Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Nescafe Dolce Gusto

I recently acquired a Dolce Gusto single serve coffee maker. So far, we love it! It has been a little warm for hot beverages (they have an iced cappuccino flavor I am looking forward to trying) but the mocha, cappuccino, latte macchiato (frothy milk with a shot of coffee) and the chococino (hot chocolate) are all very good. The milk is actually frothy and tastes like fresh milk. They don't have that powdery or "off" taste that we've encountered in some single serve coffee machines. The package says that the machine delivers the same amount of pressure (15 bars?) as coffee shop machines and I'd believe it because it really delivers a cup of coffee on par with what I've had at coffee shops. The pods are maybe slightly pricey (a tiny bit more expensive than other coffee pods I've seen, especially if the drink needs a coffee and a milk pod) but certainly much, much cheaper than getting a coffee out and Amazon has some good prices on them if you are willing to buy multipacks. Amazon also allows you to schedule regularly occurring shipments of the coffee in their "subscribe and save" program.

The machine is very easy to use and while it takes up a bit of counter space, it is attractive and interesting looking. I didn't care for the instruction manual, it was pretty much just in pictures and I prefer written descriptions (with diagrams as needed) but I was able to get the machine together and use it fairly quickly after taking it out of the box.

It is as tasty as coffee shop coffee and you just pop in a pod and in about a minute, you have coffee! Perfect for me because I work from home and I can just make as much as I would actually drink rather than having to make a whole pot. I also really like the cups that came with the set, a glass mug and a cup and saucer set, they make it easy to gauge when to stop adding the coffee or milk. The Dulce Gusto website has a rewards program where you can type in codes from coffee boxes and redeem them for more pods or cups. And right now, you can get some free coffee sent to you by registering your machine.