How I acquired this coffee machine is a bit odd (in other words, this is not an ad or sponsored post).
My brother and I would agree that my parents are incredibly awkward to buy Christmas presents for and when I visited family at the weekend, my mum asked what we’d like to drink. I shouted “a coffee from your posh machine!” which was stood unopened in her spare room (a present from my brother last year). They always tell us they don’t want or need anything; they’re simple-pleasures people and don’t like anything too fancy or complicated. Maybe you know someone like that too?
I was then offered the machine if I wanted one that much and they didn’t need to tell me twice (I am seeing it as an extra present this year. Coffee is my staple in a morning but go through phases with my espresso maker and cafetiere (we’re still on the latter). But it gets expensive if you like it fresh and strong to function properly. A morning coffee between two translates to one packet a week in our house, so this Nescafe Dolce Gusto Melody machine may work out about the same or hopefully better.
It’s very similar to my old Senso; pour water in the vessel at the back, pop in a capsule, wait until the red button turns green and away you go. And it tastes pretty good; I’ve only tried my brother’s recommendation of Cafe au Lait. There is still a bit of a powdered milk taste going on, so maybe the Americano is for you, then add your own. He was also kind enough to stock up for them and get a good selection of flavours which are now apparently 2 packs for £7 in Asda, but I’m sure these will last us a few months. It also comes with a pack of 6 pods as a starter.
The other key thing I prefer compared to my cafietiere is the clean up. I hate how coffee grains get everywhere and there’s absolutely no mess with this method at all which is why I think it will be a firm favourite once our new kitchen is installed.
There’s a downside if you prefer a mocha or cappuccino though; if you want either, hen your coffees will cost you more (8 servings in the box as opposed to 16 in a cafe au lait or americano). Oh and the cable is red and hard to hide, but there will be no confusion among other appliances.
As for adding vanilla syrup, we still use our favourite sugar free Monet stuff.
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