The milk has that slight aftertaste that powdered heat-treated milk normally has, but if you make yourself one of the hot chocolates, you don’t even think about it. In fact, our favourite drinks were the hot chocolate, iced coffee, and iced teas, with the flavour of the latter resembling that of what’s served at American restaurants. Hardly surprising, given the Nestle connection, but still neat to know.
It’s worth noting that when releasing the capsule from the machine, you should wait a second or two for the pod to stop dripping. If you move the capsule tray with a just used capsule in it, you may find drippage, and scalding hot drippage at that.
Outside of that, the machine’s only noticeable flaws are that it tends to vibrate quite a bit, moving your glass around the platform, and that the 600ml water reservoir just isn’t as much as you’d think. We managed about three cups from it, but if you like a big cup, it may only give you two before it needs to be topped up.
Not everyone likes straight espresso, and while the Nespresso system still serves the convenient coffee crowd well, it doesn’t cater for people who want a hot chocolate, or a chai latte at that.
Nescafe’s Dolce Gusto system does, and it manages to produce a decent cup, and one of the better hot chocolates and iced coffees we’ve had in a while.
If the idea of a pod machine intrigues you, but you’re after more than just that simple cup of coffee, it’s worth checking out what Nescafe has cooked up here.