November 14, 2012
A few years ago when Tim's first started selling lattes and cappuccinos in their coffee shops, the big thing they kept pushing in its ad campaigns were that the drinks were made with premium espresso. Well, after our rather dismal experience with the President's Choice Cappuccino T-Discs, we're hoping Tim's wouldn't allow Kraft to produce their namesake products with anything other than premium ingredients.
Brewing these T-Discs resulted in buttery aromas from the milk creamer blending with strong smoky & oily notes from the espresso while also revealing some faint cereal notes hiding underneath. At first we thought that Kraft had decided to use a European milk creamer T-Disc for this drink until we realized it had a buttermilk aroma. Closer inspection revealed that these are just the same latte creamer T-Discs with a new foil label. Acidity was surprisingly balanced given the propensity for espresso to be on the heartier side of the acidity scale. It helped the milk creamer flavors flow throughout the drink without masking anything up yet it was strong enough to keep things from going dull.
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October 30, 2012
The Tim Hortons T-Discs just landed in their own coffee shops and on Tassimo.ca this week while the Tetley T-Discs landed in retail stores and Tassimo.ca last week. Our Canadian correspondent SH will be reviewing them in the coming weeks, and we can't wait to hear if they're great or not.
October 16, 2012
As we've been seeing with the recent Tea Bar & King of Joe T-Discs, Kraft decided it would be best to develop new in-house brands vs. trying to continue importing foreign T-Discs from other countries. While we wish they would have concentrated more on the latter, we're still glad that they're cranking out new products instead of sitting around doing nothing. Today we take a look at another new in-house brand with their Corner Coffeehouse Sweet Vanilla Latte T-Discs.
Brewing these T-Discs resulted in mild sweet vanilla notes during brewing along with some of the characteristic buttermilk notes from the creamer. We were hoping for a stronger aroma, but since it was being concentrated into a 2oz espresso shot, it's no wonder it didn't have time to fill the room. Flavor fared a bit better as we detected light tinges of vanilla quickly followed by some of the espresso notes, then a bit more vanilla flavors and a sweet buttermilk finish with the creamer at the bottom. As we neared the end of the cup, the sweet buttermilk flavor of the creamer became more intense as the vanilla flavors started disappearing.
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September 10, 2012
Over the past several years, we've been known to complain about the lack of new T-Disc flavors in retail stores, online or elsewhere and were just about ready to think that Kraft had all but given up on the Tassimo since Starbucks left and decided to partner with the competing Keurig machines instead. Ah, but then something strange happened... Kraft & Bosch decided enough was enough and started listening to fans. New machines were being introduced, a major safety recall was handled somewhat efficiently (for the most part) and best of all, after what seemed like ages of inactivity, new flavors were being released.
A few at first, then more, and eventually the levee broke and we were flooded with a tidal wave of amazing new flavors to the point where we almost couldn't keep track of all the new things that were coming out left and right. Could it be? Have Kraft FINALLY listened to our complaints & concerns? It would seem so.
Continue reading: "Review: King of Joe Espresso T-Discs for Tassimo"
August 23, 2012
We decided it was time to review something which has long been missing for the Tassimo machine... iced teas. Today we check out the new Tassimo Tea Bar Peach Iced Tea T-Discs. Much like the King of Joe series, Tassimo Tea Bar appears to be a new in-house brand that Kraft created for the Tassimo. Since this is the first time the Tassimo has seen iced teas, we were interested to see how things would play out.
Brewing these T-Discs resulted in sweet, rich peach aromas quickly filling the room and there was no mistaking that you were brewing a peach flavored drink, plus you could also smell some of the black tea aromas in the background as well. Spot on so far. Flavor is where things went a bit sideways. The first thing you notice is the artificial sweetener taste which is almost to the point of being chemical-tasting. Then, once that dissipates, you finally get the peach flavoring and then the black tea notes buried underneath. We were a bit taken aback by the chemical taste which we were NOT expecting, so we checked out the packaging and found the culprit... sucralose, which is more commonly known as Splenda. Things improved a bit once the ice melted and diluted the drink, but we could still taste remnants of the sucralose anyway.
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August 20, 2012
Tim Hortons coffee drinkers will soon be able to enjoy Canada's favorite coffee at the touch of a button using the Tassimo Single Serve Coffee and Hot Beverage System. This announcement for Canadians is on the same level as Dunkin' Donuts or Starbucks announcing to make K-Cups for Keurig systems in the US. The big news? The Tim Hortons T-Discs will be available in the United States as well as Canada. Tim Hortons premium blend coffee, including decaf and latte, will be made available starting in October for the Tassimo Hot Beverage System.
Tim Hortons T DISCs will be sold exclusively through nearly 3,000 participating Tim Hortons restaurants in Canada as well as online at timhortons.com and tassimo.ca. We're expecting most US customers will need to purchase the T-Discs in the US through the web site.
Full release after the jump...
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July 23, 2012
Tassimo Canada has a pretty amazing series going behind the barcode of the Tassimo Hot Beverage system. It's a series of stories and videos showcasing how the Tassimo is different than other single serve coffee systems. One thing we took away is how interesting the notion is that a barcode could brew coffee. Up until the Tassimo hot beverage system we'd never seen or even heard of a machine that would be able to read a barcode and use the instructions provided to make anything let alone a cup of coffee.
You'll want to watch all 4 videos and also check out the various pictures and stories in each section.
Continue reading: "Tassimo - Behind the Barcode Video Web Series"
- A STORY OF HERITAGE
- A STORY OF QUALITY
- A STORY OF INNOVATION
June 18, 2012
Single Serve Coffee reader Alan has written us about Tassimo T-Discs that have just become available including King of Joe Coffees and some latte drinks.
From Alan: I checked my Facebook account when I got home last night and noticed that Tassimo had posted about Corner Coffeehouse Caramel Latte. I was a bit suprised so I jumped right over to tassimo direct and here is what I found.
That makes five Tassimo T-Discs to come out this Summer for Tassimo. We'll let you know if we can get some of these to review, but we love the King of Joe name, so it had better be the king of coffee when we do get to try it.
June 1, 2012
We continue our reviews of Canadian T-Discs today with another submission from our Canadian Correspondent, SH. Today he’s reviewing the recent Cadbury Hot Chocolate T-Discs. Can they stand-up to what’s available this side of the border? Let’s find out.
Much like the Milka T-Discs available in America, Kraft have decided to introduce a Canadian version of sorts with their new Cadbury Hot Chocolate T-Discs. Each package comes with 8 chocolate syrup T-Discs and 8 concentrated milk T-Discs. Even though the packaging suggests that you brew the chocolate disc first, then the milk afterwards, we decided to start by brewing the milk disc followed by the chocolate disc. Once brewing is done, you need to stir everything together to achieve the final result.
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May 16, 2012
Seems like Tassimo is making a big push into Canada and adding more and more brands at the national grocery level. President's Choice is a brand of grocery products available at Loblaws and other national grocery chains in Canada and will now be marketing President's Choice Tassimo T-Discs.
Flavors so far are a mix of coffees and cafe style beverages. We're surprised the names aren't more interesting but then again this is a grocery store retail brand - not Starbucks making T-Discs with Tassimo.
Continue reading: "President's Choice Tassimo T-Discs Debut in Canada"