Tuesday, 16 December 2014

DeLonghi Nescafe Dolce Gusto Circolo Coffee Maker Review - Coffee Anyone?


Coffee anyone?

Would you believe that up until very recently, I was extremely hesitant to suggest this very normal query to house guests? Any person that has visited my home for several decades now, has been politely coerced into sharing a cup of tea instead, (or hot chocolate) and with good reason:

My confession: I am a tea drinker.

Having been a tea drinker always, (and not even a very good one at that; a herbal one only), I have artfully dodged the embarrassment of not being able to even make a cup of coffee at all - for years.

I have never understood the whole coffee 'thing' or the types and varieties - the entire coffee universe if you will, but mainly, I've just been avoiding the embarrassment of being utterly useless with the whole brew thing.


Believe me when I say, I've wanted to be in the know and desperately! It's a lonely world when you're not a part of such a big social industry. The world truly does revolve around this famous beverage.

Roll back a few months from today and things made a dramatic swing in the opposite direction for me and I happily found myself thrown into the world of coffee drinking in a big way.

I was at a Turkish festival and surrounded by the seduction of belly dancers, live traditional Turkish music and the exciting lure of a special Turkish coffee cup fortune-telling reading beckoned. The music; the spectacle, it all just worked its magic on me and I found myself standing there in the early Spring sunshine, sipping my first cup of delicious, sweet and syrupy coffee in decades - and thoroughly enjoying it!

That very same evening I excitedly ordered myself a fancy bench top Turkish coffee maker from Istanbul online and I have been hooked on a daily dose of coffee ever since.

Finally, I am one of you!

True tale!

I have always lusted after the divine bench top coffee makers on the market (partly hoping that by owning one I could mask my lack of skill with the beverage), so when I was contacted and asked to feature the very latest DeLonghi Nescafe Dolce Gusto Circolo coffee making machine here, I was thrilled to say the least.


This automated coffee maker, manufactured by reputed appliance company DeLonghi, is a very sexy bright red in colour and space-age in design and she's pretty much more than I could have ever hoped for in terms of simplicity and ease of use. This beautiful appliance has opened up a world of interest in the art of coffee making and a whole host of new flavours which I am still in the process of trying.


The Circolo has a nice lean profile so it won't take up your forever shrinking bench space however the eye-catching colour and design will definitely draw your eye. At any given moment when I glance up at my kitchen, it's the first thing I see and the last thing I eye off as I glance away. It is so very red and interesting! I should mention that it looks pretty wow too when it is switched on as there is an LED light centred over your cup which makes it look flash.

Set up was fairly simple and just a matter of removing it from the box, (it's not too heavy at all), filling the cleverly disguised water tank at the back of the appliance and switching it on. Really, my hardest decision was where to place it on my bench. (So that it would catch the eye of every visitor!)

The Circolo comes with a very comprehensive visual guide which is region-free so you must de-code its illustrated workings from this. As I've never really been one for guides in any format, I jumped straight in and tried it. My tip if you plan on purchasing - go straight to the How to Make a Beverage page for the simplest instructions and while you enjoy your first cup, flip through the rest of the guide at your leisure.

Actually, the box that the Circolo comes in has the simplest instructions of all, presented in short sentences with actual photographs. You can't go wrong having a quick read of this - it's coffee in four basic steps: Dial up your beverage height, pop a capsule in the drawer, close the lever to pierce the capsule and press the hot or cold button to start. Viola!


As a quick run-down lesson, there's a very simple dial system, (a selection wheel) in place on the control panel at the top of the appliance. Depending on your preferred cup size, a simple slip of the central dial adjusts your beverage height. You select whether your beverage should be hot or cold at the press of a button and out comes the coffee.

This took a bit of working out which is laughable now, (it's so simple), but a couple of times I had to rope the coffee-obsessed husband in to remind me why my cup was only half full despite following the guide included on every box the pods come in. Doh!

Just keep dialling up the water until your cup is full - that's all you need to know. There's even an included pod container to catch your used pods on your bench saving you endless trips to the bin.


Our new coffee maker arrived with a fantastic selection of coffee pods to try and so far we've experienced Espresso, Hot Chocolate and Cappuccino. The flavours are as you would expect from the world renown coffee manufacturer, Nescafe - very high quality, smooth and consistent. (How experienced I sound now!) This is the beauty of the pod system really; that guarantee of quality and dependability within each and every cup and the reason why pod coffee makers are such a big industry the world over. We really have our own Barista in our kitchen now and my coffee making efforts have become failsafe because of it.


I made this cup of coffee - so proud!
Cups are an EBay find from London's Piccadilly Market - Set of 8 multi-coloured cups and saucers 
in a chrome stand just $10 - A perfect match!
 
Beverages such as the Cappuccino pods also come with the milk pods too so it's nice and simple to make a café quality beverage and again, the coffee experience is unwavering.

Flavours and varieties within the range include: Chai Tea Latte, Cappuccino and Cappuccino Skinny, Caffe Americano, Espresso Intenso, Ristretto, Decaffeinato, Hot Chocolate, Café Au Lait, Mocha and Latte Macchiato. Iced beverages are also available and include Nestea Peach and Cappuccino Ice.


More information about the Circolo coffee maker and pods can be found on the Nescafe Dolce Gusto website. Pods are available widely and can be found at all major supermarkets nationally. You can also purchase the pods on the website as well as the full range of machines. Pods retail for approximately $8.49 per pack and contain between 8 or 16 serves depending on whether your pods include the milk components.

The Nescafe Dolce Gusto Circolo Red has a 15 bar pump and auto switch off function and retails for $229. You can purchase at major department stores and appliance retailers Australia wide.

We really love this appliance and the hassle free beverages we are now able to enjoy. It's attractive, simple and great quality. We're on a mission to update our larger coffee mugs now which just don't cut it next to this appliance! My new Circolo machine has finally given me the confidence to ask "Coffee anyone?!"
 
Are you a tea drinker or a coffee drinker?
Do you own a coffee maker?
Are you secretly scared of preparing unknown beverages for others like me?

*Disclaimer: Six Little Hearts was gifted the Nescafe Dolce Gusto Circolo Red in exchange for its promotion here.
All opinions expressed are those of this blog's Author.


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26 comments:

  1. Welcome to the coffee side! I drink both but I am a bit of a coffee snob - I hate instant :/

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    1. I am married to a coffee obsessed man so it has made life much easier to be able to drink this beverage with him now. :D

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  2. Oh I'm with you. I've never had a full cup of coffee. The smell makes me queasy. I never used to drink tea either, but when I quit sugar and couldn't have hot chocs anymore I had to take up tea. Can't live without my tea now.

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    1. Renee, I didn't used to drink tea either but life gets difficult when you're not doing the beverage thing with everyone else. I couldn't quit hot chocolates ever however, (or sugar for that matter!) I admire your will girl!

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  3. That coffee maker is so futuristic looking, hey! We make drip coffee in our house every day, with two teaspoons of sugar and some pouring cream. I'm Canadian so that's how we-do. I just got one of my Australian friends into drip coffee. Couldn't believe my achievement. haha! - Peachy Keen Mumma

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    1. Ohh, So fun to learn new ways to enjoy this beverage - I will have to give yours a try too. Thanks for sharing!

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  4. I've been drinking coffee since I was twelve and only Nescafe. If I bought one of those I wouldn't need my husband anymore. I could put it on my bedside table. It looks as Jess above said, very futuristic. Me like. Me want one.

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    1. Twelve?! Wow you started young! As usual - you are too funny! Bedside is a great place for it - just what adults need to get out of bed in the morning. (And some twelve year olds...)

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  5. It's just sooooo pretty. I drink plenty of coffee but even if I didn't I'd still love to have it in my kitchen:-) #TeamIBOT

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    1. I can totally understand why. Nice bench top display for non coffee drinkers too.

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  6. How awesome is this machine?! My friend has one and I'm always trying to think of excuses to invite myself over to her house so she can make me a coffee :)

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    1. It is awesome and definitely a good excuse to go visiting!

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  7. I have to say I'm addicted to my coffee machine, it gets a workout about 3 times a day - just about to give it one now. Gotta love a gifted coffee machine :) x

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    1. I'll drink to that Em! Enjoy your coffee too. :D

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  9. I LOVE the design. And the coffee cups you have- great match. Welcome back to the dark side!
    We are still stove-topping it for now. Though I'd love a pod machine there's something about paying only up to $18 per kg for our coffee we can't quite let go of ;)

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    1. LOL - love the dark side! I especially love the fact that I am no longer groggy all day long - I am enjoying a caffeine hit to bring me to my senses! Coffee making is an art no matter how you brew it and your budget way sounds great.

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  10. I'm in love with the circular shape so much!! Takes up much less room on the bench. Love the red color too

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  11. How trendy is this coffee machine? Wow! As a coffee lover, I'd love to show my posh mates that I can make as good a coffee as anyone!

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