Nescaf Dolce Gusto from Krups
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.
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.
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.
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