Updated: Jan 7
What is it?: So this is technically 2 things - a reusable tassimo pod and a milk frother - both of which when combined make every single morning an absolute pleasure!
Cost: When I got the reusable tassimo pods, several months ago, they were super expensive coming in at about £20 each, but the place I got mine from no longer has an online shop. Plus, the price has now dropped right down to £9.99 each and you can get them on amazon; the milk frother varies depending on where you go for it, but I got mine from ao.com for £40 (or if you want to add to your Amazon shopping basket with the coffee pod you can check it out here).
Does it work? Yes, Yes and Yes - but more than works, it means I start every single day on a happy note.
Would I buy it again? Definitely - I cannot imagine my life without these contraptions now!
Other options?: Loads, and if you don't have a tassimo machine, there's likely a reusable pod for your machine out there too, so definitely give it a quick google! The milk frothers come in all shapes and sizes (and price ranges) but the one I got does the trick for a reasonable price. Where to buy: Amazon has the reusable tassimo pods these days, and ao.com is where I got my milk frother from but it is a Lavazza MilkEasy one, so you could also get it directly from them.
So I basically bought the Tassimo reusable pods because I didn't like that the Tassimo pods you buy normally are not recyclable, and I have increasingly cared more about my carbon footprint over the last few years, so I am always looking for ways to make small changes that can make a difference in the world.
The pods themselves are pretty cool - made of plastic and silicone, they are easy to fill, empty and clean (you can chuck them in the dishwasher too!).
Filling them with coffee was pretty easy too, and they come with a little white cup dispenser to transfer the coffee into the pod from your coffee jar, and a brush if you spill any on the pod that needs wiping away (although I generally just use my finger!).
However, the coffee produced by the Tassimo reusable pods by themselves was a little disappointing.
The biggest let down was that the reusable pods came out very much like it was from a cafetiere, which sort of defeated the object of having a tassimo machine, and I did miss the little frothiness that comes on the top of the coffee when you use one of the official pods. This is what it looked like:
However, I did not want to be disheartened by my quest to reduce my mini carbon footprint, so I googled frothers for coffee and discovered that there is quite a large market for it! I went for a run of the mill middle range model by Lavazza which I got for £40 (but the price has since gone up I believe) and found it to be amazing! It can do foam (the super frothy milk that I like) or latte which is the milk warmed with a little bit of froth on the top, and is electrical as it heats the milk at the same time as frothing it. It can also do milkshakes by cooling the milk and making it a tiny bit frothy, but I didn't massively rate the milkshake option, and I just use my frother for making hot coffees...that said, I might have a go at iced frothy coffees in the summer! Ooooooo actually that's a great idea - if I do that I will update this post too!
UPDATE Sept 2022 - I totally had a go at iced frothy coffee over the Summer...not gonna lie, it was amazing...and here it is....
The machine itself is dead easy to use - there are lines inside it with the words for what type of milk you want, so you know where to fill the milk up to. Then you just press the button either once for foam, twice for a latte or hold it down for 3 seconds for a milkshake. It whirls away whilst the coffee pods are on working.
Once they are both finished doing their thing, pour the milk into the coffee...
And what you get is this little cup of happiness:
I have started this year expressing gratitude for one thing a day, and this foamy yummy coffee has already been on that list. There is no better way to start your day than with an amazing cup of coffee (which you didn't have to pay a fortune for in the barrista's). If you do give this one a go, I invite you to savour that morning coffee! Think of the things that you want to do for 20 minutes on a morning with a really good cup of coffee and then do them. Enjoy it, don't let yourself be distracted by anything else! Me, I do nothing! Nothing at all! I leave my phone in another room, and sit and enjoy my cup of coffee whilst cuddling with Obi, my dog, and ignoring everything else going on in the world! Believe me, if you start your day really enjoying that first cup of coffee, it will put you in a really good mood for the rest of the day! And all of this for the bargain price of £60ish, which cost per wear, is nothing! I've had these coffee pods and milk frother for about 9 months now, and they are still going strong! One proviso I would put out there is that the coffee mugs that taper so they have larger tops compared to the bottom of them tend to make the froth dissipate pretty quickly, so it might take you a while to find the best cup for this frothy coffee, but once you do it is so super worth it!!
Treat yourself - you deserve it!
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