Tassimo Vivy coffee machine: a fantastic piece of kit

Tassimo Vivy coffee machine: a fantastic piece of kit

After a successful first week with BOSCH's machine, we can't wait to try out more types of Tassimo coffee...

Yours Verdict

Product: Available from Sainsbury's, Amazon, Currys, Argos, John Lewis and www.tassimo.co.uk
Price: £99.99
Rating: ★★★★☆ (4/5)

What they say it does…

Measuring just 17cm across, the Tassimo Vivy is designed to fit into small spaces. Pop in your favourite T Disc, and let INTELLIBREW™ technology brew a tasty drink in minutes. Features an automatic self-cleaning function.

What our tester said…

The Tassimo Vivy comes with illustrations rather than worded instructions, but they’re easy to get to grips with, and the style saves on paper for multiple languages.

The size of the model means the water holder is smaller too, but this also means fresh water on a more regular basis. It’s also ideal for those of us who love coffee but don’t have the space for a ‘bean monster’ on the worktop.

It’s really easy to use. Simply switch on at the side, lift up the lid and place your T Disc (designed especially for Tassimo machines and available in most major supermarkets – we bought Costa Americano from Asda) face down in the slot. Then push down the lid, press the button and off it goes, straight away.

A surprisingly quiet machine during making. We did find that some drinks only half filled our mug* so if you want more hot water you can add extra by holding the button while the light is flashing, and letting go when you’ve got enough. The whole process couldn’t have taken more than a minute – though this was just for a simple, yet excellent, black coffee. Still, we were really impressed.

We also tried the Oreo flavoured Espresso shots, which were delicious. Tasted just like the biscuit!

Bonus features include a removable cup stand, which can be positioned according to the size of your mug, and a self-cleaning and descaling program.

The only downside is the initial expense – but if you love good coffee it’s an investment worth making. For ease of use and quality of brew, it’s easily a 5 star product.

*This was because we only had bog-standard mugs, rather than Americano or Espresso sized cups – which only highlighted how professional the drinks were, and how woefully under-prepared our kitchen cupboard was…