Product Type: Krups coffee machines
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Krups Dolce Gusto KP200040
Member Name: NinkyNonk
Krups Dolce Gusto KP200040
Advantages: variety of coffe pods, taste, appearance
Disadvantages: P&P on website
I've had my Krups Dolce Gusto for over a year now and use it approx. once a week. I'd never owned a coffee machine prior to this but I do enjoy coffee from Costa, Starbucks et al so thought I'd have a go at creating my own posh coffees at home.
I purchased my Dolce Gusto machine from Tesco direct, I had a £10 coupon in the mail and it was on offer so I ended up paying £79.99.
The machine looks quite modern, stylish and almost... cute? Almost like some kind of pet animal sat on your work top! I had to choice of black, red or cream and opted for the latter to co-ordinate with my kitchen. When the huge box arrived, I wondered where I was going to put the thing, but in fact, the machine is quite compact and slots nicely in amongst the kettle and toaster.
Also contained within the box was a glass latte cup and an espresso mug as well a a mixed box of Dolce Gusto favourite pods to create a host of different hot drinks. There was also a leaflet inviting me to join the Dolce Gusto on-line club; I did so and every box of pods you buy has a code which you add to your account and watch the points rack up. You can use these points to buy from the on-line shops and there are loads of products to choose from including the pods, more branded cups plus extra little accessories such as spoons. I racked up enough points for a pack of pods quite quickly, however the postage was £3.50! Not good value given that the boxes are £3.28 in Tesco and often on offer!
There are a variety of different flavours to try;
Caffe Classico Decaf
The chococino is a favourite here, a smooth and creamy hot chocolate that is perfect on a cold evening and no bitter aftertaste that I often find with other hot choc drinks. I also like the latte, it looks fab served in the latte glass as you can see the layers of coffee and milk - very impressive to serve to friends! For the calore conscious, Nescafe have just released a Dolce Gusto Skinny Latte and Skinny Cappuccino. I've tried both and there is very little difference between those and the full fat versions.
There is also the option to have iced tea using the cold feature of the machine but I have not tried this so can't comment.
In terms of ease of use, I'd say the machine is pretty straight forward. Read the box for the particular coffee you're making to check whether the milk or coffee pods come first and the proportions in the cup. Then lift the lever which is above 'the nose' then pull out the nose and slot in your pod. Push down the lever again and this pierces the pod. There is a swing lever (kind of what you see as the ears) and you swing and hold this left or right (for hot or cold) in order to release the water. Let go of the lever once the liquid is at the desired level and repeat the process adding the next pod if applicable (some of the coffee varieties only need one pod - Caffe Classico and Espresso, for example)
The machine is easy to clean; the drip tray slots on and off quite easily and I just pop this in the dishwasher. I just tend to wipe around the rest of the machine, possibly at some point I will need to descale but it's not showing any signs of this yet. I've noticed you can buy descaler for this from the Dolce Gusto website.
The Krups Dolce Gusto has been a welcome addition to our kitchen and whilst it's not something I use every day, it's nice to be able to make friends a 'posh coffee'
Summary: A great addition to any kitchen!
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