Tassimo Finesse coffee machine

This time I bring you the review of this new coffee maker that has come on the market; it is the Tassimo Finesse, a machine manufactured by Bosch with a very nice aesthetic (like all Tassimo). This brand makes some super elegant designs, small squares, ideal for the kitchen.

In my case, I bought a creamy white model, but you can buy it in different colors like black, red, etc. Typical of Tassimo, they have all the colors available for you to choose from, and the truth is that they are really cute.

What does this coffee maker do that other Tassimo machines, such as the Vivy2, do not? It has an “intensity Boost” system, which means that the coffee will be more intense by just pressing the brew button for 3 seconds. Otherwise, it is the same as the Vivy2.

To have a good and complete review of this coffee maker, the ideal is to compare it with another model to see if it does something different, so I decided to compare it with the Vivy2.

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Review of the Tassimo Finesse machine. I compare it with the Tassimo Vivy2

Comparison of the Tassimo Finesse vs. Tassimo Vivy2 coffee maker
Comparison of the Tassimo Finesse vs. Tassimo Vivy2 coffee maker

Cleaning the Tassimo Finesse machine

Having one coffee maker next to the other, I initially put the cleaning disk inside each one to see how they behave when cleaning the machine and to determine if there is any difference between them.

  • Practically both finish at the same time, taking about the same time to clean. 
  • The Vivy2 poured a little more water during the cleaning, but the difference was minimal, so I can say that this test resulted in almost the same, and both behave very similarly in this aspect.

Preparation of coffee with the Tassimo Finesse

I wanted to test the intensity boost button for coffee brewing to see if it works. With the cups clean and after having done cleaning in both coffee makers, which means that both circuits are also clean and full of water, I inserted an American coffee capsule, closed the machines tightly, and proceeded to brew the coffee.

This time I did not start both machines at the same time; I first pressed the button on the Tassimo Finesse for three seconds so that it would carry out the extra intensity, and after these three seconds, I started the Vivy2 so that both machines would start brewing coffee at the same time.

Once started, both brewers began pre-infusion, and I observed the following:

  • The pre-infusion of the coffee took longer on the Tassimo Finesse than on the Tassimo Vivy2.
  • The coffee infusion took less time in the Tassimo Finesse than in the Tassimo Vivy2.
  • Both machines finished the coffee extraction almost at the same time.
  • The amount of coffee obtained per cup in the Tassimo Vivy2 was greater than in the Finesse.
  • At the end of brewing, the Vivy2 stops flashing earlier, which means it is also ready to be used again earlier than the Finesse.

Based on the above, I can say that the difference between having or not having an “extra boost of intensity” is that having it increases the pre-infusion time.

Quality of the coffee obtained with the Tassimo Finesse

When observing each of the coffees prepared with both machines, I noticed a small difference in color, the beverage made with the Vivy2 was a little lighter than the one made with the Finesse.

And when I tasted both coffees, thinking that I was not going to find any difference in their flavors, I was surprised to find that I did feel a more intense flavor in the coffee prepared with the Finesse, so in this aspect, the pre-infusion makes a big difference.

Then a doubt arises in my mind, could it be that Tassimo has now realized that this is the correct way to prepare coffee, and for this reason, they are already incorporating it in their coffee makers? Because I noticed a stronger and more intense flavor in the coffee prepared with this method, compared to that obtained from the Vivy2 and having used the same type of coffee.

Internal components of the Tassimo Finesse

I didn’t want to stay only with the differences that I saw in terms of the external characteristics of this coffee maker, so I decided to disassemble both models to compare their internal components and thus determine if the Finesse brings us something additional or not.

Once both machines were opened, I could see that they were the same on the inside, the arrangement of some elements varies, but they are the same. We have the same pump, thermoblock, sensors, and everything is the same, but some parts are in different places.

The only thing that varies slightly is the control card. This is logical because if the Finesse allows us to have that extra function of a more intense coffee, that function has to be included in the control card.

Note: the control card of a coffee maker is the one that gives the order to all the components to work; for example, in the case of the pump, it orders to pour water at the right time and for the right amount of time for a greater pre-infusion.

In this sense, I can say that the Tassimo Finesse coffee maker is the same as the Vivy2, or any other model, in terms of its internal components. Everything is even positioned in the same way, only very small things change, and this is also very good because if you break something off one, you can exchange it with the other regardless of the model.

Internal components of Tassimo Finesse and Vivy2 coffee machines
Internal components of Tassimo Finesse and Vivy2 coffee machines


That’s all I can say about the Finesse; it’s a nice coffee maker, very elegant, very thin, and can do the intensity boost function, which allows for much more intense coffees.

But otherwise, it is a coffee maker just like the rest. By this, I mean that you have to ask yourself if you want to pay a little extra for a coffee maker that does practically the same as any other Tassimo. It’s up to you.

Written by Pablo Barrantes Nevado
I am Pablo Barrantes, a coffee lover. I decided to start this website to solve all the doubts that arise every day when preparing our favorite drink: coffee. I am an industrial engineer by profession, but I have worked in coffee shops for many years, where I have learned all the secrets about coffee machines and coffee. My passion for coffee has led me to investigate and study beyond the obvious, and thanks to this, I can offer solutions and give news about coffee and coffee makers. I hope you enjoy reading as much as I research, document and write here.

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