Bosch TAS4000GB Tassimo Fidelia Review
If most coffee machines intimidate you with their knobs, buttons and settings, the Bosch Tassimo Fidelia is perfect for you. It knows how to make the perfect cup of coffee. All you need to do is insert the pod and add the water. It’s one of the most convenient and easy to use coffee makers you can buy.
If you love the convenience and ease of use of pod coffee machines, we recommend considering the Bosch TAS4000GB Tassimo Fidelia.
The ultra-compact coffee maker is especially ideal for kitchen counters with little space to spare.
The Fidelia features a large 2L water tank, innovative barcode technology that make the perfect cup of coffee and rapid on-demand heating technology.
The price is affordable but, as with all other pod coffee machines, consider the ongoing costs of buying coffee pods, which can be higher than buying ground or coffee beans.
But if you just want a coffee machine that is easy and fast to use, the Fidelia is a great choice. Read on to learn more in my Bosch Tassimo Fidelia review.
Bosch Tassimo Fidelia review
What I like
- Makes good quality coffee
- Variety of coffee pods
- Height-adjustable cup tray
- Good price
What I don’t like
- Little control over the quality
- Cost of coffee pods
What are you buying?
1. Compact pod coffee machine
Espresso coffee machines make great coffee but can be a bit fiddly to use. You have to use properly ground coffee and learn how to use the steam nozzle to froth the milk.
Bean-to-cup coffee makers are even more challenging, requiring a learning curve before you can brew good coffee.
Pod coffee machines on the other hand, are all about simplicity and convenience as you’ll see in this Bosch Tassimo Fidelia review.
They are for those of us who just want a good cup of coffee without having to turn knobs or grind beans.
Just put in a coffee pod, add water to the tank, press a button and voila, your coffee is ready.
Of course, the quality of the coffee depends a lot on how the machine is designed and the quality of the coffee pods.
Tassimo pods, or T-Disks as they are called, contain high quality ground coffee.
They have a wide variety of flavours on Amazon as well as their official website including Americano, cappuccino and caramel latte among others.
Bosch has also designed the Fidelia use specific water temperatures and brewing time for different types of coffee.
It does this using their innovative barcode technology.
2. Barcode technology for the perfect cuppa
The pod holder where you insert the coffee or creamer pod has a built-in barcode reader.
If you check the T-discs, they all have a barcode on them.
The barcode reader scans the barcode of the disc you’ve inserted, which tells it what kind of coffee it’s going to make. It then adjusts water temperature and brewing time accordingly.
Coffee enthusiasts and connoisseur may not be big fans of such an automated coffee making method. You can’t really adjust the coffee’s strength or flavour to your preferences, something that’s possible with espresso and bean-to-cup coffee machines.
But for those of us who simply want a good cup of coffee, the barcode technology is a life – and time – saver. It ensures you get a perfect cup of coffee every time. You can’t mess it up.
3. On-demand heating
The Tassimo Fidelia doesn’t heat the entire tank every time you make a cup of coffee. Instead, it heats only the water that’s required.
This speeds up the coffee making process and is especially handy when you are making several cups. You can make cup after cup with minimal delays in between.
4. Large water tank
Despite its small footprint, the Tassimo Fidelia has a surprisingly large water tank.
The 2-litre capacity tank makes it a great choice for large families and those who love entertaining. You can make several cups at a go before you need to refill the reservoir.
How easy is it to use?
Pod coffee machines are the easiest to use. You don’t have to grind coffee or configure a myriad of settings.
While this robs you some control over how the coffee turns out, it’s super convenient for many people.
To use the Tassimo Fidelia, you’ll need to have Tassimo pods or T-disks. Order the 4-pack set when you buy the coffee machine.
The pack is good for 8 servings of cappuccino, 8 servings of latte, 8 servings of Cadbury hot chocolate and 16 servings of Americano coffee.
Fill up the water tank then insert your coffee pod of choice in the pod receptacle. Make sure you’ve oriented it properly.
Close the lid and check that the indicator light has turned green. Press the button to dispense coffee.
The machine will decode the barcode and make the required coffee.
For milk coffees like cappuccino and latte, the pack will contain two sets of pods: some with creamer and some with espresso coffee.
Start by inserting the creamer pod. The machine will dispense frothy steamed milk. Then insert the coffee pod to finish making your coffee.
If you want to add hot water to your coffee, press the operation button continuously.
Overall, the Tassimo Fidelia is very easy to use even for a complete beginner.
Maintenance is also easy.
You just need to run a rinse cycle regularly, wipe down certain components and descale the machine as required (descaling frequency depends on your water hardness and how often you make coffee).
What accessories are included?
The Tassimo Fidelia doesn’t come with any accessories such as a tamper or a measuring scoop (you don’t need them).
But you should order a pack of T-Discs when buying the coffee maker. You should also consider getting the descaling tablets ahead of time.
Bosch Tassimo Fidelia key features
- Easy to use and maintain.
- Makes good quality coffee quickly.
- Wide variety of coffee pods available.
- Height-adjustable cup tray. You can also remove it completely to fit a taller cup.
- Good price.
- Little control over the quality of coffee.
- Costs of coffee pods can add up over time.
Anything else you should know?
You’ll notice a yellow disc when you open the package. Do not discard or lose it. You’ll need it for maintenance.
When running a cleaning cycle, insert the yellow disk in the pod holder. It has a barcode that instructs the machine to self-clean.
If most coffee machines intimidate you with their knobs, buttons and settings, the Bosch Tassimo Fidelia is perfect for you.
It knows how to make the perfect cup of coffee. All you need to do is insert the pod and add the water.
It’s one of the most convenient and easy to use coffee makers you can buy.
Where to buy?
- Amazon UK: >> Click here to see today’s price