August 13, 2010

Review: Nestea Peach Iced Tea Capsules for Nescafé Dolce Gusto

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With the recent heat wave occurring on the East coast these past several weeks, most of us here at the Single Serve Coffee kitchens have been ditching our usual hot coffee drinks for the iced variety instead and with the explosion of "brew over ice" K-Cups that have hit shelves for Keurig systems, it's nice to know that Nescafé wasn't asleep at the wheel as they also pushed out a new iced capsule of their own. Today we review their Nestea Peach Iced Tea capsules for the Dolce Gusto.

We've been fans of Nestea products and went through tons of various flavors in our lifetime, so we were anxious to see if these new capsules were on-par with what we've tried in the past. Little did we know that "on par" would be the biggest understatement of this review. Billed by Nescafé as "the perfect Summer drink", we were hard pressed to disagree as we used the supplied latte macchiato glass which came with our machine, popped in a few ice cubes and pulled about 6oz of cold water only to notice a Guinness-like froth effect which slowly started to build up to a frothy top layer. An iced tea that froths like a Guinness? All we can say is if Nescafé were going for visual "wow factor" they frickin achieved orbit!

Aroma was spot-on with a nice sharp nose of ripe peaches filling our senses. Taste was a bit stronger than what you'd get in your typical bottled drink variety of peach Nestea, but we liked it... a lot. Acidity was balanced by the tangy flavor and we quickly lost our train of thought for a moment as we sunk into the creamy body, gazing at froth that showed no end in sight.


When in front of a light source, light yellow-orange hues fill the cup and almost create a nice sunset effect. Our only complaint is that we didn't have a bigger serving size and yes, that's rather greedy on our part, but the overall strength of the flavoring kept us wondering if it would hold up well to an 8oz or dare we say even a 10oz serving. Hmmm, note to Nescafé: send us... bigger... glasses.

  • Aroma - 10 - Short of grabbing a peach from the produce section of your grocery store, you won't find a better aroma.
  • Acidity - 8 - Mostly present in the initial "hit" of flavor upon your first sip, but quickly dissolves into a nice tangy peach flavor.
  • Body - 10 - It froths like a Guinness!! What more can we say? Can we give this score an 11? No? Damn.
  • Flavor - 10 - Nice and strong taste of tangy peaches with lingering aftertaste. Muted notes of black tea hiding underneath.
  • Mouth Feel - 10 - Creamy, velvety froth is present throughout from start to finish while the tea has a nice smooth feel overall. Nothing unpleasant here.
  • Coffee Drinker - Well, this isn't really a coffee (duh!) but we feel anyone who ever tried & liked Nestea products in the past will definitely like this. Slated to be a surefire hit among the flavored iced tea crowd.

Overall Rating: 98 - Excellent

We tried in vain to find out the caffeine content of these capsules but our best guess is that there may be likely 10mg in each serving, maybe less. A quick look on the ingredients list shows the presence of aspartame as the artificial sweetener, but to be honest, we didn't notice it whatsoever and in no way did it detract from the fantastic taste of the final drink. We feel that adults & kids alike will enjoy these new capsules and if you haven't ordered yours yet, go ahead... it's definitely worth a try. At only 20 calories a glass, they're a guilt-free indulgence as well.


Nescafé's Nestea Peach Iced Tea capsules will work in all Dolce Gusto models and are available in 16-pack boxes for $8.49 USD at Nescafé's They're also available for $8.99 CAD at Nescafé's

Check out our full review of the Dolce Gusto single serve coffee machine here. We would like to note we purchased these capsules for the purpose of this review.

Read how we review and rate single serve coffee and other single serve coffee beverages here.

A special thanks to SH for providing this Single Serve Coffee staff review.

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Posted by Jay Brewer at August 13, 2010 6:04 AM
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