The big factor for choosing one machine over the other for most people writing in is price. Both machines are in similar price range - the Bosch Tassimo Hot Beverage System is $139.99 and the Nescafe Dolce Gusto is $169.99, and we can understand why this could be a big factor. The price per single serve coffee cup is also similar, with both machines at the $.50 for a single cup of coffee and the milk based drinks coming in at about $1.00.
As we stated above price is usually a big factor, but we always go on taste and coffee preference. Both machines make very tasty cups of almost all of the hot beverages you would want in a multi-hot beverage system.
coffee, tea, espresso, lattes, cappuccinos, and hot chocolate.
The Nescafe Dolce Gusto can also make a large variety of drinks including the following:
lungo coffee (larger cup of espresso based coffee), espresso, lattes, cappuccinos, and hot chocolate (iced drinks as well)
The big number to think about is also the total number of drinks available. The Nescafe Dolce Gusto has 8 different types of smart capsules you can purchase for it all under the Nescafe coffee brand. The Bosch Tassimo Hot Beverage System has 40+ coffees, teas, and other drinks it can make including coffee from well known brands such as Starbuck's Coffee and Seattle's Best. So if you just picked on the number of drinks the Tassimo is clearly going to give you more choice, but we also always pick on flavor as well.
There's a new single serve coffee coffee and hot beverage system in town - the Krups Nescafe Dolce Gusto. This amazing machine not only makes a perfect cup of single serve coffee, it can also make lattes, cappuccinos, shots of espresso, chococinos (hot chocolate), and even iced cappuccinos. And not only does it make an amazing range of drinks, this is one of the first single serve coffee makers to have a "round water reservoir", and to also look truly different than any other single serve coffee maker we've seen. The unique styling puts it on a path of it's own, and it's no wonder the design is so different.
Nescafe has teamed up with Krups and Nespresso to make this machine. You can see touches of Nespresso innovation, along with truly wonderful design choices from Krups. We also had the opportunity to test both the European and the recently launched US Krups Nescafe Dolce Gusto that is now in stores in the US. The differences in the two machines show a revolution in thought on how to make the Krups Nescafe Dolce Gusto a nearly perfect single serve coffee maker, from an already successful machine designed for Europe.
We've been using the US version of the Krups Nescafe Dolce Gusto over the past few weeks, and we have to say we're really impressed. Impressed enough to share just about every step we've had with this single serve coffee maker. One thing to note is Nescafe is owned by Nestle, which in turns is part of or shares in some business with Nespresso. So, you can really feel some of those influences in the Krups Nescafe Dolce Gusto, from the box, to the materials, and to the coffee this machine produces.
We've been using the European version of the Nescafe Dolce Gusto for the past month, and we're pleased to announce the final US version of this amazing single serve coffee maker has arrived for review. What are differences between the US and European version? One thing is the smart capsule chamber which is now contained in the brew head, and of course the power switch location. Another key difference is the US version comes with a set of coffee, lattes, and other goodness.
The process if very similar to making a latte or cappuccino with a standard espresso machine or a Tassimo is you have one. The lattes come packed with both a milk Smart Capsule and an Espresso Smart Capsule. The different pressure and preparation happens within the Smart Capsule. First you can either add your shot of espresso or if you are more latte focused we like to do our milk first and then espresso. Whatever your method the results will be worth it using the Nescafe Dolce Gusto.
We really like the milk even though it's powder based. We think the quality is hard to tell apart from a milk based prep, and the overall flavor of the latte and cappuccino is excellent. The mouth feel of both beverages is also very good.
We'll have more thoughts and impressions as we do more testing on the Nescafe Dolce Gusto so stay tuned.
As we're testing the Nescafe Dolce Gusto, we thought we'd share making a lungo cup of coffee with this new machine. The Dolce Gusto featured in the video is the European version of the Dolce Gusto - the US version will have a different puncture mechanism to pierce the Smart Capsule all contained in the brew head. The Dolce Gusto heats very quickly, and you can see the resulting lungo cup of single serve coffee is very "Nespresso" like - with a high quality crema on top.
We've received the European version of the NESCAFÉ Dolce Gusto to review here at Single Serve Coffee. We'll receive the US version of the NESCAFÉ Dolce Gusto soon as well. Just looking at the pictures of the US version compared to the European version, it looks like the location of the power switch is in front and towards the middle of the water reservoir on the US Dolce Gusto - a nice improvement. We'll note the differences as we find out more, and for now - we're going to sit back and make a Caffé Lungo or two with our NESCAFÉ Dolce Gusto, or perhaps even an iced Cappuccino. NESCAFÉ Dolce Gusto single serve coffee, espresso, and hot beverage maker details are below.
That's right - the Krups Dolce Gusto single serve coffee maker is coming to the US. Raising the bar for the single-cup coffee category, NESCAFÉ Dolce Gusto™ launches Sept. 22, 2008 exclusively at Sur La Table and becomes available Nov. 1, 2008 at select additional retailers. That means the Bosch Tassimo, Keurig Mini B30, and the Krups Nescafe Dolce Gusto will all launch this fall.
The NESCAFÉ® Dolce Gusto™ system features eight, full-flavor choices made from strictly 100% high quality Arabica beans: Café Mocha; Caffè Lungo (dark roast, mild and decaf); Cappuccino; Espresso; Iced Cappuccino; and Latte Macchiato. A velvety hot chocolate drink, the Chococino®, is also available. The NESCAFÉ Dolce Gusto™ comes in vibrant red, modern white and classic black.
You can check out our previous coverage here, and a special thanks goes out to Steve S. for sending this in.
Hey - we're kinda obsessed with the new Krups Nescafe Dolce Gusto and we found this amazing little commercial. Featuring music from the late great James Brown, the commercial kicks in the New Year with a little oompf!!!
Only out in Europe, the new Krups Nescafe Gusto is taking the EU by storm and we've got more pictures. Much like the Tassimo, the Krups Nescafe Dolce Gusto makes lots of different coffee drinks. We've got a roundup of new pictures of the Nescafe Gusto and thought you might like to see more of this round single serve beauty. We can only hope they make the Nescafe Gusto available in the US next year.
Each coffee capsule contains roast & ground coffee from 100 percent Arabica beans, which basically means they're the best you can get; then the coffee capsules are sealed airtight after roasting, to keep them really fresh. When the capsules are put into the machine, a combination of the finely ground coffee & the 14-bar pressure (professional coffee shop standard) guarantees maximum flavour and a perfect full bodied, rich aroma coffee everytime. Not only that, the 14-bar pressure used in combination with the milk capsule, gives you that famous frothy coffee shop cappuccino and latte macchiato's.
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