Krups Nescafe Dolce Gusto
(Los Angeles, CA, USA)
Nescafe Dolce Gusto
Single Serve Coffee Machines
My fiancé and I purchased our Krups Dolce Gusto after using the one in Sur La Table here in Santa Monica, CA. We both love “fancy” coffee drinks, but we’re trying to find ways to cut costs so we were considering an espresso-type machine.
The real draw with this machine was the price - $169.95 though I did my homework and found a 20% off coupon that brought it down to $135.96! The cost of the coffee pods is very reasonable – around $8.00 for 16 (some drinks require a milk and coffee pod, making those around $1 a cup.) You can purchase the pods at Bed Bath and Beyond, Sur La Table, and the Krups website, meaning no waiting for weeks to get more if you’re having a party and want a lot on hand!
Despite the lure of the low price, I didn’t want to have to replace a cheap or faulty machine after a few months, so I looked for reviews online. A few people had problems with hard water build up in their machines, but Krups sells a scale remover on their website you can use to prevent this. Other than that, reviews were good (if few and far between!) so we took the plunge and bought one. We love this little machine!
I can make a morning cappuccino (only 90 calories too!) in about 60 seconds, and a cup of decaf in the evenings in even less time. Needless to say, speed isn’t everything – the coffee is also very good. I never thought I’d like the frothed milk from the pods, but I’ve come to prefer it, and I don’t think I’ve set foot in a Peet’s coffee in over a month.
This thing is great for parties too, or overnight guests. Everyone can make the drink they prefer, with no mess. When my parents came to visit us, they were able to figure out the machine very easily, despite not being very computer savvy. After two months of ownership, I can honestly say this is one of the best purchases I ever made!