April 20, 2010

Review: Chococino Capsules for Nescafé Dolce Gusto Single Serve Coffee Maker

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In the past few weeks, we've been reviewing some of the different flavors available for the Dolce Gusto and decided to see what kind of hot chocolate drinks it could produce, hence this review of Nescafé's Chococino capsules. So just what the heck is a "chococino" anyway? Well, we couldn't find any "official" description on Wikipedia or Dictionary.com, but Nescafé's site describes it as follows: "Replace coffee beans with a cocoa bean topped off with steamed milk and you have this deliciously velvet hot chocolate. Chococino is hot chocolate heaven". Hot chocolate heaven, eh? We'll be the judge of that.

We're no strangers to hot chocolate and have tried various incarnations and homebrews in the past where we added hot milk, syrups, etc. to enhance the drink's flavor but it never occurred to us that adding a cappuccino creamer to the drink might create an entirely different result. So it was with curious anxiety that we popped these capsules in our machine and set forth on our highway to hot chocolate heaven (somewhere, Robert Plant is cringing). According to the box, you start off with the hot cocoa capsule followed by the milk capsule to finish it off. We decided to use our cappuccino cup which came with the machine since Nescafé don't appear to be selling their color-coded cups online or elsewhere (we're still waiting for them to magically appear on our doorstep though... *cough*)

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April 12, 2010

Review: Cappuccino Coffee Capsules for Nescafé Dolce Gusto Single Serve Coffee Maker

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We continue our Dolce Gusto review series (read our review of the Dolce Gusto here) with their Cappuccino capsules. Out of the entire flavor line-up, this is one of our favorites. Billed by Nescafé as "A top layer of frothy steamed milk which leads to a full-bodied espresso", this flavor is exactly that. Each box comes with 16 capsules (8 espresso + 8 milk) to yield a total of 8 cappuccinos per box. You start with the milk capsule to build-up the froth layer, then finish with the espresso capsule to add the bold coffee flavor to your drink.

Aroma of the final drink is somewhat muted by the crema, but you can still make out typical earthy undertones of the Arabica underneath with even a slight hint of oily characteristics. As for the milk itself, it has a sweet aroma of hot steamed milk with a slight touch of butter which becomes more present as you work your way to the bottom of the cup. The aroma itself keeps evolving as you go through the layers of the drink. Speaking of milk, the Dolce Gusto's 15-bar pressure created one of the BEST milk froth cremas we have ever witnessed from a single-serve coffee machine.

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March 17, 2010

Redesigned Nescafe Dolce Gusto Surfaces at Chicago Housewares Expo

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We featured this redesign that we thought might only surface in Europe last Fall, and now it's nice to see we're going to get an "O" shaped Nescafe Dolce Gusto sometime this year in the US. This sneak peek at the new Dolce Gusto coffee brewer at the 2010 Home and Housewares Expo in Chicago was captured by the crew over at CoffeeWiz.com. Thanks for getting the picture - and what do you think? Are you buying? Or are you crying? Sound off in the comments with your feelings about this novel design.

Via Coffeewiz's Photos

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March 12, 2010

Review: Caffè Americano capsules for Nescafé Dolce Gusto

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It had never dawned on us that we reviewed the Nescafé Dolce Gusto system a while back but had completely forgotten to follow-up with reviews of the individual capsules which were available for it. Well readers, rest assured that glaring omission has now been resolved starting with this very review. From its quirky "alien duck thingy" looks to its professional quality 15-bar pressure (which produces incredibly rich, frothy drinks) to its fully manual controls & 100% no-mess cleanup... we love just about everything on this machine and we love the variety of its coffee capsules even more.

We decided to start with the most basic of all capsules, Nescafé's Caffè Americano, which is actually a recent addition to the lineup as it appeared online & in stores only within the past several months. A quick gander at Wikipedia reveals that an Americano is "a style of coffee prepared by adding hot water to espresso, giving a similar strength but different flavor from regular drip coffee". We didn't have any of the cool Nescafé color-coded mugs seen on the packaging and certainly wouldn't mind if the kind folks at Nescafé would send a few our way the next time they have an overstock *cough*. So, all shameless begging aside, pardon us for using a plain 12oz glass mug instead. We decided to limit the amount of water to approx. 8 or 10oz as to not dilute the coffee too much.

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March 2, 2010

Nescafe Dolce Gusto Caffe Americano Coffee Capsules

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Packed in a 3 count box pack, these smart capsules make a perfect Americano using the Nescafe Dolce Gusto machine. We love a good Cafe Americanano, and can't wait to try these for the Nescafe Dolce Gusto. Has anyone else tried them?

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December 23, 2009

Nescafe Dolce Gusto Single Serve Coffee Machine - Round and Funky

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We're still very much in love with our Nescafe Dolce Gusto machine here at single serve coffee (read our review of the Dolce Gusto here). Each week we fire it up and have what we would like to think is a nearly perfect latte or other hot beverage. The thing about the Dolce Gusto is - it just feels different, and makes a great cup of single serve coffee. Operating it is easy - as the capsules come packed with a milk and coffee option in one box, and it has a variety of flavors to keep you interested. It should be an interesting 2010 for the Dolce Gusto, with more flavors available hopefully in the new year.

  • Single-serve brewing system for gourmet coffee drinks
  • Uses coffee capsules; no messy grinding or clean up
  • Removable 51-ounce water tank; removable drip tray
  • 15-bar pump; custom-control lever adjusts the strength
  • Measures 8-2/5 by 12-2/5 by 13 inches

At Nescafe Dolce Gusto Single Serve Coffee Machine

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October 16, 2009

Dolce Gusto Single Serve Coffee Maker Redesigned

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There's a completely redesigned Dolce Gusto in town, but it's in a town in Europe. Single Serve Coffee reader Cliff wrote in about this crazy post over at Fubiz (a french site) about the new Dolce Gusto single serve coffee maker design. We love our original Dolce Gusto (read our full review here), and we look forward to this alien like cousin to visit our kitchen soon. No word on North American pricing and availability, but click on through to Fubiz for a video of the Dolce Gusto redesign as well.

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May 19, 2009

Nescafe Dolce Gusto Mocha Capsules - Chocolate Coffee Goodness

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You can now make rich dark hot chocolate Mocha beverages with your Dolce Gusto singe serve coffee maker. Packed in a 16 count box, you get 8 milk and 8 hot chocolate capsules to make your mochas from. The Hot Chocolate capsule actually has a bit of coffee packed in, and the Mocha Dolce Gusto capsules will work in any Dolce Gusto single serve coffee maker.

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April 13, 2009

Thoughts About the Nescafe Dolce Gusto Single Serve Coffee Maker

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We've been thinking a great deal about the Krups Nescafe Dolce Gusto machine as of late. It's one of our favorite single serve coffee machines from last year after we spent many weeks reviewing it, and lately we've had a resurgence in use in the Single Serve Coffee test kitchen. We love how easy it is to use, and how many different types of drinks it can make. One of the key features is milk based drinks like lattes and cappuccinos - and they're both really tasty. If you haven't had a chance to read our review - check it out here. The other main draw is how different it looks on your countertop - just different.

Key Features include:

  • 15-bar pressure system (similar to coffeehouse machines)
  • Custom Control Lever, combined with airtight capsules, makes for very fresh and perfectly extracted espresso and coffees
  • KRUPS® Thermoblock technology heats the water in less than one minute
  • All smart coffee capsules feature only 100% Arabica roast and ground coffee
  • Stylish and sleek design that will stand out on any kitchen counter
  • Drip Tray - Height adjustable with stainless steel cover for any size cups and glasses (Dishwasher Safe)
  • Capsule Bin - Non-Dishwasher Safe
  • Capsule Holder - Dishwasher Safe
  • Capacity of the removable water tank - 0.4 Gallons (51 fl.oz.) (Non-Dishwasher Safe)
  • Boiler - Aluminum Thermoblock, no pre-heating, no waiting

At Krups Nescafe Dolce Gusto and read our review...

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January 26, 2009

Nescafe Dolce Gusto Single Serve Coffee Machines - 3 Colors to Choose From

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We've been a big fan of the Nescafe Dolce Gusto since we heard about it, and also after reviewing it. We just noticed that all 3 colors of the single serve coffee machine are shipping - Creme, Red, and Black. We think the creme is fitting for a machine that makes amazing lattes and cappuccinos. All three colors have the same set of features, and work with all the coffee capsules available.

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