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The Keurig and Tassimo machines both use plastic cups, known generically as pods, to brew single portions of coffee. We preferred the Keurig, above, shown with the plastic cups or “pods” that contain the single portions of coffee.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

 

KAREN HOCHMAN is Editorial Director of THE NIBBLE.

 

 

December 2005
Updated January 2009

Home Zone / Kitchenware / Appliances

Keurig & Tassimo Coffee Makers

Page 5: Chart Analysis Of Keurig & Tassimo

 

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Chart Comparison

Here’s a side-by-side comparison of the machines. Note that we did our original analysis:

  • The Keurig Special Edition has replaced the Keurig B-50. It has a new temperature control feature allows you to choose the standard 192° Fahrenheit brew temperature, or a cooler 187° brew. Like the B-50 which we reviewed, it has a 48-ounce water tank. Keurig also makes other models including one with a larger water tank that is better for office use.
  • The Braun Tassimo has been discontinued, although the machine is still available. The machine is now being made by Bosch; we think it is superior, and we have reviewed the Bosch Tassimo separately.
  Braun Tassimo TA1400 Keurig B-50
Single-Cup Brewing System Tassimo Keurig
Price†† $169.99 $159.95
Size 10" x 15" x 16" 13" x 10" x 13-1/4"
Reservoir 32 Ounces 48 Ounces
Pod Proprietary “T-Cup” or disc Proprietary “K-Cup”
Speed Up to a minute 30 seconds
Coffee Gevalia; the new Bosch Tassimo has many other choices Caribou, Emeril’s, Green Mountain, Gloria Jean’s, Newman’s Own, Timothy’s, Tully’s, Van Houtte, More
Pod Price* 18 cups/$8.99
10 cappuccino or latte/ $9.99
24 cups/$13.95
Additional
Beverages
Twinings Earl Grey Tea, Suchard Hot Chocolate Bigelow, Celestial Seasonings, Twinings Teas; Ghirardelli & Other Cocoas
Simplicity Idiot-proof (only one big button) You have to know which button to press (a visitor might have to ask)
Plusses
  • Makes cappuccino &
    latte with milk pods
  • Snap-in carbon filter
    for the water tank
  • Pods don’t drip
  • Variable height cup
    stand
  • Sturdy
  • Better coffees
Minuses
  • Flimsy: ours already
    has problems and
    we  worry about how
    it will hold up over
    time, or in an
    environment with
    heavy-handed users
  • Requires frequent
    cleaning if milk pods
    are used
  • There is some water
    drain-off during
    brewing: catch cup
    must be emptied every
    few days (depending
    on level of use)
  • The lid of the water
    reservoir falls in easily
    when trying to re-cap
    the reservoir after
    filling (but then it stays
    in place)
  • Pods are punctured on the
    bottom during brewing and
    can drip slightly en route
    to the waste basket
Warranty 2-Year Limited 1-Year Limited
     

*Approximate; prices will vary

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