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De’longhi NESCAFÉ Dulce Gusto Mini ~ Pod Coffee Maker Review

by Caz on December 13, 2013 · 12 comments

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I have shared with you my love of coffee a time or two.    Apparently I must have bored you silly with my coffee led ramblings  quite often as a month or two ago a PR company came a knocking to see if I’d review the De’longhi NESCAFÉ® Dolce Gusto® Mini-Me coffee machine.  Obviously because they knew I was a compete addict.  *Hangs head in shame*  I said yes, because at the time they were totally right.   And so over the last few months I’ve been enjoying the ease and simplicity of regular pod coffee.

Now I must confess that due to my new healthy wholefood approach to life I have actually cut way back on my coffee consumption.  In fact I’m down to only one cup a day.  Gasp. Gasp.   I know – shocking news.  But  that one cup is pretty important to me, being a bit of a coffee connoisseur, so I want to make damn sure it’s a good one.

The cute little Dulce Gusto Mini now sits happily on my kitchen bench nestled up with my other ‘daily use’ appliances.   In fact I have to tell you that it has taken the place of my expensive espresso machine – which now sits forlornly abandoned  on the bottom of my pantry.  Little Dulcie is smaller, cuter and makes coffee with a million times less fuss.

THE DULCE GUSTO MINI: The good the bad and the in-between

GOOD:  It’s simple.  You can have  good quality coffee with minimum fuss and almost no mess, thanks to the self-contained pods that go straight into the bin.
GOOD: It’s cute, small and doesn’t hog your bench space.
GOOD:  There are a wide variety of pod types – with something to appeal to every taste. (Including hot and cold coffee, hot chocolate and some teas.)
GOOD: All of the coffees I’ve tried (mostly the black ones) pass my quality beans taste test.
GOOD:  It’s a single-cup coffee machine which delivers 15-bar pressure – very professional for something so cute.
IN-BETWEEN: The jury is still out regarding the slightly ‘fake’ taste that comes from the milk based pods. It’s nice – but doesn’t taste completely natural. For me this doesn’t really matter as I drink much of my coffee black.
IN-BETWEEN: If you drink a lot of coffee every day the cost of the pods might become an issue.  When it all boils down you’re paying $1.00 per coffee for the milk based drinks (2 pods needed) and 50c for the black (1 pod needed).
BAD: Environmentally speaking I’m not sure about the addition rubbish created from regularly disposing of the plastic pods. At this point in time they are not recyclable.

THE TEST OF TIME: I’ll come back and update this is a few more months.

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Flavours Available in Australia:  Espresso Intenso, Espresso Decaf, Espresso Ristretto, Caffe Americano, Café Au Lait, Chai Tea Latte, Cappuccino, Skinny Cappuccino, Latte Macchiato , Skinny Latte Macchiato, Caramel Latte Macchiato, Hot Chocolate , Cappuccino Ice, Nestea Mocha.

Prices:  The Dulce Gusto has a RRP of $149 and is available from all major retailers.   Boxes of Pods are approximately $8.00  (16 pods) and available from the supermarket.

Have you tried the De’longhi NESCAFÉ Dulce Gusto Mini or one of its bigger sisters?  Share your thoughts in the comments below – they might be just want someone doing their research needs to know.

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Disclaimer: I was provided the Nescafe Dolce Gusto Mini Me to review all opinions expressed and photos are my own.