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Saturday, January 21, 2012

Keurig MINI vs. Tassimo T20: A side-by-side comparison

This is an unsponsored, unsolicited review.  I won the Tassimo T20 on someone’s blog several weeks ago, and then we received the Keurig MINI as a Christmas gift.   It just seemed natural to do a side-by-side comparison between the 2 machines, because if I was in the market for one of these brewers, I’d want to see a side-by-side comparison. 

I am not comparing the quality or taste of the coffee in this video review, but how the machines work and what they can do, for 2 reasons:

  1. Taste in coffee is so very personal.   I, for one, am not crazy about Starbucks coffee, but know that many are.
  2. There are so many varieties available for each brewer and I’ve only tried a few.  Can I say that I’m utterly amazed at the number of “donut” varieties available for the Keurig? ;0)

One of these machines will be staying in my kitchen, while the other will have a new home in my husband’s office, because there is a limit to how many coffee brewers I need in my house at any given time.  Or, at least there’s a limit to much space I have for coffee brewers.  And coffee brewing paraphernalia.  Ahem.

For the record, I’m keeping the Tassimo at home simply because I think it’s more versatile.  Hubby doesn’t care as much about versatility, he just wants coffee.

So, without further ado, here’s my review. 

For those of you who don’t want to listen to me blather on about coffee for 18 minutes (or have a sleeping child in arms), the key points:

Snapshot 1 (1-21-2012 7-01 PM)

Keurig MINI (pictured on the right)

  • retails for $80-$100, other models available too
  • single cup machine with no water reservoir (must refill for each cup), other more expensive Keurigs do have a water reservoir
  • proprietary K-cups
  • punctures the K-cup with very sharp metal spikes which are exposed when you open the machine to clean it (they call them “needles”)
  • very short cord
  • can accommodate a regular coffee mug or cup, not large travel mugs (larger Keurigs can accommodate a larger cup)
  • can brew up to 10 oz., you choose the amount of water to use (6-10 oz)
  • automatically shuts off if you forget, so no energy waste
  • easy clean up
  • brews coffee, flavored coffee, tea, and hot chocolate
  • can find K-cups at most grocers, Wal-mart, etc.

Tassimo T20 (pictured on the left)

  • retails for $100, other models available too
  • single cup machine with a water reservoir
  • bar code reader that determines water amount, temp, etc.
  • can adjust the brew somewhat with more or less water
  • proprietary T-discs
  • longer cord than the Keurig
  • no auto shut-off
  • can accommodate from a demitasse cup to a tall travel mug with an adjustable platform
  • splatters some if the gap between spout and cup is too big (would like to be able to fine tune that adjustment)
  • easy clean up
  • brews coffee, flavored coffee, espresso, crema, tea, and hot chocolate
  • T-discs are harder to find in store, at least in my neck of the woods.

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