Tassimo Brewbot Review and Herman the Brewbot Giveaway

The Beautiful Gift

UPDATE: You must comment to enter. It can be a direct comment on either post (the teaser or this post); a tweet using @idearella and referencing #Tassimo or #Brewbot or either blog post; a comment about coffee on the Facebook Fan Page; or a comment on the YouTube video.

Yesterday I posted a video about what makes people like a product. I teased that there was a review on the horizon.

Following the criteria I set up yesterday, here’s what I think about my new toy, the Tassimo T20 Brewbot. Below the review, you’ll see the guidelines for the giveaway. I think you’ll want one of your own!

It satisfies the need and works as expected.

Hot chocolate, coffee, tea. Tassimo is their name, hot beverages is their game. If you’re on a decaf kick, they’ve got you covered there too. Pop in the T DISC and press the giant button. It’s just that simple.

It does what it claims, and does it well.

Tassimo claims that reading the barcode, the Brewbot will know exactly the temperature and amount of water to use for your beverage. After making lots of different beverages I think that indeed Herman does know. (I’ve named my Brewbot Herman.)

Husband asked if we could adjust the amount of water. The Brewbot is designed to take the guesswork out of coffee brewing. Of course, he might argue that taking the guesswork out means taking away control. At 3:45 in the morning when I start the next blog post, I’m not sure I want any guesswork or control.

For husband, and other people in need of control, the instructions indicate on page 8 that you can stop the process early for a stronger cup of coffee. Which leads me to the next point…

The instructions are clear.

The entire manual is 16 pages long (in English) including all the fancy legal stuff. There is a two-page troubleshooting guide, which is wonderful to have. I didn’t need it, but that’s one of the first things I look for in a user’s manual.

The images are clear and make you feel comfortable enough to move forward quickly with your first cup of coffee. Tassimo anticipated people would skip this part, though.

I was so eager to have my first cup of coffee from Herman, I went straight to plugging him in. Luckily, there was a cardboard quick start guide were a coffee mug would go (Tassimo was smart with that one). This allowed me to make my first cup of coffee very quickly.

I was a little confused because another piece of packing material indicated that I should clean the device before use. Being eager to have a cup of coffee, I followed the first two cardboard instructions and ignored the other piece.

When I sat down with my first cup o’ joe to read the instructions, I learned how to clean the device. I also learned that it was essential to clean it before the first use!

Sweet Herman

I drank the first cup anyway. I’m not dead, and it was a mighty good cup of coffee. (I’m sure Tassimo’s law department will advise against this action.)

It’s also intuitive to use.

Taking a quick peek inside the machine, you can see where the barcode reader is. Once you see that, you never attempt to put the T DISC into the machine incorrectly again.

Yes, the first kick at the cat I tried to put it in wrong. It is idiot proof, though, and won’t go in any way but the right way.

You have to push pretty hard when closing the T disc into the machine. The first time you do this it makes you a little nervous. Resistance like that usually means you’re doing something wrong. My dad used to say, “don’t force it.”

Once you get over that, it’s smooth brewing. The giant button makes running it a no-brainer.

As far as coffeemakers go, it’s a pretty good experience.

It’s hard to have a wonderful experience with the coffee maker. Tassimo handles this challenge well.

The most fun I’ve had so far is pondering the T DISC options at Bed Bath & Beyond. Because the Brewbot knows what to do with each T DISC, you can create your own beverage. Mix an espresso T DISC with a hot chocolate T DISC for a mocha. Mix the mik T DISC with the coffee T DISC for a latte. The experience is in the experiments.

They sell these combos, but that’s no fun. Those of us who made a “suicide” fountain drink in the 80’s are now old enough for a “suicide” coffee.

It surprises me: I can’t figure out how it works.

So how does this thing work? There’s a barcode. And a barcode reader. I got that. But what’s going on inside these T DISCs?

I asked Herman. He’s quiet. So I opened some of them. It’s real coffee. Really. It is finely ground and is packed extremely densely.

I can’t figure out how it works, though. Or where the water comes out. Of course it took me a few months to figure out how the Born Free bottles worked. I expect it to take me a while to figure out the T DISC magic.

But I will do it. It will be part of the experience. And once I figure it out, I’ll share that knowledge at parties and networking events. And I’ll look cool. Very cool.

It’s fairly cost-effective.

Lots of Variety

I headed to Bed Bath & Beyond last night because I wanted to see what my options were long-term. And I wanted to look at some pricing.

Compared with other single serve coffee makers, the T DISCs are a little higher-priced. I did find a super monster pack of 46 T DISCs that brought the price down to being competitive with the other pod-based brewing systems.

The benefits of Herman the Brewbot over my other single serve brewing system is that Herman knows how much water to use. You don’t have to make a decision on small medium or large.

My dad is in the habit of reusing his single serve pods. I’ve dissected all of my T DISCs, so I haven’t had an opportunity to try that out. I’m sure I’ll have an opportunity in the next couple of days, so I’ll let you know in the comments or in a follow up blog post.

I also don’t see a possibility for Tassimo to invent a “fill your own” T DISC, like some other brewing systems. That’s nice to have because it makes it cheaper, and it’s much greener.

Of course, I’m completely baffled with this technology, so there’s no telling what they’ll come up with.

Want one of your own?

You can head down to Bed Bath & Beyond, Target or Wal-Mart and they should have them. They retail for $129.99. Oh – but wait – before you take off, check out this special offer. You can get $25 off and two T DISCs to start you off.

Or you can win one.

Enter the Herman the Brewbot Giveaway.

UPDATE: You must comment to enter. It can be a direct comment on either post (the teaser or this post); a tweet using @idearella and referencing #Tassimo or #Brewbot or either blog post; a comment about coffee on the Facebook Fan Page; or a comment on the YouTube video.

For each action from the lists below, you get another entry. I’m going to draw from all the entries. The drawing will be on Wednesday, December 15, 2010. I’ll announce the winner via Facebook Fan Page and Twitter at 9pm CST. I’ll also post the winner to the comments section of this post.

For the ‘Rellas:

  • Post a comment on this review. Include the words, “Herman rocks,” so I can make sure you’re human.
  • Post a comment on yesterday’s teaser. Include the words, “Tassimo rocks.”
  • Subscribe to the newsletter.

For ‘Rellas on Facebook:

For tweeting ‘Rellas:

  • Follow @idearella on Twitter.
  • Tweet yesterday’s blog post with the teaser. Use @idearella and #tassimo so I know you’re entering.
  • Tweet this post. Use @idearella and #tassimo.
  • Tweet a mini-poem having to do with a hot beverage. Use @idearella and #tassimo.
  • Tweet what you will name your Brewbot (up to five extra entries for super creativity). Use @idearella and #tassimo.

For YouTubing ‘Rellas:

  • Comment on the YouTube video I posted yesterday.
  • Post a video comment on the YouTube video with the name that you will call your Brewbot (up to five extra entries for creativity).
  • Subscribe to the Idearella Channel on YouTube.

Good luck!

Disclaimer: Tassimo sent a Brewbot and T Discs for me to review. (I named him – they had no part in that.) No other compensation was received. All opinions belong to me or to the voices in my head.

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32 Responses to Tassimo Brewbot Review and Herman the Brewbot Giveaway
  1. George
    December 12, 2010 | 9:07 am

    I want one! Herman rocks.

    • Idearella
      December 12, 2010 | 4:25 pm

      You’re in the running, George!

      Want more chances to win? Post on the Facebook Fan page or tweet this!

  2. Jennifer
    December 12, 2010 | 10:18 pm

    Herman rocks!

    P.S. I have subscribed to your newsletter as well, should I leave a separate comment?


    • Idearella
      December 13, 2010 | 4:18 am

      You’ve got your comment here (1 entry) and your subscription (1 entry) – don’t forget Facebook, Twitter and Youtube!

      Thanks for entering, Jennifer!

  3. Alex
    December 13, 2010 | 11:52 am

    Herman Rocks! I’d love one of these. I suck at making coffee and this seems to be the perfect solution!

    • Idearella
      December 14, 2010 | 6:41 am

      It’s awesome, Alex!

  4. Monique
    December 13, 2010 | 12:42 pm

    Yeah Herman Rocks! As does COFFEE! I want this. Right on!

  5. Tammy
    December 13, 2010 | 12:56 pm

    One steaming cup of hot cocoa, please!!! Yeah, I am soooo gonna win this. Don’t be jealous.

    • Idearella
      December 14, 2010 | 6:43 am

      Surely someone in your household will enjoy the joe part of this. Not just cocoa, right?

  6. Tammy
    December 13, 2010 | 12:57 pm

    I subscribed to the newsletter!!! Thanks.

  7. Shannon
    December 13, 2010 | 8:52 pm

    Herman Rocks! I love my coffee.

  8. Shannon
    December 13, 2010 | 8:55 pm

    I subscribed to your newsletter.

  9. Shannon
    December 13, 2010 | 8:56 pm

    I like Idearella on FB.

  10. Shannon
    December 13, 2010 | 8:58 pm

    I follow @idearella on Twitter. @shannonsinsc

  11. Shannon
    December 13, 2010 | 9:04 pm

    I posted the following on your FB wall:

    Shannon Stokes: In response to the giveaway, my favorite T Disc flavor is Gevalia Caramel Latte Macchiato.

    • Idearella
      December 14, 2010 | 6:42 am

      That sounds so yummy! I can’t find all these great flavors – I just got Chai Tea Latte at the BB&B store.

      Where’d you find it?

  12. Shannon
    December 13, 2010 | 9:07 pm

    I tweeted about yesterday’s blog post.

  13. Shannon
    December 13, 2010 | 9:12 pm
    • Idearella
      December 14, 2010 | 6:44 am

      You’re diligent, aren’t you, Shannon?

      Thanks for entering!

  14. Corisandra Leyton-High
    December 14, 2010 | 3:42 am

    Herman Rocks! Does it do dishes? Hmm, or cook? I need one of those.

    • Idearella
      December 14, 2010 | 6:42 am

      No, but Husband does. Can’t give him away, though. 😉

  15. Jennifer
    December 14, 2010 | 1:27 pm

    Also, I am following @idearella on Twitter.

    My Twitter: JennSchultz


  16. Jennifer
    December 14, 2010 | 1:30 pm

    I have tweeted about this giveaway/post using @idearella and #tassimo in my tweet.

    MyTwitter: JennSchultz

    Link to Tweet: http://twitter.com/JennSchultz/status/14222100650786816

  17. Jennifer
    December 14, 2010 | 1:32 pm

    I like Idearella on Facebook.

    Facebook: Jennifer Schultz
    Facebook Link: facebook.com/JenniferMSchultz


  18. Jennifer
    December 14, 2010 | 1:35 pm

    Here is my posting on your Facebook wall concerning what I will name my Brewbot: (Note: I do love alliteration and lattes!)

    I will definitely name my Brewbot, Latte Louie!


  19. Jennifer
    December 14, 2010 | 1:39 pm

    I have subscribed to Idearella on YouTube!

    YouTube Name: PorcelainPink


  20. Kimberley
    December 14, 2010 | 1:46 pm

    Herman Rocks!

    Wonderful job with this posting, Bonchhichi! I would totally send you something to review. (looking around my house right now to see what i can send you to review.)

  21. Jennifer
    December 14, 2010 | 1:53 pm

    As you saw, I commented on your YouTube video, What Makes People Like a Product saying,

    “I have subscribed to your YT channel! I’m glad that the first criteria mentioned was, if it satisfies a need; I think that is the most important criteria of those mentioned, if you don’t have a need for a product you most likely are not going to purchase it or make a conscience effort to look for it on the market.



    I’m a Marketing girl, Bachelor’s Degree and all in the Major, so this video was especially interesting to me! Thanks again for this amazing giveaway!


  22. Tammy
    December 14, 2010 | 9:55 pm

    Herman Rocks!

    gotta get better at reading directions! told you I’m not a manual/rule reader

  23. Lethea Benson
    December 15, 2010 | 7:52 pm

    You know what? Herman Rocks!
    Is this not the most fantastic machine you can imagine actually interacting with first thing in the morning?!
    There is just something so wonderful about a single ~PERFECT~ cup of coffee!
    Thanks bunches=)

  24. Lethea Benson
    December 15, 2010 | 7:56 pm

    Now following you on twitter~Luvdaylilies

  25. Idearella
    December 21, 2010 | 4:29 am

    Thanks, everyone for your participation!

    @lonuv on Twitter won.

    Here’s the link to see the video she did: http://www.facebook.com/l.php?u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.youtube.com%2Fwatch%3Fv%3D8pw5vV1Aino&h=c19a0

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