December 14, 2010

Review: Latte Macchiato Regular and Vanilla Capsules for Nescafe Dolce Gusto

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We recently reviewed the Nescafe Dolce Gusto Creativa coffee/espresso machine here at SingleServeEspresso, and put it on our Buying Guide this holiday season for good reason. The Nescafe Dolce Gusto line offers up 15-bar brewing which allows it to make authentic pressure brewed coffee that you would expect from a coffee shop. I think the machine is well suited for those who want to make coffeehouse style beverages at home with the convenience of a push-button brewing. It is not a high end espresso machine, but it doesn't come with the complexity nor the mess.

Two capsules in the line worth considering are the Latte Macchiato and the Vanilla Latte Macchiato varieties, which are exactly what many of my friends and family want out of one of these types of machines. Nestle describes the Latte Macchiato as "Frothy milk marked with a shot of espresso, with a sweetness that welcomes the morning." and the vanilla sibling as having, "Exceptional layers of froth, vanilla hinted milk and bold espresso."

Capsules

Both varieties are two-capsule drinks, offering you a separate milk and coffee capsule. The milk capsule includes milk plus a small amount of sugar; the coffee capsule - 100% roast and ground coffee. Each box comes with 8 capsules each - making the final drinks come in right around a dollar each given that the box costs a little under $9 each. I don't think that's bad; a cheap indulgence. Each drink is 90 calories.

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Brewing

The two-step brewing process is straight forward and produces a great frothy beverage driven by that 15-bar capability. The milk capsule comes first, cranking out about 4.5 ounces of frothed milk followed by the coffee capsule that brews up heavier than the froth, but lighter than the regular milk layer, settling as the middle layer of the drink while also leaving a Macchiato, or a "Mark" on the top of the drink. For the vanilla version specifically, the vanilla aroma spills over as it brews and definitely builds the anticipation for the drink.

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Tasting

The milk flavor is authentic, with a light sweetness via the real sugar, with no artificial sweeteners here. The coffee is certainly there, without overpowering the drink. I more typically drink darker roasted espressos, so these come in a little lighter than I usually like, but are pretty good for my wife and for the several friends who have tried it. The Vanilla Latte Macchiato offers a lighter hint of vanilla that doesn't overpower like some drinks out there, and still manages to send a bit of the coffee flavor through the mix.

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The flavors on both capsules meld together, giving a well balanced flavor profile from start to finish. I like the sweetness level, which brings out the milk, vanilla caramelized and coffee notes in the drink. The body is certainly there, giving a feeling of richness in the drink.


Review Summary

I was impressed that a machine like the Nescafe Dolce Gusto can deliver drinks like this in a high quality way. It's not the local barista in your kitchen, but it does deliver great drinks quickly and easily. Warming up in about a minute, my Nescafe Dolce Gusto Creativa gets me from asleep to Latte Macchiato in just a few minutes; faster than most coffee/espresso machines.

i bought both the Latte Macchiato and the Vanilla Latte Macchiato online. One popular option is buying through Amazon; the Free Shipping on orders makes it an easy choice.

At Amazon - Nescafe Dolce Gusto Latte Macchiato or Nescafe Dolce Gusto Vanilla Latte Macchiato

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Posted by Scott Martin at December 14, 2010 12:46 PM
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