July 23, 2008

Review: Nabob Latte T-Discs for Tassimo

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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
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I don't know much about coffee but I don't like this one, way too bitter / acid / chemical taste ... at least it's just 8 portions lol

Posted by: JP at October 21, 2011 10:00 PM

These new lattes taste pretty good, but I have this milky syrup that is left over at the bottom of my cup. I wish that the milk would totally dissolve. I prefer the Nabob cappuccino's to the lattes for sure.

Posted by: Hooty at December 25, 2008 4:37 AM

I love the taste of both the creamer for Lattes/Cappuccinos, however, I am unable to drink the espresso which is included. When will your company just box the creamer? I have so many unopen boxes of espresso and nothing to do with them, it is shameful.

Posted by: Margaret Singleton at October 30, 2008 2:52 PM

UPDATE: I recently shopped around at various grocery stores, Wal-Mart, Home Outfitters & LNT locations around the region... looks like they started dropping prices on T-Discs over this past Summer. Lattes/Cappuccinos are now priced around $5.99 while most of the regular coffee T-Discs are $3.99. Even the Starbucks discs dropped to $8.99 at certain grocery stores where they were previously listed at $10.99. Atlantic Canada is finally starting to see prices which are more at-par with Western Canada.

Posted by: SH at October 12, 2008 1:18 PM

Keep in mind that things are often over-priced in Atlantic Canada. Judging by the fact that you're mentioning "Safeway", I'm guessing you're out West in Alberta or BC? You're able to get better pricing due to more competition in that area. There's hardly any competition in this end of Canada, so retailers often hike pricing to whatever they want and we are stuck paying it. Ordering online isn't really an option since it costs us almost double in S&H just to get something sent here... don't even get me started on brokerage fees should we deal with UPS or Fedex. Another reason why pricing might be so cheap... did you bother checking expiry dates on those T-Discs? I often notice LNT selling discs half-price once they expire.

Posted by: SH at July 25, 2008 12:56 PM

Where the heck are you getting your pricing on these things?! $6.99 for the Nabob Latte set at Safeway and - get this - $4.79 at Canadian SuperStore. I pity you and your Walmart :)

Posted by: Erin at July 25, 2008 11:33 AM
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