My New Best Friend: The Nescafe Dolce Gusto Circolo

 

Nescafe Dolce Gusto Circolo
So, have I ever told you how much I love coffee? It’s very close to how much I love my red wine …so I guess I could say equally. Actually no, I love coffee more because I simply do not think I could live without it. I look forward to it when I wake up every morning and a lot of the time the thought of coffee is what actually makes me get out of bed. And because I love my coffee so much it’s important that I have a decent and affordable machine at home. I’ve owned two machines in the past, one I’ve given away to my parents because I wasn’t too fussed with it and another which did the job for the price but which the Nescafe Dolce Gusto Circolo replaced.

So when I received the Circolo for review I had some pretty high expectations knowing what I know about my past two machines. When I took my Nescafe Dolce Gusto Circolo machine out of the box, it reminded me of something from outer space and like it might start hovering around my kitchen at any moment. But I like the fact that it looks a bit space age and modern, it’s also a great space saver to. It’s slimline shape means it can sit flush up against the wall and doesn’t protrude onto my valuable bench space. I also love the illuminating light that lights up your cup so you can see what you’re doing.

Nescafe Dolce Gusto Circolo

The Machine

One thing I love with the Circolo is that you can select how much you would like to fill your cup, my other two machines were pre-set. The Circolo comes with a play & select wheel whereby you turn the wheel to your desired setting (the lines illuminate).

But let’s go back to the beginning. So I’d taken my space age looking machine out of its box and I was itching to try a coffee. But first, I had to follow the instructions and prep the machine to be used for the first time. It wasn’t easy. I must admit, I’m pretty good when it comes to following instructions and user manuals but I didn’t find this one easy to follow and it’s probably because all the instructions were in images and not written in text as such. I could have sworn I was doing the right thing, but the machine just wouldn’t work…no water would come out. I ended up passing it over to Mr. G who got it working by following the ‘de-scaling’ instructions which was strange because it was a brand new machine and wouldn’t normally require de-scaling.

So once we got the Circolo working it was time to make a coffee. I got caught out with the image (no text) instructions again and prepared my cappuccino incorrectly two times before I figured it out. I wondered why when I put in a capsule I saw milk coming out instead of coffee. It was at that point I looked in the box and realised that there were milk capsules and coffee capsules (a pleasant discovery). I looked at the images and finally understood – you put the milk capsule in first, set the play & select wheel to the setting shown on the pod and box and press the button. After adding the milk, you then add the coffee capsule and do the same process and then voila! you have a perfect frothy cappuccino, no frothing or steam required.

nescafe dolce gusto cappuccino
All hiccups aside and now that I have the hang of things, I must say that this machine makes a lovely coffee for drinking at home. I’m a fan of a strong full bodied coffee and the Circolo delivers on that. The other pleasant surprise was the delicious crema layer and frothy milk it produces, apparently it has a unique pressure pump, similar to what is used in cafe machines and why the coffee tastes so genuine.

I also love the fact that they have the milk pods for the Cappuccino or the Cafe Au Lait has the coffee and milk combined in a single pod. To me that is very convenient because we often run out of milk and I just can’t do a coffee without milk.  It also has a cold button to make cold drinks like the Nestea Peach or Cappuccino Ice.

When I’m in desperate need of a coffee in the morning, the other great thing with the Circolo is that as soon as you turn it on, it heats in an instant so you don’t have to wait. Some other helpful features that I like is the little mechanism that you can pull out and move up and down to suit the size of your cup and the container to dispose of your spent capsules.

The Capsules

Nescafe Dolce Gusto
I went to Coles to purchase another box of pods and was pleasantly surprised that I could buy a box of 16 Cafe Au Lait pods for $8.99 – Thats 0.56c a coffee (you don’t have to use milk).

There is a great range of capsules that you can buy for the Circolo, but these are the ones I’ve tried, my favourites being the Cappuccino and Cafe Au Lait.

Espresso Ristretto – Also known as ‘corto’ (short), Ristretto is a very short espresso shot with less water passed through the coffee than an espresso.

Cafe Au Lait – The rich flavour of coffee with the sweetness of milk, all in a single capsule.

Cappuccino – A shot of rich espresso topped with deliciously sweet frothy milk. Cappuccino is Italian for hood, as the foam atop a cappuccino retains the heat of the coffee – just like a hood. (I also purchased and tried the Skinny Cappuccino which is low fat milk and was just as nice but perhaps not as strong).

Chocolatte – A rich, velvety hot chocolate made with premium cocoa beans. This drink has the flavour of cocoa with a delicate layer of frothy milk.

Other capsules available – Espresso Intenso, Espresso Decaf, Caffe Americano, Chai Tea Latte, Latte Macchiato, Skinny Latte Macchiato, Caramel Latte Macchiato, Cappuccino Ice, Nestea Peach, Mocha.

The Nescafe Dolce Gusto Circolo retails for $229 and is the perfect gift for a loved one or for yourself. You’ll really enjoy making a cafe style coffee for your visitors, I know I was excited to make one for my dad yesterday! And if you’re a lover of coffee like me, you’ll have lots of fun trying the capsule range and perhaps save lots of money buying cafe coffees too!

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Disclosure: I received a Nescafe Dolce Gusto Circolo Capsule Machine plus three boxes of capsules for the purpose of a review. My thoughts and opinions are my own and do not necessarily reflect the views of Nestle. You can read a copy of my disclosure statement here.

Eva Lewis (The Multitasking Woman)

Eva is the Editor and Owner of The Multitasking Woman - a lifestyle and parenting blog.She always has her fingers in many different pies but wouldn't have it any other way. Eva is a Mum to her 4-year-old son, 2 month old daughter, two chickens, one dog and a fish called Bob and a wife to Mr G. They all live happily in their little cottage on the outskirts of Brisbane.

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29 Comments

  1. November 24, 2014 / 6:07 am

    This looks like a pretty decent capsule machine. I prefer a true Espresso myself but I have always thought that a capsule machine like this would be a great replacement for those instant coffee lovers that visit. And wow – I never knew they could do milk capsules as well!

    • November 24, 2014 / 11:13 pm

      It is nice to offer a coffee like this to visitors. I”m not a big espresso drinker but there is an espresso ristretto capsule that comes with this machine that supposedly is the same thing? But I’m not a good judge of that because I don’t drink my coffee like that…perhaps I should start? It’s probably like a shot I guess?

  2. November 24, 2014 / 6:42 am

    I could NOT live without my coffee machine. I love the variety I can get with it – glad you got one for free!

    • November 24, 2014 / 11:12 pm

      Yes, I was certainly very lucky to get it to review and am very lucky it’s such a great machine! Now I think I drink too many coffees while working!

  3. November 24, 2014 / 6:44 am

    Sexy looking machine! Looks great on the bench…love that it heats up instantly. I just bought a Nespresso for Mr YKOTs upcoming 40th. It is still in the box hiding in Miss 8’s cupboard.

    • November 24, 2014 / 11:11 pm

      Yes, it is quite sexy (why didn’t I think of that word?)

  4. Lucy @ Bake Play Smile
    November 24, 2014 / 7:01 am

    Haha I love your Little Miss Hug cup!!!! We have a pod machine and it’s brilliant (I don’t even drink coffee but it’s so easy when people pop around!!). This one looks gorgeous!!!

    • November 24, 2014 / 11:10 pm

      It’s my favourite cup now Lucy. Another woman that doesn’t drink coffee, how do you survive?

  5. November 24, 2014 / 7:16 am

    What a gorgeous looking machine. We’ve shared this link on our social media. x

    • November 24, 2014 / 11:10 pm

      Thanks so much for sharing. It’s quite pretty isn’t it.

  6. Tash from Gift Grapevine
    November 24, 2014 / 10:35 am

    I love love love my coffee. It’s so nice to offer a “proper” coffee to people when they come over too (that machine makes you look like a pretty handy barista Eva!). We’ve come a long way since the International Roast days of the 80s 🙂

    • November 24, 2014 / 11:10 pm

      OMG, I remember in my first job when I was 15 I worked in a hairdresser and that’s what we served to our customers, International Roast! Yuk!

  7. November 24, 2014 / 1:36 pm

    What a cute machine. I’m a HUGE coffee lover too – in fact the kettle is on right now!

    • November 24, 2014 / 11:09 pm

      What would we do without our coffee, Lauren?

  8. November 24, 2014 / 1:38 pm

    I luuuurve my coffee maker, I never have instant anymore, I keep waiting for George Clooney to walk through the door, it hasn’t happened yet, but I live in hope….

    • November 24, 2014 / 11:09 pm

      I wonder if there’s a coffee machine that will make Channing Tatum walk through my door?

  9. November 24, 2014 / 3:24 pm

    I don’t like this automated coffee machines. I think they create excessive waste and rubbish. I’ve never read the ingredient list, but don’t imagine them to be great either.

    • November 24, 2014 / 11:08 pm

      Fair enough Sarah and to be honest, that is always one thing on my mind ie the capsule waste. I will be using them to grow seedlings when it stops being so damn hot weather and they’ll have a chance to survive.

  10. Bubfriendly Winnie
    November 24, 2014 / 7:53 pm

    ooooo…. very nice!!! Love the space age look!!! Tried one of the Nescafe Dolce Gusto coffees at a demo station once at a shopping centre – not too bad! Although I must say I still prefer the Nespresso!

    • November 24, 2014 / 11:07 pm

      There are a few different Dolce Gusto Machines but I think for the price it makes a very good coffee. I think the Nespresso is more expensive.

  11. November 24, 2014 / 9:02 pm

    I was about to write I don’t drink coffee, I like it but it doesn’t like me (a little thing called anxiety), then I read Lucy’s comment how she likes hers for when she has guests. I do love a kitchen gadget! Mmmmmm it’s got me thinking and I do enjoy a decaf coffee. Great post Eva xx

    • November 24, 2014 / 11:06 pm

      That’s no good about your anxiety, coffee actually does the opposite for me :).

  12. November 24, 2014 / 9:11 pm

    I had to go all school holidays on instant at my mums. she says all her guests say how nice her Aldi instant coffee is….. hmmm I missed my nespresso machine.
    coffee real coffee opens my eyes after sleepless nights with the dog waking me licking his bum ever-so loudly or our new kitten trouncing my stomach and chest at 3am because she’s been sleeping all day…
    I’m with you Eva, cant live with out it.

    • November 24, 2014 / 11:06 pm

      Her guests obviously don’t drink anything other than Aldi coffee!

  13. November 24, 2014 / 10:00 pm

    We have a nespresso already but I like the circle shape of this one, very modern. Mind you I don’t drink coffee at all so its really up to Trent which machine we’d have in the house lol.

    • November 24, 2014 / 11:05 pm

      I don’t think I even remember what it’s like not to drink coffee!

  14. July 21, 2016 / 8:52 pm

    I like this because I hated using a separate frother plus all the cleaning. This gorgeous little machine has it all. Although the milk pods have a funny taste I just put in a drop of milk and that fixes it.