The new Costa Tassimo machine - Fidelia: a review

After my good friend Kip bought himself a Tassimo machine a few months back, and raved constantly about it for weeks after, I could barely believe my luck when Costa Coffee dropped an email through offering a massive discount on the new Costa Tassimo Fidelia machine. So much so that I thought I’d review the Fidelia machine.

More than that there was also the chance to get a shedload of free drinks when you ordered coffee online. What’s to lose?

The Tassimo Fidelia box - Taken from a Tassimo Fidelia review.

The box - As pretty as you’d expect it to be.

I have some time off work this week, and, therefore, time to spend writing about coffee machines. Am I a coffee fan, you may ask? Why yes. Take a quick look at the title of the blog. (If you are reading this after the Summer of 2013, and I have moved the blog or changed names, it was called Caffeinated Dan.)

Am I a coffee fan, you may ask? Why yes. Take a quick look at the title of the blog. (If you are reading this after the Summer of 2013, and I have moved the blog or changed names, it was called Caffeinated Dan.)

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I’ve had a Dulce Gusto machine in the past, which made a decent cup of coffee, but certainly not a coffee that was comparable to either Costa or Starbucks. Maybe the Tassimo would be different?

free Tassimo coffee with the Fidelio machine

Free coffee!

The Costa Tassimo Fidelia machine itself looks lovely. Smooth and shiny, it fits in the kitchen nicely alongside various other bits and pieces.

It’s made by Bosch, so is technically a Bosch Tassimo, though I believe other brands are available.

I’ve ordered the black version, but for this machine type, you can it in red or silver too. Don’t be fooled, though, the main body is black no matter which colour you order, and only the top part is a different colour.

The Bosch Tassimo Machine - Front view

The Tassimo machine from the front.

The disappointing thing for me was that there was no coffee packed with the machine. I was expecting, at least, a couple of freebies, or maybe even a box of “taste testers” to try so that you may be persuaded to go and buy more, but there was nothing.

That didn’t stop me setting up the machine, and being the anal type I made sure I read the instructions first, where I was told to run hot water through the system to clean it before making the first coffee.

A yellow “cleansing” disk is provided which is inserted into the machine and allows hot water to run through it. Once this has been completed, the machine is completely ready to use.

The Costa Tassimo Machine - Side view

The Tassimo machine from the side.

I picked up some Costa Latte capsules at Tesco, and was surprised to see that they were £5 for 8, which works out at more than 60p per cup - a figure I thought was pricey (my Dulce Gusto machine worked out at around 45p per cup, as a comparison) though as someone else pointed out to me, it’s still far cheaper that getting even the smallest drink in Costa or Starbucks.

Tassimo Costa Latte capsules.

Tassimo Costa Latte capsules. This pack makes 8 (Extra Large, apparently) coffees.

Sixty seconds later and the coffee was made. A two-step process that involves putting the capsule in face side down, where the machine then scans the barcode and uses this to put in the correct amount of water.

The machine has a water reservoir at the back which you detach and fill with cold water, which is then dragged through and heated, meaning there’s no need to wait for kettles to boil.

As I was making a latte, I had to remove the first (milk) capsule when told and replace it with a coffee one.

All fairly simple, though I’ll readily admit to having to resort to YouTube to find out which way the capsules went in and how to close them in correctly, something that just a few drinks later seems like a ridiculous thing to admit as it’s so easy.

Costa Coffee Tassimo machine and pods

The Tassimo in action, halfway through making a latte.

Et voila! The final product.

The finished Tassimo Costa Latte.

The final product. A Tassimo Costa Latte.

The final question: How is the coffee? Before I answer this I should point out that there are lots of flavoured capsules out there that you can choose from, and I’ve only tried one. As a Costa fan, I was hoping that the Costa Latte would taste close to what I get in the stores. Unfortunately, it doesn’t.

As a Costa fan, I was hoping that the Costa Latte would taste close to what I get in the stores. Unfortunately, it doesn’t, which is odd as I bought the Costa Tassimo machine and am using the Costa Latte pods.

The coffee is weaker than anticipated, mainly due to the sweet milk that comes with it. It tastes nice, just not what I was hoping for. However, my wonderful girlfriend, who is equipped with a brain far more laterally thinking than mine, suggested that I try using just the coffee and real milk, and guess what? It tastes much more like the Costa taste I know and love.

However, my wonderful girlfriend, who is equipped with a brain far more laterally thinking than mine, suggested that I try using just the coffee and real milk, and guess what? It tastes much more like the Costa taste I know and love.

The Tassimo machine normally retails at £99.00 inc VAT, but thanks to the generous Costa offer they gave a massive £69.00 discount, meaning the machine cost just £30 - a bargain.

Given that there is the £20 of free coffee offer also included when you order online, it’s a no-brainer for me to recommend this. This link for the machine is on offer for £80.90 at the moment.

Update:  You can get different models at different prices!  How about the TAS3202 for £51.99? Or the TAS4504GB for £54.99?

The downside? The Tassimo machine ships without any coffee capsules! Not even a single pod. So if you order your machine, make sure you get some coffee at the same time. Amazon does a variety pack

Amazon does a variety pack here or you can buy the standard Costa Latte pods here.

by DannyUK

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