User friendly, nice and tasty: Nescafe’s Dolce Gusto Genio reviewed

Coffee machines are big right now, so big that Nestle – which owns Nespresso – is now competing against machines from Woolworths, Kmart, Kogan, and others. The Nespresso machine is primarily geared at espresso-style coffee, but some people want more, with chai, tea, and hot chocolate. With that in mind, Nestle is bringing its European Dolce Gusto system to Australia.

Features

Different from the Nespresso systems we’re used to playing with, the Nescafe Dolce Gusto is less about straight espresso and more about the diversity of coffee types.

We’re not just talking about straight ground beans when it comes to Dolce Gusto, but rather varieties of drink in and of itself.

Geared at the coffee and hot drink addict that enjoys more than just the casual cup, the system uses larger coffee pods than the Nespresso style, a little over twice the size of a Nespresso coffee capsule.

Unlike Nespresso’s pod, however, you don’t need to walk into a special outlet to purchase the pods, with Coles supermarkets selling the boxes in 8 (milk drinks) or 16 (espresso, straight coffee, or iced tea), though some types of pod may only be purchased from the Nescafe store.

The machine we’re looking at is the second model in the range, the Genio, with a recommended retail price of $229, almost a hundred more than the baby Piccolini, and under the more pricey Melody 3 FS and Circulo FS machines. In this part of the world, these machines are manufactured by Delonghi.

The Genio features a 600ml water tank at the back, a capsule loading tray, a capsule locking lever, buttons for hot and cold drinks, power button, and a scroll wheel that links to a small display and allows you to dial in the drink length of each pod you desire.

In the Nescafe Dolce Gusto system, capsules not only denote how intense they are, but also the recommended amount you should be dialling in, with the amount of strokes chosen out of seven, indicating length of the cup and, to an extent, strength of the drink.

Inside the machine, there’s a 15 bar pump, down from the 19 bar pump we see on the Nespresso machines.

The small needle that breaks the seal on the coffee capsule and fills it with water.

Performance

Coffee machines don’t generally need much in the way of performance. They have to work and provide a decent cup of coffee, or whatever else they make.

In the case of the Dolce Gusto series of coffee makers, that “whatever else” actually entails more than just hot water for tea, the only extra drink you can really get out of other coffee pod makers.

For Nescafe, the range of pods that are compatible with the Dolce Gusto include espresso style coffee, the long “Americano” coffee, iced coffee, and then onto chai latte, hot chocolate, and even the iced peach and lemon teas served overseas.

An espresso, a hot chocolate, and an Americano. All possible from the Dolce Gusto pod machines.

To put it simply, the Dolce Gusto is more than just your average coffee machine, making it possible to entertain yourself – or others – with more than just espresso. You can drink espresso if you like, but you can also make more than the typical engineered short black from the Nespresso machines.

So how does it work?

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  1. Sharonofoz
    November 04, 17:05 Sharonofoz

    love my Dolce Gusto Genio, so easy so yummy

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  2. Sharonofoz
    November 04, 17:40 Sharonofoz

    I dont personally think that having to dispose of the capsule each time is necessarily a negative…… the used capsules in our work Nespresso can become quite rancid

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  3. InspectYourGadget
    November 04, 17:46 InspectYourGadget

    The unfortunate part is just like printers the pods only fit certain brands of machines meaning you need different pods for different machines, We have 3 types of machines now and the MAP© has already been replaced with a new one due to faults.

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  4. donna
    December 30, 11:47 donna

    Its all about the coffee , tea, chocolate and list goes on. It is great because u control the amount of liquid that goes in the cup

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  5. Helen
    January 18, 17:16 Helen

    The plastic water tank is leaking, where can you buy parts

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  6. joe blow
    February 15, 20:45 joe blow

    Disappointed with the artificial taste the milk capsule gives the finished drink

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  7. beverlyanne23
    April 19, 23:44 beverlyanne23

    do any other coffee pods fit this machine, I don’t like the coffee. the machine works great but the coffee is yucky

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  8. Willie
    September 17, 09:13 Willie

    Machine is good, Coffee is terrible, taste very chemically. The milk additive products absolutely awful. Have tried, American, Cappacino
    Hot Chocolate and Café La Tait.

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  9. Victoria
    March 10, 10:21 Victoria

    I got mine from the Dolce Gusto website: https://www.dolce-gusto.com.au/machines/piccolo-delonghi-piano-black and I am incredibly happy with it. Firstly, the delivery was very fast and the machine arrived safely at my door. Secondly, the machine is a really good price for the quality of coffee it produces.. this is one of the most affordable machines I have seen on the market, and I’m very impressed with the high quality espresso it produces. Plus, my kids love the hot chocolate pods! Great for the whole family.

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