Nescafe’s Dolce Gusto: Machines and Flavors

Have you guys heard of Nescafe Dolce Gusto? Last year, I was able to sample it for myself at an event held at Greenbelt by the Asian Food Channel. Coffee to us Filipinos, if not prepared instant, is usually brewed. Dolce Gusto offers us a new way of enjoying coffee, definitely something new to the scene. That was why during the event, Nescafe Dolce Gusto had a long line of people wanting to try out the coffee for themselves.

Piccolo Machine

Circolo Machine

Dolce Gusto Flavor Offerings

Dolce Gusto promises coffee shop-quality coffee prepared with ease in the comforts of your home. It even offers a multitude of flavor options, from Vanilla Latte Macchiato, Cappuccino, Mocha, and so much more. Each machine would cost about 4,000-7,000 pesos each. The capsules containing the flavors are used in pairs, one for milk and one for the coffee. The capsules are sold for 400 pesos for 16 capsules, which is good for just about 8 cups of coffee. For anyone who’s interested to have this in their home, you can avail of this in any SM Supermarkets, Departments Stores, as well as in Landmark, Shopwise, and Rustans Supermarkets.

Now, if you’re almost off your seat excited to get yourself this baby, I suggest you read my short review first. And here it goes:

Price: Taking into consideration the retail price of the capsules, 400 pesos is good for 8 cups, which would equate to a minimum of fifty pesos per cup. That would be about right, of course not including in the computation the initial price and upkeep of the Dolce Gusto machines. A bit pricy and impractical, I believe, because the only thing you’re actually paying for is the convenience of not having to heat water and stir the coffee into the water. If you’re lazy and rich, and yes, you can easily forget about the fifty pesos per cup of coffee, then this might be for you. But wait, what about the taste?

Taste: Sadly, it’s nowhere near coffee shop-quality coffee. I might be speaking from a single experience, but I think it already says a lot of the taste of Mocha doesn’t taste anywhere near as good as the usual coffee shop Mocha at all. It’s bland, and I felt that 7-11’s 35-peso coffee tasted so much better than Dolce Gusto’s.

Convenience: You just plug in the machine, put a cup in place, pop in the two capsules, and the machine will do everything for you. It’s definitely an A+ in convenience. This is exactly why you’re going to buy this machine and the capsules.

Would I buy one for myself? No, not really, even if I had money to spare. I felt that instant coffee tasted even better than Dolce Gusto coffee, just that I have to prepare it myself. I would probably consider getting one for the house if the coffee tastes better in the future. And even if it does taste better, my mom would kill me for splurging fifty pesos per cup of coffee, when they have grown up and grown old with good old instant coffee, prepared and mixed with love, which doesn’t even cost five pesos per cup. :)

How about you? Have you tried coffee the Dolce Gusto way? Let me know your thoughts about it!

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