October 12, 2011
Bosch Tassimo T55 Espresso and Hot Beverage System
There's a new Tassimo in town dubbed the Tassimo T55. Well - maybe not in a US town just yet, but they are launching this machine in Germany this Fall. The Tassimo T55 will use the T-Disc system which makes a perfect drink every time by using the Tassimo bar code scanner built into the T55.
Other features like the +/- button let you set the coffee strength to precisely match your taste. And the integrated BRITA filter in the water tank of this Bosch coffee maker ensures an enhanced quality of drink, while the transparent water tank allows you to see through the machine as if looking through an archway.
The launch of the T55 series in Germany is accompanied by two new milk specialities. This autumn, TASSIMO will launch the new TASSIMO TWININGS chai latte product – a spiced tea that is prepared with milk. Also a less-sweet variant of the best-selling JACOBS Krönung latte macchiato will be available this autumn.
Just like other Tassimo models, the T55 can prepare different types of tea, hot chocolate or coffee specialties, such as caramel macchiato. All you need to do is pop in the required T DISC, press the button and the rest is done for you. Bosch Tassimo brewing process actually takes place in the T DISC and is finished with a steam shot. Using the service disc provided, you can also perform an automated cleaning or descaling program on your Tassimo T55. Price is around € 160. Bosch.
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Posted by Jay Brewer at October 12, 2011 7:43 AM
I love the look of the t55 and it brews coffee and lattes beautifully, but does anybody find this machine noisy? I'm wondering it this is normal.
I have had this T55 for a month now and I have to say it makes a REAL espresso. You can definitely hear the pressure at work and I get a wonderful crema with the three different brands I have tried so far. I used to make my own lattes with my Krupps espresso machine, and I have to say the T55 is a welcome replacement. The Mastro Lorenzo espressos are the best. I have only had it not read a T-Disk once and after rubbing the barcode with my thumb it worked just fine. My mom loves it as well as she loves vanilla lattes. I have to say that THIS machine is not to be passed up lightly. If you get the 20% off Bed Bath and Beyond coupons in the mail you can get a T55 for 119.00 right now. It is on sale for 149.00 and then 40 off with the 20%. That is what I did and I could not be happier.
Thank you TV!!! Now I know what to ask for for Christmas.
This model is now available in the USA. I just purchased one at Bed Bath & Beyond (online with free shipping) for $169.00. I've been using it for a few days without any problems. It's quieter than the previous models and feels pretty solid. My only complaint is the chrome trim. I wish they hadn't put a bright shiny piece of chrome on the part of the machine that gets touched the most...
My family has been using the Tassimo brewing systems for over 5 years. I've had mine for almost to and I love it. I have never had an issue with it not reading disk or with it clogging up and I love to make lattes. I've been drinking the Chi Tea Lattes since I purchased mine. And STFUGUYS the Tassimo system DOES USE pressure. That is why each beverage has an unique bar code AND that is why it can make frothy drinks. My only complaint about the Tassimo brewers are that the T-Disk are hard to find in stores where I live (Scottsdale, Arizona). It's too hot here during the summer for online order deliveries.
That’s a bummer to hear, it’s such a great looking machine. The T55 isn’t available in the US so I’m planning my trip to Canada. I’m about an hour away from Windsor and Sarnia depending on which way I want to go. I think I’m going to wait until September so I can get some Second Cup discs while I’m there. Is the barcode reader on the T55 by the tab of the disc or is it to the right or the left side of the disc? I’m just curious if the machines and discs available in Canada are compatible with the machines and discs available in the States.
I have a T20, T45 and T65 that all work great. I’ve had one of the machines not read the barcode twice. Both times I ran my thumb across the barcode on the foil lid to make sure that it was laying flat. Once I put it back in it worked fine. I wonder if the foil on your troubled discs weren’t flat.
I also wonder if the location of the reader is diferent in the T55 compared to other machines. I know that some disc have 2 barcodes while other only have one. I wonder if the troubled discs only have one and it's in the wrong location for the T55.
I am on my second Tassimo T55 from Walmart, and I already think this one is going back, just like the first one. Seems like I got a couple of lemons! The first one wouldn't brew green tea, or chai latte, or columbian. This one has already refused a columbian disc. I will try it with all the other discs I have, but it isn't looking good out of the starting gate!
I know I’m a little late to commenting on this post but I do have advice for the caking issue that SH mentions. The Tassimo instructions recommend running a rinse cycle with the yellow disk after using the milk or syrup disks. Much like Keurig recommends running an empty brew cycle after using a k-cup with a powdered beverage. I’ve actually had my Keurig blow gaping holes through the foil lid of k-cups after the chai latte or mocha has partially clogged the tiny exit pin. Talk about a pain trying to clean grounds out of the inside of the machine. Anyway, I digress. What I do with the Tassimo is run the milk or syrup disc first then follow it up with the espresso disc. The espresso flushes out any remaining milk or syrup and all is grand.
I posted an inquiry about this on Tassimo's Facebook page. They didn't reply and deleted my comment...
I agree with SH, the T55 does have a nice appearance with the added function of self- cleaning. However, there is no mention of increased bars of pressure and going beyond brewing simulated espresso....
1.- I bet that espresso is just a decoration, tassimo does not uses preasure, so you'll most likely get from miserable crema, to no crema at all.
2.-No way near the nespresso as for coffe concerns.
That's definitely the nicest looking Tassimo yet. It's almost got Nespresso level counter appeal. I'm with SH though. They need to make some improvements to the functionality before I'm willing to try another.
While I do kinda like the new redesign (different brew chamber clamp/cover design, see-through water level/reservoir, etc.), I can't help but think that's all this is... the existing Tassimo redesigned.
I don't think any new technology other than the +/- buttons & the change from a Mavea to Brita filter is present here. Do we know if bar pressure has been increased (that crema on the espresso looks incredibly fake compared to what I've obtained at home on my T45) or if the steam burst at the end of the brew cycle actually "cleans" the piercing assembly (instead of caking-on the milk/coffee/syrup remnants)?