Nescafe Dolce Gusto Infinissima
Nescafe makes various Dolce Gusto coffee machines at all sorts of prices. A year or so ago I bought an Dolce Gusto Oblo from Tescos for £30 (it’s normally £99). It did a decent job, could be a little tricky to put the jug in place, and eventually it gave up the ghost after about a year (a combination of me not using it for a while and limescale I think). So when I got the opportunity to take a look at the infinity-shaped Dolce Gusto Infinissima I thought I’d give it another go.
Price and availability
I had reasonably high hopes for the Infinissima which is made in partnership with Krups. Like the Oblo, the Infinissima costs £99 (you can buy it here), but I expect that you’ll be able to find one for less than that. My theory with these coffee machines is that they tend to be discounted by the supermarkets as a means to get you to buy the coffee, which isn’t cheap. (Printers are the same – if you buy a printer for £30 I can guarantee that the ink cartridges will cost an arm and a leg.)
I’d already been drinking the Dolce Gusto coffee and I knew I liked it though. You wouldn’t want to buy one of these machines if you didn’t like the coffee. But I warn you, Nescafe Dolce Gusto coffee costs a lot more than a jar of Gold Blend. You generally get 16 pods of coffee for £4 a box. So it works out at 25p a cup. Still, that’s better than Costa or Starbucks.
There are lots of choices when it comes to Dolce Gusto coffee, apparently over 40. Americano, Latte Macchiato, Cafe Au Lait, Flat White, Cappuccino, Caffe Crema, Espresso, Chocolate, and Mocha, to name a few.
Using the Infinissima is really easy. Designed to look like an infinity sign or a figure of eight, the lower part is where the water tank sits, and the top part is where you pop the pod. We used to struggle a bit fitting the tank onto the Oblo so we were pleased to find that it is really easy to sit the water tank in place and attach its lid – you just need to make sure the lid properly positioned or it won’t work.
You lift the door and insert the coffee pod and shut the door, which pierces the pod releasing the fragrance of the coffee. There is a small on/off switch just below where you put your cup. Press this and wait a couple of minutes for it to go green. When it’s green the machine is ready.
There is a switch on top which you flick in one direction for hot and in the other for cold. Some of the coffee options call for hot and cold water (and of course in the summer you can make yourself a cold coffee). Some of the boxes of coffee pods contain separate coffee and milk pods, so you may need to switch pods half way through to get some froth.
You could just boil the kettle, but if you want to feel like you are making yourself (or your guests) a special cup of coffee the Infinessima will do you proud. The coffe tastes great, it is easy to make, and works quickly.
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