“Brew me up, Scotty!”
I mean seriously, just look it, isn’t she a beauty? When I received the press release about this gorgeous looking NESCAFÉ® Dolce Gusto® Circolo capsule machine, it was love at first sight. Don’t you think it has that 70s retro look about it? I can just imagine when we are in the future in year 2056, we will look back and think oh how futuristic and cool this coffee machine is. How you’d wish you still have it because who knows, it might become a collectable item one day.
While many people are familiar with the Nespresso machines, but do you know that the NESCAFÉ Dolce Gusto was the first capsule system available in Australia to make a range of hot and cold beverages? There are 6 models to choose from, with a recommended retail price ranging from $99 to $229. They are more price friendly than the Nespresso machines, but you get what you pay for. It has less features on the machines and they are built to do one thing only – to brew you a cup of coffee… or hot chocolate… or tea, depends on the capsule you choose.
The Circolo capsule machine comes in a striking ‘Ferrari Red’, it is a sexy looking thing on the kitchen bench top. But will it brew faster and hum like a beast? Let’s put it to the test.
The machine is simple to use, I could easily decipher the pictorial instructions that came with it and brewed myself a cup of coffee without having to refer to the manual. Fill tank with water, put a capsule in, adjust how strong you want your coffee, press the button and voila!
You will notice there is one thing missing on all the Dolce Gusto machines, the milk frother. Why? It is because the milk comes in powder form, inside a capsule as well. I am not a big fan of milk powder and definitely prefer to have fresh milk in my coffee. If you can’t be bothered to froth your own milk and wash an extra device, then perhaps the milk powder capsule is the way to go.
There are 15 different types of capsule to choose from. Nothing too fancy but the typical flavours, you can get espresso, americano, cafe au lait, cappuccino, macchiato, then there are also chai tea latte, hot chocolate, mocha and Nestea® Peach (iced tea). And some of the coffee capsules come in decaf, skinny and caramel.
The capsules come in a box of sixteen for $8.49 on their online shopping page. It depends on what flavour you choose, some will end up being more expensive than the others. For e.g., if you go for Espresso Ristretto which doesn’t need milk capsules, it will work out about $0.53 per coffee. However, if you want to make a cup of cappuccino that needs one capsule of milk powder and one capsule of coffee, then it will cost you $1.06 per cup, which can be more expensive than Nespresso which is around $0.69 per capsule (plus the cost of a dash of fresh milk). Also, I would prefer to reduce the wastage and be more environmental friendly by only using just one capsule rather than two to make a cup of cappuccino.
The first cup of cappuccino I brewed has a good layer of milk froth on top, tick. It was visually mesmerising as the coffee dripped into the milk, creating an ethereal ombre effect in the glass as the coffee slowly blending into milk. On my first sip, the coffee was scorching hot and burnt my tongue. I thought perhaps the machine is new and it is still at its prime condition, so I made four more cups in the last two days and all still came out way too hot to drink. So do be careful when you take your first sip.
Taste wise, it is a good cup of cappuccino, it has a nice aroma with a subtle sweet caramel flavour, but it definitely has that distinctive flavour of milk powder. I also tried the espresso ristretto which is a lot nicer, strong shot of espresso that has nice citrus flavour, taste just like an espresso brewed from freshly ground coffee to me. I definitely will keep making more of that tasty espresso ristretto. You can actually also make cold drink from it by passing water through the capsule without heating it up, and then just add ice cubes. I am looking forward to make some peach iced tea, perfect for this summer.
Good news is, one of my readers will be the lucky winner to receive a brand new NESCAFÉ® Dolce Gusto® Circolo capsule machine this Christmas! To enter the competition, all you have to do is by leaving a comment below and tell us
“If you won this machine, what would you name it and why?”
You have to be in it to win it. So who is going to have that sweet taste of success by winning this gorgeous coffee machine this Christmas?
- The competition closes on 7 December 2014, 11.59PM AEST.
- Entry will be judged on creativity and honesty.
- One entry per entrant ONLY.
- Entries are opened to Australia Residents only.
- It is non refundable or in exchange for cash.
- The decision of the judges are final.
- The winner will be drawn and announced on Monday, 8 December 2014, 10.00AM AEST.
- Winner will be notified by email, and the item will be send out once we have your mailing address.
- If no one claims the prize within 7 days, another winner will be drawn.
- We do not hold any responsibility if the good is damaged or missing during delivery.
- Please use contact form if you have any questions.
- Do no participate if you are not comfortable with the rules and conditions.
Nescafe Dolce Gusto capsule machine competition – Winners Announced
Thanks to everyone who entered the competition here on the blog, there are some really creative and funny entries! There is one comment definitely had my in stitches! So here I would like to announce the winners of the competition is:
Robertito Antonio Gonzalez
Congratulations! Hope the machine will keep the Daddies happy! LOL!
[These views are of my own and do not necessarily reflect the views of Nestlé.]