DeLonghi Nescafe Dolce Gusto Genio Coffeemaker Review

  • Dimensions (l x w x h inches): 6.3 x 8.7 x 11.3
  • Weight (Lbs): 5.5
  • Small size for any kitchen

The DeLonghi Nescafe Dolce Gusto Genio Coffeemaker is a small, single-serve, capsule-based coffee maker.  The Nescafe Dolce Gusto capsules brew a variety of different coffee drinks in a single step, including milk-based coffee drinks. If you love cappuccino and mocha style drinks, but don’t have any desire to play barista, the Dolce Gusto Genio is an ideal single serve choice. Nescafe Dolce Gusto capsules can be used for either hot or cold coffee drinks; 18 different flavors are available.

Designed to brew directly into your own cup or mug, the Genio features an adjustable drip tray for a perfect fit. Place your mug onto the drip tray and lift it to the dispenser. To brew your coffee, fill the reservoir with water, insert the coffee capsule, and turn the wheel to set the desired cup size for your coffee. An LED screen provides information about the brew strength and size, and you can balance the number of bars of coffee and number of bars of milk to meet your own tastes.  A mechanical lever secures the Nescafe Dolce Gusto cup into place. To brew a second cup, you can simply discard the first pod and begin the process again.

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The tiny Nescafe Dolce Gusto Genio is an ideal coffee maker for a small space—your apartment kitchen, dorm room, or your desk. The Genio is crisp in appearance, with black and stainless-steel finish. Automatic 15 bar pressure regulation provides for a high-quality espresso beverage; this is one of the essentials to get a cup of espresso rather than just a cup of coffee.

The Dolce Gusto Genio includes a removable 21 oz. water reservoir, limiting mess while preparing your morning coffee. There’s no need to pour water into the reservoir, as it can simply be filled at the sink. A high-quality thermoblock heating system eliminates pre-heating and provides for a faster cup of coffee.  In addition, the thermoblock system provides for adequate heating for the coffee, unlike some cup or capsule-based coffee makers. If you remove your cup, the flow will stop; limiting any other risk of mess; you can also stop the flow by changing settings on the coffee maker. The stand-by mode kicks in after five minutes, eliminating damage to the coffee maker if you forget to remove it and reducing power use.

To clean the Dolce Gusto Genio, simply wipe with a soft cloth; the removable reservoir can be hand-washed.

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If you want coffee bar-style drinks at home without the work, the Nescafe Dolce Gusto Genio is an ideal choice. There’s a minimal learning curve, and the capsules are widely available. They are not inexpensive, but are less expensive than purchasing coffee drinks out.  The capsule varieties available allow you to choose a range of different espresso drinks, without investing in other supplies or appliances.

The Genio is not a good choice if you want to experiment with your espresso drinks, or customize them to suit your needs. It is more expensive to use than a traditional espresso machine, since the capsules are more costly than purchasing espresso beans and milk. It’s also not an ideal option if you prefer to drink coffee, rather than espresso, much of the time. Finally, you may prefer a different style if you routinely need to make more than one to two coffee drinks.

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Watch this video demo of the DeLonghi Nescafe Dolce Gusto Genio Coffeemaker for a closer look at how it works.

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