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Good, but expensive to run if you have a serious habit
on 15 January 2014
I stopped drinking coffee back in 2005 thinking it was contributing to a phase of panic attacks I was having back then. About three years ago, after missing my favourite non-alcoholic drink, I decided to start drinking coffee again and bought one of these and a couple of boxes of the decaf Lungo pods (I find granulated coffee pretty revolting, and the available decaf coffees are pretty terrible). I've now graduated to non-decaf pods (fortunately with no bad side effects) because the decaf ones are hard to come by in supermarkets, and you need to order them from Nescafe's Dolce Gusto website where they ship from Germany.
Anyway....I usually make a mug of coffee from the Lungo or Americano pods but I tend to use two pods per mug. This is where it get's pricey - I get eight mugs of coffee per box of pods. Yes I know you can pay up to four quid for a coffee from Starbucks or your local artisan coffee house, and I used to do that every day when travelling to work. However my budget is a bit tight these days. I also feel guilty about the excessive amount of plastic and packaging waste because it's a pod machine.
That said, the machine is consistent in it's operation, the pods are consistent in flavour and I always get a nice crema.
If you're drinking just two or three coffees a day, aren't too concerned about "artisan" coffee making then this is the machine for you. However I am considering getting a new espresso/steamer machine and going back to the world of self-grinding and roasting.
In summary, a pretty good machine and a bargain at the current price (forty quid), but it can get expensive pod-wise.