Brew espresso drinks fast and with some flavorThe $100 Nescafe Dolce Gusto Mini Me creates fancy espresso-style drinks in a flash.
Hi guys. This is Brian Bennett for CNet appliances. And right now we're taking a first look at the Nescafe Dolce Gusto Mini Me. This coffee machine tries it's darndest to make espresso style drinks quickly and conveniently in the comfort of your home. So instead of having to shoulder your way through the crowd at your local cafe and wait for who knows how long at the bar just for the pleasure of slamming a hot cup of espresso in say 30 seconds, you can do that at home using this machine, no hassle, no muss, no fuss. The first thing you're going to notice about the Dolce Gusto Mini Me is that it has a very small, compact, even playful design. It also uses pod style capsules to make coffee fast. You can also use this machine to make lots of cappuccino and other espresso style drinks that are more complicated. Kind of stuff that you would actually order at a cafe. So this machine not only brews hot drinks, it also brews cold drinks like iced coffee, even chai lattes. Now there are some things you need to keep in mind before you buy the Dolce Gusto Mini Me. First of all, you buy capsules in packs of 16 a piece and essentially. That roughly translates to about 63 cents per drink. Now when you actually start to make more complicated drinks with milk pods and coffee pods, you're essentially gonna be doubling that price to about $1.25 per drink. And you're also gonna increase the overall brew time. And in my opinion, while the coffee that this machine makes. It's pretty flavorful and more tasty than, say, things I've experienced out of a Keurig machine. It's not gonna be the real deal espresso that you can get from an actual espresso machine that's freshly made. When you break it all down, the Dolce Gusto Mini Me. Delivers espresso style drinks that almost stand up to scrutiny. But it isn't the real thing. I'm Brian Bennett for CNET appliances. Be sure to check out my review of this machine and other coffee makers at cnet.com.