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simple to use and tasty drinks
on 29 December 2012
The dolce gusto machines and accompanying pods are a great coffee/beverage system.
I previously had the Krups Dolce Gusto machine where you manually dispense the water so it was with great interest I tried this one made by De'Longhi which automatically dispenses the correct amount with a digital interface.
Firstly, as with the manual machine you get the unit, a tray for discarded pods and a sample box of pods. The sample box of pods I feel could be a bit more generous but hey ho.
The machine itself is very well built and is a doddle to setup. The instructions aren't the best but suffice. Commissioning the unit is a simple case of fill the water tank and running through some hot and cold water.
Where this unit shines over it's manual versions is the digital dispenser. Each pod has a a small picture of a couple of bars on it. You insert the pod, select the appropriate number of bars on the unit using the selector wheel and press go. It dispenses the exact amount required then stops. Tremendous. You end up with a beverage with no guess work, but the exact amount of drink with the exact amount of water used. This can be overridden so you can run the coffee/milk whatever for less or more water to suit your taste.
The machine itself looks stylish and not out of place in a kitchen and is nice and compact.
The system of pods is simplicity itself with a large number of drinks available, more so online at the dolce gusto webshop. And I think this simplicity means you will find yourself using more than say a complicated machine which requires more interaction, maintenance and cleaning.
Pods themselves are roughly £3.75 a pack. Cappuccino packs you get 16 pods, but 8 milk and 8 coffee so you can only make 8 drinks. Some might find this expensive but at roughly 42pence a cup for a great tasting coffee or hot chocolate or what not I think it is very reasonable.
Make sure to let the pods drain in the supplied little bin for pods so that excess water ends up there rather than pooled at the bottom of your bin.
Overall a very nice machine, that is simplicity itself to use with a wide variety of drinks available