The De’Longhi Dolce Gusto is one of the best coffee makers out there, with its coffee brew strength and ease of use applauded within the industry.
But what else does it have to offer? What sets it apart from the its peers? Our Dolce Gusto review is here to reveal all.
The beauty of the Dolce Gusto lies in its minimalistic design, with its button display offering you a great deal of variety without it leading to confusion when brewing your coffee. It’s also incredibly compact, meaning it doesn’t dominate your kitchen, leaving you with plenty of counter space.
Its display offers you cold and hot buttons, with size and strength dial giving you seven different levels to the potency of your coffee.
Similar to plenty of other Nescafé models, the Dolce Gusto’s brewing chamber features a fully removable plastic holder that holds your coffee pod. This makes the brewing process much easier than some other models, and it’s very easy to do and insert back in as the chamber also contains a lock mechanism to hold the pod in place once you hit the brew button.
Note that the Dolce Gusto only works with Nescafé pods, so be sure to stick to stock up on those if you choose this model. This is actually quite helpful though, as the pods are presented with a graphic printed on them to indicate what setting to use when brewing. It’s beautifully straightforward and makes using the coffee maker much easier.
Also fully remoavle is its drip tray, making the cleaning process far easier than it is with a lot of other models.
So how does the quality of the Dolce Gusto’s coffee do when examined? Using total dissolved solids (TDS) as a measure of quality, we put both the mild (large) and strong (small) cups to the test.
It does extremely well here. While most brewers score around 1.35% strength on their strong cups, the Dolce Gusto scores a mightily impressive 1.88%. And what about the mild cup? That earns a solid 0.97%, which is certainly about the same TDS score as some lower quality brewers earn for their ‘strong’ cups.
Strong brewing performance for standard blends is not all that this model offers though – It also offers a huge range of other blends that taste brilliantly. From cappucinos, to lattes, to chai tea lattes, it makes a fierce cup of coffee that should make anyone sit up and take notice.
The Dolce Gusto is a quick performer. A small cup of Nescafé’s coffee takes just over a minute, and a large only eight seconds longer. This compares well to a lot of other models that we’ve reviewed here at The Online Grill.
The Nescafé Dolce Gusto Genio is easily one of the best coffee brewers that we’ve ever reviewed here. It’s simple to use, easy to clean, and creates a beautiful cup of coffee. All of this for just $119. It will be hard to find anything at better value for money than that.
A brilliant coffee maker.