I don't think I've introduced you to my best friend who resides in my kitchen. The Tassimo machine is brilliant, I've had mine for years and it has never let me down. Well it did once but only just recently and after being used like mad I managed to track down a spare part and 'bobs me uncle' it's back to perfection again.
I think I would actually miss it if I didn't have it, it gives me drinks through it's pods or gives me boiling water so, little need for another kettle. The selection of drinks are good including the Costa range of Latte and Cappuccino, Kenco Coffee and Twinings Tea. I think at some point I've had most varieties of drinks. My son favours the Hot Chocolate which is available in Cadbury's, Suchard, Milk and Oreo so a great choice of top names in hot beverages.
I have made a move to decaffeinated drinks now so I'm a bit disappointed that there isn't a decaf tea in the range yet but maybe in the future they might make one. The Twinings English Breakfast is really nice though. I have found a nice decaf coffee from Kenco and tend to make it up with some hot milk. I have been known to pop a Bailey's in there on a weekend and top with squirty cream just on the days when I fancy myself as a barista.
The machine itself is easy to clean, no problem to descale, yes you have to do this regularly and the warning light always lights up for that job just when you don't need it to. I have the Fidelia T40 model and like I say it's been so reliable so I can recommend it. The pods can be bought from any supermarket and also online, some may see them as a bit pricey but I like them for convenience and taste but I don't buy many. Some may also object to the plastic pods clogging up the environment but there are recycle programs for these pods so it is a good idea to look into that.
Overall a nifty bit of kit, I have thought about trying other similar machines but I always come back to my trusty Tassimo. Do you have one? What do you think? I'd love to hear your views or if you prefer another type. Leave a comment below. It's coming up to Christmas so maybe you are thinking what to buy someone. I will include the link to a couple below available through Amazon (affiliated).
Thanks for reading today, I will be back tomorrow for Whatever Wednesday but for now.....take care.
This was the scene on Sunday evening, imagine the power going off in your house, nothing but silence and darkness. I wasn't actually phased by the fact I couldn't watch the results on Strictly or warm the pizza up I'd bought for dinner I was more concerned about the chances of ever having a brew again.
The electricity decided to go off while my youngest son was in the shower which was kind of funny, he wasn't too phased. I did expect swear words but I just got ' I'd finished anyway' as if he was talking to the power gods. We checked the obvious solutions but it needed to be passed to an engineer. Within the next 3 hours Sue from the Brew said the telephone operator so we buckled down to our waiting time with the basics. My son who has Autism read us numerous Thomas the Tank Engine stories, that kept him busy and my youngest just contemplated whether he had rinsed his conditioner out completely.
It was a bit chilly with no heating and I needed the one thing that us British have in a crisis, yes the classic mug of tea. It is always there when you need it, to soothe you and in this case warm me blooming cockles, I was freezing'. It was a good decision to keep my whistling kettle and thankfully I have a gas hob. Phew!!! I got it lit and boiled up for a brew.
Warm me it did and not long after that the engineer arrived and all was ok. I just managed to finish my tea and eat chocolate before he arrived, didn't want him thinking I was too comfy. We were back to normal (whatever that is) in no time. Thank you Mr Fix It Man.
There are some times when the chips are down and you need some normality and something you can rely on.......that my friends is a nice warm brew!!!
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Our mission if we chose to accept it was to meet in The Yard at Pride Park Stadium, Derby and then move out into the baltic temperatures and sing with Rock Choir outside on the finishing line of The 10 Mile Run.
No this post isn't going to blow up and accept it I did. A nice warm Americano coffee was to be had and it gave me a lovely nice warming glow before going out for mission possible. It really is nice here and after our mission was completed it was a welcomed site to be able to defrost and take advantage of another brew.
This time I went for a latte and I have to say I have fallen in love with this venue as do you know what you get with ya brew????? Only some Galaxy Minstrels. Oh my goodness, what a nice change from little biscuit which I can never eat with it probably not being gluten free. Minstrels are though so thank you for providing pure heaven with my brew.
On this occasion I only drank but I feel I may return for food as there were a few dishes which passed by while I crunched on my last minstrel and they looked so tasty. The service was a little slow but I'm not bothered to be honest, the poor staff were just inundated by an influx of Derby Rock Choir members which can send anyone into a frenzy. I'm surprised their coffee machine didn't give up to be honest, the staff were very lovely and so friendly.
One lovely waiter brought some very nice looking fries and asked us if we had ordered them, I think we all thought we would have loved to have said YES but no we let him take them away to their rightful owner. Booooo!. They have many different menus, a breakfast, drinks. bar snacks, lunch, dinner, dessert, children's (I don't recommend eating children though) and a Christmas menu too. You can view all of these on their website at
Take a look or go and visit, I imagine they may get very busy on match days being situated under Derby County's Football Stadium but for other times I'm sure it's fine. Thanks to the staff for making us feel welcome and serving us lots of nice warm drinks, just keep those minstrels coming.....
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Take care for now.
I actually had a coffee here on the farm but I did buy tea to take away. Yes some more, as if I haven't got enough. I'm turning into a mahooosive tea addict and I can't think of anything nicer.
I consumed some lovely gluten free lemon drizzle which was very tangy and very delicious. Accompanying that was a hazelnut latte with some extra cream on top but I haven't told you that and you didn't see anything.
There is a very friendly atmosphere here with very nice staff. It was cosy with a fire burning and I could have sat there all day but they would have had to roll me out. They would mistake me for a big hay bale and plonk me in the nearest field. That will teach me to eat too much cake.
Whats lovely about Hackwood Farm is that you can have your beverages and then shop in their delightful farm shop. So much foody goodness and yes they had tea for sale. I bought this lovely tin of 40 English Breakfast Teabags which is now sitting proudly in my kitchen. I also purchased some Irish Decaf Loose Leaf Tea which tastes so nice I feel I may have to keep going back and replenishing my stock. Oh dear, more cake and a brew Yikes.
There is meat and pies to buy, fruit and veg as well as cards and gifts too so if you've not visited this place then you need to. It is situated at
Radbourne Lane, Derby, Ashbourne DE6 4NA and they do have a website at www.hackwoodfarm.com Here you'll find all the information you need about the place itself, menus and function room hire for a special event too.
Hope you enjoy it here as much as we did. Thank you for reading today, please come back tomorrow for Whatever Wednesday. Wednesday doesn't have a theme, I leave this midweek day free and randomly pick any subject to get us over that hill and on the way to the weekend. Any requests for subjects to chat about are welcome so let me know if you'd like me to discuss something of interest.
Take care everyone!
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