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Keurig vs Tassimo?

Coffee is very important in our lives. We have had the Saeco Royal Professional for about 8 years now and it makes a good coffee but has had to be repaired many many times. Today is the final straw: it broke down.

I am giving up on it - and after research I have come down to either the Keurig or the Tassimo.

I am not going any other route although I know there are many opinions on this.

However any comments from those who own and use their single pod makers religiously?

Ease of buying the pods is also essential...altho I know Tassimo is easily available at Loblaws. I don't know about Keurig.

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  1. I happen to own both. Tassimo wins in my opinion because of the Starbucks connection. They have many varieties of Starbucks coffee including Cappuccino. The pods are available just about everywhere and you can order them online as well. I like coffee house style coffee - rich strong and brewed to perfection. That is Tassimo. Keurig has over 200 different pods also available everywhere but all too weak for my taste. They don't have, to my knowledge, a cappuccino style coffee where the milk and coffee are brewed separately. Tassimo uses a pressurized water technology to brew the coffee. A different one for each variety. Keurig uses hot water poured through the pod. The plus for Keurig is on one model there is a temperature control so you could change the temperature for whoever is brewing and on all models you can select either regular or large size. I hope that was helpful!

    1. We have had the keurig for about a year now and we absolutely love it. Great quality coffee and the is a huge variety widely available. I got ours at Costco and it was really good deal. It came with a large selection of pods and also the reusable filter so the you can ground coffee.

      I think the only drawback is that the pods are definitely on the pricy side but it is still cheaper than going to Starbucks every day. Also, it so great for each person to have exactly the flavor they want without having to make a whole pot.

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      1. re: baseballfan

        thx to both of you. I like strong coffee...espresso strong; even if it is a cappuccino or latte....just wondering if the cappucino caps from Tassimo have sugar in them? Mammab I wonder if u could check on your pods?

        1. re: blondee_47

          No sugar. Just coffee in the coffee pod and UHT milk and cream in the milk pod. The Chai Latte has sugar. Way too much

      2. i have a tassimo.......limited selection of coffee is my only beef.Overall...a cup of coffee costs about $1.00 for a starbucks brew....much less for the Nabob brand.This product doesn't take up much counter space.Check around this XMAS time for the best price...i've seen them at $90.00 - $189...depending on the model and features.

        1. I don't drink coffee religiously and I only have Tassimo, not Keurig. The reason I got a Tassimo is because I am a reviewer for its product. In other words, I didn't pick Tassimo over Keurig. I just happened to get it.

          They are different of course and they target different population. Keurig has more selections in coffee favor and it is very easy to find their products. Tassimo has less coffee, but offers more styles. It can make latte, cappuacino, hot milk chocolate, Chai tea lattee. The reason is that Tassimo brews its drink using the bar code, so it can make different drinks based on the information.


          1. "Coffee is very important in our lives"

            If coffee is important to you, I would suggest stay away from all these "pod" machines. There is so much better out there at comparable cost. A simple pour-over (Chemex, Clever, hario V-90) with a decent grinder will out perform these pod toys in a heart beat.

            I suggest going to http://coffeegeek.com/ or http://www.sweetmarias.com/sweetmaria... or http://www.sweetmarias.com/sweetmaria... and read the instructions and reviews on those sites.

            1. we've had both in our household. I was given the Tassimo when I worked in a kitchen store. My husband used it in his office. Then we bought a Keurig for home use last year. Between the two...if you can find a variety of coffee you like for the Tassimo I think it makes the better cup of coffee. But the variety is limited so if you don't like any of them, not much choice. I drink my coffee black so none of the milk based drinks are of interest to me. The Keurig has more variety and wider availability. Most of the choices are fairly weak cups of coffee though we did find a couple varieties we like, typically the "bold" ones from Tully's or Paul Newman.

              Honestly though neither makes a great cup of coffee. They're both about convenience. We've since gone back to the french press at home, gave the Tassimo to a friend and now my husband's officemates and he enjoy the Keurig for work. It works out great in the office...everyone buys their own pods and shares the machine and there's no clean up or fuss involved.

              1. Blondee_47, I understand you aren't interested in counter-opinions on "pod machines," but I just can't keep my fingers still on this one. I didn't know anything about Tassimo machines, and not a whole lot more about Kuerig beyond having once browsed through the mind numbing number of pods available. But here are a few t hings that blow my mind:

                Did you know that one cup of Twining's green tea costs 56¢ per cup with a Tassimo pod and only 7¢ a cup if you use a Twining's green tea bag? Plus you control the brewing time/strength with the tea bag and can use it a second time if you so choose. Pod machines take away all such freedoms. And I can only assume the same principle of cost extends to just about anything you brew with a pod machine and a more traditional "you're in control" machine with the possible exception of hot water.

                I use a Jura Capresso super automatic espresso machine (no, not cheap) that gives me total control over everything, except it does the dirty work like cleaning up after itself for me. I can brew coffee of my choice, even blending the beans as I choose. I can use whole beans or pre-ground coffee. I can make lattes, mochas, cafe au lait, espresso, cappucino, cafe American, and *I* control portion sizes, as well as how strong or how hot.

                Call me a control freak, but I can't understand giving up the freedom that a non-pod machine provides. However, my dentist and a couple of doctors have installed the machines in their waiting rooms. I can see them there. They make sense in that setting, and maybe one day I'll try a cup. But meantime, I think I'll stay a control freak at home... Meanwhile, Blondee, may you be happy for a very long time with whatever you buy.

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                1. re: Caroline1

                  We got our Keurig during a kitchen renovation since there was nothing except the cup that needed washing. We've kept it because my DH and I get up at very different times, and in the past there was a lot of coffee going down the drain.

                  1. re: Caroline1

                    we have a capresso machine too. i understand it's pricey but for the home, if you really enjoy your coffee, it is the way to go!

                    1. re: davmar77

                      I agree completely! I love mine. Roxlet, with a Jura Capresso (or any super-automatic espresso maker for that matter) you can make one cup at a time so the difference in when you and your husband want your coffee makes no difference. You just push a button! I have my machine set so it stays on for about four hours ready to make coffee on demand, then rinses itself out and turns itself off. Something to think about. For me, having every single cup cost up to a dollar each, no way to make a larger portion or smaller portion, and not having... Well, I'm a control freak. What can I say? '-)

                      1. re: Caroline1

                        May I ask which model, Caroline1? Still happy with it? I'm in the market for one.

                        1. re: buttertart

                          Mine is an Impressa E9, and I doubt they even make them anymore. It's my second one through the years. When power surge executed my first one, I sent it to the factory for repairs and got an offer back to "move forward in time' by buying this model refurbished. It was a good deal.

                          ALL Jura Capresso super automatics are work horses. There is also a HUGE price range, as you no doubt know already. At the high end, you can get latte macchiato (whatever the hell that is in the extensive espresso vocabulary) and cappuccino as presets for one touch of the button. You can still make those things with the lower end Jura Capressos but the sole difference is that on the high end machines, the external milk reservoir is insulated and you only have to set it up once in the morning to have these choices at the press of a single button, then at the lower end, you can still make them but the milk reservoir is not insulated and you have to set it up each time you want to do a run of these drinks over a few hours before you have to refrigerate the milk. Oh, and on the lower end machines, you have to steam/froth the milk separately from making the coffee. According to what I read about the super duper ultra high end models, you don't have to stoop to such mundane tasks because the machine somehow does it for you. But maybe I'm wrong on that. I should watch the videos on the super duper big bucks machine!

                          ALL of the machines do hot chocolate, tea, instant soups or anything else that simply requires hot water because they have a separate spout that will steam/froth when you make cappuccinos in the lower end machines (my impression is that the $3,000.00 model somehow does it for you) and this same spout will also deliver hot water for tea, hot chocolate, or anything else that simply requires hot water. I've never thought of it before, but I'll have to give it a try the next time I want a bowl of instant ramen. I'm sure it will work for that too, as it's about the same thing as having an instant hot water tap at your sink.

                          Every machine will "rinse and dust" it's innards when you turn the machine off (or when it shuts down automatically) as well as doing the same thing again when you turn the machine on. They all have a reservoir for clean water and a catch tray for overflows and the rinse water when it washes itself, as well as a catcher-bin for the used "hockey pucks" of steamed and spent coffee ground after the electronic barrista brews a cup. Both of these have to be emptied periodically, and the machine will remind you when it needs that kind of attention. In fact, it will refuse to make more coffee until you do what it is demanding. Picky!

                          They really are amazing machines, and they make great coffee by the cupful that is amazingly consistent from cup to cup. Good grade of coffee beans in, good coffee out. It's the beans you use that controls the quality, and it will be the same cup after cup. And that's what I love about mine!

                          I would suggest you think about what kinds of coffee you want and how often and then see if the price of the machine that does that fully automatically matches well with your budget. I use my machine primarily for it's really true espresso brewing power. For me (and for most of Italy) "espresso" is a brewing method, not a coffee bean roast. I like a good coffee blend of mocha, java and a little bit of French roast mixed together, then a 10 ounce mug of it instead of a demitasse of over-roasted "espresso" beans. I do occasionally still make capppuccinos, but for special occasions like when a friend drops in or even with liqueur added for a dessert with lots and lots of foam and dustings on top after a fairly heavy meal. Frankly, at my age my hips don't need all of the extra milk and sugar, so I just enjoy a cup of espresso-brewed great coffee with lovely crema on top but no cream or sugar added!

                          Whichever Jura Capresso machine you decide on, I don't think you can go wrong or be disappointed. And there is NOTHING wrong with the factory refurbished. They are just as reliable as the brand new models. Whatever model you decide on, I think you're gonna love it!

                          1. re: Caroline1

                            Thanks a million for this, C1! You are the best. I have my eye on a factory-refurb lower-end one. My ideal coffee is an espresso allongé (not too allongé) and this sounds quite like the ticket. Don't make cappuccinos or milk-based drinks.

                    2. re: Caroline1

                      Caroline, I bought one of these Keurigs for my daughter, who recently started drinking coffee and was stopping at the campus Starbucks and blowing a few dollars per cup, in addition to the inconvenience. Her roommate had attempted to make coffee with a simple machine and a huge, warehouse size container of pre-ground coffee, which became as stale as mud in a few weeks, so it was really easy to see that the reason they didn't like to brew their own was because their coffee was stale. For these kids, K-cups are a god send, as they are always fresh and pre-measured. She likes hers, and although I wouldn't consider this (grind my own beans), it is perfect for her. Therefore, I will not try to talk the OP out of it. However, here are my cost calculations:

                      - Per K-cup, average cost for 10 oz of coffee -- 74 cents

                      - Per 10 oz of my coffee, which is a 50-50 mix of two varieties, one that costs $12 per pound, and one that I love and buy at Costco, Ruta Maya, and pay $14 for one kilo (2.2 pounds) = 27 cents per cup. If I only brew Ruta Maya, which I sometimes do, that cost drops down to less than 18 cents per cup, and if I brew the more expensive beans alone, that cost, of course goes highter and starts to approach 40 cents per cup. All of these options are cheaper than the $2.20 Americano or the $2.40 Latte, so we are ahead of the game. But, the K-cups are not cheap, and the only way to control brew strength is to reduce the amount of water. Just an FYI.

                      1. re: RGC1982

                        Thanks! I was aware of that. I'm still amazed that people will pay that kind of money for a single cup of coffee you make at home without a barrista who can make a palm tree or a heart in it for you!

                        Anyway, I have about sixty years of first hand coffee making experience under my belt, and I have always been in what people would call the "aficionado" class. NEVER for the prestige of that designation, but always in the interest of the best possible coffee for my taste buds. My mother's coffee was a vile brew, so my coffee quest was initiated by self preservation. She used an old fashioned percolator, put one heaping tablespoon of coffee per cup in the basket, plus two more tablespoons for good measure, then percolated the damned poison for a minimum of five minutes before serving. One SIP of my mother's coffee and my hands would shake the rest of the day!

                        Through the years I have found that the most critical step in making great coffee is never ever grind the beans more than five minutes before you make the coffee. In the fifties I used an old fashioned crank-the-handle kind of coffee mill for "regular" coffee and a hand held brass mill that was a bugger to crank to pulverize beans for Turkish coffee.

                        In the sixties I bought a Hobart/Kitchen Aid burr grinder with a hopper that held a pound of whole beans and would grind coffee to any texture I wanted. It only lasted about twenty years before the teeth on the burrs wore flat and by that time, they had discontinued that model. <sigh> For a few years I used one of those twenty dollar blade grinders while I looked for a burr grinder as good and flexible as the old Hobart/Kitchen Aid, but as of this day, there are none. So that's when I made the move to the Jura Capresso, BUT.... I still have the Turkish coffee mill for days when I want a cup of the real thing!

                        For your kids (though it's probably too late) I would suggest one of those blade coffee mills for twenty bucks to grind their own beans. Then possibly THE BEST method for making coffee is one that is so simple no one even things about it any more. It's the same procedure as making proper tea. Heat up a nice attractive china coffee server by filling it with hot water. Grind your coffee beans using the method of your choice. Empty out the coffee server, add the appropriate amount of ground coffee for the number of cups you intend to make, then pour extremely hot but not fully boiling water over the beans, give it a stir, put the lid on the server and then let it sit for a few minutes while the coffee beans settle to the bottom of the pot. Pour a great cup of coffee. Use a strainer if you have to. It makes truly delicious coffee. Well, assuming you use truly delicious beans to start with.

                        It's probably the world's most economical method for making GREAT coffee. Undoubtedly also the world's oldest method. And if it wasn't for the really stupid arthritis in my hands, I'd still be using this method to make coffee today instead of my Jura Capresso. Oh, wait! The one thing that this method cannot do is make a lovely crema on top of my coffee. Okay. I guess I'll keep the Jura Capresso, but every once in a while, it's nice to go back to a truly simple pleasure. And it's cheap! What more could you ask??? '-)

                        1. re: Caroline1

                          I have several of those hand drip cones. The last time I used one was when my coffee maker broke. Cheap and simple yes, but you can't walk away, because you have to keep pouring, and you can easily pour too much water, or too little, if you are not careful. Let's face it, autodrip makers are popular because they are convenient. I find myself setting the hand drip cones up in the sink to avoid the likely spill.

                          Your coffee tastes sound a lot like mine. I pay more money for fresh beans to grind than I paid for my Mr. Coffee (used a coupon).

                          As for the college kid in the dorm grinding her own beans - let's not get too hopeful. Ain't gonna happen. She is not you or me -- yet. Maybe in a few years.

                          1. re: RGC1982

                            I'm unclear whether you think I recommended a "hand drip cone"? I did not. I don't recommend ANYTHING that uses a paper filter. I can always taste the paper, and I don't think it adds a thing to the taste or quality of the coffee. The method I recommended is one in which you "steep" the ground beans in hot water and allow them to settle in the bottom of the brewing container before pouring off a fine cup of coffee.

                      2. re: Caroline1

                        There are lots of ways to run the math on these equations so everyone has to decide whether it makes sense for them. It makes plenty of sense for my wife. I don't drink coffee at home, ever. But I drink plenty at work. She enjoys a cup on her way to work and before the Keurig it was usually a stop at Dunkin Donuts, so about $1.79 a day. We get our K-Cups at Amazon for under 60 cents each, so it's a no-brainer. I agree that there's no point in using the K-cups for tea (or cocoa). You can just run a hot water cycle (sans K-cup) and use your own teabag, loose tea or cocoa mix.

                        The device isn't meant for every home, but in our home it makes sense.

                        1. re: ferret

                          I couldn't agree more. Exactly my point.

                      3. Just so you know, through the end of the year Tassimo is offering $30/50 rebates on their machines. I bought the T45 model from BB&B with a 20% coupon, which brought the total down to $144; that evening, I spotted the T65 for $129.99 on Amazon. Both have $50 rebates, so I'm happy that I'm getting the nicer model for cheaper than the less expensive version!

                        I've only brewed one cup of coffee in it (I bought it for the latte option), but I am so far happy with it.

                        As to the T-disks, they're also carried at Kohls which frequently has a 30% off coupon floating around. That with Kohls cash. or using the $5/15 BB&B coupons are one of the cheapest ways to purchase them.

                        1. We have the Keurig Platinum coffee brewer and love it. I know that on a cup by cup basis there are many machines that are a lot cheaper to brew but, we will just call the Keurig an indulgence. As previously mentioned, there are so many varieties of coffee, tea, hot cocoa, etc to choose from. Most stores including grocery, Walmart and so on carry at least some flavors. I drink my regular and decaf coffee without extra additives so the creamers and other extras are not important to me. I have not used the Flavia, Tassimo or similar products so cannot speak about them. Our Keurig brewer needs the water reservoir filled, then the proper cup size button pushed then you are ready to brew. Throw the K-cup in the trash and that is it.
                          There are also several different ways to store and display the many different K-cups as listed on their website.

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                          1. re: Big N Fat

                            In the end I also bought the Keurig and I have been loving it. I think I am going through coffee like it is water and that is the drawback for me. Another disappointment was that the cheapest place in Montreal to get the machine at all its levels is a place over the Mercier called Blackberries...it also has the most coffees and can ,mix boxes. When I bought my machne I did not know this and spent more for a lesser machine than I would have if I had known this.

                            Metro and IGA all have contracts with Van Houte and that is why they can only carry the Van Houte Keurigs and the licensed products of Van Houte in Keurig

                            1. re: eliisadick

                              My god! I've been thinking those single-serve coffee makers are a blight against polution because of all of the land fill they create, but this is an eye opener! FIFTY BUCKS A POUND for coffee...???? And the coffee beans used aren't even all that exotic? These things are the Emperor's New Clothes!

                              1. re: Caroline1

                                A second one just appeared in the breakroom at my office -- because one wasn't enough? For me it's just in the way when I brew my tea. My cup of organic jasmine silver needle still costs less than the pod of poor quality Twinings from the machine would!

                                What I want to know is -- who has room in their kitchens for those hulking machines? I have a big kitchen, and I'd be hard pressed to find a good place for one. I guess people who can't be bothered to make coffee "from scratch" don't cook, either!

                                1. re: Ruth Lafler

                                  Plus the coffee pollution of the water, I'd never use it to make anything else. Had Keurig at the last job and at home for a while.

                                2. re: Caroline1

                                  Hi, Car:

                                  The *name* of the game is speed and convenience, but the game itself is a death of a thousand cuts. Lots of little nuisance-valued things that add up... Phone apps with monthly charges are another example. W-S pancake batter with the eggs, soda and oil already in the mix, same thing. Eggo [shudder]--the ultimate expression.

                                  You might know... Are there refillable K-cup inserts that are worth anything?


                                  1. re: kaleokahu

                                    We used one in ours and it was a big freaking hassle.

                                    1. re: kaleokahu

                                      Yes, there are refillable empty K-cup inserts. The problem with them is you will still have to make coffee a single cup at a time, and a pound of freshly ground coffee beans will NOT make as many cups of coffee as standard brewing methods, so you will still be paying around twice as much per pound, when "amortized", as you paid for the pound of coffee.

                                      Hey, I think there is as much logic in buying a six pack of bottled pre-made "Frapuccino," or whatever, opening a bottle and heating it up in a microwave. No mess. No dirty cup. You toss the leftovers in the trash, and you only get one serving at a time. Why not?

                                3. I've had a Tassimo for few years now and I love it except that the variety is limited and only a select few stores carry the T-discs not to mention they are expensive. I just got a Keurig for Christmas and I love it as well. The great thing about the Keurig is the variety is massive. Over 250 different kinds of drinks and I'm sure more are in the works. You can also find the K-cups pretty much anywhere and they are quite a bit cheaper than the T-discs. If I had to choose between the two I would probably pick the Keurig just because of price and availability. The Tassimo machine is great don't get me wrong and I still use it to this day, but the Keurig wins in my opinion.

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                                  1. re: ambrooks101

                                    I have a Tassimo. It isn't bad, and the original launch was full of big names. Now, Tassimo lost Starbuck. In fact, Starbuck is launching its own single cup coffee machine....

                                  2. Unsolicited opinion ...

                                    The single cup coffee makers are not only a very expensive way to make a cup of coffee, they are also a big drain on the environment and on the earth's valuable resources.

                                    1. Energy usage. These thing draw about 1000 watts and use energy when turned on and not making a cup of coffee.

                                    2. Wasteful resources. Each cup of water uses an individual plastic cup and foil top, both non-renewable resources.

                                    3. Trash generation. Pods and coffee grinds have to be thrown away or perhaps, if you're lucky, recycled. Both of these processes use energy.

                                    You'd be better off using a one-cup filter cone. Almost as quick, a lot cheaper and the paper filters and coffee grounds can even be composted.

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                                    1. re: taos

                                      #1 is seriously wrong. We have both a Nespresso and Keurig and both are 100% off as a default setting. We power them on as needed, they stay on for about 3-4 minutes then go into sleep mode and shut off completely (and automatically) within 10 minutes. Unless you have a natural thermal spring nearby, you are going to be heating water for coffee, there's simply no argument that a single cup machine is any more an energy hog than your stove, microwave or hot pot.

                                      #2 is an issue of choice, you can either go full disposable or use reusable coffee holders. You can make this as green as you like.

                                      #3 (see #2).

                                      1. re: taos

                                        I think #1 is wrong like ferret said. When my Tassimo is not used (which I don't really use anyway since I am not a coffee drinker), it is not pulling any energy.

                                        As for #2, it is true, but you are only looking at one side of the story. You were only looking at single cup coffee markers vs pot coffee makers, but they are both more energy friendlier than driving to a local starbuck or dunkin donuts to get coffee. I don't recall people complaining about having coffee shops as environmental unfriendly. The energy to maintain and operate a coffee store, the people who work there, and the energy to drive to a store. I think the single cup coffee markers target people who are too stress/lazy to grind and brew their own coffee. What ever the reason it may be, if you are to take away their single cup coffee machines, their next course of action may not to make coffee at home, but to drive to Starbuck and Dunkin Donuts.

                                        1. re: Chemicalkinetics

                                          Here's what Keurig says about energy use of their devices:

                                          "Keurig home brewers use the most power during their initial start up. When heating for the first time after being off, peak usage is 1,500 watts. If the power is kept on, the brewer will keep the internal tank up to temperature using between 200 – 400 watts when heating. While idle and not maintaining heat, the brewer will use the average electricity of a 60 watt light bulb.

                                          All Keurig home brewers are equipped with an Energy Savings Mode Auto Off feature should you choose not to leave the brewer on. The initial heating mode when turning the power on should take about three minutes."


                                          So even in idle mode it uses electricity. The only way it would use zero electricity is to manually turn it off or unplug it. In my observation, most people don't do that.

                                          Second, you're right, sort of. I was comparing single cup coffee makers to single cup pour over, not to pot coffee makers. This is the best equivalent of a one-cup coffee preparation. But, yes, you are right, that if it's taking the place of driving to a coffee shop for a single cup of coffee, there is some tradeoff.

                                          1. re: taos

                                            In "idle" mode it will use power, but that's not what I'm talking about. The auto-off turns the unit off. You can de-select it and leave the machine in idle, but it will take power down to almost zero (there's an LED that uses someting neglible). In any case, you're reaching.

                                            1. re: taos

                                              Thanks so much for the information. I didn't know this. I just assume they use near zero energy (maybe a few watts) when idle. According to online information, the Tassimo machines use near zero watt in idle mode:

                                              "Tassimo coffee machines combine an on-demand heating element with a programmed standby mode to enter idle Tassimo coffee makers into a state that consumes zero watt-hours of electricity."


                                              1. re: Chemicalkinetics

                                                As I said, in my experience even with the newer machines that have an auto off feature, most people don't use it. People have these in my workplace -- individual people with their own Keurigs in their offices.

                                                In any case, you can't "make this as green as you like" as ferret said. Even with reusable cups, you're still using a bunch of energy every time you turn it on.

                                                I'd also like to see the data on what percentage of pod coffee users, use refillable cups. People are using pod coffee makers because they want preparing coffee to be as easy as possible. Messing with refilling the pods every time you make coffee is antithetical to this.

                                                1. re: taos

                                                  You're being ridiculous. If it uses 1,000 watts for 3 minutes then it's the equivalent of a microwave. It's no less green than heating water on a stove. Being an alarmist shouting "1,000 watts" is meaningless unless you include the duration.