I love coffee. Regular coffee, mocha, cappucciono, espresso… you name it. I love all kinds of coffee beverages, with the exception of the funky flavored coffees that pop up here and there (eww!).
I have a single serve brewer, which I love and use on a daily basis. It makes great coffee, tea and ice beverages. The only thing it doesn’t do is make specialty coffees like lattes, cappuccinos and espresso. For those coffees I usually have to pay a visit to a neighborhood coffee house.
Thanks go NESCAFÉ Dolce Gusto I can now make my beloved specialty coffees in my own home at any time. Best of all I don’t have to take out a second mortgage on my condo to buy a fancy coffee maker (some espresso machines are $$$$!), or take up a huge chunk of counter space.
NESCAFÉ Dolce Gusto sent me to review one of their Couture Espresso Machine. These special machines feature pop art from iconic Italian label Fiorucci.
The stylish, single-serve Fiorucci Dolce Gusto Genio machine includes espresso technology and was crafted with love – literally– featuring the words “LOVE IS THE MESSAGE” on one side, and a pop art image of a man and woman intertwined in a passionate kiss on the other. Like all machines in the NESCAFÉ Dolce Gusto collection, the new limited edition Genio machine has 15 bars of pressure – comparable to those used professionally at coffee shops – and 16 different hot and cold gourmet beverage options.
I love the design. It’s “catchy”. It gives the machine a bit of a retro look to it. It also reminds me of a comic. I loved reading comics as a child and every time I use the machine I think back to my favorite comics as a child.
I also love that it is colorful so it would match with just about any kitchen design. My kitchen is rather boring looking so the Couture Espresso Machine adds a much need splash of color.
The machine is also small so it won’t take up much room on your counter top. I actually store mine on top of our pantry when not in use (I have very little counter space). The machine is not heavy at all so I can easily lift it up over my head.
The machine can make a few beverages before it needs to be refilled with more water. The water “tank” easily comes off and fills up in mere seconds.
The machine makes both hot and cold beverages. There are buttons on top for you to select what type of drink you are preparing. So far I have only tried hot beverages.
The NESCAFÉ Dolce Gusto takes special “cups” depending on the beverage you want to make. Some require two cups and others just one cup. The two cups are needed for “frothy” drinks like mocha and Latte Macchiato. Regular coffee or espresso requires just one cup.
Each package tells you how to prepare the beverage. Some require the “froth” cup to go in first, other beverages might require it to be used second.
The interesting thing about this machine is that you can adjust the level to make the beverage as strong, or as weak, as you want it to me. Each drink comes with a recommendation on what level to use.
With this machine there is a little “wheel” that you use to scroll up/down the bars (1-5 bars). Each beverage will recommend what number bar you use. For example, mocha recommends 3 bars for the froth and 3 bars for the coffee/mocha. If you wanted a stronger drink you could do 1-2 bars for the coffee/mocha or for a weaker flavor use 4-5 bars. I tend to stick with the recommended levels.
The bars count down too. That way you know how much longer until your drink is ready. So far any drink I’ve prepared took about a minute or two. They are quick to make.
So far I have tried mocha, Latte Macchiato and House Blend. I love, love, LOVE the mocha! I went through that entire box in days! It is so good and the froth is PERFECT. It’s amazing to think I made a perfectly frothed mocha in the comfort of my own kitchen.
I love everything about this machine – the size, how fast it makes the perfect specialty beverage and of course the coffees too.
The only downside is that the coffee is not readily available (you just can’t grab a box or two at your local grocery store). They are also a bit pricey. For example, the mocha is $9.49 on the NESCAFÉ Dolce Gusto for 8 servings plus $6.59 for shipping. That comes to around $2.00 per cup/serving. For some people this is actually a bargain because they pay double that amount at coffee shops. So it all depends on how you look at it.
The only other downside is that the serving sizes are a bit small. They are actually the correct serving size. I just think that many people are used to larger portions. A true latte is not suppose to be served in a giant mug. I’m sure most people know what I mean.
This would make a great gift for coffee lover in your life. It would also be fun to have a machine like this on hand if you entertain a lot. I’m sure guests would appreciate the opportunity to have their favorite specality drink instead of the customary cup of regular coffee.
If you would like to add on to this gift you should pick up a matching set of espresso cups.
*I received a free product sample in order to do this review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.