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This review is from: NESCAF… Dolce Gusto Melody 3 by De'Longhi EDG420.BL Coffee and Beverage Machine - Blue (Kitchen & Home)
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My first surprise when receiving this coffee make was the size: it is over 30 cm tall, 21 cm wide and about 35 cm front to back. I also thought it rather monstrous in appearance, although I have to say I am growing accustomed to its curios looks, variously described by the family as looking like an ant, a sitting cat, a puppy and a penguin among other things.
It is at least very easy to use, just pop in a capsule and turn on the tap (having of course initially filled the tank with water). In fact it is much easier to use than it is to work out the instructions on how to use, clean and descale it, for these are entirely pictorial, there are no written instructions. This no doubt saves the manufacturer a lot in translation costs and printing/paper costs, but they take a little deciphering to be sure that you've got it right, but once you start working with the machine everything falls into place.
So far I've only tried a few of the coffees, but there are many more coffees and other drinks (which include some iced teas and hot chocolate) available for this machine, and my verdict so far is "OK", I've tasted better, but I've also had far worse; I would describe the drinks as superior vending machine quality. But where this machine really scores is in convenience and ease of use, and it could be that its ease of use is what will earn this machine a longer life in out kitchen than many other fancy coffer makers. That is if the depth of our coffers can cover to the cost of the coffee! While many of the various drinks require just one capsule, a few require two, which doubles the cost of those particular drinks. The capsules are not cheap. Our local supermarket sells them at £3.77 for sixteen capsules, they are a little cheaper buying direct from the maker but for small orders there is the extra cost of postage; buying through Amazon is cheaper, and a quick Google throws up some even cheaper suppliers, but I've not tried any of the last.
Each capsule (or two capsule where required) is designed to make one mug of coffee (from 220 ml upwards depending on the selection); we drink our coffee by the cup and find that one capsule will just about make two small cups, so halving the cost. - another point in its favour as far as we are concerned.