As part of the information we thought our readers would find useful, we have included this article on the five best pod coffee machines using the Nescafe system, and that, of course, can be used to make your Chococino hot chocolate drink.
We wanted to provide you with a fair review of these brewers to make an informed choice if you were thinking of purchasing one at some point. We have tried to provide a balanced review where we consider the positive and negative of each brewer so you can see which will suit your needs, including the pressure on your wallet.
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DeLonghi Nescafe Dolce Gusto Genio 2 Coffeemaker
- Easily prepares a variety of hot and cold drinks with the single serve system; produces gourmet coffees, lattes, cappuccinos, iced drinks and more
- Produces authentic espresso and the perfect cream with 15 bar pump pressure
- Quickly customize beverage strength and preparation with the 7-level LED display controls
- No preheating required with special thermoblock heating system
- Energy-saving automatic stand-by mode after 5-minute of inactivity
Amazon.com seems to be having a bit of a sale with these brewers as we write these reviews as the Genio is also on sale with an excellent 31% off (saving $56.29 off the recommended retail price). The current price is $125.71, with free shipping.
The Genio is a simple device, quick to master, easy to fill and, to our eye, a rather more attractive machine in the kitchen when compared to the Piccolo mentioned above. The system is ready in a few seconds from switch-ON and makes a hot but not scalding cup in a matter of moments. The controls couldn’t be more self-evident, and it even switches itself off after 5 minutes if you forget. The green display lights gradually brighten as the water heats – a nice touch that I find strangely appealing! On the downside, the instructions from DeLonghi are rather poor, and we feel the water tank is on the small side. But, other than that, we couldn’t really say anything else negative about the brewer. Overall the Genio is a great little machine and well priced at the moment – it rather looks like a friendly Penguin in the kitchen. The box does come with a small selection of Dolce Gusto pods, which is nice to kick it off for you. But we had a box of the Chococino already and so went straight for these.
Nescafe Dolce Gusto Melody II Single Serve Coffee Machine
- Utilizes a professional-level 15 bar pressure system (similar to coffee houses) which ensures every cup is perfect, with a foamy froth, rich cream and luxurious flavor
- Patented custom control lever, combined with airtight capsules, opimizes the extraction pressure, delivering the best quality, texture and customized strength with every cup
- The exclusive thermo block technology heats the water fresh every time, in less than one minute
- Everything you need to make a hot or cold drink is contained in our easy to use capsules, your new system come with a variety box of 12 capsules
- Stylish and sleek design that will stand out on any kitchen counter, energy saving automatic switch off
We feel at $178.99, the Melody II is probably slightly overpriced from Amazon.com when compared to the specials available for the Piccolo and the Genio. However, it is a good machine and will produce a great cup of coffee for you.
The Melody II is straightforward to set up, and although it feels a bit plastic, it certainly isn’t flimsy. It has very basic functions, and the instructions are much better with this unit when compared to the Genio. We do have some tips, which actually apply to most units that, in particular, will help you make a much better cup of coffee with the Melody II.
Tip 1: warm the cup with boiling water before placing it in the cup holder; this really helps you get a much hotter drink. It is a bit of a pain but well worth it the extra few seconds it takes.
Tip 2: make sure you use the recommended amount of water. If the instructions say to use 200ml of water for a certain flavour of coffee, then don’t fill a half litre mug as this will result in it tasting rather weak.
Tip 3: no doubt about it, the thermo-block heater inside the machine cannot maintain a high temperature for very long, but if you fill your cup in 10-second bursts rather than in a single burst you’ll get a HOT drink. i.e. move the heat selector switch to the middle after 10 seconds, then wait for the flashing red power light to turn green again before giving it another 10-second burst. This really makes a big difference. For our liking, the thermo-block heater is actually a bit underpowered, but you can work around this. But overall a nice unit from Krups, but do shop around to see if you can get it a bit cheaper.