Thursday, 24 November 2016

Nescafé® Dolce Gusto® Stelia Coffee Machine Review and Introducing The TerraCycle Capsule Recycling Program

In a household so thoroughly addicted to coffee, tea and hot cocoa, the presence of an automatic coffee machine to cope with the demand, is a necessity. We actually have several coffee machines on-the-go under our one roof. That's the level of our dedication to brews of all sorts.

A while ago now, we reviewed the shiny DeLonghi Nescafé® Dolce Gusto® Circolo coffee maker. From day one this appliance was, (and remains), a huge kitchen bench hit, delivering us barista-style brews daily.

In truth, we were so impressed after our initial introduction to the DeLonghi Nescafé® Dolce Gusto® line of coffee pod machines and beverages, that we invested in a few more of their appliances for around our home. To date we have no less than four of their coffee makers, including a compact Genio which escorts our family when we travel.
Addicted? Yes! Excessive? Not in our eyes. Once you have tried the convenience of a hard-working coffee maker in your own home, it's hard to return to the old-fashioned way of doing things.

When we were invited to try out the glossy Stelia Automatic Coffee Maker by DeLonghi, we were thrilled (again). I had expressed a desire on a number of occasions to purchase yet another coffee maker for our master bedroom, (AKA parent's retreat), making the new Stelia a most-welcome addition to our brew-addicted household.

This compact and stylish coffee maker, (shown here in Piano Black), has a spot by the bedside in this house already reserved for it. #dreamsdocometrue.

The Stelia is a coffee machine with a modern design and lustrous finish. It's sleek and stylish. (Just look at those swanky reflections!) It evokes love at first sight on the appearances side of things.

Stelia is so very easy to assemble, use and clean. Having loads of experience with these machines already, there was little need to read the included manual. Everything slots together perfectly, making it ready to use and enjoy in just a few short minutes.

The Stelia coffee machine is less about levers, nuts and bolts and more tech in design than its sibling appliances in this same brand. With the wave of a finger, its touch sensitive dial moves like magic. Dialling up the beverage size is incredibly easy with this feature, and a wee bit of fun too!

There's a no-fuss one litre water tank which is easy to fill and fit.

Slide in the included drip tray which sits beneath your cup. It conveniently catches any mess for you and gives you three cup height options to choose from.

Included with the machine, is a complimentary selection of capsules from the extensive Nescafé® Dolce Gusto® range. Just choose your preferred flavour and follow the easy images which appear on every capsule box to dial up the intensity and size of your brew.

Then, just pop your chosen beverage capsule into the pod drawer and dial up your size and strength with the magic 'play and select' feature. There are options to choose either hot or cold beverages with all DeLonghi Nescafé® coffee appliances. You can make a piping-hot coffee or an iced one, exactly how you like it.

Selecting your temperature starts your brew instantly. Watch as the magic happens. The high pressure pump within delivers up to 15 bars of pressure. Every beverage comes out identical and delicious, just like you expect from your favourite café. It's quick and over time, can save you big dollars on your regular trips to your preferred coffee outlet. 

Café Au Lait instantly plus a delicious frothy topping. No mess or fuss.

Let's not forget about the environment though.

As for all of those empty coffee capsules, Nescafé® Dolce Gusto® and TerraCycle are pleased to announce an innovative worldwide partnership to reduce and recycle the waste.

Participating in the program is completely free, (even the postage cost), and is as easy as signing up online and printing off a label to return the collected capsules. Participants can drop off their pods at a location near them or just pack the used, dry capsules into a secure plastic bag before boxing and posting.
TerraCycle will clean the collected capsules and melt them down to be re-molded into new recycled products. As an additional incentive, for every 2kg of capsules collected from your location, (applies Australia-wide), a non-profit organisation (including schools), or charity of your choice, will receive 2 points per piece of waste, (or $0.02 per capsule) in donations!

To learn more about the Nescafé® Dolce Gusto® Capsule Recycling Program visit here and watch this important and informative message all about the TerraCycle partnership.

The DeLonghi Nescafé® Dolce Gusto® Stelia coffee maker is available online from the Nescafé® Dolce Gusto® website and is priced at $199. The Stelia comes in a choice of Piano Black or Glossy White. Shop the delicious beverage choices and flavours here. (We are big fans of the coffee!)

If you already own a Nescafé® Dolce Gusto® coffee machine, please consider joining this amazing initiative and help to spread the word.

Do you own a coffee pod machine?
Were you aware that you could recycle your coffee pods?

*Disclosure: Six Little Hearts was gifted the featured item in exchange for this review.
All opinions expressed are entirely our own and genuine.



  1. Love there's a recycling programme!

    1. Yes! I am collecting a sink full of pods and have a box all ready to go. A brilliant initiative.

  2. That is one beautiful looking coffee machine and the recycling programme is a brilliant touch to the whole brand package #weekendblogshare x

  3. So good that there is a recycling programme that was something that always bothered me about the pods.

  4. Wow! What a great recycling program! I love it!

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