I love coffee, and every time I went to Harvery Norman or Best Denki, I’d stopped by the coffee machine section and check out those beautiful espresso machines that I thought I’d like to own some day.
Only two problems prevented me from having one of them machines – I’d not drink enough coffee to keep the bean/powders fresh, frothing milk is a hassle unless you go with those very expensive fully automated system, and cleaning up is a huge hassle if you only make a cup of coffee.
The alternative to espresso machines would be capsule based system. Initially I wasn’t exactly a fan of them, the systems that I came across only makes black coffee, and you’ll still need a separate milk frother if you want to make latte or cappuccino.
Then I was introduced to Nescafe Dolce Gusto.
Barista trainer Leong, owner of EspressoLab (publika) & Nescafe Dolce Gusto
Lets face it, Nescafe isn’t exactly known for premium coffee, and dont’ get me wrong, that’s not a bad thing. Many of us grew up with Nescafe as the de-facto instant coffee powder and 3-in-1 coffee solutions. Their products usually appeal to mass market, well balanced between price point and quality.
the little mighty machine, by KRUPS
This also gives them an edge with this capsule system – you’ll know that the capsules won’t be overly expensive (RM 28 per box of 16 capsules, makes 8 or 16 cups), and they will be available at more outlets (even the ESH electrical shop at SS2 sells the capsules)
I volunteered to compare making latte with the traditional vs Dolce Gusto machines
As for the machines, they are priced from RM 399, very affordable for something that makes 15 bar of pressure (crucial to make proper espresso). The one in the video I made is the RM 599 automatic version, a gift by Nescafe and is now sitting in my kitchen, permanently plugged into the wall now =D
Another thing I love about this system other than easy of operation is the cleaning part. All you need to do is rinse of the cup and capsule holder when you’re done. That takes about 5 seconds, can’t beat it.
we had a bit of food & coffee (and tea) pairing, latte art, and a whole loads of fun
As for the of these drinks? Well they are excellent, not exactly the same as premium coffee places, but it’s very close. The coffee powder’s 100% Arabica, and they somehow managed to get the milk pretty good despite it being from a capsule instead of fresh. I’m very impressed.
For more, check out www.dolce-gusto.com.my