- Delight in your favorite real coffee shop drinks at home. Brews in under a minute and without the mess or clean up
- 100% Arabica , cappuccino offers a slightly sweetened milk, blanketing a shot of espresso
- Each box makes 8 cups and includes, 8 espresso and 8 milk capsules. Comes in a package of 3, for a total of 24 cups.
- Single-serve capsules are used in Nescafe Dolce Gusto coffee machines to create coffeehouse quality drinks at home.
- Nescafé Dolce Gusto coffee capsules are compatible with Nescafé Dolce Gusto award winning coffee machines only.
No Coffee in there!
Don’t these people have some kind of quality control?
Trying to make coffee for company and having only milk was very annoying and the other couple would not even consider buying the machine.
Try them first
Incompatible with Nesspresso machines.
Middle of the road
I found that leaving the milk out made it have a more acceptable taste and flavor, otherwise it seemed to have a sight aftertaste. I personally am not a cappuccino/espresso expert by any means, so I am not sure if that is normal or not. I actually prefer my coffee served black, with no sugar, creamer/milk, so I am probably a little more biased when it comes to rating something like this.
Disappointed, tastes like coffee creamer
I wanted to like the Dolce Gusto Cappuccino, I really did. I wanted the no mess option for my home kitchen. It would save me money, it would save me time. So I read the reviews and I purchased it after serious consideration.
I am disappointed. All I could taste when I drank it, was a sort of powdered milk taste – it reminded me of coffee creamer which I never drink (the last time was stuck waiting for a car service at Midas three or four years ago). So if you really like your espresso and froth, this will not cut it. If you were having a party and your guests were not foodies, or wanted coffee in the morning in a rush, or if you don’t mind the taste of coffee creamer, then this is not the worst espresso drink I have ever had. It compares to an average restuarant that serves this type of drink BUT does [not] compare to a coffee house despite the claims on the box.
See my review on the Cafe Lungo option if you want to know what it tastes like when you remove the milk capsule as a factor…
Easy, quick, and great tasting capsules
While I do have a couple pointers (not quite complaints, but advice to make your Dolce Gusto experience better) that pertain to the machine itself — and thus the final coffee product — I feel the capsules themselves are not at fault for any of the machine’s problems.
After many days of getting used to the machine, I’ve found that loosely following the recommended milliliter measurements on the boxes is a good start, and from there it’s up to you. Personally, I do just the recommended amount of milk and then pour the espresso until I see the tiniest hint of transparency in the flow. From there I wait anywhere from half a minute to a few minutes (the longer you wait, the more espresso left in the capsule makes it’s way to the bottom ready to get the last flush of hot water…but at the same time, the more the foam melts into the coffee), depending on what other busy morning activities I’ve gotten myself into while preparing the drink, and then push another few seconds worth of espresso out of the capsule. Does this make a world of difference in strength? I doubt it…but it gives me just that much darker of a drink and it makes me feel like I’m getting the most bang for my buck.
Ofcourse, the fact that I can get that much more espresso out of the capsule by waiting a bit isn’t necessarily all the capsule’s fault, but it is truly my only caveat (I also wonder if it’s possible to make recyclable capsules…). Either way, unless I’ve really overdone the amounts of milk or espresso (or haven’t gotten back to the machine in time to turn it off), getting a ‘watered-down’ cappuccino is not possible and, in my opinion, purely an ‘operator problem’ (see tip above).
Also something to note: a generally accepted typical single shot of espresso is made up of 8g of ground coffee and the final product shouldn’t be any more than 35mL. The instructions on the package tell you to pour about 40mL (and there is exactly 8g of espresso in the capsule). In other words, if you overdo the espresso capsule, you’ll be getting a noticeably watered down espresso (as for the whole cappuccino, I usually can’t tell if I’ve overdone it a touch).
Guests have always commented on the excellent look (use clear glasses for quite the show), feel, and taste of the foam and milk. I have to agree that compared to using other capsule-based machines where one has to purchase an extra milk-frother (and deal with the clean-up, supplies, etc), this system easily produces a comparable (at least) milk and foam experience, with very little hassle (if any).
When it comes to flavors, there’s been a long-standing tie between Cappuccino and the Latte Macchiato in my household. We tend to always have a supply of Cappuccino around with the occasional box of Macchiatto every month or two. Cappuccino is definitely a favorite. Top notch. Never had a problem with a bad after-taste, or at least nothing but the great taste of good espresso.
For those who like to know where their coffee comes from: the milk is from France and the coffee capsules are from England (although the actual 100% ground and roasted arabica beans themselves, I don’t know). Also, there’s 8g of ground coffee in the espresso capsules (the Latte Macchiato has less — in fact, the Macchiato box recommends 50mL of espresso for a capsule that contains 6.5g…in other words, the amount of espresso that you’d find in a fairly small single shot with the amount of water reserved for a small double shot…perhaps one of the reasons I tend to prefer the Cappuccino).
And ofcourse, buying the boxes from Amazon.com with the subscribe and save is the most inexpensive option I’ve found.
Also, make sure to sign-up online at Dolce Gusto’s website for the award points you get with every box. With a box of three from Amazon (through subscribe and save), AND factoring in the 10 award points you get with every box (with which you can redeem Amazon gift cards), the price per box drops to a little over 7 dollars (compared to ~9 dollars a box at Sur la Table and other retailers).
And since I’m a money-saving statistics addict, I’m especially happy about the fact that the online rewards program keeps track of all the points you’ve ever recorded (thus telling me how many boxes I’ve ever purchased). This helps me calc. how much money I’ve saved in total in comparison to, say, Starbucks.
All in all, if you’re not quite willing to shell out major bucks for a real espresso machine, and have limited counter-space to begin with, the Dolce Gusto machine is an easy choice (they just released new and improved versions, too). **And, as of early October ’10, they’ve revamped their boxes, giving them a classier, more matte-like finish (along with a recycle symbol on the bottom) and a cleaner look in terms of pictures and text. Great improvement to the design, and a fun, refreshing face-lift.**
In terms of capsules, the Cappuccino is a solid choice — a staple in my cabinet.
Best of 5 flavors available
While I’d still like to see Krups align itself with a better coffee producer than Nescafe or see Nescafe improve the quality of the coffee in their capsules for this system, this one is not at all bad in terms of taste, and the Krups system lends itself to very artful presentation with very easy clean-up.
Just not very good!
Since Nescafe states that the dark pod is espresso, I would be confident ordering a box of the espresso pods and frothing 1% milk with the BonJour Primo Latte Frother, Rechargeable Includes Electric Base. I use this all the time to make cappuccino’s at home and they are far better in flavor than this product.
The only reason I’m giving this two stars is because the milk pods are supposed to be identical between the Nescafe Dolce Gusto Chococino, 8-Servings (Pack of 3), the Nescafe Dolce Gusto Latte Macchiato, 8-Servings (Pack of 3), and the Nescafe Dolce Gusto Cappuccino, 8-Servings (Pack of 3). Unfortunately for me, the Cappuccino milk pods were awful tasting compared to the milk pods for the other products. I just assume that my box was heat damaged, resulting in an undesirable flavor. Your experience might be different.
Flavor reduced for Nescafe Cappuccino
Great Tasting Coffee
Another good drink from Nescafe!
Gas Station “Cappuccino”
Note regarding video: the reason the saucer is cracked is due to bad product packaging for the Nescafe Dolce Gusto Machine. This is how it arrived to me.
Great Cappuccino! Easy to Make, Fine-tune to your taste
I have begun to fine-tune the drink to my flavor preference. A little less milk, a little more espresso for some extra strength. Or for a little later in the afternoon, when I want a lighter beverage, I can do more milk less espresso. I like the free that Dolce Gusto gives to make me feel like a barista and have some control over my drink.
The cost, since each beverage takes 2 pods, is about a dollar apiece. A bargain, considering the great taste, convenience, and ease of preparation.
Totally Opposite Experience
Frothy Cappuccino, No Waiting
I was curious about what was in the coffee capsules so I actually cut one open and, yes, that’s real coffee, not powered “instant” coffee.
One thing to note about the size of the drinks. The Dolce Gusto Cappuccino is an 8.2 oz drink. In Starbucks’ world, this is a “short” drink, which is 8 oz., not a “tall” drink, which is 12 oz. Several years ago, Starbucks started selling customers a “tall” drink when they ordered a small drink, instead of the traditional small drink a “short”.
Our favorite Dolce Gusto flavor so far
I think Dolce Gusto hit this one out of the park. With a little addition of sugar and experimentation of the milk to coffee ratio this capsule can make a delicious cup of cappuccino in about 30 seconds. We are very pleased and can’t wait for our free Mocha capsules.
Got my husband into “fancy coffee”
The capsules are easy to use, don’t make a mess and don’t mess the machine. The coffee is brewed in the capsule itself, so there’s no leakage to clean up, even though you’re using a milk product. The machine came with the capsule bin (which I line with a small plastic bag so I don’t have to ever wash it). I simply dump the used capsules into the bin as I use them, then dump the bin bag when it gets full.
The only negative is the price. They certainly could be cheaper, but I find it’s a pretty good price for a wonderful cappuccino.
Very good, especially for a convenience product
My favorite flavor
I ordered 2 packs of this product as it’s my new favorite weekend morning drink. Again as with all of the products I find the price of the capsules to be too high but so far it hasn’t stopped me from ordering more 🙂
Starbucks at home
Just right for me!
Good but a bit sweet.
My husband serves has these in his office and clients are always impressed and happy to stay talking longer to enjoy the cappuccino.
Good Coffee for “Made at Home”
Beware of soy!
Great way to have a cappuccino for around a buck a cup!
Really like the prices I have been getting on Amazon, plus I know I don’t get “expired” boxes of capsules.