Disclaimer: The products reviewed were gifted to Miss Sweet by Nestlé.
I think I may have an addiction to coffee.
I don’t think I need to go to rehab (yet), but last week I tried to go without my morning caffeine hit and a headache and bad attitude happened. Withdrawals much?
There was a time when I was drinking 4+ cups of coffee a day! I’ve scaled back to a much healthier one-a-day to get the working day started.
I’ve been hinting at Mr Sticky that maybe “Santa” would like to give me a coffee machine this year. The people of Nestlé must be spies for the big man in red because that week I received an email asking if I would like to try a new coffee machine. Um, heck yeah, Santa! I mean… Nestlé.
Introducing the Nescafé Dolce Gusto Genio.
So what is the Nescafé Dolce Gusto Genio?
At first glance you might be thinking oh yeah, just another coffee machine. No no my friends, this baby also makes chai lattes, iced teas, caramel latte machiato – the list goes on! It’s the first coffee machine sold in Australia that does hot AND cold bevarages.
Basically it’s the love child of Nestlé and DeLonghi. It’s pretty popular all over the world selling in 50+ countries and has just been launched in Australia.
Is it just me, or does it look a little bit like a penguin from the side? … OK just me then.
What makes it different from other coffee machines?
There are A LOT of coffee machines out there. It’s tricky to choose between different models when all you really want is a coffee that tastes like one a barista makes.
It has 15-bar pressure pump which is similar to the kind of pressure they use in cafés. I had no idea that different coffees needed different pressure? Luckily, I just need to press a button and the Nescafé Dolce Gusto Genio does all the hard work.
When you purchase the Nescafé Dolce Gusto Genio you will receive a sample pack of flavours. My box had Cappuccino, Caffé Americano and Hot Chocolate.
How funky is the packaging? I really like how each capsule has a different colour.
The Nescafé Dolce Gusto Genio guide has the same colour coding, so it’s easy to pick out the right setting for each kind of beverage. It actually comes with two manuals – the one pictured below is a colourful version with simple step by step written explanations, the other, an official user manual with ikea-style pictures, (that I found as easy to follow as an ikea manual, ahem).
How does it work?
The process is pretty simple. You start by filling the water tank and then reattaching to the back of the machine. You tap the power button and wait for it to turn from orange to green.
You then insert the capsule of your choice, rotate the selection wheel to the number of bars according to the guide, and hit the hot or cold button depending on the drink choice…. That’s it.
What does it taste like?
Coffee is a really personal taste. What I might love, you might think tastes a burnt hot mess.
I tried the Cappuccino and Caffé Americano and enjoyed both flavours, but had a preference for the Caffé Americano as I could adjust the milk levels to my taste. On the other hand, Mr Sticky preferred the Cappuccino (had milk included in the capsule) as he liked the frothy foam and more milder taste.
The range is really big and I think there would be a flavour to suit every taste level. If you don’t like coffee then try the Hot Chocolate or Nestlé Peach Ice Tea.
What I love about the Nescafé Dolce Gusto Genio:
- The size: My kitchen has limited bench space and available corners have stiff competition with mixers, toasters and other gadgets. As you can see by the photos, the Nescafé Dolce Gusto Genio is less than 30cm high meaning I can tuck away into corners and even put away in cupboards without having to adjust my shelves.
- The variety: Mama Sweet is a fabulous host and one of the things I’ve picked up on is always offering a guest a drink when they enter your home. I really like that I can offer someone a “real coffee” rather than an instant blend. With the big variety there will be something to suit every guest.
- The simplicity: I need a machine that does all the hard work. The Nescafé Dolce Gusto Genio decides the settings, the temperature and now all I need to do is remember what everyone is having.
- The speed: There is no pre-heating or manual frothing of steamed milk. I cannot tell you how long I’ve waited for the coffee machine at work to decide it’s finished heating. The water is heated automatically within one minute so drinks are really quick to make.
What I’m not crazy about:
- The packaging: A small part of me has a little bit of green guilt when I throw away the capsules. Unfortunately the capsules are not recyclable, but it is probably better than the throw away coffee cups.
- The one-by-one: Only one drink can be made at a time. You can’t do two capsules at once to make two cups, so it can be a slower process if you are making coffees for a crowd.
- The cost: The Nescafé Dolce Gusto Genio retails in Australia at $229. For many, that might just be a little bit beyond out reach; although it is on par with other models available. I think it’s a good investment for people who regularly drink coffee and the capsules equate to about 50c-$1.00 per beverage – which is certainly cheaper than my daily café purchase. If you don’t drink coffee regularly or entertain guests, this probably isn’t a must have but a nice to have.
Where can I buy one?
There are four different machines in the Nescafé Dolce Gusto range. I have reviewed the Genio, but there is also Melody, Circolo and Piccolini.
You can purchase the machines online, or at major retailers like Harvey Norman, Bing Lee, The Good Guys, David Jones, Myer, Target, Big W and Coles.
The capsules can be purchased online, and a selected range is also available from Coles and Woolworths.
There is also a range of accessories, like the Bubble Capsule Holder (RRP $19.95).
I’m going to try other flavours in the range and maybe with the Nescafé Dolce Gusto Genio I won’t need to make that daily pilgrimage to the local café?
Disclaimer: The products reviewed were gifted to Miss Sweet by Nestlé. Opinions are based on my direct experience with the product.