I have tried making numerous different kinds of hot drinks and all have come out well. Probably to real-coffee connoisseurs, the quality of the coffee isn't amazing but personally I think the drinks are good for the time spent making them. I have converted several friends round to liking coffee through them trying these drinks, which has to be a good sign.
After having my machine for some time there has been one major problem, the machine leaks. If water is left in the jug for more than a few hours it starts to leak from the base of the machine. Obviously there is a simple way of overcoming this (by always emptying it) but this can be annoying after every use.
The machine looks good, is easy to clean and de-scale producing coffee quickly with little fuss and no skills at all, just pop the capsules in and turn the leaver when needed. This method also means that the drinks can be tailored to be less strong or stronger if desired. And the most important part, the frothed milk is always perfect
I have received this coffee machine as a present when I got married and I am using it every day since then. It is very easy to use and practical. It makes no mess and it is very easy to clean. You can do all sorts of drinks, latte, skinny capucino, chococino which is a sort of hot chocolate and others. I found the coffee pods very expensive though, if you buy them online they are cheaper but not very cheap. In supermarkets they are quite expensive which makes me think that I may need to upgrade soon but if you love a good cup of coffee and you are not worried about the fact that the pods are not very cheap then I will say go for it, is worth it! It is more affordable to but the americana pods as you get in a box 16 pods that will give you 16 coffee, but if you like capucino then you will just get 8 in a box because it comes with the milk also 8 pods ofcapucino & 8 pods of milk.
hated coffee, until my friend made me try one of her coffees made from this! i instantly had to buy one!! dolce gusto in english means sweet taste, and it definitely is that!! Espresso coffee machines have been around for a long time now and are still very popular, there are a lot of different makes but i don't think any can even be compared to this! With other machines the problem is you normally do everything manually from measuring the correct quantity of coffee to put into the machine and to having to clean the machine after every use but because of the pods it makes it easier, you just have a restriction on what drinks you can have, but there are so many to choose from so that shouldn't be a problem. (i mention some of the makes later). I have a friend who has owned a Gaggia coffee maker before which made great coffee but was a lot of hassle mess and took a lot of cleaning, and that cost over £400 so this is definitely worth the money!!
As soon as you unpack it you'll see that it is easy to start using straight away, just fill the water tank and get your free samples out! Most drinks only require one pod, but others like the hot chocolate require 2 pods. I would suggest to use a mug or large cup if you are making a hot chocolate, which are amazing by the way! When i bought this i thought, 'yeah i'll use it for a bit, but then it will probably just get bunged in the cupboard and won't use it again' but i was wrong! I use it almost every day! It is so simple to use! like really simple!
Choose what drink you fancy and lift the flat lever at the front. Pull the pod holder out and place in the drink in the space and push the holder back into place. Fill the back with hot water. Move the antenna handle on the top to the right. Click into place. (dispenses the hot water) The antenna automatically moves back to the centre when the correct amount of water has been dispensed. Lift the front release lever again, pull out the pod holder and throw away. oh and make sure you have a cup underneath haha :)
You can get so many different flavours such as:
Caffe Americano - 16 drinks
Cappuccino - you get 8 drinks
Chococino - you get drinks
Expresso - you get 16 drinks
and so so so many more!!
The boxes are normally about £4 each for a box of eight. Depends what type of drink you buy i think:)
Each box you buy can earn on you points on their website for free samples or accessories!
I got this about 3 years ago I would think, and i know i got it on offer for about £50 - £60, which i was worried about paying due to not knowing how much use i would get out of it, but i don't regret it! it is worth every penny! And someone asked about the size of it, it is not that big actually, takes up a corner on my work surface and i don't really notice it's there, probably because i have had it for so long. Just make sure you have a clear surface for it to go on and you will be fine! When packaged in the box the weight of it is 6 Kg, i read that on a site online so i am guessing that is right :) The needle bit needs cleaning every now and then, just because the milk can clog it up :)
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Over all the best coffee maker i know off! After talking about it i think i am going to go make me a cuppa haha :) hope this helps!
I first got addicted to these 'Latte makers' whilst staying with my sister in law in Amsterdam. Relaxing on the balcony sipping a caramel or vanilla latte or a creamy cappuccino watching the world go by......on bicycle! Image my delight on my return to the UK only to find the same machine as my Sister in law on offer at my local comet store - a bargain at just £59.99. I snapped up a cream coloured machine and went home to revisit the Amsterdam experience with my new Dolce Gusto!
What an easy task this became - the easy to follow instructions meant I could have my first latte within minutes. Mmm superb! Enclosed with my coffee machine was a free party pack so I could sample different types of coffee or iced drinks. You can make iced peach tea or iced cappuccinos, on these machines, ideal for long lazy summer days as well as a variety of coffees.
These machines are so easy to use simply fill the reservoir with water and press the on button once this goes green you can place your pod in the cradle pull the lever to the right (left if you want an iced drink) and your drink is poured into the awaiting mug - many of the drinks are made using 2 pods one contains the milk and the other pod contains the coffee or other flavour. Some of the stronger coffees use only one pod.
The most popular pods can be purchased at your local supermarket for around £3.99 per 16 pods which will make 8 drinks - working out at around 50p a drink they are very special and finish off a dinner party beautifully as well as kick starting your day first thing in the morning. They are a fraction of the price of those fancy coffee houses. You can also buy special edition pods via the Nescafe Gusto web site such as Indian spiced chai, vanillas and caramel lattes, Mocha and pods for iced drinks - buy bulk for free postage - eBay sometimes have the pods on special too. The actual coffee makers often come up on offer at around £60 -£70 at Amazon or Comets - the cheap ones on eBay are reconditioned so check the description carefully.
I have had my gusto for over a year now and still use it on a daily basis - in fact I never really enjoyed coffee until I discovered the Krups Nescafe Dolce Gusto.
Purchased this machine from Amazon back in September 2011 when it was half price at £59.99 and at the time so if your thinking of getting one have a look on there first!
I wasnt sure if it would be one of those gadgets you buy that get over-used for the first couple of month and then start to gather dust but I haven't stopped using it yet! There are so many choices of coffee:-
and the list goes on. You will never get bored.
And the quality of the drinks are great, the milk comes out frothy and the coffee can be changed according to taste. The Pods can be purchased from most supermarkets at just under £4 per box. Each box has either 8 pod of coffee and 8 pods of milk, or for the drinks such as expresso's have 16 coffee pods.
And it's so easy to use, just fill the back up with water and once its heated up the light turns green and you can insert your coffee pod. Then flick the handle and out comes coffee! Then swap the coffee pod for the milk pod and do the same again. Then every so often it just needs a slight clean but again thats easy to do as it all comes apart.
I have recommeded this machine if anyone has mentioned they were looking to buy one and everyone I know who did get one has been very pleased.
The only thing I would change is if they offer an option where the drinks were measured out for you as sometimes you can get the measurements a little wrong and the cappacino tastes too strong or the expresso is too watered down but to be fair I am being a bit picky there!
I worked for years making coffee in a cafe and went on a course to learn to make the best coffee possible, i then went off to uni and missed my daily coffee so decided to ask for a coffee machine for christmas and got a rather expensive machine from woolworths it did not froth the milk, it did not give any cafe creme, but it was all i had so i stuck with it then one day it blew up with a big bang and burnt me! (i was ok after lots of cold water) .
So i told my partner how i wanted a real coffee machine that worked and for my birthday i got this. To me used to my stainless steel machine with milk frother i didnt know where to start and asked how it would work, i plugged it in and wow perfect creme on top of the espresso and it was lovely and even beter bearly any cleaning! i then started experimenting with different pods and there is a huge and wonderful range.
The machine is very easy to clean and heats almost instantly. it can produce hot or cold drinks both are brilliant.
The pods well they aren't cheap and cost about £4 for 16 pods (8 or 16 drinks based on if you need milk or not) there is a huge range a lot of which are sweetened unfortunately. the coffee is however full bodied and strong so combats this added sweetetness and gives a well rounded drink. its not gormet coffee but its as near as possible in the home with minimal mess.
My advice with this machine is invest in a dredger for chocolate sprinkles some, espresso cups (to judge the volume of espresso) and some nice 220ml glass beakers (i got mine as mulled wine glasses). this machine makes lovely drinks and i use it daily. i love it and would get another in a heart beat.
Short name: Krups KP10040