Dolce Gusto Melody 2 

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On first inspection the Melody 2 looks very like the machine I reviewed in December 2008. In fact the only differences are inside the machine as all the controls for it are in the same places; however I do not remember the first unit being called Melody.

The Nescafé Dolce Gusto Melody 2 coffee maker measures 30cm from back to front, 20cm from side to side and 33cm from base to the top of the silvered hot/cold switcher.

The part number is all but the same with just the forth digit varying the original was KP210040 and this is the Melody 2 being KP210640 and this could be important as stocks of the old one are certainly still available in shops.

Looking at images I do now see a visual difference the shape of the knob to remove the spent pod is vertical on the newer model. While this is a very minor point it could stop you buying the older model if you wanted the newer one.

While the bar pressure is slightly higher the coffee is still the same with new pods being added. I have still to find the Cappuccino Ice in any of the shops I use. It is available on the website but while the coffee itself is not more expensive you do have to factor in a £2.95 delivery charge so if buying several boxes this is not huge but on smaller orders it can be quite substantial. The codes are still in the boxes giving you 11 points for each box and 160 points earns you a free box of pods. There are other items available such as special cups etc. Full details are available from the Dolce-Gusto web-site. Your machine itself when registered earns you 200 points, now that is certainly a reason to register.

Making coffee has never been easier simply add cold water to the large circular container at the rear of the unit, get a pod of coffee place it in the receptacle at the front of the unit and close the press, when the red light stops flashing and goes solid green you are less than a minute away from a delicious piping hot cup of coffee. With a cup or mug on the spill tray move the top arm to red and a few seconds later coffee starts to fill your cup. If you are having one of the white varieties then move the arm back to the centre eject the pod into a bin and add the white equivalent which has their excellent dried milk and repeat the instructions above to get a superb cup of coffee.

The price of the pod has only risen a little from just over £3 to £3.40 for sixteen pods so still only just over 40p for a white coffee and a little over 20p for those who prefer black.

For the novice user the instructions are good and you should be relaxing with your first coffee within around 20 minutes from opening the box.

Looking at their website there are now twenty different products available if you count the Mocha and Nestea. So the 18 flavours and varieties are Cappuccino, Skinny Cappuccino, Latte Macchaito, Skinny Latte Macchaito, Latte Macchaito Unsweetened, Vanilla Latte Macchaito, Café Crema Grande, Espresso, Espresso Intenso, Espresso Decaffeinato, Espresso Ristretto, Caffe Lungo, Caffe Lungo Decaffeinato, Americano, Caffe Grande Intenso and the of so elusive Cappuccino Ice which with the summer here really would be worth trying.

The latest one I have tried are the Café Crema Grande which was okay and the rather nice Skinny Cappuccino the latter I tried on a couple who normally like the standard Cappuccino who both loved the flavour.

The only extra thing I found in this box was a small tool to unclog the output, something that as yet I have never needed.

The Nescafe Dolce Gusto Melody 2 KP210640 is available in Black, White or Red from the link below for £77.99 with free delivery.

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