Krups Nescafe Dolce Gusto

September 26, 2012

Starbucks Verismo Pods vs. Competition

UPDATE: Posted my Full Review of the Starbucks Verismo 580 Brewer

A lot of readers have been asking about the size of the new Starbucks Verismo pods and how they compare to other various pods on the market. Size matters, especially when you are storing a bunch of these in the cabinet. Remember, these pods, capsules, and cups can only be used in its own machine. You can't use a Verismo in a Nespresso, nor a nespresso in a CBTL. Dolce Gusto looks big, but it won't work in a K-Cup machine. You get it…...

Starbucks Verismo vs. Nespresso, vs. K-Cup, vs Nescafe Dolce Gusto vs. CBTL

As you can see from the picture, the Verismo pod is a little bigger than a CBTL and a little smaller than a Dolce Gusto pod. It looks like the classic K-Cup has a lot more room in it for coffee and filtering. The smallest is definitely the Nespresso capsule that is packed with coffee, and doesn't need to leave room for any other type of mixing/brewing, like tea, milk or hot chocolate.

One of our readers commented that it was most like the CBTL capsule; without actually seeing it in person, I thought it was more like the Dolce Gusto….. wow, was I wrong. The CBTL and the Starbucks Verismo capsules are very similar, and the Dolce Gusto looks gargantuan in comparison. Left to right below are: K-Cup, Dolce Gusto, Starbucks Verismo, CBTL, and Nespresso Capsules.

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November 9, 2010

Review: Nescafe Dolce Gusto Creativa Arrives for Review


UPDATE: 12/1 - My Review of the Nescafe Dolce Gusto Creativa Machine has posted - check it out.

The new re-launch of the Nescafe Dolce Gusto Brewer line puts renewed energy behind the consumer focused coffee drink station that packs 15-bar pressure for a more true espresso extraction type brew. Nescafe/Krups provided me with the new Creativa brewer showing off the new capabilities of their top of the line product. The LCD screen allows you to pick your brew, resulting in the right amount of water to be pushed through the capsule; ranging from a short couple of ounces with an espresso to a full eight ounces with an Americano.

Unpacking the Nescafe Dolce Gusto Creativa

Obviously the Creativa comes well padded and wrapped for transit, giving you an easy view of the machine's profile after breaking into the styrofoam outer packaging. Included is a movable tray (with a blue film wrapper - take it off and see the shiny drip tray cover), and a knock-box type spent capsule graveyard container. Fill the back reservoir, plug it in and the unit is ready to go. The directions indicate that several rinses are required before brewing your coffee. The LCD screen gives you a "Rinse" option to make it easy.


Sampler - Variety Pack of Nescafe Dolce Gusto Capsules

The Creativa comes with a small set of capsules in a variety pack, allowing users to experience a few of the drinks that the Nescafe Dolce Gusto line is capable of brewing. The variety includes an Espresso, Caffe Lungo, Caffe Americano, the dual capsule set of the Cappuccino, Chococcino, and Latte Macchiato. The "Map" on the underside of the lid offers you a guide to brewing the products that will get you going on your way to Dolce Gusto-ness.



In no time we were brewing a Cappuccino in the machine, milk capsule first, then the coffee shot from 100% all Arabica ground beans.


We have a large assortment in of the Nescafe Dolce Gusto capsules, the espresso provided by Nescafe, and the rest, I shopped for locally. I will say that not a lot of stores (read "none") have the capsules in stock, or even have slotted them into the shelf plans, except for WalMart, who has taken a position and is selling the Nescafe Dolce Gusto Piccolo brewer. I have also searched out online providers like CoffeeWiz who has a full assortment. (This is also where I buy my K-Cups by the case).

I'll report back on the performance of the Nescafe Dolce Gusto and give it a full review. I certainly do not believe that this is targeted at the high end aficionado who is into roasting his or her own beans on a regular basis, but instead as a transition machine for those who are interested in taking their coffee love beyond a cuppa joe.

More at Nescafe Dolce Gusto - their corporate website
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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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