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June 22, 2016

Geographical Differences Amongst Single Serve Coffee Manufacturers - What are we missing?

Europe appears to be winning the variety/selection war against North America

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Do you speak a foreign language and can easily read foreign text? Have you ever taken the time to browse the different global sites which a manufacturer might have in place? If so, chances are you’ve discovered an ugly truth when it comes to what is being offered over there compared to here… the truth that some countries have a MUCH better selection of drinks and an even nicer selection of machines vs. what is offered this side of the pond here in the US and Canada.

Why is this? Is it because a manufacturer has one of those countries as its home base of operations? Is it because sales are more robust in those countries than elsewhere in the world? Is it due to regional preferences? Quite possibly, yes to all of the above but there are likely other factors at play of which we’re unaware.

While it can seem unfair and is quite infuriating at times, especially when you have a very minuscule selection in your country and another country has a selection which would take months to try out, we have a feeling most of our readers probably aren’t even aware of just how crazy of a difference there can be from one country to the next. As a result, consider this a form of PSA if you will… just don’t blame us when you feel like going all Office Space on your single serve machine with a baseball bat after reading this.

Let’s have a look at some of the more common manufacturers who offer their machines/pods in North America, the difference in drinks & machines in some countries and what tactics they are using in such regards (be they positive or negative). For brands that aren’t widely sold in Europe, we’ll compare the selection between USA & Canada instead.

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January 6, 2012

Nescafe's Dolce Gusto Ad Campaign for 2012

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We're not sure if this ad campaign for Nescafe's Dolce Gusto single serve coffee maker will connect with audiences or not, but it is indeed interesting. Sure - there's the italian barista who is a stereotype - but then again - he's a handsome devil who's just in love with coffee - is that so wrong? Well it just might be but you'll need to take a view or two yourself to form your own single serve coffee opinion.

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September 26, 2011

Dark Roast Cafe Grande Intenso for Nescafe Dolce Gusto Brewers

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The Dark Roast Cafe Grande Intenso for Nescafe Dolce Gusto Brewers is considered by many Nescafe Dolce Gusto owner as the best dark roast cup of coffee you can get for the single serve coffee and hot beverage system. Each box contains 16 capsules of 100% Arabica roast and ground coffee which is slow roasted. Note these coffee capsules are made for Dolce Gusto and are not compatible with Nespresso systems.

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August 25, 2011

Vanilla Latte Macchiato Coffee Capsules for Dolce Gusto

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Oh Dolce Gusto how we've missed your wondrous drinks, but now you're back with Vanilla Latte Macchiatos? YES! Yes of course you are, and they're delicious. Dolce Gusto (read our full review here) is one of the few single serve coffee machines to provide you with both coffee capsules and milk capsules allowing you to make yummy lattes and cappuccinos. And it only takes about a minute to brew versus waiting around in some crazy cafe with a barista chatting with their favorite customer.

How do you make this new Vanilla Latte Macchiato? Well order some of the new capsules and then....

  • 1 Vanilla Latte Macchiato coffee capsule + 1 milk capsule
  • 1 milk capsule to make 6 fl.oz. (¾ cup), 1 Vanilla Latte Macchiato coffee capsule to add 2 fl.oz. (¼ cup), Vanilla Latte Macchiato becomes a 8 fl.oz. beverage.

You will also want to check out their Facebook page to get even more coffee drink ideas that work in combination with these new coffee capsules.

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January 18, 2011

Nescafe Dolce Gusto Chocolate Butterscotch Latte Macchiato

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Nescafe has been posting some interesting recipes for the Dolce Gusto single serve coffee and hot beverage system. The Chocolate Butterscotch Latte Macchiato looks very yummy and easy to make with prep time in just 5 minutes.

Chocolate Butterscotch Latte Macchiato

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 NESCAFÉ DOLCE GUSTO Latte Macchiato milk capsule
  • 1 NESCAFÉ DOLCE GUSTO Latte Macchiato coffee capsule
  • 2 teaspoons butterscotch topping
  • 2 teaspoons chocolate syrup

DIRECTIONS:

INSERT milk capsule into capsule holder. Place into machine and pull down locking handle. Adjust drip tray to height of cup and place cup on drip tray. Move lever to the red dot and dispense about 2/3 cup. Move lever back to neutral and wait for red light to stop flashing. Pull locking handle up. Remove capsule and discard. REPEAT process with coffee capsule, dispensing about ¼ cup. Stir in butterscotch topping and chocolate syrup. Enjoy!

At Chocolate Butterscotch Latte Macchiato: NESCAFÉ® Dolce Gusto® Recipes

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December 13, 2010

Nescafe Dolce Gusto Creativa Espresso Machine Review

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Single Serve Espresso has a very detailed and interesting review of the Nescafe Dolce Gusto Creativa. We've reviewed the earlier Dolce Gusto here, and think the addition of the Creativa to the top of the line makes sense.

The Nescafe Dolce Gusto line was recently expanded to increase its appeal and increase the footprint in the US by offering a wider array of features and price points. Ranging from about $89 - $169 the Nescafe Dolce Gusto makers hit a sweet spot of single serve coffee/espresso machines that are easily affordable at the low end for higher quality pump-driven espresso machines.

The Nescafe Dolce Gusto Creativa machine by Nescafe, which sits at the top of the line of four products: the Piccolo, the Circolo, the Melody, and the Creativa is definitely worth checking out.

Read the full review at: Review: Nescafe Dolce Gusto Creativa Espresso Machine

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October 27, 2010

Nestle's Dolce Gusto Coffee Debuts at Wal-Mart Stores Nationwide

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Nestle will begin selling Nescafe Dolce Gusto coffee makers in 2,000 Wal-Mart Stores Inc. outlets across the U.S. this month, taking on Green Mountain Coffee Roaster Inc. in its main market. Wal-Mart stores are selling the machines at prices starting at $89.88.

At stake is a larger share of the fastest-growing segment of the U.S. coffee market, where Green Mountain has about an 85 percent share for single-serve brewers with its Keurig machine. A really interesting fact is according to Janney Montgomery Scott LLC. U.S. grocery spending on coffee will increase 40 percent to $11.5 billion in the five years through 2014 which means the single serve coffee market should grow grow grow.

Via Bloomberg

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October 7, 2010

Krups Dolce Gusto Piccolo Single Serve Coffee Maker

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We welcome the Krups Dolce Gusto Piccolo Single Serve Coffee Maker to the growing line up of Dolce Gusto machines (read our announcement of the different Dolce Gusto machines here). Like it's larger cousins, the Piccolo features 1500Ws of power -fast heating, and a 15-Bar Thermoblock pump for full coffee flavor extraction. The Piccolo might be small but it features a 21-Ounce removable water tank that's perfect for 3 drinks and is dishwasher-safe.

The Krups Dolce Gusto Piccolo Single Serve Coffee Maker is simple to operate. The hot or cold water selector allows you to customize your favorite hot or cold coffee, chocolate or tea drink. Using the specially designed capsules from Nestle, you can explore a variety of flavors and drinks- cappuccino, americano, espresso, decaf, mocha, ice cappuccino, peach tea- without the mess and clean up associated with making a variety of drinks.

You will want to read our full review of the Dolce Gusto system to get more familiar with this line of single serve coffee and hot beverage systems.

At Krups Dolce Gusto Piccolo Single Serve Coffee Maker

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October 4, 2010

Krups Nescafe Dolce Gusto Circolo Single Serve Coffee Maker

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The Krups Nescafe Dolce Gusto Circolo is finally here (read our announcement of the different Dolce Gusto machines here). The Circolo like the other Dolce Gusto models can make a perfect cup of coffee, tea, or even whip up a cappuccino. It features a 1500W power-fast heating element, and a 15-Bar Thermoblock pump for full coffee flavor extraction. The 32-Ounce LED backlit removable water tank is dishwasher-safe, and the magnetic Capsule holder is removable and dishwasher-safe as well.

The Krups Nescafe Dolce Gusto Circolo is simple to operate. The hot or cold water selector allows you to customize your favorite hot or cold coffee, chocolate or tea drink. Using the specially designed capsules from Nestle, you can explore a variety of flavors and drinks- cappuccino, americano, espresso, decaf, mocha, ice cappuccino, peach tea- without the mess and clean up associated with making a variety of drinks.

You will want to read our full review of the Dolce Gusto system to get more familiar with this line of single serve coffee and hot beverage systems.

At Krups Nescafe Dolce Gusto Circolo

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September 16, 2010

Nescafe Dolce Gusto Debuts Creativa, Piccolo, and Circolo Single Serve Coffee Makers

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The Nescafe Dolce Gusto line of single serve coffee and hot beverage makers is growing with the introduction of the Piccolo, Creativa, and Circolo machines. They join the already awesome Melody 2 single serve coffee maker (read our full review here).

  • Piccolo - Compact design and makes up to 3 beverages before needing to be refilled
  • Circolo - Similar features to the Melody 2 but with a blue LED light to show off your hot beverage
  • Creativa - programable cup size and automated brewing complete with an LCD screen
  • Melody 2 - the current Dolce Gusto model

At Machines: NESCAFÉ® Dolce Gusto™ and The Dolce Gusto Store

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August 31, 2010

Review: Cappuccino Ice capsules for Nescafé Dolce Gusto

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With the end of Summer drawing closer, we continue our reviews of iced single serve beverages with another one of our favorites in the Dolce Gusto line-up… their Cappuccino Ice capsules. Most of you are likely used to making your own “iced caps” with a brew-over-ice K-Cup and adding your own sugar & cream or perhaps you’ve had a go at some of the new Gevalia iced coffee T-Discs for the Tassimo recently, but when we tried the first cold water drink for the Dolce Gusto (it’s been around since the machine’s launch this side of the pond) we were a bit skeptical. How much of a crema layer could powdered capsules create anyway & just what kind of espresso flavor would powdered coffee yield?

Well, lots it would seem. You get 8 coffee capsules and 8 milk capsules in each box and you start by prepping the milk capsule first, followed by the coffee capsule afterwards for a drink that’s roughly in the 10oz range. We didn’t notice much of the crema until we started adding the coffee and saw the various layers slowly build up from seemingly nowhere. Aromas kicked-in when brewing the coffee capsule to reveal very light, earthy, somewhat smoky notes of Arabica (not a small feat considering this is powdered coffee after all).

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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!

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July 9, 2010

Nestea Peach Iced Tea for Nescafe Dolce Gusto Single Serve Beverage System

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The heat is on across the US, and now's the perfect time to play it cool with the naturally sweet taste of peach iced tea from Nestea for your Dolce Gusto single serve beverage system. We're excited to try something sweet instead of savory for our Nescafe Dolce Gusto, and who knows what kinds of magical cocktails this might also enhance on a hot summer day.

Want to learn more about the Dolce Gusto single serve coffee, tea, and beverage system? Check out our full review of the Dolce Gusto single serve coffee machine here.

At Nestea Peach Iced Tea for Nescafe Dolce Gusto Single Serve Beverage System

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April 27, 2010

Review: Mocha Capsules for Nescafé Dolce Gusto Single Serve Coffee and Hot Beverage System

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What do you get when you mix espresso, hot chocolate and milk together? You get a caffè mocha and the subject of our next review in the Dolce Gusto capsule series... their Mocha capsules. You first start with a mocha capsule which contains dark roast coffee and cocoa powder, then top everything off with a milk capsule. Yes, you read that correctly... Nescafé have apparently decided to use dark roast coffee instead of traditional espresso for these capsules and as for why, your guess is as good as ours. As in past reviews, we had to use the supplied cappuccino cup which came with our machine since we didn't have the clear mocha cup shown on the packaging.

The Mocha Capsules billed by Nescafé as an "Ultimate mix of coffee & dessert", they go on to describe "Hot chocolate and dark roasted coffee do a delicious duet. Full intensity of roasted coffee in a delightfully sweet chocolaty treat. A nice way to welcome in the morning or unwind after work". They go on to mention some crazy bit about "sharing with friends" but when we make single serve coffee drinks, we prefer to quote Family Guy's Peter Griffin by saying "Nyeh!! It's mine!!" (Besides, that would take the fun out of preparing our guests a full drink of their very own).

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