coffee taste, but the creamer disk overpowered the espresso to the point where it was an afterthought. All I could taste was the creamer while the coffee flavor was "buried underneath". Kraft really needs to work on improving their creamers.
- Mouth Feel - 8 - The creamer adds a certain silky/smooth feel to the mix since it effectively removes the bite of the espresso.
Coffee Drinker - Best suited for casual coffee drinkers or those who like adding 2% evaporated milk into their coffees/teas.
Overall Rating: 74 - Poor
The result is a Nabob latte.
The Nabob Latte T-Discs will work in your Braun Tassimo Tassimo TA1200 or TA1400 models as well as the new Bosch models which are slated for launch this September. Pricing is $8.99 CAD for 16 discs (8 espresso + 8 milk creamers) at most Wal-Mart stores across Canada or via the Canadian Tassimo eShop. This T-Disc flavor is not currently available on the American market.
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Posted by Jay Brewer at July 23, 2008 6:49 AM