Yes, it’s a coffee maker, even if it does look like a high-tech donut.
Actually, I’m being unfair. This is a beautifully designed machine, available in a red or platinum finish.
It first caught my eye in a kitchen store recently. There is no question that it stands out from other coffee makers. And it’s a nice solid machine too. When I was in the store, they were demonstrating the machine, so I was able to see it in action, play around with it a little, and sample one of the drinks.
More on that in a minute.
This is a newer, and very different version of the Dolce Gusto One Cup Coffee Maker, which we reviewed last year.
The workings are the same, pretty much. It’s just the look and styling that are so very different.
The Gusto Circolo uses proprietary coffee capsules. Like K-Cups and T-Discs, these are sealed and contain just the right amount of coffee for a single serving. And you have to use the capsules. Unlike with K-Cups, there are no reusable filter options.
But this could be a great choice for you if you really enjoy coffee house concoctions like Cappuccino, Caffè Lungo, Latte Macchiato and so on. It also makes hot chocolate, teas and a variety of cold beverages.
Back to my tasting in the kitchen store.
I asked for a cappuccino. For this, two separate capsules are inserted in to the tray. One for the coffee and one for the milk.
The result? Pretty good. They claim it’s as good as a coffee shop cappuccino. And that is probably true of many coffee shops. I had no complaints, but couldn’t honestly say it was as good as the best cappuccinos I have enjoyed.
But then again, I’m fussy.
Any day of the week I would be more than happy with a cappuccino from this machine.
And I like the fact that you can make such a variety of beverages with it. I don’t drink coffee all day, so would be happy I can use the same machine for tea and hot chocolate.
If you are going to buy a NESCAFÉ® Dolce Gusto® coffee machine, should you buy this one?
Well, it’s all about the design. If you love that unique, circular look, go for it. Otherwise you can always choose the slightly more traditional look of the original Dolce Gusto One Cup Coffee Maker. Although even that one looks different from most coffee makers.