Generally, people that like single-cup coffeemakers fall into one of two camps - they usually either like Keurig or Tassimo. While there are plenty of single-cup coffeemaker lovers that don’t necessarily favor one or the other, many will fall into this designation. Let’s have a look at what the two formats have to offer and the differences between the two.
Keurig’s single-cup coffeemaker is known as the “K-Cup Machine”. The Keurig’s K-Cup is deceivingly simple in that it seals a mini drip brewing system in an ingenious, disposable package that makes sure that the coffee within is safe from light, moisture, and oxygen. Keurig K-Cup, unlike its forebear the Nespresso Capsule, has permitted a few various specialty coffee makers to use its K-Cup technology, which means that nowadays you can find over 200+ different varieties. Beside Coffee K-Cups you can also find K-Cup Teas, Iced K-Cup Coffee and Teas, Hot-Cocoa K-Cups and even Hot Apple Cider K-Cup.
Tassimo is similar to Keurig in that it encapsulates its coffee within its own package, the T-Disc. The Tassimo T-Disc itself is actually quite innovative. T-Discs are manufactured in a variety of ways that allow for changes in capacity, what type of payload is within, and the shape and size their exit apertures. Every T-Disc has a barcode that tells you (and more importantly, the Tassimo) what its brewing parameters are. When you insert the T-Disc, your brewer will scan this barcode and determine how much water is needed, the water’s temperature, and the brew cycle’s timing — which may involve pre-infusing the contents of the T-Disc. The variety of sizes lets you also brew things besides coffee like chocolate syrup and dairy products that are shelf-stable, i.e. you can keep them on a shelf in a pantry. The different types of T-Disc apertures let the Tassimo give you a steady stream or frothy foam of coffee, tea, or whatever you prefer to your mug.
Of course, in this day and age it should go without saying that you have to be able to brew up some other coffee-related products. You can also brew up a tasty shot of espresso and frothed milk to make a delicious latte or cappuccino. The Tassimo also has a T-Disc with liquid chocolate, and you can brew up a pretty good hot cocoa with it. The T-Discs’ capabilities make the Tassimo a bit more than a pale imitation of other single-cup coffee brewers; many argue that it is in fact a total hot beverage brewer.
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