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

December 13, 2013 · 15 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.

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6 Lisa Wood January 15, 2014 at 4:35 pm

I have looked at all the coffee machines that take the Pods {Aldi sells them} and there is too much added nasty ingredients for me to jump on board and have one in our Motorhome Kitchen.
If they sold pods of coffee that was just coffee then I would be happy to buy one!! I am really fussy with my coffee – it must be organic and it must be only coffee in the ingredients. I do like how the Machines take up such little space on the Kitchen bench so if a company would sell Natural Pods then we would love to look into buying one 🙂
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7 Angela East December 13, 2013 at 4:18 pm

I’ve never tried one but have been doing my research! I went off coffee while pregnant but I know as soon as baby arrives I’ll be back on it…at least my morning one anyway! I’m the only one that drinks coffee in the house so I really want something small and also something that takes different brand pods. Does this one do that?
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8 Dorothy December 13, 2013 at 2:37 pm

I’m seriously considering one of these pod machines, as I’m sick of all the fuss of my espresso machine, but I am worried about the environmental impact of all those empty used pods. At least coffee grounds are biodegradable. Still, something to think about. I look forward to tasting a coffee at your place 🙂
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9 Caz December 13, 2013 at 3:50 pm

I have a good supply of pods so please do come and enjoy with me 🙂
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10 Shelly B December 13, 2013 at 12:16 pm

Oh yes please. Coffee me up!! I’d love one for Christmas. Hint Hint 🙂

11 Carolyn Fitton December 13, 2013 at 11:18 am

I love my dolce gusto machine. Would love a black one. I have a red one. I was lucky as I got mine on special at Coles. They are quite often on special for $50/60 at Coles or Safeway:woolworths.

12 Caz December 13, 2013 at 11:27 am

Thanks for the tip Carolyn. Specials are awesome 🙂
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13 Carly Wilson December 13, 2013 at 6:45 am

I’ve never tried one of these machines or their coffees before. Wonder if you can get Lactose Free milk pods?

I’m like you …1 coffee a day now and its very weak .. but its still coffee aaahhhh

14 Caz December 13, 2013 at 8:10 am

Hmmm – not sure about that Carly – but if you can handle black your all set 🙂
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15 Caz December 13, 2013 at 12:23 pm

Hey again Carly. When the rep read your comment she emailed me and asked that I let you know there aren’t currently any lactose free pods. However she suggests you can just use the coffee part and then add your own milk. I actually do that when I don’t want black – but didn’t think to suggest it myself. I just warm up the milk in the microwave.
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