October 29, 2010

Krups Nescafe Dolce Gusto Espresso Machines


Nescafe is no stranger to coffee, and the recent launch of the Nescafe Dolce Gusto line of machines is a reasonable step into the automatic espresso machine arena with a full 15-bar pump-based extraction of the coffee from their proprietary capsules. The new line expands the offerings from a single machine to a line of four that should suit many budgets and needs in the market. I like that they all feature automatic shut off after a period of non-use. The four models above are (from left to right):

  • Nescafe Dolce Gusto Piccolo - the smallest of the line offers full power extraction in a small footprint. The only thing it skimps on is space and reservoir capacity, meaning you'll be filling this machine more often. - $99 street price
  • Nescafe Dolce Gusto Melody 2 - The original model in the line, now refreshed, with a few siblings to share the spotlight and a broader range of available capsules. - $129 street price
  • Nescafe Dolce Gusto Circolo - A new take on the brewer, offers a fresh design and a cool blue light that highlights the cup while brewing. - $149 street price
  • Nescafe Dolce Gusto Creativa - The top of the line unit offers custom brewing as it remembers how you like your coffee while giving you a little more insight through the top mounted LCD display. - $169 street price

Nescafe Dolce Gusto Capsules

All of the machines take the Nescafe Dolce Gusto capsules that offer a fairly wide variety of espresso and espresso drinks, with focus on ease of preparation and taste. While the capsule systems lock you into that single source of coffee, the variety of drinks available makes the trip a lot more appealing.

Cost on the single capsules are about $9 retail, for 16 capsules (net of $0.55 per cup), while the double capsule drinks give you 8 drinks for the same price coming in at a little over a dollar a cup.

The line of capsules include include:nescafeDolceGustoCapsule.jpg

  • Caffe Lungo - full bodied long espresso that is also available in decaf.
  • Espresso - a pure shot of 100% arabica
  • Caffe Americano - a smooth mild true "coffee" that is better suited for many non-espresso drinkers.
  • Dark Roast/Caffe Grande Intenso - a darker roast that bridges that gap between the Americano and the Espresso drinks.
  • Dual Capsule Drinks (Usually one for coffee and one for milk)

  • Vanilla Latte Macchiato - a new capsule set with a hint of vanilla
  • Cappuccino - slightly sweetened milk to blanket that espresso shot.
  • Cappuccino Skinny - a lower calorie version of the original
  • Latte Macchiato - frothy shot of milk on a shot of espresso
  • Mocha - blend of hot chocolate and coffee
  • Hot Cocoa/ Chococcino - gourmet chocolate capsule with a shot of milk.
  • Iced Cappuccino- frothy cream and chilly coffee


So, this is not your typical espresso machine line, and is a step more towards the mainstream from Nestle's Nespresso line, especially given the focus on full drink sweetened espresso drink preparation from the capsules. With the full 15-bar pressurized extraction and the selection of espresso offerings, this might just help a lot of users bridge the gap from drip coffee to more of a coffee house experience. Simply put, the 15-bar pressurized extraction make it interesting enough for us to pay attention to it.

Nescafe Dolce Gusto Creativa for Review

We will be getting the Nescafe Dolce Gusto Creativa model into the SingleServeEspresso test kitchen in the coming weeks to put it through its paces and see if it lives up to our expectations.

More Information on the Nescafe Dolce Gusto from Nescafe at the Nescafe Dolce Gusto Machine website

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Posted by Scott Martin at October 29, 2010 11:50 AM
Recent Comments

when is it coming in india ..???
can we order online , will it be delivered in Mumbai?

Posted by: Tara maheshwari at November 8, 2010 3:29 PM
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