Everybody loves a great cup of coffee, but sometimes you have to wonder exactly how some outlets get away with charging so much for their products.
It's only by trial and error that most people find their coffee shop of choice, and that is usually after an expensive round of buying large plastic cups filled mainly with hot air in the shape of frothy milk, or asking for a double espresso and getting something insipid that tastes like it was made from the leftovers of someone else's brew.
Deciding to forgo the pleasure of a shop bought coffee and stick solely with the home made version isn't always a whole lot cheaper either. Buying coffee beans, whether ground or not, can be an expensive option depending on where you buy and what you particular choice is. Then there is the whole range of accessories you need, from stove top espresso jugs through to special milk frothers and bean grinders.
All in all, the search for a reasonably priced cup of coffee can be a long one, but fortunately there's a shortcut on the market in the shape of the Tassimo range of coffee makers from Bosch.
If you've been looking for the best coffee machine to buy for a while, your search could well be over. The sleek design of the Tassimo makes it a talking point for any kitchen, but it is the use of a couple of innovative new technologies that really sets it apart.
'Intelligent barcode technology' sounds like something you supermarket might put to good use, but when it comes to making coffee at home it is exactly what you need.
Depending on what variation of coffee takes your mood, whether it's a Latte, Cappuccino, Americano or anything else, each type needs a slightly different approach when it comes to making it. This counts even more on your machine, as the Tassimo also makes a great cup of tea or hot chocolate.
What happens in this case is that the 'pod' that contains the basics for your choice also has a barcode with all the information the machine needs to know regarding temperature, length of brewing time and amount of water needed to make the perfect cup. This is then read by the maker and put into effect in order to prepare every cup just right, every time.
The other piece of important tech is the flow heater, which heats water only on demand and switches off immediately after each brewing cycle. This not only means that there is virtually no wait for a warm up time, but also that energy consumption levels are kept to a minimum, keeping your bills low and your green eco credentials up to date.