Small and automatic, the Bosch Tassimo Vivy White

Small and automatic, the Bosch Tassimo Vivy White

When I wanted to buy my current coffee machine, I chose to focus on pods to make my choice. Between those that are only sold online (not for me, imagine having to wait several days due to lack of foresight) and those that cost almost €1 per pod, I had a few specific criteria in mind.

I wanted pods for coffee, but also for other beverages, including caffeine-free and theine-free solutions for my daughter. I didn’t want to go broke and I wanted real cappuccinos with foam. My choice soon came down to Tassimo coffeemakers. And that’s how I finally ended up with the tassimo vivy t12 coffeemaker, white model, because it was on sale.

Description of the Tassimo Vivy

Small and automatic, the Bosch Tassimo Vivy White

This machine is made by Bosch, it is solid and can be easily integrated into any kitchen decor (you still need to have a kitchen decor, hum). It is quite small (25x17x30 cm). However the tank is on the side, so you can’t slide it between two other more bulky things, you must leave the left side of the appliance free.

Its tank has a capacity of 0.7 l which is pretty standard for a small coffee machine. The cup holder is removable and can be installed at two different heights. A large mug can be slipped into it without any problem. However, you can only prepare one cup at a time.

The pressure is 3.3 bars which is pretty decent and allows for creamy coffees and other drinks.

Three indicator lights are installed on the right. The first one serves as a start button to prepare a drink. Just underneath it, there are alerts: the signal in the middle announces that the water tank is empty and the one at the bottom signals that descaling is necessary.

Finally on the side is an on/off switch. It is possible to simply switch the device to standby, but it is also possible to switch it off completely to avoid any power consumption.

Making coffee tassimo

Small and automatic, the Bosch Tassimo Vivy White

It would be really reductive to limit Tassimo vivy to a coffee machine. Indeed, it offers many different drinks. You can find online as in any supermarket pods (whose official name is T Disc) of different brands and with different results.

There are about twenty coffees available, but also decas, teas, hot chocolates (milka, suchard…) and a whole range of drinks worthy of any Starbuck (cappuccino, latte macchiatto, etc.). The pods cost from €0.25 to €0.5 depending on the model and the point of sale.

And every drink can be prepared in 4 movements in everything and for everything. You don’t even have to think about it:

  • I open the front of the machine;
  • I slide my pod in its place;
  • I’m shutting down the machine;
  • I press the « on » button.

That’s it!

Each T Disc is equipped with a barcode. The coffeemaker reads it to know the brewing time, the amount of water, etc., and prepares the perfect drink every time.

It is necessary to count one minute for an espresso (heating time + preparation) and a little more for all other drinks.

My opinion on the Bosch Tassimo Vivy machine

Small and automatic, the Bosch Tassimo Vivy White

Suchard’s hot chocolate is one of the best I’ve ever had! And the cappuccino has real foam on top.

Apart from these delicacies, one of the assets of this electric coffee maker is its audio level. The Tassimo Vivy emits only 52 dB, making it one of the quietest machines available. So yes, it still makes noise, but considering that other machines run at 60 dB, that’s a big difference.

The beverage automation, but also the interview is a real plus. Even if you have a dozen different pods, you don’t have to worry about losing the manual or not pressing the right button. The machine does everything as correctly as possible.

The same goes for descaling. The machine is delivered with a yellow T Disc that can be stored discreetly at the rear. Simply slide it into the machine to start descaling. When I told you there’s nothing you can do!

The only flaw is actually the cost of pods. For coffee, the price is correct, even cheaper than many competing brands. On the other hand the other drinks are a little expensive. It’s better to drink them occasionally rather than your everyday drink. Otherwise it will quickly become expensive. It is fortunately possible to benefit from regular promotions directly on tassimo’s website.

The Tassimo Vivy, its price

Small and automatic, the Bosch Tassimo Vivy White

The white vivy is currently at 43 €. This means that prices vary according to the promotions, but also according to the colors. Because you can order your tassimo in pink, blue, yellow, black or white. At the beginning of this year 2017, the black vivy is the cheapest, while the white is the most expensive…

Depending on your tastes, you may prefer the design of the Bosch Tassimo Suny ? Ou même d’une autre machine à café. Un comparison on Tassimo coffee makers presents them all.

Clearly Tassimo Vivy is entry-level. It is the simplest version, but also the most economical. But the pods you put in it are the same as the others.

The plusses:

  • discrete (52 dB)
  • several colors
  • removable cup holder
  • fizzles out
  • wide choice of drinks

The least:

  • price of pods excluding coffee
  • one cup at a time


So to sum up, the Tassimo Vivy is a discreet, low-priced model, which allows a wide choice of hot drinks, with or without coffee. Its various colours make it easy to integrate into any kitchen. Above all, it is extremely easy to use.