First, let me tell you about the kind of coffee drinkers we are. My husband is an avid coffee drinker and drinks more than one cup a day. I have always tried to watch my caffeine intake, so I only drink my morning cup of coffee - but I have to have it every morning. My husband likes more bold coffee, where I like flavored coffee or a good cup with chocolate creamer.
The machine is really easy to use. The on/off switch is on the top side. It does have an energy saving automatic turn off.
Even though the machine is really small compared to most(12.28 x 12.44 x 7.72), it still has enough room for a water tank. The water tank is on the back of the machine. The removable tank can hold 32 oz of water which will make about 4-6 cups of coffee/tea.
Before the first use, you need to run the water through the machine to clean it out. The lever at the top can go to either side. If you push it to the side that it is on now, it is hot water. Push it to the other side for cold water. My biggest problem with this machine is that you don't know how much water you should really put in each cup of coffee for each capsule. You have to manually stand there and turn the lever back to the middle to make the water stop flowing. You can walk away from most other machines while your coffee is brewing.
The capsule goes in this slot on the front. To puncture it, simply push the silver lever down.
Decide whether you want the water to be cold or hot and push the lever over to that side. When you have the amount of coffee that you want, flip the lever back to the middle position. The LED light keeps my coffee cup illuminated while I brew.
Getting the amount of water "just right" has been my biggest problem. I tend to put too much in and then my coffee is watered down. I also like to keep making the kids' breakfast or do other things while my coffee brews, so I wish I didn't have to stand there and watch it to make sure I cut it off at the right time. I know it only takes a few seconds to brew a cup of coffee, but every second is time that I could be doing something else other than watching my coffee cup fill up.
It comes with 12 capsules, but we were also sent a bag full of different capsules to test. I'm pretty sure I've tried all the flavors, but I still haven't found my "favorite coffee" for this machine. I really like the Chococino, but it is just hot chocolate-not coffee. I really wish that I could use my own coffee with the Circolo. Even though my husband and I both have very different taste when it comes to coffee, he hasn't found a capsule that he really likes either. Most come with a milk capsule and coffee capsule so that there is a froth at the top. It makes it feel/look more like we went to an expensive coffee shop to get coffee.
I absolutely love the fact that it has a 24 month warranty. I recently had a problem with my other single serve coffee maker and it only has a 1 year warranty. I was almost over my 1 year, so having a warranty with even more time makes this coffee maker very appealing.
The machine looks amazing and it really fits in better with my kitchen decor than any other coffee maker, but so far there isn't a coffee flavor that either of us really like. If they made it where I could brew my own favorite coffee in this machine, that Dolce Gusto Circolo would be the perfect fit for us.
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The NESCAFÉ® Dolce Gusto® Circolo™ retails for $149.99.
“I wrote this review while participating in a test drive campaign by Mom Central Consulting on behalf of NESCAFÉ Dolce Gusto and received a coffee machine to facilitate my review.”