We’ve had our Tassimo beverage system for over a year now and we love it. However, it has some minor drawbacks that I could see being very easy to address. One is the lack of flexibility in choice of coffee/tea products. At this time you can only use what t-discs that are available. This got me thinking because I’m an avid tea drinker and prefer it to coffee, and Tassimo has a very limited variety of tea t-discs. My wife on the other hand has to have her cup of coffee in the morning, and this was her present last year. So I set about trying to figure out how I can make my favorite hot loose leaf teas (black, oolong, herbal, white, green, roobios, etc.) using the Tassimo’s instant hot water feature. Compared to the Keurig which seems to have more choice in coffees and teas, but it cannot make frothing drinks such as lattes or cappuccinos.
At this time my current process of making my morning tea was to microwave a cup of water for 2 minutes (or 1 minute if the water at my tap is already hot from being run) – that takes a long time and a lot of energy (time being my most inconvenient factor). I get jealous watching my wife have her favorite cup of coffee in < 1 minute. So upon inspecting our Tassimo I found it has a cleaning disc that is needed to periodically descale the heating element. It is designed to pass hot water through it to a cup. So I wondered why can’t I use that to make my own hot water beverages. My first attempt was to use the cleaning disc and holding down the brew button. After 2 minutes and a sore finger that didn’t work so well (was actually more inconvenient). That sent me back to the drawing board. I inspected a used t-disc and noticed that the top is made from a pretty sturdy aluminum foil and therein lied the epiphany. See my step-by-step instructions below:
Upon discovering this and thinking some more – this method can also be used to make instant coffee (if that’s your prerogative) or even brew your own coffee using a mug with coffee infuser or the senseo bags.
Update12/29/11: I’ve been doing this for well over a year and it still works great. I also bought a second piercing unit ($5-$10 from Tassimo depending on your model) as my wife drinks a lot of coffee and I found if we used the same piercing unit I would get residue coffee flavor in my hot water. Have one for Coffee and one for Tea / Hot Water and you do not get the taste – makes a big difference if you have a coffee and tea drinker using the same machine.