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on 29 December 2011
My wife and I don't drink a huge amount of coffee, one after a meal and the odd one or two during the day but do like to have a "nice" coffee. As our Nescafe Dulche Gusto is about 3 years old we thought the logical step would be to buy a proper machine and treat ourselves
This was on offer in my local Costco.
Read the instructions and had a go. It was a touch fiddly to get the foaming right but that's all part of having a new toy right? well after the first dozen times, to be honest it becomes a bit of a pain if you don't get the knack, which I obviously don't, so we stopped using that part. After owning it around a month and less than 100 cups of coffee there was no flow through the bit that holds coffee so I turned the machine off and twisted the holder free. Here's a hint, if this ever happens to you wait a good 5 minutes or so or it will explode hot coffee grounds and some water everywhere.
Took me a good quarter of an hour to clean up, reading up on their website gives half hearted instructions about turning it upside down and unscrewing this and poking things with a pin.
IT'S A COFFEE MACHINE, if I wanted mechano I would have purchased some. Costco accepted the machine back without the packaging and not a murmur as I did not want to take the risk of using it again.
I am sure if you are coffee god and used to all this faffing about it's a great budget machine, it looks pretty but it is noisy, the cups wander about on the base, it's a pain to clean, the coffee I produced was so-so (though this is probably me & /or my choice of coffee's - dow egberts so should have been half decent) and then it exploded on me in less than a month.
I will venture back in to the mystery's of making espresso & cappuccino's at home but will read a lot more and probably spend a bit more money, so for now I am sticking with our Dolce Gusto