The Tassimo T20 Brewbot Coffeemaker Might Make Good Coffee: Review and Giveway

01/18/2011 By Shawn Burns

So, there’s this coffeemaker everybody is talking about. It’s a robot. It makes one cup at a time. You insert little discs into a contraption, put a cup on a shelf, and press a button. Bam: coffee.

I don’t drink coffee.

However, I have a wife who drinks coffee.

And…..Bosch’s representatives contacted me shortly before Christmas: Do I want a coffee maker to review?

Normally I turn down reviews, especially for things I don’t use myself. The Tassimo T20 Brewbot pitch would have usually received a polite decline from me. However….

… was just before Christmas…..

….and my wife drinks coffee…..

….and I could get a free coffee maker… give to the wife who drinks coffee….

They say it’s the thought that counts, and at that moment my thought was “Score.”

So I accepted. Now I have a sweet coffee maker on my counter that my wife can use to brew up her single-servings of whatever the hell tar she drinks (available in regular and Starbuck’s flavours. The tar.)

Review (All opinions herein are mine own, forsooth, unswayed by the fact of receiving a T20 for free)

I cannot review the quality of the coffee the Tassimo T20 makes. I am not a coffee drinker and I know nothing about coffee. Emily offered to review it for me, but she has a real job.

So I pulled out the old-school coffeemaker we have hanging around the house, set it up next to the Tassimo, and shot a video of me making coffee.

That’s interesting right?

Really the video is just there to serve as proof of one thing: The T20 is fast.

The advantage is clearly to the T20 in speed and clean-up. Even with a head start in prep work the conventional coffee maker took nearly twice as long to brew some coffee. Not only that, but the extra time to wash and replace the filter basket and coffee pot makes the difference even more pronounced: there is no time lost to clean-up with the T20.

However, as you can see in the video if you pay attention, the conventional coffee maker is actually making more than one cup’s worth of coffee. Although the difference in volume doesn’t account for the time difference, really, it’s an advantage of the conventional brewer that it can make more than one cup at a time while you go do something else. With the T20 you’d have to switch discs out, which means that you’d have to be in the kitchen with the coffeemaker to guarantee that multiple cups were brewed at the most efficient speed.

Although the Tassimo has a variety of coffee options at the moment, and is starting to gain some shelf space at my grocery store for its T-discs, it cannot compete with conventional coffee makers for variety: conventional coffee makers can brew anything on the shelf. You are limited to Tassimo’s selection with the T20, and if it is not a success there will be no further variety.

And that’s the gamble with the T20: you hope it’s successful enough to be worth investing in, because the pricetag on it is $129.99. I don’t remember what I paid for the white Kitchen Gourment brewer I used in the video, since I bought it more than five years ago, but if it was more than $25 I’ll eat my hat.

Emily likes Starbucks coffee. And the T20 can make Starbucks coffee and espressos and cappuccinos and other kinds of things with specialized creamers that you might normally also need to have a different machine to make. She’s also the only coffee drinker in the house, so the one-at-a-time limitation isn’t really one at all. These factors make the T20 great for our household, and keep it on the countertop. The same might not be true for your house.


Because you’ve read down this far, and because, I assume, you sat through a very boring video, I have something special for you. Bosch has offered to give one of you a Tassimo T20 as well. However, I’m the one who gets to choose who to give it to.

So, The Rules:

1. Leave a comment on this post. In this comment I want you to tell me who your favourite Joss Whedon alumnus/alumna is and why. (For those who live under a rock, Joss Whedon is the genius behind shows like Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, Firefly, Dollhouse, movies like Serenity and the soon-to-be-released The Avengers, and web-series’ like Doctor Horrible’s Sing-a-long Blog. People who have worked with Joss Whedon have gone on to success on shows like Mad Men, How I Met Your Mother, Bones, Castle and Veronica Mars to name a few, as well as countless films and web series.)

2. Comments must be posted by 11:59 pm on Friday, January 21st, 2011.

3. Only one entry per person.

4. I love you.

5. Not in a weird way.

6. I will choose a winner in a totally fair and impartial way, using I’m tempted to choose one based on who gives me the best answer, but I don’t want to give an unfair advantage to people who tell me how handsome I am.

7. I love you. I think I said that already.

8. You must have a U.S. shipping address to play.

Good luck.