Review: Tassimo Professional T-300 Single Serve Coffee System
Not too long ago I reviewed four different espresso capsule systems. One system that was not included was the Tassimo, so here is a look at the Tassimo Professional T-300 Office machine.
If I was reviewing steam locomotives then this would be the "Allegany 2-6-6-6" of the series, the biggest, heaviest, hardest working one of them all. If you have a larger office then this machine should be near the top of your list.
As mentioned, it is a BIG machine, 16.5" tall, even deeper at nearly two feet, and 8" wide. This machine has a serious foot print and the size and weight of this machine also makes it exceptionally stable and quiet. Only the Lavazza came close to the size of this machine.
The water tank is completely internal and the machine arrives with the capability of being used as a pour over tank or as plumbed. The internal tank holds over a gallon of water and the system reminds you when the water level is getting low.
The really large water tank can be a real advantage in offices where the machine is used in the non-plumbed pour over mode. This machine has the volume to make sixteen 8 ounce cups of coffee or 64 typical espresso shots on one fill. Not one of the other machines reviewed could even approach those numbers.
Sometimes it is necessary to drain a machine, and again, Tassimo has about the best solution of any of the models except maybe the CBTL Caffitaly system. Behind the waste bin and at the very bottom of the machine is a plastic tube that can be pulled out to fully drain the machine.
Another big advantage to this machine over the others is its automatic extraction of the used capsule, no longer will there be an old used capsule sitting in the machine over night. The storage box also holds quite a few used capsules, but it is harder to get to than on any of the other machines. To remove the waste bin it is necessary to first remove the drip tray, then the front panel and cup stand, and finally pull out the waste bin.
On the plus side, I was really pleasantly surprised how little waste water I found in the waste bin. The only time I found a real mess in the waste bin was after doing a short drop with one of the milk capsules. Of the machines tested this one was by far the easiest to keep clean.
Remember me mentioning that this machine is over 16" tall? That height means the Tassimo Pro T-300 will easily handle travel mugs and the adjustable cup tray was also the easiest of all the machines and had the greatest rage of adjustment, is wide and flat to hold even the biggest cups.
Capsules for the office machines are only available through a Coffee Supply Service, the ones sold in the retail market will not work in the Tassimo Pro line, the bar codes are printed ninety degrees away from the location of the retail capsules.
But how is the coffee, tea and hot chocolate?
The two coffees I sampled were the Signature Blend and the 100% Columbian. I would say they were both far better than the average coffee shop house blend.
The hot chocolate was great, thick, rich and with a lingering finish.
The English Breakfast tea was also surprisingly good, equal or better than anything you can get from a tea bag and ready is less than half the time.
The espresso shots were still better than what I've gotten in many coffee shops, but I don't think quite came up to what I got from the Lavazza, CBTL Caffitaly or Illy machines.
A major selling point is that Tassimo also offers milk capsules that do not require refrigeration. The have two versions, the Cappuccino and Latte versions, the difference being the brew temperature, time and steaming. Both worked as advertised but I would not use them if there was an option to use real milk instead.
The problem was simply taste, both milk capsules had the distinctive high pasteurized taste that I also find in all of the non-refrigerated milks. This is just a matter of personal taste and most people would likely be thrilled with the product.
In summary, for the larger office environment the Tassimo Pro T-300 should be near the top of your list. Like the "Alleghany" this is one well designed machine fit to take on the BIG jobs.
A special thanks to JAR from our Single Serve Coffee Forums for taking the time to make this review possible.
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Posted by Jay Brewer at August 8, 2011 7:43 AM