Tassimo & T-Discs
June 22, 2016
Europe appears to be winning the variety/selection war against North America
Do you speak a foreign language and can easily read foreign text? Have you ever taken the time to browse the different global sites which a manufacturer might have in place? If so, chances are you’ve discovered an ugly truth when it comes to what is being offered over there compared to here… the truth that some countries have a MUCH better selection of drinks and an even nicer selection of machines vs. what is offered this side of the pond here in the US and Canada.
Why is this? Is it because a manufacturer has one of those countries as its home base of operations? Is it because sales are more robust in those countries than elsewhere in the world? Is it due to regional preferences? Quite possibly, yes to all of the above but there are likely other factors at play of which we’re unaware.
While it can seem unfair and is quite infuriating at times, especially when you have a very minuscule selection in your country and another country has a selection which would take months to try out, we have a feeling most of our readers probably aren’t even aware of just how crazy of a difference there can be from one country to the next. As a result, consider this a form of PSA if you will… just don’t blame us when you feel like going all Office Space on your single serve machine with a baseball bat after reading this.
Let’s have a look at some of the more common manufacturers who offer their machines/pods in North America, the difference in drinks & machines in some countries and what tactics they are using in such regards (be they positive or negative). For brands that aren’t widely sold in Europe, we’ll compare the selection between USA & Canada instead.
Continue reading: "Geographical Differences Amongst Single Serve Coffee Manufacturers - What are we missing?"
October 22, 2015
We've had a reader write in about about a new coffee from Tassimo - Sensations Medium Roast. We haven't seen these T-Discs in the Boston area have you? We'll keep an eye out but perhaps these are Canadian only?
January 22, 2015
McCafe coffee is a favorite among many of our Single Serve Coffee readers, and you may want to know you can get it for your Tassimo Hot Beverage system too. Recently McDonald’s has made a push to make it available in ground and single cup formats with the big announcement being K-Cups able to be used in Keurig 2.0. With the addition of Tassimo as a hot beverage system it makes McCafe coffee available on the two most popular single serve coffee systems.
Note: McDonald’s McCafe Premium Medium Roast Coffee for Tassimo is only available in Canada, but you can order online at have it sent to the US from Amazon.
December 22, 2014
Founded in 1975, Second Cup is a proudly Canadian company that has been giving you an authentic Canadian café experience for years. And now Second Cup has even more coffees on TASSIMO. All Second Cup coffees are Rainforest Alliance approved, and work with a all Tassimo brewers.
New Flavors include:
- MOCCACCINO: The perfect balance of rich velvety espresso combined with fine dark chocolate flavoured syrup.
- CARAMELOA: Luxurious blend of buttery sweet aroma and velvety smooth richness.
- ESPRESSO FORTEA: Classic espresso with an assertive taste and smooth finish.
At Second Cup
September 23, 2014
McDonalds.ca has announced McCafe K-Cups and T-Discs for your K-Cup Brewers (not Keurig 2.0) and Tassimo home brewing systems. You can now take home their Premium Roast coffee and it will be available at McDonald’s restaurants and most major grocery stores in four convenient formats.
- McCafe K-Cup Portion Packs - Works in Keurig 1.0 brewers only
- McCafe Tassimo T-Discs
- McCafe Ground Coffee
- McCafe Whole Bean Coffee
August 12, 2014
The Bosch Tassimo Suny coffee maker is the compact coffee maker that follows Tassimo Vivy and is available in Autumn Red, Midnight Black and Pacific Blue. Suny comes with the Smart Start function and designed for the coffee drinkers with a wide taste in beverages.
- No warm up time and your first cup is ready immediately.
- Patented IntelliBrew system ensures that every drink is made with the proper amount of water at perfect temperature
- The coffee maker scans the necessary input from the optical bar code of the inserted T Disc scans.
- To change your coffee strength and intensity, you can manually shorten the brewing process.
The Tassimo Suny can make more than 40 hot and cold drinks, including many types of coffees and espressos, chocolates, teas and milk drinks. Price is around € 100.
At Bosch via Appliancist
May 5, 2014
Canada recently experience something it hadn’t seen for quite a while in the retail scene… a deluge of new T-Disc flavors for the Tassimo system. Today we take a look at the 1st of 2 new flavors that were introduced, namely the Tetley Orange Pekoe Tea T-Discs.
Tetley got its start as a tea merchant business founded in Yorkshire, England back in 1837 by brothers Joseph & Edward Tetley. They later relocated to London and by 1953, the company became the first to sell their tea in tea-bag format in the UK. Fast forward to present day and Tetley is now owned by Tata Global Beverages of India, the 2nd largest tea-producing company world-wide. This has ensured that Tetley has become a household name in many countries.
Continue reading: "Tetley Orange Pekoe Tea T-Discs Review"
April 16, 2014
Tassimo Europe is into changing not only the names of their Tassimo beverage systems, but also the model numbers. They've taken to giving the T20 to T65 names such as Amia, Fidelia, Charmy, Joy, etc. The new T12 is called the “Vivy”. The model #s are also a bit "off" as the T45 is called the T42 & T40, etc.
We like owning our Tassimo T65, but would we also like calling it Amia? Maybe naming it ourself to something like “Bobby - the amazing thing that makes us coffee.” would be a better name.
Seriously this is a great way to add a little personality to your single serve coffee maker, and we’d like to see a little more fun on this side of the pond.
More at Tassimo
April 8, 2014
Tassimo owners should be pretty excited for GEVALIA BOLD Majestic Roast. It’s simply one of the best reviewed Gevalia coffees out there, and it’s smooth, intense & earthy flavors will get your day started or going again. Incredibly dark and impeccably smooth, all you need to enjoy these bold Arabica beans are your finely tuned taste buds.
The Gevalia Bold Majestic Roast T-Discs will work in all Tassimo brewers, and will always be perfect because of the Intellibrew info built into each Tassimo T-Disc.
April 7, 2014
Named after a lunar eclipse, Nabob intended for this coffee to be as dark and mysterious as its lunar namesake and while we won’t throw in as much of a kitsch factor as they decided to, we’ll admit that this particular flavor piqued our curiosity after we read that the regular ground coffee version won the 2012 International Taste & Quality Institute’s Superior Taste Award (then again, their Gastown Grind flavor also won the same award last year in 2013 and we rather enjoyed its T-Disc version). Today we continue our Nabob Bold series reviews by checking out their Nabob Bold Midnight Eclipse T-Discs. Lets see if this flavor performs as well as the hype that surrounds it.
Continue reading: "Nabob Bold Midnight Eclipse T-Discs for Tassimo Review"
March 31, 2014
While some folks would argue that Tassimo machines seem to be more popular north of the border in Canada, that wasn’t always the case. For the longest time, the T-Disc brands/flavors on shelves up there was a pathetic smattering at best. While American Tassimo users got to enjoy the ability to import select European T-Discs via the TassimoDirect.com website, the ability to do this on the Tassimo.ca site was greatly reduced. It appears Kraft has tried to even things out over the past few years, but they’ve unfortunately done so by removing most of the European T-Disc flavors from both sites and geoblocking them within their own respective countries instead while opting to let a few cross the pond only when they feel like doing so. Fans complained and while Kraft decided they’d keep enforcing their geoblocking policies, they did push out a compromise which (while not ideal) seemed acceptable: release new flavors within each country.
Continue reading: "Nabob Bold Gastown Grind T-Discs Review"
January 8, 2014
The Tassimo T12 Single Serve Home Brewing System by Bosch exclusively uses Tassimo T-DISCs, and can make your favorite espresso, coffee, lattes, and cappuccinos. The Tassimo T12 uses the Tassimo barcode system, and the barcode on each T-DISC variety to determine the exact pressure, temperature, water, and time needed for a perfectly brewed cup of your favorite café-style beverage.
Other features include:
- Fully automatic brew cycle can be shortened or extended according to your preferred brew strength
- Innovative Flow-Through Water Heater works the moment the machine is switched on and needs virtually no heat-up time between drinks
- Space-saving design is ideal for kitchens with limited counter space
- Cup stand with drip tray can be removed or height adjusted for large glasses or travel mugs
- Convenient automatic cleaning and descaling program with use of special service T-DISC (included)
- Removable 27-ounce capacity water tank for easy refilling
- Wipe clean plastic exterior UL listed
- One-year manufacturer's warranty
Priced at just $79.99 the Tassimo T12 joins the Tassimo T47, T55, and Tassimo T20 to make a complete line of Tassimo brewers at a variety of price points. This Tassimo is also an imported model: TAS1202UC, and can be found at Bed Bath and Beyond and other smaller retailers.
December 18, 2013
With the holiday season upon us and the year drawing to a close in a few weeks, we decided to give up on shoveling the near 2 feet of snow in our driveway & check out the 2nd seasonal Tassimo offering which was released, oddly enough, for Fall 2013… Gevalia Peppermint Mocha T-Discs.
Traditionally a Christmas or Winter drink, peppermint mochas are often found at national & local coffee shops in various forms with the most recent spin being white chocolate peppermint mochas. While we don’t get any white chocolate here, we get the originator of the bunch & the drink that started it all… a regular peppermint mocha which has peppermint-flavored milk chocolate as a base and espresso as the mixer.
Continue reading: "Gevalia Peppermint Mocha T-Discs for Tassimo Review"
December 9, 2013
We realize we’re a bit late to the party with this review, but what the heck… as we always say: better late than never, right? Today we check out one of our favorite new Tassimo flavors this past Fall 2013, Gevalia Pumpkin Spice Latte T-Discs.
As any Starbucks fan knows, there’s 3 letters that get them excited each October… PSL. Traditionally served between October 1st & Thanksgiving (the American version, for our readers up North), PSL or Pumpkin Spice Latte is a fan favorite which has been growing in popularity & demand each year. We knew we’d definitely see it crop up at Starbucks locations, but we were shocked when we got a Tassimo newsletter that had it featured as their next new flavor. So just how would this T-Disc version stack up to the real deal you’d get at a Starbucks? After all, Kraft did have a rather messy split with Starbucks back in the day when they ceased making Starbucks T-Discs, so we were curious to see the results.
Continue reading: "Gevalia Pumpkin Spice Latte T-Discs Review"