Any long time reader of this blog would probably be aware that I love my coffee. I was even sponsored by Coffee Alchemy to attend two Digital Parents Conferences.
I have learnt I can only have one coffee a day, before midday, or else I am up all night. For that reason, I am very picky about the quality of my one coffee a day.
I have tried coffee from pod machines and haven’t been very impressed, finding them rather similar to instant coffee to be honest. Blergh!
So, when I was contacted to review a Nescafe Dolce Gusto Mini-Me Machine I was a little hesitant. But then again… I couldn’t pass up a coffee machine!
I have to admit I have been pleasantly surprised!
The machine is small and very cute – it really looks like a penguin! It fits well on our bench and doesn’t take up much room at all.
I tend to drink my coffee black at home with a spoonful of sugar-free chocolate. When I’m out I grab a strong Soy Mocha or a strong Skim Mocha, depending on how good the barista is with soy; there’s nothing worse than burnt soy milk! (Oh my, don’t I sound pretentious?!)
So, I started with an Americano, drinking it black at first so that I could properly taste the coffee. The coffee was surprisingly nice! Yes, it is not the same as my freshly roasted, just ground beans but it’s pretty close!
The ristretto is obviously stronger but still just as nice and I’ve found a double shot is perfect when I need an extra strong wake up.
I was a little dubious about trying the cappucino – it didn’t seem right that the little pods contained milk too (one for coffee, one for milk). However, again, I was pleasantly surprised. There is a little bit of a different taste, simply because it is the long life style milk but it is nice and smooth and surprisingly creamy. I’m also not used to having full cream milk (simply because I find it too heavy) so that was a little off-putting for me.
Nescafe don’t make a skim or soy pod but I’m sure you could simply add in your milk to an Americano or Ristretto instead.
The one issue with the milk coffees that I’ve found is that it is more expensive. The other coffees come in boxes of 16 pods, which at around $8 a box works out at only 50c a coffee. However, as the milk coffees use two pods per coffee you really only get 8 coffees from a box, so $1 each. Still, that’s much cheaper than what you’d pay at a coffee shop!
Mr Monkey doesn’t drink coffee so I bought the Hot Chocolate pods for him and Lily to try. It took a while for Lily to work it out as she thought the machine made “her coffee” (babycinnos) and she actually hadn’t had a hot chocolate before. But once she had worked it out she was very excited to have her own hot drink. Mr Monkey was very impressed with the hot chocolate, especially how easy it was to make.
That’s one big drawcard for the Mini-Me – it’s very easy to use. I had a little trouble figuring out the diagram-only instructions at first and had a few issues but once I got past that it was simple, as you can see from my diagram below!
Overall, I’m very happy with the Dolce Gusto Mini-Me Machine. I’m excited to try some new flavours – the Caramel Latte Macchiato especially and perhaps the Chai Latte. Our Woolworth’s only have a small range however I do know that a nearby Coles stock a larger range. The Nestea Peach Tea looks especially interesting!
Disclaimer:This is not a paid review but I did receive a Nescafe Dolce Gusto Mini-Me Machine in return for this review. These views are the personal views of Cassie Barlow, The Flying Drunken Monkey and do not necessarily reflect the views of Nestlé.