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Nescafé Dolce Gusto from Krups 

Just over two years ago I reviewed a coffee machine from the people who made the coffee Nescafe. Now there is a new version and this is from the people who make the machine Krups. It’s still the same coffee but the machine is even better.

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In the ensuing two years my Dolce Gusto article has been well read and I am told is one of the top reads ever on www.Gadgetspeak.com  it certainly still often features in the monthly top ten reads as it is still an extremely popular coffee machine.

So what is new or different well lets deal with the consumables first the Chocolate was launched after the review and has had some favourable comments. If you have a spare half an hour why not read all the numerous comments to my original review. The machine itself looks somewhat different and even works at a slightly higher pressure.

The basic shape is the same although it is more stylish and less functional. I seem to remember my original unit was black and this is red. The water container is in the same place but easier to insert and to fill than the original. The original has a rocker on/off switch and this has a push with a green LED to remind you it has power.

The contents of the supplied starter pack is still sixteen capsules but the make up is different as the Chococino was not launched last time. You now get two each of Expresso, Caffé Lungo, Latte Macchiato, Cappuccino and Chococino. The last three named need two pods (the second is milk). I remember being puzzled originally by the same labels on the coffee and the milk. Nescafe seem to have taken this on board and now clearly show the white container as the milk with the darker (brown or black) as the coffee.

There is a Quick Start sheet and as these instructions are all in pictures should be easy to follow. There is a Quick Start guide ‘I want coffee and I want it now’ that shows you what components are needed to make what coffee. It also gives you good encouragement to register as they will send you a voucher for a box of pods of your choice at your local supermarket. You also are given 200 points in the Nescafe Bonus Scheme (enough for another box of pods) or for those who want special cups or glasses points towards these. Each extra box of pods has a number printed inside and each number you add to your account earns you extra points.  Finally there is twenty four page User Manual but as it is in eleven languages it does not say much not already covered.

The box I got also contained a cup/saucer and a glass, I assume this is a standard starter pack. However even though the controls vary slightly with the pressure fixing being a two part operation and not relying on the coffee pod holder to do it all for me anyway the cosmetics are a long way second to the taste of the coffee.

I am not a huge fan of black coffee as I tend to avoid alcoholic binges these days. However I could drink the Expresso and the Caffe Lungo ideal for that urgent wake up push. I am not sure about the Chococino although I like chocolate I have never been a huge fan of drinking chocolate. One advantage it has over the sort of chocolate drink where you tip the contents of a packet into a mug a stir and stir you do not end up with a huge residue at the bottom of the cup.

This leaves the Cappuccino and Latte Macchiato which I would happily drink anytime and in my opinion are as good as most coffee shops can produce and you would certainly pay more than 40p for a coffee in a shop.

Now as the original is still a big seller which would I buy if they were both the same price that it easy the Krups. However if the original were say £25 cheaper then I would probably go for the original and spend the difference on the pods. However the current price from the link below is over 50% off a real bargain.

Searching the Internet I found the Nescafé Dolce Gusto from Krups available at a very good price of £77.25, including delivery, from Amazon on the first link below. It is available in Black, White or Red.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B001GIOQLO?ie=UTF8&tag=gadge0a-21&linkCode=as2&camp=1634

The Nescafé Dolce Gusto from Krups is very new and has limited availability the cheapest I can currently find is the first link below at $142 which includes free delivery.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001FA21Q0?ie=UTF8&tag=gadge0a5-20&linkCode=as2&camp=1789

Currently the Nescafé Dolce Gusto from Krups is very new and has limited availability the cheapest I can currently find is the first link below at €132,84 which includes delivery.

http://www.amazon.fr/gp/product/B001W0SN8S?ie=UTF8&tag=gadge04-21&linkCode=as2&camp=1642

http://www.krups.co.uk/All+Products/Coffee+Machines/Expressos/Products/KP200640+Dolce+Gusto+-+Red/KP200640+Dolce+Gusto+-+Red.htm

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Comment by Candac, Oct 26, 2012 10:44

My Nescafé dolce gusto coffee machine by krups has stopped working. I haven't used it in about a year but last night my guests wanted a coffee and it wasn't working. It turns on but wasn't heating - any suggestions? I've probably only used it a couples of times in the past...
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Comment by Lynn, Sep 24, 2011 19:45

For those who want the coffee hotter my tip is put the coffee/milk in in short bursts. I do a third of the cup at a time, stop the flow using the switch/handle then flick back onto pouring. Makes a big difference to the temperature. As for the coffee, my latte is as good as any expensive, high st shop. I can't get enough of them
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Comment by crishone, Jul 31, 2011 8:45

The big problem is the coffe, it isn't hot enough!!
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Comment by Bruno, Jul 31, 2011 8:40

Yes, the most problem is the coffee temperature!  It isn't hot enough!

http://www.macchina-per-caffe.net/krups-dolce-gusto-kp2100
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Comment by John, Feb 4, 2011 10:26

I agree with previous comments that this machine produces a luke warm drink, and though under guarantee the manufacturers will have nothing to do with it.

I would certainly not buy another coffee maker of this make.
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Comment by Christina, Jan 11, 2011 16:38

Not had the machine long, before water started to leak into the part where the water bowl thing sits.  Nearly had a heart attack when one morning I had to check fridge and freezer (new) for leaks, then moved onto pipes then my boiler before I realised it was the Dolce Gusto, my husband had filled the thing up with water the night before and in the morning all that water was on the work surfaces and the floor.
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Comment by coffeepodmachine, Nov 16, 2010 20:32

The full guide can be visited on the following link

http://www.coffee-pod-machines.co.uk
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Comment by coffeepodmachine, Nov 16, 2010 20:28

For me,  the only attribute of this machine is that you can prepare ‘fusion’ coffees (Chococino and Latte Macchiatto), using a ‘double’ pod – one of coffee and another of milk.The problem with the coffee pods is that the coffee in the capsules is instant coffee, not espresso

A full Dolce Gusto Guide http://www.coffee-pod-machines.co.uk/Nescafe_Dolce_Gusto_Coffee_Machine_Coffee,_Cappuccino_and_Hot_Chocolate_Pods.html
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Comment by vivienne, May 15, 2010 14:27

I've had my Dulce Gusto a while now and agree with most other users the coffee is not terribly hot. While I'm making my my up which flavour to have I warm my cups before hand with boiling water from the kettle, this seems to do the trick nicely. On another note their milk tastes queer too. I'm now using Carnation powdered much nicer and a lot cheaper.
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Comment by Diane, Apr 18, 2010 17:14

The coffee tastes good, but why is it so cold??? That is a disappointment to me after spending so much money on the machine.
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Comment by espressoclub, Jan 21, 2010 22:11

Great article. Nestle have recently released a new coffee machine for the Dolce Gusto system called Circolo. Have a look at a 3D model here:
http://www.espresso-club.co.uk/hot-beverages-machines/nescafe-dolce-gusto-circolo/
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Comment by Jim, Jan 18, 2010 17:46

The coffee maker is okay. I would like it better if it would automatically shut off after pouring a cup.

I do not like the pods. They are too expensive, the milk pods are too sweet and make too much, and the only vendor is Nescafe. I do not like Nestle in general for their manipulative marketing methods and ignoble place in the bottled water market. I would prefer to buy nothing from them, so I plan to refill my coffee pods. If that doesn't work I'll get rid of the machine. Why couldn't Krups have partnered with a better coffee company?
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Comment by Jim, Jan 18, 2010 17:45

The coffee maker is okay. I would like it better if it would automatically shut off after pouring a cup.

I do not like the pods. They are too expensive, the milk pods are too sweet and make too much, and the only vendor is Nescafe. I do not like Nestle in general for their manipulative marketing methods and ignoble place in the bottled water market. I would prefer to buy nothing from them, so I plan to refill my coffee pods. If that doesn't work I'll get rid of the machine. Why couldn't Krups have partnered with a better coffee company?
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Comment by paul_smart, Jan 1, 2010 17:47

Its manual
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Comment by stevie, Jan 1, 2010 17:15

on my nescafe doce gusto machine ,does the top switch,the cold/hot water switch go off by it,s own or do we need to push it back to off by yourself,thank you.
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Comment by espressoclub, Dec 12, 2009 19:15

The newest member of the Dolce Gusto is now available. It's name is the Dolce Gusto Circolo and it's beautifully designed. Read about it here: http://www.espresso-club.co.uk/hot-beverages-machines/nescafe-dolce-gusto-circolo/
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Comment by JR, Nov 30, 2009 13:42

I have had one over 2 years, Makes Great Coffee and is always hot.  One thing is to clean the little needle once in a while as the milk will clog it up.  Also you can run vinegar through it to clean the heater elements if you have hard water.
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Comment by materaptor, Nov 28, 2009 20:36

another item for collecting dust. useless!!!!
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Comment by louloubelle, Nov 23, 2009 11:06

Yes I could give my coffee away to someone who likes black coffee but as they are expensive I would rather use them myself.

The staff at Dolce Gusto suggested that I heat up a bit of milk in the micro which defeats the object of buying the machine in the first place.
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Comment by paul_smart, Nov 23, 2009 10:46

Yes the selling of Milk pods on their own would be nice, the alternative is to find a friend who likes black coffee.
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Comment by louloubelle, Nov 23, 2009 10:01

not happy dolce gusto will not sell milk pods seperately.  i have almost 19 coffee pods and no milk.
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Comment by paulkidger, Sep 9, 2009 22:32

We have a Dolce Gusto machine which is 10 months old and was a replacement for the older design which had developed leaks. This new machine has failed due to leakage. Krups insist that the original 2 yr guarantee holds and therefore will not entertain any type of warranty work, but have offered to sell us a new one at a reduced price, or put us in touch with the repairers. I think it is a poor machine which will only work for 10 months in 'domestic' use and cannot recommend it to anyone contemplating buying.
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Comment by espressoclub, May 11, 2009 22:21

There is a lot of branding and marketing that sets your mind on the coffee machine you want to buy. Nestle & Nespresso are masters of branding that's for sure. You're welcome to my blog to read about different coffee machine systems like Nespresso, Nescafe, Caffitaly, Tassimo etc.
http://www.espresso-club.co.uk

Cheers!
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Comment by Ian, Feb 14, 2009 9:45

Just bought this Dolce Gusto, and I am sorry to say that the coffee is not very hot, by the time you sit down to enjoy it - you could drink it in one go. So I checked the temp. at the outlet of the machine it is 65 C ---by increaing the tank temp to 30C the outlet went to 74 C and this was done with a blank capsule so nothing was lost at that point, looks are good, design great, but its let down by the coffee temperature---I do not want to micro wave it to get it up to temperature. Check out McDonald for nice "hot" coffee.
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Comment by Vicky, Jan 9, 2009 19:52

I have also just got this machine, sorry everyone but it is fantastic, I also own a  Gaggia coffee maker that cost well over £400, great coffe but a lot of hastle & cleaning, the Krups Dolce Gusto is quick and easy and great coffe, and Im sorry I know what I am talking about, its what I do for a living, I buy coffee. So dont knock it, I should get paid for this review. Buy it, I give it 5*****
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Comment by BoB !!, Dec 26, 2008 11:27

i just got one of these for xmas..... arghh .... if you are a coffee lover then dont bother getting one.... the coffee tastes really cheap and nasty and you dont need the machine , just buy the capsules empty them into your cup and add hot water hey presto same thing !!! what a waste of money.

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