I didn't think I would ever find a use for a coffee machine - being a 'flick the kettle on and crack open the jar of instant' type of a person. I found I quite enjoyed impersonating the various instant coffee ads whilst whiling away the time waiting for the kettle to boil - from pretending to be disgusted at the bitter instant coffee offered instead of mellow birds right the way through the history of coffee ads to the pretend fist shaking of the handful of imaginary gold blend coffee beans!!
That was all before I met Kate ..... she's the friend you wish you could be ... always wearing full make up - always with her hair just-so - always dressed perfectly to suit any occasion .. with matching posh handbag! If she wasn't so nice I'd hate her!
Anyway, she drinks proper coffee .. not the sort of sludge I slurp down by the bucketful - proper, nice, aromatic coffee .... at first she politely accepted the mugfuls of steaming brown liquid that I mistakenly called 'coffee' - but then I noticed that she often said it was too hot for a hot drink (in December!!) and on the odd occasion that she did accept a cup of coffee my dog was inexplicably hyped up by the end of her visit with suspiciously damp fur around the mouth that smelled vaguely of coffee........
Then I stumbled across the Krups Dolce Gusto coffee machine - it looks appealing to the eye, doesn't take up much space on the worktop and is quicker to churn out a cup of coffee than waiting for the kettle to boil.
I couldn't wait to get it home and invite Kate round for a natter and a cuppa - success was mine - I watched like a hawk, just to check that she really was swallowing the aromatic brew ...
My dog is now not talking to me ... it has coffee withdrawal symptoms and I keep finding it trying to pop a coffee pod into the Krups ... luckily the lack of opposable thumbs has, so far, prevented it from holding a coffee morning of it's own!
Kate doesn't come round very much any more ... she said the coffee was nice but finds my staring habit a bit offputting!!!!!!
As for the coffee machine .... well, as I said, it is attractive on the worktop and doesn't take up too much space - it is very low maintenance - just fill up the water tank, pop in a pod of your choice and off you go - it's exceedingly quick to dispense the hot water through the pod and deliver the steaming hot drink direct into your waiting cup or mug. I find that some of our mugs are a bit too big for the quantity of drink dispensed from one pod - if you want a really big mug of coffee you could stop the machine at the half way point and pop in a second pod and continue dispensing.
The drawback is that it's easy to get distracted and let the machine dispense too much of the drink - obviously the more water that passes through the pod, the weaker the drink - but there is no cut-off facility for stopping the flow once your mug is full. I have let it overflow on a couple of occasions. The only other drawback I can think of is the disposal of the used pod - they can drip a bit - which makes it tricky to manoeuvre across the kitchen to the bin - and the pods are not suitable for recycling which is a shame too.
Cleaning the machine is very easy - a wipe over with a damp cloth on a regular basis - and a wash in hot soapy water for the pod-holder is all that's required. If you have let the drink overflow into the drip tray then that can be removed for ease of washing in hot soapy water too. We've had our machine for a while now and it still looks as good as new.
The speed of heating up the water is really impressive - much quicker than boiling the kettle.
I have only in the past few months become a coffee lover and my love for it seems to be getting stronger by the day so i begged my hubby to buy me the Dolce Gusto machine!
I was pleasantly suprised at how how simple and easy to use and clean the machine was. You expect it to be quite fiddly and time consuming but its the complete opposite! You simply wash a few parts to start with and then the machine warms up in about 30 seconds to be ready to boil your water!
The pods come in lots of different flavours but my favourites are the Espresso, Choccachino & Latte. The only problem is the Milk pods are extremely sweet! I am a person who has NO sugar in my drinks so i've had to slightly adjust my taste to be able to drink the latte but i am getting used to it and quite enjoying it. It is quite annoying though as i think it should come sugar free and you should be able to add how much or how little sugar you want!
I have also had a free sample sent to me from nescafe which was nice and i won't mind receiving more to try out different drinks on my machine!!
Overall, its a great little machine which is simple and easy to use!!
The Dolce Gusto have been around for a number of years. When they first came out my concern was that they would be a fad and after a while you would not be able to buy the pods for them. This is certainly not the case and the machines have gone from strength to strength with new pods being created. The pods are now available in most supermarkets whereas at the beginning, we had to look on the website for stores that sold them. The original machine we had was bigger and more cumbersome than this but when our son moved out, he asked if he could take the coffee machine within so a couple of years ago we updated our machine and the design has changed slightly.
We bought the machine from the store in the Trafford Centre which is brilliant, as soon as you walk in you get hit with the smell of fresh coffee and the staff are very helpful, if not slightly persuasive. We bought our machine and it came with two lattee glasses and a variety of pods to try. What I like best about the machine is that it suits the whole household, when we have our grandchildren over, we make delicious hot chocolates and when we have guests over for dinner, we can serve the best liquor coffees. All we have to worry about is what booze to add to the coffee as the machine takes care of the rest.
==Pros and Cons==
There are many advantages to this product and I think the fact that the brand is now a household one and the pods are very reliable and easy to buy. You do not have to visit any specialist shops and as soon as you need more coffee, you can just buy them as part of your weekly shop. My supermarket does not sell all the variations and flavours but they do stock a wide range. What I really love though is that on Amazon for a small fee of £17.99, you can buy a sample of each flavour. This was a great present for my son who loves his Gusto and a great one for us. It was like getting a bag of those flavoured jelly beans; all the flavours were so exciting. These are as follows:
Espresso: Cup Size: 60ml. Strength: 4 2. Espresso Decaffeinato: Cup Size: 60ml. Strength: 5 3. Espresso Ristretto: Cup size 35-50ml. Strength: 6 4. Espresso Intenso: Cup size 50ml. Strength: 7 5. Espresso Barista: Cup size 35-50ml. Strength: 9 6. Espresso Macchiato: Cup size 80ml. 7. Cafe Au Lait: Cup Size: 180ml 8. Caffe Americano: up Size: 230ml 9. Lungo: Cup Size: 120ml 10. Lungo Milk: Cup Size: 120ml 11. Lungo Decaffeinato: Cup Size: 120ml 12. Grande Intenso: Cup Size: 180ml 13. Grande Caffe Crema: Cup Size: 200ml 14. Grande mild: Cup Size: 180ml 15. Latte 16. Caramel Latte Macchiato: Cup Size: 220ml (Creamer pod: 170ml, Coffee pod: 50ml) 17. Vanilla Latte Macchiato: Cup Size: 220ml 18. Skinny Latte Macchiato: Cup Size: 220ml 19. Unsweetened Latte Macchiato: Cup Size: 220ml (Creamer pod: 170ml, Coffee pod: 50ml) 20. Mocha: Cup Size: 220ml (Creamer pod: 110ml, Coffee pod: 110ml) 21. Cappucino: Cup Size: 240ml (Creamer pod: 200ml, Coffee pod: 40ml) 22. Cappucino Skinny: Cup Size: 240ml (Creamer pod: 200ml, Coffee pod: 40ml) 23. Cappucino Ice: Cup Size: 240ml (Creamer pod: 135ml, Coffee pod: 105ml) TEA 24. Nestea Lemon: Cup size: 200ml 25. Nestea Lemon: Cup size: 200ml 26. Chai Tea Latte: Cup Size: 220ml (Creamer pod: 120ml, Coffee pod: 100ml) HOT CHOCOLATE 27. Chocochino: Cup Size: 210ml (Creamer pod: 110ml, Coffee pod: 100ml)
This is a wonderful kit and you get everything you need to try out the flavours. I find the Cappucino Ice is a brilliant choice in the summer and this is hard to find in the shops but the firm buys for my household are the Lungo which create a rich, dark cup of coffee that can be drunk black or with milk but I really love the Vanilla Latte; these are amazing. I have wrote off to Nescafe about the variations because the one coffee flavour I love is cinnamon and I would love a "Christmas cup of Coffee," I did receive a reply to my letter where they said thank you for the suggestion and I got a couple of 40p off vouchers. They did not confirm if they would make my creation so watch this space, you heard it hear first!
==Working your way around the machine and directions==
The machine is slim and does not take up much room on the kitchen surface. It takes up just as much room as the kettle and now I don't really need a kettle anymore. The machine looks like a little animal, it really is cute looking. It has a little waddling body and a head and beak; the marketing of the product really played on this too but it worked! It is quite a heavy machine though and when full of water, you do not really want to go moving it around. The machine features unique block technology which heats the water as it is required, ensuring fresh water for every cup and ensuring it heats up as quick as possible. The removable water tank makes it simple to refill and this is see through so you can see inside it. At the front of the machine, you can see the removable drip tray which is easy to rinse and keep the machine looking clean. At the top of the machine is where you put the pod in and the pod holder features a built-in magnet in order to assist the pod in staying in place.
The machine uses exceedingly high pressure, hitting the heights of 15 bar pressure. This is pressure usually only found in shop professional machines. To use the machine all you need to do is pop in the pod after pulling out the pod holder from the top of the machine. Push the holder back and then press down on the lever and you will hear the case of the pod pop. Move the knob to hot and you will then get a delicious cup of coffee. Afterwards, just throw your pod away and you are ready to go again. There really is very little mess with this machine which is really good as I hate faffing around cleaning.
These machines have not come down in price and still remain at around £100 but they often come with freebies and things to try with them. I find the machine to be really reliable and a stable in our kitchen. We regularly drink coffee from the machine and we find that the pods have not gone up in price and often you get vouchers in the boxes for your next purchase. This machine will make a brilliant Christmas present for a coffee lover and it is a fun thing to open on Christmas day as you can start experimenting straight away.
What I like best about this machine is that the coffee is such high quality and it is comparable to that you get in a professional coffee shop but for a fraction of the price and it is much better than instant. These machines are so easy to care for and clean and you do not have to worry about them. They are robust and a good wipe down is all it really needs. The pods are really easy to dispose off and we got a little black bucket with our model to put the empty cartons in. You can not reuse a carton; I did try this once. I remember my gran reusing tea bags so this is where I got it from, the coffee the second time round is really awful and these really are for just one cup! Nice try though!
I completely recommend these machines, they are absolutely brilliant. My friend has one and she only uses it "for best" this is not what the machine is for, there is no need to keep it just for a special occasion. It is designed for everyday use and it is cheap to run and easy to use.
There are four types of coffee drinkers; the powder coffee drinkers, the "you need a proper machine in your home to play barrista," the "I will only drink starbucks" and the pod drinkers. The pod drinkers are the middle class of coffee society, and this is where I lay. I would not go as far as saying that this machine Makes coffee as good as starbucks because it does not; I love starbucks but it does make an exceedingly good cup.
The idea is that at the rear you have a water storage unit and at the front a plastic head with a pull out holder. Under this is the nozzle and the drip tray. Place a pod inside the holder, push the holder back in and the machine pierces the carton. Place your cup underneath and you will then experience the water boil and force through the hole in the carton and end up in your cup placed underneath. You will then get a cup of hot coffee.
Serve as you like it; I take milk and occasionally cream but no sugar. You will experience the hot coffee smell, the taste, the crema on top of the cup but little mess, makybe a couple of drips caught strategically by the drip tray. Open the pod holder, take out the old pod and you can hold it in your hand without so much as a morsel of coffee falling out. It is impressive how clean the whole process is.
The pods? These come in allsorts of coffee but we buy black and add our own milk as the other ones are too expensive. There, I have said it. I find the cartons or pods too expensive and I begrudge buying them. The black ones are the cheapest and I can get them online really reasonably.
The thing is with this machine is that when people come round, they always want one and it is expensive making this coffee for everyone, especially when they want the latte or the mocha. The long back lungo ones are the cheapest and I might just make these for my friends! The machine is obviously cheaper than the coffee shop but here you are paying for the use of a mug, the table, the warmth of the shop, the banter etc. I think the machines are good and they are really clever, I could not imagine life without one as I would probably have to go back to drinking instant like a poor person. I drink instant at work and the taste is completely different.
These machines are expensive and cost around £80 but cheaper than the posh machines that need plumping in. This has high water pressure and it heats up quick, you can even use it like a kettle for hot water. Eco-wise? It uses less power than the kettle, this is amazing yet true. The machine is slim and stylish and it makes a good cup of coffee, it is clean and easy to use. I think it is actually easier to use than instant, can you believe it? I don't even need to stir it, add milk and voila!
Due to the sudden influx of coffee houses cropping up on our high streets and the sudden requirement that we all must go, there has equally been a movement towards the enhancement of the coffee machine market for use in our homes so that we can get that barrister taste. All of the machines are supposed to allow us to enjoy the freshly ground flavours without the effort that goes into being a fully qualified barrister.
I heard about the machines from Dolce Gusto when both my parents and grandparents got the machine. I asked them questions, could look and test the machine for myself so was satisfied that this was the machine that I wanted.
The machine itself uses pods of milk powder and coffee or chocolate powder mixed with water to create the drinks. Apparently each pod is full of freshly ground beans to give a flavour to rival Costa coffee!
Most of the Dolce Gusto coffee machines are avilable in three standard colours red, black and ivory and this machine is no exception. The machine has the 'doggy' appearance which is cute yet stylish and will hold its own in any kitchen; I have the black machine as my kitchen is largely black and chrome so it all matches very well.
The machine has a water tank situated at the back, this is easily removed and slotted back into place with minimal spillage. Ensure that you only fill the tank with the required water for your drinks; I then empty any excess into the kettle as I did leave water in the tank once and the seal leaked. However, there are no issues with leaking if water is not left over a period of time.
The Pods are seperated into chocolate or coffee and then a white coloured pod which is the milk powder. There are a variety of pod flavours available including vanilla and caramel lattes, espressos, cold coffees and chocolate, the website holds the full range and also other accessories such as pod holders and spoons. To put a pod into the machine you must pull out the holder from the front and punch the pod with the tiny needle (this is also where the water filters through to make the drink). Then after the pod is locked in place, move the lever across to create a hot or cold drink (make sure you have put a cup or glass underneath first though).
When first creating the drinks ensure you follow the instructions on the pod box or in the machine booklet until you are used to the measurements.
So far I have tasted the latte range which I find very creamy and luxurious; I especially recommend the caramel latte which actually tastes like there is syrup in the coffee. I have also tasted the hot chocolate and mocha; the mocha is the perfect blend of chcolate and coffee without being overpowering, however, I find the hot chocolate alone to have a grainy texture and bitter flavour. The boxes are about £3.88 from supermarkets and slightly less online at Dolce Gusto, also if you buy a machine now and register it you get a free £10 to spend online in their store.
As an ex-Costa barrister myself I do highly recommed the machine for use at home making it an investment as the coffees will work out cheaper in time than using the coffee shops. The Dolce Gusto has 14 bars of pressure so the foam from the milk is the best seen without having the steam jets or a milk whisk sat at the side to give it a boost. It gives a nice even layer on the top which adds to the experience.
The machine is fairly quiet when in use which is a nice feature and takes thirty seconds from switch on to be ready to dispense your hot drink. When dispensing the drink the water does come through slowly but I suppose this is required for the water to infuse with the powders in the pods. The Dolce Gusto machine is designed for single service use so does have a more relaxed nature.
The machine is easy to maintain requiring an external wipe down after each use; I always rinse the pod cradle and rinse and dry the tank. Unless you spill any liquid there is not a lot of cleaning to do with the machine which increases my motivation to use it as I hate anything where the cleaning is beyond fiddly.
Overall the machine is a nice addition to any kitchen, I am a casual coffee drinker so the pods last me for about a month a box but I imagine if you are a big coffee drinker it would cost a small fortune. I also find that the pods need putting in the sink to drain after use otherwise your dustbin ends up full of used coffee water, not a good idea! The cups also like to wander when the machine is in use to keep an eye on them or your drink will be lost to the worktop. The machine itself is still in fab condition and pumps out coffees like the first day it was used. Highly recommended to any light coffee drinker.
The Dolce Gusto Coffee maker was a present that I brought my mother for Christmas, and I have ended up using it more myself! Every morning I'll make one of these delicious coffees, usually a Late, but sometimes I go for the Expresso!
Now, onto the actual product. I always steered clear from coffee machines because I always though they were way too complicated and too much hassle to operate compared to a kettle made coffee. I was very wrong, with the Dolce Gusto machine it is so simple, and so tasty! The steps are so simple, Turn machine on and wait for the red flashing light to turn green, insert the little container of milk into the slot, start pouring, mid cup, swap to the desired coffee container, pour until the cup is full. Voila you have a tasty coffee.
The coffee itself is also very cheap and in comparison to coffee purchased at a local coffee bar such a Star bucks or Costa. They range from about £4-6 for a box of 8 and a large coffee in a coffe shop usually costs me £3-4 on its own. So getting 8 for only a couple of extra quid is bloody amazing, because they taste the same. And knowing I haven't paid out of my backside for a cup of coffee makes it taste just that much better!
As silly as it sounds, I love the little coffee container stand you get. You can slot your coffee and milk containers into this stand and it swirls round sort of like a rotating rack in a store. It just makes it fun to use (Yet I feel very childish for admitting this!)
Overall I'd definitely recommend this product to any Coffee lover who can't seem to start their day without that delicious cuppa first thing in the morning!
Thanks! Have a good day.
I recently bought one of these from a colleague whilst already owning the previous model. Dont ask me why, maybe I just love a bargain.
My previous machine made a mean cup of coffee and this new one doesnt dissapoint.
Its as simple as filling with water, flicking a switch, turning the knob and waiting for your cup to fill up. Dont forget to flick the knob back though or you'll overfill the cup :) I learnt that the hard way.. oh dear.
It really is that simple. Even my mum can use it. And the coffee tastes great!
Perhaps the only tricky thing about using this machine is getting the ratio of coffee and milk correct, but even then I havent ever managed to make a "bad" cup of coffee using this machine.
Also available to make is hot chocolate. This is also tastes lovely just like the coffee.
I really cannot praise this machine highly enough. The only drawback, and this really is picking now. The price of the pods.
If you can limit yourself on the amount of drinks you have, or you just dont care about the price then this is the machine for you.
I do like drinking coffee particularly my lattees and cappuccinos. I decided to treat myself to this little model. It is nice and stylish and goes with the rest of my silver kitchenware (fridge, microwave etc). There flavour of the capsules are unbelievable I tend to go the the Latte Machhiato and Frothy Cappuccino but haven't tried the others yet, I am bit reluctant. Might have try of the Caffe Lungo but definitely think the shot of espresso will be a bit too much for my tastebuds. The only problem is when I have friends and family around they all want one so I am forever doing one put after another. They could do with making a two cup version of this machine. Sometimes I am quite protective and say that I haven't got enough capsules (even when I have) as this tends to my little bit of luxury drink. Very easy to use and easy to clean.
Cant beat the taste of cafe type coffee and hot chocolate! After being sick of drinking regular coffee all the time and living 30 minutes away from a decent caffe we decided to buy a coffee machine. We purchased a Nescafe Dolce Gusto off Amazon. Right now on Amazon they cost around £52.
The coffee machine came with various parts, it had the main body, a spill tray, a water container and a capsule holder. First of all, the water container is round and fits snuggly onto the back of the machine. Theres a handy little spill tray underneath where you put your cup so if any spills over the edges or it continues to drip when you remove the cup, it will catch the liquid. The capsule holder is basically a rectangle with a round capsule hole in the middle. you insert a capsule in and then you put this into the machine. You push down the pierce lever which will obviously pierce the capsule. Then you turn on the water switch and pull down the lever to pour. Once you have used your capsule just remove it from the capsule holder.
As you already know these coffee/hot chocolate come in round capsules. There are quite a few coffee flavours. The ones i can remember are the Espresso, Cappuchino, Mocha, Chocochino and the Latte which are well the only coffees ive had out of the machine. You might find that you need to add extra sugar to your coffee as they can be quite strong and unsweet. Even the milk comes in a capsule which is great because of course it means you always get the correct amount of milk in the coffee. The machine usually comes with a coffee cup and labelled on the size of each capsule box which can be bought from nearly every supermarket there is a level telling you how much of each capsule you should be putting in your coffee.
The coffees this machine makes are apsolutely fantastic and i would definetely reccomend buying it. The machine is very good value for money. The capsules however can be quite costly but still worth it. They can cost around £3.50 for 8 coffees. It is very consistent and i guarantee you, once you try one of these coffees you will never think about going into a coffee shop or a caffe and ordering a coffee ever again. I dont have one of these every day, no way far too expensive but i do tend to have one every week or twice a week as they really get your day going.
This review is also on Ciao under the username Connor131
As someone who loves coffee this item was bought for me a couple of years ago and is still going strong after daily use; I was bought the black model which is very easy to clean.
The best feature of the Dolce Gusto is its ease of use, in a couple of simple steps you can serve yourself coffee shop quality classics such as the Cappuccino, Latte, Mocha, Chocochino, Classic Coffee, to name a few. To clean the internal mecanisms machine it is a simple process of filling the water holder with cold water and running the machine as you would to pour any of the hot drinks named above.
The coffees come in small pods (ussually 2 per drink) which are inserted into a special holder which slots into the machine. Once inserted you pull the front lever down and slid the water switch to the right and simply wait for your cup to fill with a coffee poured at the perfect temperature.
Pods can usually be bought for around £3 for a box 8 drinks (or 16 drinks for the 1 capsule coffees such as Esspresso, Coffee Classico, Americano and Lungo).
The machine can be bought for around £80.00 so is competitive for the market and with each drink working out at approx 40p each the cost to run is far cheaper than going to a well known coffee chain daily.
And finally if you register with the Dolce Gusto website you can 'Collect' points (via a code in each box of capsules) that can be used to redeem in their shop to buy more cuttlery or capsules - this is very rewarding at the end of every year when I can purchase several boxes of capsules for free to get me through the Christmas period.
Being a bit of a coffee addict, my mother bought me the Krups Dolce Gusto Nescafe coffee machine for christmas about 2 years ago. I think she bought it from John Lewis if I remember correctly and paid around £65. Mine is a vibrant red colour, and provides a lovely colour injecton into my monochrome kitchen colour scheme.
The Dolce Gusto is amazing, it enables you to make a range of 'coffee house' style drinks at home, with an authentic taste at a fraction of the cost. The machine is really simple to use too, I've had other coffee machines in the past but have found them too messy or difficult to use. That is not the case with the Dolce Gusto machine. It's minimal fuss, maximum taste and enjoyment.
What I found great with this machine is that you get everything you need in the pack to get you started. There is a sample box with a number of different types of coffee's, an espresso cup and saucer and a latte glass, both of which are quite stylish.
The machine is simple to set up and use. Simply remove the plastic water tank, fill with cold water to the required level and place back on to the machine. Once in place you are then ready to select which coffee you want. They come in a little plastic pod type container and fit into a removable section that slots into the front of the machine. Once the pod is in the device, slip back into place, press down, and you are then ready to make that coffee. Next step it to place the right sized cup on to the drip tray. The machine has a small lever on the front which is then moved to one side and the coffee comes out the bottom at just the right temperature. It takes literally just over a minute to make a drink, with no mess, no washing up apart from your cup. See, it really is that easy.
What I like about this is even my partner (who is totally useless - don't tell him I said that) can make it without any difficult instructions to follow.
The coffee is delicious too, it does taste pretty authentic for a household coffee machine. It comes in quite a large variety of flavours, so there is a coffee for everyone. Some of my favourites are:
A great way to indulge in a sumptuous coffee for only 49 calories per cup. Cappuccino is a shot of espresso topped up with milk. Each box contains 8 servings, and costs around £3.99 per box. This one is hard to find in my local supermarket.
Another great coffee that has all the taste of a regular latte but at only 49 calories per cup. Its a creamy smooth mild taste, great for an afternoon indulgence. Again 8 servings for £3.99.
Hot chocolate and a splash of coffee, delicious anytime, it really is rich, creamy and smooth, definitely one of my absolute favourites. £3.99 for 8 cups.
This is a great coffee for a real 'hit' first thing in the morning or when you need a caffeine boost. Its similar to an espresso but with more hot water. It also has a crema layer. Its quite bitter, but that is how it is supposed to taste. I just pop a brown sugar in and it takes the edge off a little. This one is a little better on the pocket, 16 servings for around £3.99.
I feel that the coffee pods are good value for money when you consider how much it costs to buy a coffee from the high street chains. I only tend to buy one per week to limit my coffee intake, also it has kept me away from that awful freeze dried stuff which I feel is not like authentic ground coffee.
There are a number of others, but these are my favourites, I do buy the occassional Americano and the odd Chococino for my partner which are nice, but not my drinks of choice.
I do tend to run hot water through the machine once per week to clean it out. I also remove the drip tray every few uses to give it a good rinse out too. It also comes with a small container that you can pop in the used pods so you are not dripping them all over worktops and floors on your way to the bin. This also gets a good scrub or popped into the dishwasher for a thorough clean.
This machine has served me well, it is in constant use, is easy to clean and very reliable. I've not had to replace any parts during the time I've owned the machine. It's made from good quality durable parts, yes some of which are plastic, but has not presented any problems for me.
Would I recommend this product? It has to be a resounding yes. Especially for coffee addicts who are technophobes. It's as easy as boiling a kettle really but with superb results.
This machine has a cold water setting for some drinks such as iced tea and iced coffee, I've not had the pleasure to try so feel that I am unable to discuss that particular part of the product.
Just Like Expensive Shop Bought Coffee!
I purchased my Krups Dolce Gusto KP200040 from ebay 6 months ago and i got myself an absolute bargain!!
Mine is the black and silver model, they come also in Ivory and red.
The machine itself is suprisingly compact and is very eye candy friendly, not like some cumbersome machines that some of my friends have purchased! Ok, here are some of the Technical Specs, boring for us girls i know, but useful netherless.
14 Bar, high pressure that is usually found in proffesional machines.
Height 33cm x Width 21.4cm x Depth 31.5cm, compact, modern design.
A 1.3ltr water reservoir that is removeable and easy to clean.
a water level indicator and a drip tray.
The coffe itself comes in the form of "Pods" plastic capsules that come in an array of different tastes, varying from around £2.50-£3.50 a box, all depends where you buy them from, but if you look around they can be cheaper!
Cappuccino, normal, skinny & Iced
Latte Machiato, normal, skinny & unsweetened
4 types of Expresso
Cafe Lungo, normal & decaffinated
Last but not least, the latest addition....Mocha.
The pods themselves are widely available in supermarkets and also online. They are very helpful by putting on the back of the box the amounts of milk and coffe you need. You need seperate milk and coffee pods to make the Cappuccino, Latte, Mocha and Chococino. They come supplied in the box. I find people saying that they are expensive but in reality you are getting a very frothy, superbly enjoying, cup of coffe for between 30p-60p a cup, just think how much it would cost you in somewhere like Costa!
Dolce Gusto have their own website where you can buy additions to your coffe maker, including, glasses, cups, jugs, spoons and a lovely, but high priced Pod Storage. You can also buy the water descaler here, you only need to descale the machine after 500 - 1,500 uses, depending on the hardness of your water.
All in all, i believe that if you like nice coffees, then the Krups Dolce Gusto is a must have kitchen accessory, with its ease of use and widely available pods, it is in my opinion a very good machine which apart from the somewhat high prices on the Dolce Gusto website, (although you don't need to buy from them), you would be hard pushed to find a better coffee maker for the price.
After trying a sample drink from this machine in a shop we went and got one, that was over a year ago and we still use it regularly unlike other coffee machines that end up being put away. We have mostly used it for lattes and cappuccinos, the drinks taste good and it is very quick to heat up and easy to use. We got it with a gift pack of some glasses and pods at the time and there is also a points reward scheme with the capsules boxes so have collected a few more glasses from signing up with the website and collecting these. The range of drinks is good and now there's a skinny range as well but can sometimes seem a little expensive for the number of drinks you get. Overall we love this machine and it will continue to be used on a regular basis.
My husband and I received this machine as a Christmas gift about 2 years ago, and we have used it nearly every day since.
These machines are great, so easy to use, and so much less hassle than instant coffee or a percolator. It takes a minute or so to warm up and then you are good to go.
The machine is stylish and doesn't take up a huge amount of space on the side in the kitchen.
The only negative thing about these machines is the cost of the pods, which are used for the coffee. The Lungo, Expresso or Classico are great as there are 16 in a box which on average costs £3.50, but if you go for a Latte, Cappuccino r Chocochino (hot chocolate) there are only 8 in a box and they are the same price. This is because for the Latte, Cappucino or Chocochino you will use two pods for one drink, one is the coffee or chocolate and one is the milk. Where as with the others they are just coffee and you can add normal milk to them. I find this a tad annoying as me and my husband prefer the lattes and we only get 8 in a box which is 4 morning coffees each, but buying two boxes a week seems very costly. This might just be us being scrooge like, but just a slight negative thing about the machine.
We still love our machine and have bought one for other people. The cost is out weighed by the ease, cleanliness, and look of the machine.
I've owned my Dolce Gusto machine for nearly two years now and use it most days. I tend to use the Cafe Classico or Cafe Lungo capsules for it and add my own milk. I did try the latte capsules and cappucino also but found them to be quite expensive and a little sweet for my taste. The hot chocolate capsules are divine, my children love them, although they do work out quite expensive and so are an occasional treat rather than an every day drink!
The machine itself is easy to use, the water tank comes off easily for cleaning and refilling. It does need to be washed my hand rather than in the dishwasher due to the shape of it. It is ready to use within a couple of minutes of switching on, coffee machines Ive owned before have always taken longer to warm up. You can use it to make either hot or cold coffee/chocolate, although we prefer the hot drinks.
If you are considering investing in one of these and like nescafe coffee you should enjoy it, however if you like to vary your coffee a lot you might find you are better off with something that gives you more chance to experiment. However dont let that put you off, it suits my family very well and is one of those gadgets that has never been put in the cupboard and forgotten about!
This nifty coffeemaker from Krups allows you to choose between 4 great coffee blends made from 100% Arabica beans in pre-filled capsules / Latte Macchiato, Frothy Cappuccino, Shot of Espresso and a rich Caffè Lungo / Plus, this product comes with a 2 year warrantee from many retailers / Short name: Krups KP200040