December 4, 2009

Review: Tassimo T65 Single Serve Coffee Maker - T-Disc Brewer

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Tassimo has launched a new Tassimo T65 Single Serve Coffee Maker that features a new Multilingual LC display. The multi-lingual display will help Tassimo launch into new and existing markets without the need to localize the machines for each market thus saving money. There's also a new set of lights for cup stand illumination.

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The illuminated cup stand of the Tassimo T65 Brewer.

After a few weeks with this Tassimo model what stands out? Is it a better brewer overall? We have to say the addition of the illuminated cup stand and the LCD display does set this brewer apart but at a cost.

Update: Tassimo is now calling this system a "brewbot". What's a brew bot? The Brewbot (BROO·bot) is an advanced brewing machine programmed to make over seven different varieties of beverages. Brewbots can create coffees, lattes, cappuccinos, espressos, hot chocolates and coffee cremas all at the touch of a button. a.k.a. Roboticus Brewtus. The machines are the same as earlier Tassimo Bosch models above but being marketed as brewbots.

Key Features of the Tassimo T65 Hot Beverage and Single Serve Coffee system:

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Key new features of the Tassimo T65 Single Serve Coffee Maker (read our T-45 review for all the features of the Tassimo system):

  • Multilingual LC display
    • User-friendly visual and linguistic instructions
    • Guides users through all functions and service steps in five languages (English/ French/German/Italian/Spanish)
    • Ultimate ease-of-use through self- explanatory instructions
    • Explanations for every step of use
  • Cup-stand light
    • Three lights above the cup stand for illumination
    • Switches off automatically when brewer is not in use for more than five minutes
    • Highlights drink appearance
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One thing that's really apparent right away is the LCD display tells you EXACTLY what to do. The T-45 does a good job, but you have to guess what icons are telling you what to do and where to press. It's just nice to have the machine "say press me now" or the like - or "Hey - I'm Ready". That's not the exact text but you get the idea - the machine is reassuring that your beverage is in progress.

The Tassimo T65 Single Serve Coffee Maker also comes with the walter filtration system, and all the features of the earlier T-45 model including:

  • On Demand Brewing - The brewer now has on demand brewing instead of heating a reservoir of hot water. It's also very quiet, and the only noise you'll hear is the pitter patter of the pump when it starts up.
  • Improved Water Tank and Filtration System - The Bosh Tassimo has a larger reservoir that's easier to fill and carry. The reservoir features both a handle, filter quality display (or when to replace), and larger water filter. The improvements are immediate after you fill the tank for the first time, and put the reservoir back in place - easy and it looks great with the blue tint.
  • Smaller Footprint and more Attractive Design - We really love the narrow footprint and improved sleek design. We liked the older model, but when you put a gumdrop next to a porsche - you notice the difference.
  • Quiet Brewing - The Bosch Tassimo is whisper quiet. Gone is the rather loud and jarring pumping and brewing you heard in the older model. In its place is a very quiet, almost pleasant brewing cycle that makes sense.
  • Integrated Descaling T Disc Storage - the descaling T Disc is stored behind the water tank inside the machine. In the first week of using the older machine, we lost our cleaning T Disc. Now we have a place for it in the Bosch Tassimo and won't have to worry about losing this one.
  • Smaller Power Cord and Storage - the power cord is very thin and round, and the excess cord you don't need stores inside the bottom of the Bosch Tassimo. You simply push the extra power cord inside the brewer.

Brewing a cup with the Tassimo T-65 Single Serve Coffee and Hot Beverage System

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It's the same process as with any earlier Tassimo model. Lift the brew head, place the T-Disc bar code down, and then close the brew head. Hit the button and the machine reads the bar code and prepares your beverage perfectly. The Tassimo is a fantastic machine because of the bar code technology allowing it to know how to prepare you latte milk, or make a perfect cup of Starbucks Breakfast blend. We tried a variety of beverages with the Tassimo T65 Single Serve Coffee Maker, and they all were at the same level of quality as the T45 earlier model (The Bosch Tassimo Suprema).

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Conclusions

Pros:

  • All the features of the previous model
  • New LCD Display provides clear instructions and directions
  • New Illuminated cup stand is very cool and very interesting in the early hours of the morning
  • Standby mode works - and the machine immediately can brew after waking it up

Cons:

  • Price - at $50 more than the previous model it's $199 (that being said there is currently as of 12/01/09 a $50 rebate in place)

We highly recommend the Tassimo T65 Single Serve Coffee Maker for those who wan the extra two features. If they are of no interest, we think the earlier Tassimo T45 Bosch Suprema model will fit the bill.

You can currently get the Tassimo T65 at a variety of online etailers including CoffeeWiz.com and Amazon.com.

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A special thanks to Tassimo for providing us the Tassimo T65 Single Serve Coffee Maker to review.

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Posted by Jay Brewer at December 4, 2009 8:56 AM

Recent Comments

Hi Pierina Cicero. If it’s the red light for cleaning (looks like a little spray of water) it is super easy. If your friend removes the water tank from the back there will be a yellow cleaning disc and a small instruction booklet tucked away in a small slot. The descaler Tassimo sells on their site is made by Dezcal and can also be purchased at Bed Bath and Beyond. He would mix the solution based on the instructions and pour it into the water tank with the filter bucket removed. Then he would put the cleaner disc into the machine, put a big mug under the spout, then push and hold the brew button until the descale process begins. The whole process takes about 20 minutes or so and is completely automatic. Once the cycle has completed he would want to rinse out the water tank, fill it with fresh water and run a few brew cycles with the cleaning disc to rinse the machine out. That’s all there is to it.


Posted by: AO at November 20, 2012 11:44 AM

My Friend has a problem with T65, the red light does not want shut off. What can be the problem? What does he clean it with? And where can you buy it?


Posted by: Pierina Cicero at November 19, 2012 10:50 AM

Forget Tassimo folks! We own two machines and have been on auto delivery for our coffee since their products have been disappearing from the shelves of all stores here in the US and in Canada (my son & brother-in-law in Canada also own Tassimo brewers). Our last auto delivery was placed 12/13/11. Our deliveries are scheduled to arrive every 4 weeks. The first confirmation stated our delivery would arrive 02/10/12...then another confirmation stated this delivery would arrive 02/23/12...and the latest confirmation is now stating to expect our delivery 03/23/12. This is getting ridiculous and in contacting Customer Service, we received a standard "sorry for your inconvenience" yet no attempt was made to accurately inform us, nor compensate us. We have 4 pods of coffee left so what are we to do once that is gone? Customer Service also suggested three stores in which carried their product (Dillards, Lowes, Bed, Bath & Beyond) yet I can tell you, these stores no longer carry a single Tassimo product! You would think Customer Service should know this!! In conclusion, it seems we are going to have to fork out another $400 in order to replace our two coffee brewers! Happy customers we are not! Now I won't even address their issue of pods exploding...that is a whole other issue of which we have received one new replacement part, while still waiting on another (yet both were ordered at the same time). Bottom line, do not waste your money on Tassimo! Find another, more reliable company or better yet, go back to the conventional coffee makers.


Posted by: ddhere at February 26, 2012 11:33 AM

I have a Bosch Tassimo and have had no problems at all. My friend has purchased two (home and trailer) and also has had no problems. I love the coffee it makes - particularly the Starbucks. My only complaint is the lack of variety. Unfortunately in Canada, we don't have the range of Tassimo products - we can buy Nabob, Starbucks, Maxwell House coffees, cappucinos and lattes, Suckard's hot chocolate, Twinings Tea - but no flavoured coffees or no bold decaf beverages which we would enjoy. I'm told it has something to do with required French labelling on packages - seems unlikely??.
The Keurig has so many brands and beverage options, that I might consider one in the future - though don't want to purchase a headache as described by Peach.


Posted by: Jo-Anne at December 28, 2010 4:20 PM

I have a Bosch Tassimo and have had no problems at all. My friend has purchased two (home and trailer) and also has had no problems. I love the coffee it makes - particularly the Starbucks. My only complaint is the lack of variety. Unfortunately in Canada, we don't have the range of Tassimo products - we can buy Nabob, Starbucks, Maxwell House coffees, cappucinos and lattes, Suckard's hot chocolate, Twinings Tea - but no flavoured coffees or no bold decaf beverages which we would enjoy. I'm told it has something to do with required French labelling on packages - seems unlikely??.
The Keurig has so many brands and beverage options, that I might consider one in the future - though don't want to purchase a headache as described by Peach.


Posted by: Jo-Anne at December 28, 2010 4:18 PM

Well, I love my Keurig. Bought my first one about 3 years ago, maybe longer and never had a problem. This last Christmas my wife bought the upgraded model and that is when my problems started.

Within a few weeks, half cups and the unit shutting off by itself during a cycle. Keurig was very nice and replaced it - 4 times within about 6 weeks. They finally gave up and upgraded me to the Breville - for free.

What is interesting is that my sister had the same problem during the same time. Between the 2 of us we received 8 Plantinum units before they switched us to the Breville.

Oh, did I say my son is still using my original that is over 3 years old?

Yes, Keurig did say they were having pump problems in all their units.

Now, its not over. About 2 months ago, my Breville started acting up. Called Breville and they asked me to do a number of things but nothing worked. They did send me a replacement only after I sent the broken one back.

I love Keurig coffees and will continue to use it UNTIL the next time.

The over all cost of coffee is cheaper than other premium single units. I only wish they would come out with a latte maker.


Posted by: Michael at September 22, 2010 7:17 PM

I don't know about the Keurig. Reviews are positive when it's working, but there are HUNDREDS of reviews out there about machines that died anywhere from 2 to 12 months after purchase. I'm not willing to take that chance. (That's across every model number.)


Posted by: Peach at July 8, 2010 4:09 AM

This is singleservecoffee.com, right? For a minute there, I thought I was on the wrong site. I've been through 2 Keurigs in 2 months, and I'm hoping the Tassimo is a better product. I haven't seen many negative reviews. The little extra spent will be worth it if I don't have to keep going back to the store to exchange the unit.


Posted by: April at April 6, 2010 10:44 PM

My husband purchased the Tassimo T65 for me. I thought it was a wonderful idea. The T-disc system is ok but you have to order as not too many stores in my area carry them. Now to my story. Stores in my area carry Keurig products. They are usually cheaper than T-disc. I would have returned the Tassimo and bought a Keurig which was about $40.00 cheaper except that the store assured me I could get a $50.00 rebate. Now 3 months later the company informs me that I cannot get a rebate although I followed the directions in the rebate form. I have also seen a component for the Keurig that allow you to use your own flavored coffee. So, all you fellow coffee lovers - but the Keurig.


Posted by: Coffee Lover at March 1, 2010 7:14 PM

You forgot the third feature of the T65: the "titanium" color. It's the only Tassimo to feature the color, and for my gal it was a deal-closer, as she really didn't care for the red or light-gray options on the T45.

The light is a cool bonus, though.


Posted by: Kitchen Guy at January 13, 2010 5:02 PM

Yep - after asking SH and trying myself...

There must be a disc present in the machine in order to even make it work, so yes... you need to use the descale t-disc in order to produce just hot water out of any Tassimo machine be it the older Braun models or the newer Bosch models.


Posted by: Jay Brewer at December 5, 2009 6:11 PM

Hi,

Can you tell me if this machine will is able to just produce hot water without a T disk?

Mark.


Posted by: Mark at December 5, 2009 1:32 PM
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