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A bar code on top of each T-Disc instructs the machine to use the proper brewing settings. It will then change the water temperature, the amount of water, and the brew time and strength. This allows the Tassimo pod maker to brew a variety of hot drinks: filtered style coffee, cappuccino, short espresso, tea, and hot chocolate.
Tassimo T-Discs are currently offered under Kraft-owned brands such as Gevalia, Maxwell House, Mastro Lorenzo, Nabob, Carte Noire, Kenco, Jacobs, Suchard and Twinings. These Kraft-owned brands from all over the world allow the consumer to choose from a selection of blends, flavors and types of hot drinks. It should be noted, however, that not all Kraft brands are available in all markets, which may limit T-Disc choices for consumers. In some markets, Tassimo has entered into partnerships to market T-Discs from non-Kraft brands. For example, in Canada T-Discs will be marketed in 2012 from the coffee shop brands Second Cup and Tim Hortons, as well as discount supermarket brand President's Choice.
These drinks are made quickly in around one minute. Clean-up is minimal and dependent on frequency of use. Coffee drinks utilizing milk discs in addition to coffee discs may require additional cleaning of machine parts due to the build up of milk and coffee on the nozzle. Additionally, intermittent descaling may be needed when the water used has a degree of hardness.
As of April 2011, Tassimo had three models that use the T-Discs (Tassimo coffee pod), the Intermediate, the Suprema (which comes with Red or Silver highlights) and the Premium which comes in 'Twilight Titanium'.
All of these machines brew a drink from the Tassimo T-Discs in under one minute, and can brew subsequent drinks immediately. All use 'One-Touch' brew controls, and are programmable for an individual's taste preferences. All machines have similar features, however the Intermediate and Suprema models are not suitable for use above altitudes of 6,500 feet.
On February 9, 2012 the Consumer Product Safety Commission recalled about 2.1 million T-Discs in the United States, and another 1.9 million in Canada over reports that they burst while brewing. The recall has affected the availability of certain Tassimo T-Discs.
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