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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 espresso lab
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
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)

 There are currently 12 different flavors to choose from, and yes, they make cappuccino, latte machiato, green tea latte and a few other milk coffee drinks by using 2 capsules per drink – first with the milk capsule, then the coffee/tea, ingenious.

I volunteered to compare making latte with the traditional vs Dolce Gusto machines
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
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.

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  1. Okay, will drop by for coffee sometime 🙂

  2. cindy tong

    i luv coffee too…for now, the coffee machine in my office is enough to satisfy my morning coffee crave..but when i move to my new hse I would buy one coffee machine and this little Krups seems like a good choice!

  3. Here Nescafe sells sachets of Capuccino, Expresso, etc, all that is needed is hot water(I’m sure it wont taste the same as the original). I’ve never tried them cos I’m not a big coffee or tea drinker.

    • Kash: ya, those are quite a bit different as you still need that 15 bar pressure thingy to get proper espresso

  4. Hehehe…Can I come over for coffee?

    A surprised the coffee maker isn’t too expensive.

  5. so next time when i go to your house you make a cuppa for me k? hehe

  6. I have one at home. Bought it earlier this year and still using it.

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