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      01.03.2014 10:31
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      Almost as good as costa or starbucks

      I bought myself a Nescafe Dolce Gusto machine as I had been wanting a pod machine for ages but they were really expensive so when I saw this smaller one for only £45 I decided to treat myself. I only needed a small one anyway as I am the only person in my house that drinks coffee so it would only be for my own use and for when I had guests over who liked coffee.

      The machine is black but it does come in some other colours too and the red one is particularly nice and one that I would have had if it would have gone with the rest of the things in my kitchen. It looks very modern and a little bit space aged. I know it is one of the cheaper ones out there but I am very happy with how it looks and I don't think it screams budget.

      Like most things in my house I want things I own to be easy to use. My husband seems to like gadgets which are complicated and difficult to use but I want things that are going to make my life simpler and this pod machine couldn't be simpler to use.

      This was so simple to use that I only needed to glance at the instructions as it is all pretty self-explanatory when you look at it. Just pop a pod in the slot and then put the lever to hot or cold and that's it really. When I bought this I thought it was all automatic and didn't realise that I actually needed to control the water when making a coffee and turn it off when the cup was as filled as I wanted it. Although I didn't know beforehand I don't mind doing this as it means I can control the amount of water used and make a coffee that is perfectly tailored to my tastes.

      The water heats up really quickly and although it doesn't get scalding hot it is hot enough that coffee is pleasantly hot rather than burning hot so I can drink and enjoy my coffee straight away. The water tank is small so it won't make loads of cups of coffee but I find it big enough for me. If it was going to be used by loads of people then I would probably buy a bigger one but for me it is fine.

      The pods that you use with this are absolutely delicious and almost as good as going in to Costa or Starbucks and getting one. There are loads of varieties including normal coffee, lattes and hot chocolates. All the ones that I have tried have been gorgeous although they aren't very cheap and cost just under £4 for 16 of the black coffee pods or 8 of the milky ones.

      I don't mind the price of them as it is just a treat and I am certainly not sitting drinking them all day long. I also like the fact that there is such a big selection of flavours to choose from. I love my little pod machine and am so glad that I treated myself to it as it makes delicious coffees.

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      10.07.2013 20:54
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      Coffee shop coffee at home.

      If you've read my profile you'll already know I am a self confessed coffee fiend. I love it. Really love it. So much so, that two years ago when it seemed that my beloved Senseo machine (see review from June 2013) was broken I had a massive panic and rushed out to buy one of these Dolce Gusto machines.

      I'd done a little research and I liked the fact that I'd be able to make different types of coffee in this machine. I already knew that the pods were readily available as I'd seen them in the supermarket, which was also a factor in choosing this one, however the major selling point for me was that I managed to pick one up on ebay for £35 and I could collect it the next day. Sold!

      These machines are actually rather pricey to buy new, as they come in at £100 or more. I'd say it's probably worth that price though, especially if you can take advantage of the milky specialty coffees. Sadly I can rarely have those as I don't get on well with dairy produce.

      The Dolce Gusto Melody is available in black, red or cream. Mine happens to be red, and I love the colour. It is a funny shaped thing, and it reminds me of Starbug from Red Dwarf. Good job it isn't green! It looks really futuristic and funky, so would not really match a more traditional kitchen. My kitchen is a hideous monstrosity, so the addition of a strangely shaped coffee machine can only be a massive improvement!

      There is a huge water tank on the back and this can be filled really easily by removing the cap on the top. The tank is also removable for cleaning purposes. To make a coffee you firstly need to ensure there is enough water in this tank for the size of drink you require. Flip the silver switch up on the front of the machine and pull out the pod holder. Insert the pod of your choice and put it back in, closing the silver switch over the top. Press the power button and wait just a minute or two for the water to heat up. You can lift the tray into a higher position if your cup is small to help eliminate splashing. If you are making a hot drink you need to move the lever on top to your right, and for a cold drink move to the left. You can add as much or as little water as you choose, just remember to stop it by returning the lever to the middle position once you're done as it doesn't stop automatically. If you forget to turn off the power after making your drink it will turn itself off after a few minutes.

      There are a huge variety of pods available. They come in boxes of 16, which make either 16 or 8 drinks depending on whether or not they contain milk - the milky ones involve two separate pods for each drink: one for the milk and one for the coffee or chocolate. A box usually costs in the region of £3.70 and I have never yet seen them on offer in any of the supermarkets I use. The ones most commonly found in supermarkets are espresso, cappuccino, lungo, chococino and latte, but you can find many others online such as different varieties of espresso, flavoured and 'light' versions of cappuccino, iced drinks and even chai latte.

      At first I struggled with knowing how much to put in my mug as I'd bought a 'starter pack' of pods on Amazon. This gave me one of each type of drink to try, but didn't come with any instructions. I soon discovered that the boxes the pods are sold in ordinarily actually suggest how much water to use, but still found this hard to gauge. In the end I resorted to using a measuring jug to measure out water then pouring it into a cup or mug to see how far up inside it the water level was. I have it down to a tee now!

      I usually drink espresso from mine, especially since I fixed my 'broken' Senseo machine. To me the espresso from this machine is just perfect. I bought an espresso from a well known coffee chain at a service station on the A1 this weekend, and frankly it was awful in comparison. I wasn't such a fan of the long black coffees for this machine, as I found they weren't quite hot enough for me (I do like my hot drinks HOT though), and the flavour just wasn't quite as nice as the Senseo pods.

      The milky drinks are outstanding. I can't drink them often but I do treat myself when I know it's safe to do so. Don't think too much about that... I also make them for friends when they come to visit. I really don't think you'd know the difference between a Dolce Gusto cappuccino and a coffee chain cappuccino if you were presented with them in identical cups.

      I can highly recommend this machine to coffee lovers everywhere.

      *Review also appears on Ciao*

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      11.06.2013 13:36
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      Super, stylish, little coffee machine!

      The Krups KP210040 NESCAFÉ Dolce Gusto was bought for us as a gift last Christmas after we had spent most of December eyeing them up in different shops! At the time of purchase it was on offer for £69.99 in a well known electrical store so we jumped at the chance of getting one as they were flying off the shelves, not surprising really when in most stores they were still priced at around £130.00.

      The Machine Appearance

      You can buy this machine in three different colours black, cream and red, we went for the black as we figured if we changed the colour scheme of our kitchen the black would always match whereas the cream or red might look out of place, they are both lovely colours though! The appearance of the machine itself stands out from all its other competitors it is a curved design with a clear bubble tank on the back to hold the water and smaller bubble on the front to hold the pods, it is a very stylish looking little thing and is smaller in size than a lot of its competitors currently available but still packs as much punch. Some people even say its appearance resembles a dog and I suppose in some ways I can slightly see it!

      Machine Features

      The machine has Thermoblock technology, which heats the water as required and ensures fresh water is used for every cup, this really appeals to me as you know the machine is only heating the water you need to fill your cup the whole water tank is being heated up and going to waste. The removable water tank also makes it really easy and quick to refill and clean as does the removable drip tray. The pod tray also has a built-in magnet in the holder making the machine really safe to use.

      The machine is so easy to use, it looks quite intimidating when you first look at it but it really is a doddle. To make a drink you fill up your water tank, turn the machine on, select which drink pod you want to use, pop it in the pod holder and slide back in, press down the little lever above the holder until you hear a click and once the on/off button has turned green move the lever on the top of the machine left or right depending on if you are having a cold drink or hot drink. It really is that simple and it doesn't leave any mess either, just pop your used pod straight in the bin, rinse the pod tray and thats everything done! The other thing I really like about this machine is if you are making a couple of drinks in one go the on/off button with start flashing red when it needs a few seconds to regain the right temperature so you just pop the lever back to the middle and move it again once the button has turned green, this ensures that your drink is always at its perfect temperature.

      The Drink Quality

      Having tried previous machines in the past like the Tassimo etc I really think this one stands much higher than the rest. The drink quality is amazing and I really believe that if you put a drink from a decent coffee shop in a plain cup next to one made in this machine majority of people would not be able to tell the difference! I am sure some people will disagree with me but this is my personal opinion, I really do think the drink quality matches that of well known coffee shops. The coffees are rich and smooth in flavour and the hot chocolate is smooth and frothy. Also if you purchase some latte glasses the drinks come out looking amazing with the separation in colours etc they are very impressive.

      Pods

      As far as I am aware there are 30 different pod varieties available at the moment so there is definitely something for everyone, I won't list them all as I don't want to take up my review with all the different flavours but some of them are: Chococino, Mocha, Lungo, Latte, Chai Tea, Cappuccino, Cappuccino ice etc. They do so many different varieties/strengths of coffee and you can even get a Nesquik hot chocolate pod off Amazon I haven't tried these yet but I am tempted. My favourites so far are Chococino, Mocha and Caramel Latte!! The pod packs average at about £3.60 a box and you get 16 capsules to a box but in some boxes you get 16 drinks and in some you only get 8 drinks as with some drinks you need two pods to make the drink so for example you would get 8 milk and 8 mocha in a mocha box and in a chococino you get just one pod so you get 16 drinks out of that pack! I find the cheapest place the buy these is on Amazon you get much better value for money than in the supermarkets!

      Purchasing/Price

      As previously mentioned we purchased the machine when it was on offer for £69.99 a real bargain but its RRP is around £130.00. I still think this price is a bargain I would happily pay £130.00 for it but always look around as it will probably be on offer somewhere! In the box you get a Dolce Gusto starter pack which comes with some sample pods and a registration card, make sure you register your machine on the Dulce Gusto website as you get a £10 welcome bonus to use in their online shop so you can get two free boxes of pods etc which is always a nice touch.

      Overall

      This is a brilliant machine which really packs a punch, the drink quality is brilliant and it really is a robust little machine we use ours everyday and we haven't had a problem with it so far! A little tip I would offer is when filling up the water tank use filter water this keeps the descaling down to a minimum :)

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        02.12.2012 22:43
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        Amazing purchase and great tasting coffee.

        Being a lover of coffee and hot chocolate I really wanted a good fancy coffee machine for myself as a treat. I had some money set aside for it and when the Nescafe dolce gusto melody coffee machine went on sale from 118 pounds to 49 pounds in currys, I woke up early morning and went and got myself one. For that price, I saved a lot of money and I got an amazing machine. It was almost a steal.
        I purchased the red coloured on, in the model, Melody, just because it looked the most attractive to me. It came packed in a box with a lot of cardboard inside to protect the coffee machine. Also it came with a starter pack, which was very beneficial. I was so excited; I came back home, set it all up immediately after skimming through the instruction manual and began experimenting. As was instructed, I filtered two cup full's of water out just to clean everything up inside and get things started and then I inserted my pod. I tried hot chocolate first and due to my ignorance, I ended up drinking hot chocolate water because I didn't realize I had to insert the milk pod as well. Oh well! Now I know better!
        There is a little silver stick at the top of the machine which you have to pull either right for hot water or left for cold water. That is what I like about this machine. It is very versatile and you can make hot or cold drinks. I have yet to try the iced tea pod but I am sure I will love it. There are so many flavors available, which makes this machine perfect for every member of the household as well as guests and children.
        I have to be honest; I wouldn't have bought this machine for 118 pounds, ever! I love it but I just don't think it is worth that much. On the other hand, I think 80 to 100 pounds is justified.
        Also, the pods are just less than 4 pounds for a box, and if you drink more than one cup of coffee a day, you're going to need two boxes a week which can be pretty expensive. I am limiting myself to using only one pod a day. I did think I could reuse a pod, maybe twice but when I tried it, only water was coming out into my cup. It was then that I realized I have to limit myself to one cup a day!
        I do love it though, I have registered my machine, I can't wait to buy little accessories for it like spoons and pod storage and cups and glasses that are available on the website. Also, for this time of year, I might just ask my partner to buy me a couple of month's worth of pods as a Christmas present!
        If there is anything I would change about it, it is the fact that although the sound of the machine, when pouring coffee isn't loud, its just not extremely quiet either. i'd love for it to be completely silent, where I can just hear the coffee dripping into my cup! Rather than a vibrating noise on my counter.

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          11.11.2012 11:39
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          Good machine, great to receive as a gift, or give as one.

          I am a regular coffee drinker, like a lot of people in this world I don't seem to operate correctly without a cup in the morning. The coffee machine was a birthday present from my wife for my 24th birthday as I had been complaining about the bad instant coffee we had and the fuss of using a cafeteria. As you can imagine when I saw the box for this I was so excited that I had to get it all open and get a cup of coffee from it straight away!

          In the box there was the machine itself, which includes the water tank on the back, a drip tray for underneath the nozzles and the capsule/pod holder. There was also a two part pod drainer/bin, this has an inside part with drainage holes in the bottom which fits into the outside which is a little like a trough. The idea being that when you've made your cup of coffee you dump the pod into the drainer, the residual liquid in the pod drains through the holes leaving an empty pod that can be binned without worry that it will drain into the bin itself. The box also contained a few pods to get started, though my wife had already bought me a box of pods so I was ready to go anyway.

          Time to use the machine itself... plug in, fill up the tank and press the power button. As soon as the power button turns to a solid green its ready to use. The first use of the machine requires water to be put through first. To use the machine a pod needs to be placed into the pod holder that is placed under the 'nose' of the machines face, the nose is then pushed down into place where the nozzle will pierce the pod for the water to be pumped through at pressure. When buying the pods there is directions for the amount of water needed for the perfect cup and there is also another set of these instructions in the machine manual. This is somewhat of a guessing game for me as I don't have cups with measurements on. With practise though it becomes second nature. My first cup of coffee from the machine was a Lungo, so just black. When in use the machine does make a bit of noise, it was actually a surprise to how noisy it was the first time I used it, but then I was going in with no expectations and after a while you don't notice it anymore. I have to say the coffee was great and machine performed excellently giving me cup of coffee in short order. The fact that the water doesn't require any heating, as it's actually heated through the machine as it gets pumped through just makes this more amazing. I sometimes have to rush out of the door in the morning when trying to be the traffic, I always make time to get of cup of coffee though.

          I've been living with the machine for over a year and I haven't gotten tired of it yet. It still performs great and gives an amazing cup of coffee. I would recommend this to anyone to buy, but personally I would prefer to receive something like this as a gift. Maybe I'm biased due to my own experience, though having said that, I would recommend people buy this as a gift. I have plans of getting one for my mum for Xmas.

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          21.09.2012 16:15

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          A really fantastic product :-)

          I bought the Krups coffee machine for my husband last Christmas and it's been fantastic! (Despite suggesting we have a cup of tea after opening it!)

          We originally used to use a cafetiere to make our coffee but now we are complete converts. The Krups is far less messy than a cafetiere, much easier to use and looks pretty cool on the kitchen work top too.

          The pods can be bought from most supermarkets and come in range of flavours (I prefer the lungo but my husband is a cappuccino kind of guy). Although, it can be quite expensive to buy some of the coffee pods, depending on your preference of flavour.

          We do drink instant coffee on a day to day basis but this machine if fab for after dinner coffee, Sunday morning coffee or for when friends drop by :-)

          The machine can be a little bit fiddly to fill up with water and I find it best to use a jug or the kettle than to take the container to the tap. It's also best to discard the used pods immediately after too, as sometimes they can drip. The drip tray is removable and can be emptied and cleaned really easily too.

          My only other criticism is that the coffee never seems to stay hot for very long once it's in the mug. I don't know whether this is to do with the fact that the water doesn't get boiled like it does in a kettle or whether it's the type of mugs I'm using! I tend to pour boiling water in the water container at the back to resolve this.

          The Krups is fairly robust too, my husband can be a bit heavy handed sometimes and it's managed to survive :-)

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          5/5 a brilliant machine that's saved me a fortune.

          Price and Availability

          We bought our Dolce Gusto 210040 Coffee Machine as a bit of a copy cat really. My Dad and Mum bought one just before Christmas and I was shocked at how delicious the coffee was and mentioned to my partner that I'd like one. After Christmas we had some money from various presents and decided to buy one. We spend around £80 on our machine from Amazon although it is slightly cheaper there now; prices are also cheaper for slightly older models. The machine can be bought in quite a few places, my Mum and Dad got his from Debenhams and got it at a cheaper price as it was an ex- display model.


          Appearance and Technical Details

          Our Dolce Gusto is black, and I absolutely love the design. It's really smart and curvy, with two different ball shape sections. The section at the back is mainly the water compartment which is see through and detachable and the round section at the front is where you put the pods which enable you to make your various different coffees. As I said our machine is black but they're also available in cream and red, all of the machines also include bits of chrome which makes it look expensive and very stylish.

          * High 15 bar pressure
          * Ultra fast warm up, coffee in minutes
          * 1.3 L removable water tank for easy cleaning, filling and emptying
          * Magnetic pod-holder
          * Lots of drink varieties available


          My Experience

          Although it may sound a bit sad I was really excited when my Dolce Gusto got delivered and took it into the kitchen straight away to try it out. In the box is the main body of the machine, a chrome drip tray for under your cups, a pod holder for used pods and twelve sample pods. It takes minimal putting together and this doesn't take long at all, the booklet gives very easy to follow instructions. There's also a quick start guide so I was making coffee within minutes.

          Before first using the machine it's important to fill the water tank and let it heat up then drain it all out as if you're making a drink but with no pod in, this I presume is to make sure the system is completely clean before use.

          Now I did write out how to use the machine but it sounded really complicated, and in reality it really isn't. Basically all you have to do is switch the machine on, wait for the green ready light, put in a pod and choose whether your drink is hot or cold and then the high speed water is forced through the pod and down into your cup. I did need to quick start guide for the first couple of drinks I made but it really is very simple and in my opinion, a machine anybody could use.

          The first drink I made in our machine was a cappuccino, which is absolutely delicious. I was amazed at how much it tastes like coffee shop quality, if not better because you know you're not paying over the odds per cup. When looking at cost the pods come in different size boxes but the majority is 8 drinks per box. For drinks like latte and cappuccino there's 16 pods in the box which is 8 milk and 8 coffees, clearly coloured either white or black. These boxes are about £3.50 in Tesco which works out at just over 40p a drink, and there's enough in the pods to make a lovely big mug of cappuccino for this. Some varieties are cheaper, with cappuccino being one of the most expensive but even these can be bought in bulk online for cheaper prices. Other favourites in our house are chococino which is a delicious hot chocolate and the occasion espresso.


          Overall

          Anybody who's a coffee lover should really think about investing in a Dolce Gusto Coffee Machine. It really does make delicious drinks for a fraction of a price of coffee shop prices. I love going out and getting a coffee before uni but I end up spending a small fortune as it's so expensive. The machine is easy to use and you can have a brilliant range of coffees in your own home all made really simply with the machine doing all the hard work.

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          A great gift for a coffee lover.

          Since becoming a stay at home mum I have got used to popping into coffee shops to feed my son or meeting up with other friends but £3-£4 a go for a coffee soon saw me spending quite a lot so I mentioned ot my husband that I should look at getting a coffee machine to have latte's, cappucino etc and he agreed it would be a good idea and in the end of November last year we saw an advert for a Cream Dolce Gusto for £49.99 in Currys so we reserved one for me to collect later that day and I have never looked back!


          The box is pretty large and houses instructions, the machine, 2 boxes of pods, the drinks tray and that is about all.
          It was easy to set up so I designated a space on my worktop for it to have pride of place and after a small amount of assembly which was to attach the tray and we added water and ran it though the machine before making a drink.

          The machine has long appealed to me for its style and it just looks so cool on your worktop and the fact that there are various colours available makes it even more appealing.

          *~*Machine features*~*
          1500 watts.
          15 bar pressure pump.
          Pressure automatically adjusts depending on the drink being made.
          Thermo block technology which heats water as required.
          Wide variety of pods available.

          For me ease of use was very important as with a 1 year old running around I wanted to be able to make a drink quickly and enjoy it.
          The machine does look somewhat daunting with its levers but it is so very simple to use.

          The water is added to the rear of the machine and then simply press the power button and wait for it to stop flashing red and turn green and add your chosen pod.
          The pods are inserted into the machine by lifting the silver Dolce Gusto embossed lever and pulling out the small try big enough to just fit your pod.
          Insert the pod and slide back into the machine and push down the lever.
          Place your cup at the required level and simply push the lever to the right for hot drinks and to the left for cold drinks.

          Depending on your choice of drink you may need to use two pods.

          *~*The Pods*~*

          There are a wide range of pods available for the Dolce Gusto ranging from £3.68 up to £3.96 depending where you purchase them.

          Cappucino
          Skinny Cappucino
          Espresso
          Espresso Intenso
          Espresso Decaffeinato
          Espresso Ristretto
          Caffee Lungo
          Caffee Lungo Mild
          Caffee Lungi Decaffeinato
          Chococino
          Cappucino Ice
          Latte Machiato
          Latte Macchiato Vanilla
          Latte Macchiato Unsweetened
          Skinny Lattee Macchiato
          Nestea
          Americano
          Caffee Crema Grande
          Caffee Grande Intenso
          Chai Tea Latte
          Caramel Latte Macchiato

          As I mentioned before you may be required to use 2 pods to create some drinks. Each pod is coloured white for the milk and brown for the coffee/chocolate.

          On the lid of each pod is a guide as to how much should go into your mug out of fifths. This is to ensure that you get the correct balance of your coffee.

          The boxes contain 16 pods but if you require 2 pods for a drink you will only get 8 drinks so that is something to remember when making your purchase.
          It may seem expensive that you only get 8 drinks for this price but it works out a lot cheaper than a costa or starbucks and if you invest in some syrups like I have you can have a whole variety of drinks at your fingertips!

          If you love coffee then this is a great machine that can be picked up for a great deal from time to time and I can honestly say I am not disappointed.

          The machine comes with a pod dispenser so that you do not have leaks in your bin or across your worktop and its relatively cheap to operate and looks so stylish.

          A selection pack was provided with the machine giving you the chance to sample, cappucino, latte macchiato, caffe lungi, americano, mocha and choccochino which in my opinion are the most popular items.

          There are plenty of accessories that you can purchase via the dolce gusto website such as glasses and mugs, spoons and storage. If you register with them and order a box of pods they will send you a box of americano pods for free and you can also enter the code from each box onto the website and go into a draw to win pods something I make sure I do!

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            Quick and convenient - not much more!

            Although I don't actually drink coffee I have used this machine a few times. My mam really likes coffee but at home she doesn't really seem to like drinking instant - she wanted a coffee machine to replicate that authentic coffee shop feel! This was the brand she had decided upon, so it was her Christmas present.

            It came in a really massive box but this is more due to the size of machine rather than it coming with a lot of different accessories; in the box there was mainly just the machine, instructions and 2 boxes of 6 pods which you use to make you hot drink with, a bit like powder from instant coffee. This means that really if you're giving it to someone you should buy them some extra pods since for some coffee drinkers 12 pods may not even last a week, and it would be good to have a variety since I think they just put a random 2 flavour in the box, and if you don't like that sort of coffee then it's unfortunate as you won't be able to try it out.

            Unlike some other high tech coffee machines, once you have this one set up it is relatively simple. The drinks come in boxes of pods. Once you have made sure the water level is right, you get your pod and place it in the area where they go on the machine. Then you press the button and these are brought up into the machine, where the pod is pierced and the contents added to boiling water, you will need a cup waiting for the contents to come out of the machine into a cup ready to drink. There is a plastic bin type thing provided for the used pods but I saw this as pretty pointless -why not just use your actual bin!

            You can get a variety of different flavours of drinks for this machine, and you can only use the pods for it, nothing else will work. Examples are the classics such as latte and cappuchino, however since I'm not really a fan of coffee I enjoyed the chocochino flavour which is just similar to a hot chocolate. It was nice enough but it wasn't anything amazing, I think you are more paying for the simplicity and the convenience than the taste of the end product.

            If you wanted to buy it from amazon it is currently available for £49 which is a reduction from the rrp of £119 so quite a good deal really! In addition to this you will have to spend around £3.50 on each box of coffee pods.

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            27.11.2011 01:01

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            Nice looking machine and easy to use. But it just makes coffee

            I got bought this as a Christmas gift a few years ago. I had dropped hints about a fancy espresso maker and instead got one of these. I have to admit to being a bit disappointed at first, not least because of ethical concerns about buying Nestlé products. I have never been able to get passed this issue and although I used the machine for a year, as soon as I could replace the machine I did. I will comment on the actual machine below but just to say ifs could have bought the coffee from any other company, I would have been more satisfied in keeping the machine .

            Regardless of ethics of the company, the machine is great. It's easy to use, just fill up the little bubble, pop in a coffee pod and make some coffee. The equipment is sturdy and easy to clean, but the stand for the cup can be a bit More shaky than is ideal when holding boiling water!

            I don't drink milk but if you do there is a separate pod for milk which creates a great foam when neccesary. My problem with the machine is that you can't really do much with it. In essence it just makes,very fast boiling water and the different flavoured pods do the rest. This means that if you want to make three different coffers you need to make one after the other using different pods. If you need to make tea you either need to boil a kettle of try and run the machine without a pod. This is possible but the water does spray a little!

            I was delighted when I could get rid of my dolce gusto and get a proper espresso maker. However I did give my dad the dolce gusto and he loves it. He has a cappuccino or latter every morning before work and this is all he needs for that.

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            24.11.2011 16:41
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            Brilliant for my needs.

            Introduction:

            I was a late starter to drinking coffee in life. This means I can't pretend I know anythign about it other than I am starting to work out what tastes I like. I decided to ask for a coffee machine for my birthday, so did some research about them. I found it so hard to get my head round what machine does what. I knew I wanted a machine that makes Lattes, and it seemed only the most expensive ones would steam milk. These were out of my price range. I then discovered this, the Dolce Gusto, Nescafe Krups coffee machine! The way it produces Lattes (and other coffees which require steamed milk is by pumping hot water through a pod which frothes up to look and taste like milk. My decision was made!

            Price and availability:

            Normally these coffee machines retail for just over £100. At the time of ordering mind was on offer on Amazon for £69.99. The day after I ordered they went back up. A coupld of months later I heard they were on a similar offer on the Tesco website. One thing is for sure as soon as they go on offer they sell out within a couple of days. These machines do appear to be really popular.

            They can also be purchased from a wide variety of other electrical retailers (such as currys, comet etc) and in store at department stores. My advice is to shop around for the best price. The Coffee machine comes with two small boxes of variety pods.

            Actual product:

            This coffee machine makes it's coffee from pods rather than coffee beans direct. for things which require a milky topping or part to them you need two sachets. A white sachet and a brown one. Each box of sachets comes with instructions as how to make the drink you require.

            Boxes of sachets cost around £3.50 and are available from supermarkets, the main product website and places like Amazon. For example in a box of Latte sachets there are 16 scahets, but you need two to make a drink (one milk and one coffee) so you get 8 drinks out of a pack. Therefore each drink costs around 50p. The man at a counter who demonstrated this to me told me you get two drinks out of a capsule, but I personally think it is more like 1.5. It depends how strong you like your drink.

            There are a wide avriety of capsules available, I think there are about 8 different flavours, and they include hot chocolate as well. It is nice when you get the variety pack as you can offer different flavours to your guests and you can try out different things for yourself.

            The actual coffee machine looks like an insect in my opinion. The beig round barrel at the back is a hot water container, which holds enough water for about 5-8 cups depending on size. Obviously the more water you put in it the the longer it takes to heat. There is a simple switch on the top whcih you adjust to deliver a cold product or a hot product.

            Below that there is a tray whcih you put the capsule in for your chosen drink. Once you have used the capsule you take it out and put it in a rubbish tray which is provided. There is an on off switch, but once you open the capsule tray it automatically turns the machine on for you.

            Once the water is ready (a light indicates this) you can put your cup on the drip tray below and dispense the water which then runs through your capsule into the cup below.

            Conclusion:

            The whole machine is incredibly easy to use. It gives good drinks, at reasonable prices and looks good on your work surface. I think this is a great coffee machine (but please bear in mind I am an amatuer and not an expert. For my needs and budget this is perfect.

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              19.11.2011 10:59

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              If you have plenty of disposable income this is the machine for you.

              We hadn't long given away our coffee maker when a visit to my husbands Aunt introduced us to the world of Dolce Gusto. I'm not a frothy coffee lover myself but the hubby is and I do enjoy a nice strong cup so the choice of pods was perfect for us. When we got our machine Nescafe were doing their points promotion so every now and then we would collect enough points for a free box of coffee... result. The machine itself is a dream to use, so easy and minimum cleaning (you can throw most of the bits in the dishwasher if needs be), and we have only ever had one problem with our machine and that was due to not descaling it, which was really quick and easy to do. Our main problem with the Dolce Gusto is the price of the pods! In the almost three years we've owned it I have never seen the pods on offer, they are £3.70 a box (or there abouts) and if you like your frothy coffee's or hot chocolate that means you only get 8 cups. Nescafe have also pulled their points promotion and we have not received any money off or free samples in over 12 months. They really do need to think more about their existing customers. My Mom also bought one of these but rarely buys the pods anymore, they have turned into very expensive one cup water heaters. :(

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              A good buy for coffee lovers.

              I love coffee, but I really can't stand the prices they charge in cafes and coffee bars - considering what goes in them, it seems like an absolute rip-off to me to charge several pounds for the drinks. Because of this, this coffee machine from Nescafe called Dolce Gusto was the perfect present for me. Although the product itself is expensive - over £100 - you can get delicious coffee from it for much less than you would pay in the shops.

              -ooo- The Product -ooo-

              This is a really eye-catching product that has a great design, and doesn't look at all out of place in a modern well designed kitchen. It is very smooth and curved in design, and looks almost futuristic. Of course, the design is not the most important thing, but when you spend this much on a gadget, you expect it to look like it's quite top end, and this does that.

              How it works, then, is that you have a variety of little capsules which you plug into the machine, which combine with the water from the hot water tank to make your drink. You have capsules for milk, then different capsules for each different type of coffee - a Machiatto, or Capuchino, or Mocha-type drink, for example. You plug it in and switch in on, and the drink blends together and pours into your mug that you place below.

              -ooo- Would I Recommend? -ooo-

              The most important part of a coffee machine is of course the quality of the coffee, and this is pretty good here. It's not quite as nice as the best ones you get in cafes and shops, but it's not at all bad, and tastes better than the normal ones I make at home. It has a nice sweet flavour (which I like, but I suppose not everyone will), and has a really nice taste to it - it also comes out nice and hot, which is important for me, as I hate lukewarm coffee.

              The machine itself is very easy to use, and I like the idea of the capsules. They fit in easily, and are very convenient. However, they are expensive - they cost about 20p each, which isn't that much at all compared to shop drinks, but it does get a little expensive over time. However, I think this is still quite economical if you drink a lot of coffee.

              Overall, I think this is a great product - it looks good in your kitchen, produces lovely fresh coffee and works really well.

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              Fantastic coffee machine.

              Last Christmas me and my sister came together to buy my mam a coffee machine. She had wanted one for as long as I can remember and as she wasn't expecting it we thought she would be very happy and we sure were right. Anyway, me and my sister looked online at the different styles and brands of coffee machines available and we eventually after quite a lot of debate decided on this Nescafe Dolce Gusto machine by Krups. I must say I am more than pleased with it. We decided on this machine over many others for a number of reasons. The main one being the size of the machine, it is one of the smaller coffee machines that are available on the market. The design was also for me one of the best and most stylish. I'm not a fan of jar coffee but this machine has really converted me and I've become a little bit of a coffee addict within the past year.
              *Machine appearance*
              This machine really stands out as being different from the other popular coffee machines. It has a more 'curved' design with what looks like a big bubble to hold the water and smaller bubble where the pods go in. The machine is available in three colours; they are black, cream and red. We purchased the cream version which I think is very stylish and I particularly like the fact that it will always suit our kitchen however way we choose to decorate it in the future.

              *Machine features*
              - 1500 watts.
              - 15 bar pressure pump.
              - Pressure automatically adjusts depending on the drink being made.
              - Thermo block technology which heats water as required.
              - Pod coffee.

              I find the machine incredibly easy to use. At first it looks slightly daunting but it really is as simple as filling up the water, switch button on, adjust tray to correct height for drink, put the pod in and move the lever. The outcome is a very tasty, professional looking cup of coffee. The only negative thing I have to say about the machine features is that the tray that you place your cup on with my machine was not very steady and for a long time I could not work out how to make it stay higher up, however with a bit of perseverance I did manage to do this but as I say it didn't seem very safe. This could just be a flaw in my machine however.

              *Pods*
              There are so many pods available for this machine that you are bound to find the perfect one for you. The pods available are : Caffe Americano, Chai Tea Latte, Caramel Latte Macchiato, Espresso Barista, Skinny Cappuccino, Skinny Latte, Espresso, Cappuccino, Latte Macchiato, Chococino, Lungo and there are also a variety of online exclusives available on the Dolce Gusto website which are Vanilla Latte Macchiato, Caffe Grande Intenso, Caffe Crema Grande, Nestea Peach, Cappuccino Ice, Espresso Intenso, Espresso Ristretto, Latte Unsweetened, Mocha, Espresso Decaff, Lungo Mild and Lungo Decaff.
              The majority of the boxes contain enough pods for 16 cups, however some contain enough pods for 8 cups. The price for a box of any of these pods cost £3.68 on the Dolce Gusto website. However, I buy mine from Amazon where you can buy a pack of 2 boxes containing 48 pods for £11.01.

              *Price*
              We purchased this machine from Argos last year and I cannot remember how much we paid for it at the time but it is currently available on offer for £94.99 down from £119.19. A free Dolce Gusto starter pack is also included when purchased at Argos which I think is brilliant as it gives you a chance to try out the different pods available allowing you to choose which ones you like and dislike without having to buy a whole box of pods only to find out you dislike it etc.
              I would definitely recommend this to any coffee lovers out there that wants that 'coffee shop taste' at home without having to give up too much of your kitchen space.

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                GORGEOUS COFFEE IN THE COMFORT OF YOUR OWN HOME!

                I bought my boyfriend this Dolce Gusto coffee machine for Christmas as we are both enjoy a good coffee. He and I both love it, it is so handy to have in your home. The coffee and hot chocolate that you can buy for this machine is expensive but they are lovely, and you don't need to have excessive amounts anyway they are too expensive to have on a 2-3 times a day basis, they are nice as a treat after a long hard day at work! The machine itself is very easy to use, you just fill the water up, put the pod in of what coffee you want and slide the little joystick to the left until your mug is filled. Now it would be nice if the machine would automatically stop after filling the mug but unfortunately we have to do this ourselves. All in all, great product which offers excellent coffee in the comfort of your own home!

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              The Dolce Gusto Piccolo Genio by Krups is a compact Pod Machine featuring a unique Thermoblock technology which heats the water as required ensuring fresh water for every cup / The machine also features the new Automatic Play & Select Technology meaning the machine will stop dispensing your drink at the optimum quantity for your selection.The high performance 15 bar pressure ensures consistently good Coffee every time and the removable water tank allows for easy refilling / Also features a removable drip tray and a built-in magnet within the pod holder.NESCAFE? DOLCE GUSTO? Exclusive to NESCAFE? the clever easy-to-use pod system has been designed so you can enjoy coffee shop quality at home / The pods are sealed for maximum freshness and are packed with flavoursome coffee as well as frothy milk and tasty hot chocolate so you can look forward to coffee shop quality in every cup. / Short name: Krups KP210040