Watch our video on the Bosch Tassimo Suprema Hot Beverage System. With this single-serve machine, you can brew a variety of hot beverages from coffee and espresso to hot chocolate and tea. In this video, you will learn how to start up, brew, and clean the Bosch Tassimo Suprema. Enjoy!
Maybe you're strapped for cash but still want to have great coffee and espresso on hand...Or, perhaps you're simply a savvy shopper, it doesn't matter; there are a ton of often-overlooked equipment that come in way under budget. In fact, we've got the best-kept secrets right here; and, they all retail for under $100!
Celebrated by industry experts for creating the "best regular coffee," French Presses were introduced in the early 1900s. Its operation is simple, a press allows the user to exert control over the steeping time to customize the coffee. It is best to use 1 tbsp of coffee per 4oz of water to achieve optimal results. You should also brew with filtered water between 195° and 205°F, so that the flavors and aromas may be properly extracted.
Our French Presses all have price tags in the $12.99-$99.95 range, making them a great choice for the coffee lover on a budget. At the top of the line is the 12-cup Bodum Columbia Thermal Coffee Press, a meticulously crafted, stainless-steel, double-walled press designed for maximum heat retention. Thanks to advanced insulation methods the contents can be kept warm for up to four hours. The Bonjour Unbreakable Hugo is our most affordable coffee press, available for under $15. It has a polycarbonate body and dual-action filter lid ideal for daily use. If you're considering a French Press, be sure to check out our most popular models, the Bodum Chambord, Unbreakable Chambord and Brazil Presses—all of which have gotten five-star rating from Whole Latte Love customers.
French-Press Tip: If you will only be drinking one cup of coffee at a time, consider a press with a 3-cup capacity. To brew multiple cups at once, go with an 8 to 12-cup press.
According to the Specialty Coffee Association of America, 10 grams of coffee should be used for every 6oz of water when brewing with a coffeemaker. In order to keep your brews tasting their best, you should also decalcify the coffeemaker once every 3 months. Our coffeemakers are available with glass and thermal carafes. Go for a thermal carafe if you need to keep a pot of coffee hot for a few hours; the superior insulation means that the carafe does not have to sit on a hot plate to stay warm. You’ll greatly reduce the potential for burnt coffee with a thermal carafe. Glass carafe coffee makers, on the other hand, make it easy to see how much coffee is left. Krups, Cuisinart, Capresso, Bunn and more manufacture coffee makers under $100.
Coffee Maker Tip: Choose a coffee maker with a filtration system to ensure fresh, pure coffee.
Semi-Automatic Espresso Machines
Of all the different forms of coffee, espresso is the most prestigious. It's a drink celebrated for its sophisticated flavors and aroma. If you want to dapple in espresso on a budget, take heart, it's not impossible. Delonghi, Capresso and Krups all offer semi-automatic espresso machines under $100.
One of the many perks of working for a coffee company is that we get to drink an unlimited supply of coffee as well as use a wide variety of coffee equipment. I recently had the opportunity of bringing home one of the Bosch Tassimo machines. Single serve machines such as these become popular during the “back to school season”. Being that it is early August, now is as good of time as any to brush up on my single serve knowledge. The Bosch Tassimo machines were quite popular over the winter. I expect this trend to continue during the 2010 back to school season.
There are three aspects of the Bosch Tassimo machines that I have found to be unique. First is just the sheer variety of the capsules, called T-Discs that can be used with these machines. You can brew coffee, espresso, cappuccinos, lattes, hot chocolate, and tea without having to change anything. There are various flavored coffees, multiple types of milk based drinks, and a variety of teas available. T-Discs produced from many popular coffee manufactures are available as well.
The second unique feature of the Bosch Tassimo machines is how the coffee is brewed. Most coffee companies have recommended brew temperatures, brew times, and brew pressures for their coffee. Each T-Disc has a bar code on it that tells the brewer the exact temperature, pressure and brew time based on manufactures recommendations. I have found the coffee produced from these brewers to very close to the coffee I would receive when I went to a coffee shop producing the same brand of coffee.
Along with the large variety of T-Discs and the bar code brewing technology, the most notable feature of the Bosch Tassimo is its ease of use and speed. You can have a cup of hot coffee in your hands within a minute of turning the machine on. All you do is activate the machine, pop in a T-Disc, hit brew and the machine does everything else within minutes.
I definitely would recommend these brewers for people that need coffee in a pinch. While beverage quality is good, I still prefer fresh espresso or coffee out of a traditional machine. All in all, I think these machines do a great job and serve the purpose of both speed and convenience.