Dolce Gusto

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Dolce Gusto Coffee Machine (First Series KP20xx)

The Nescafé Dolce Gusto is an espresso machine/coffee capsule system from Nestlé. The machines are produced by hardware manufacturers Arno from Næver, Krups and De'Longhi.

Devices[edit]

Melody series[edit]

The first series of 2006 consisted of the models KP2000 (Black/Silver), KP2006 (Black/Silver/Red) and KP2002 (Black/Silver/White), all of them operating in a standard pressure of 14 bar. The device itself consists of a water tank, an internal water pump and an electric heater. The dispenser is in the top, where a lever lowers a plate with a single needle on the capsule holder.

The machines debuted an proprietary capsule system called smart capsule, with 8 g each, and could prepare hot or cold beverages — the heating is done internally, but for cold beverages the water has to be manually chilled in the water tank with ice.

In late 2008, Nestlè launched a new series, KP21xx/Melody2, with new colors and some other improvements:

  • 15 bar pressure (instead of 14)
  • Power-saving automatic switch-off (after 5 min)
  • Partially chromed parts
  • Wider drip collector
  • Magnetic capsule holder

Since September 2010 there is a new series, Creativa Melody2, that has an LCD display. This allows the machine to be programmed and customized, for example, set it to automatically turn on in a given time and brew the capsule already in the holder. In addition, the outflow can be personalized, to obtain the same taste regardless of the cup used. There are pre-programmed settings to different capsule varieties, that can be further customized.

Circolo, Piccolo and Fontana[edit]

In Mid-2009 Nestlé added the Circolo series to the line. This machine, as the name suggests, sports a rounded design, with the same technical specifications of the Melody2 devices, but with a LED light in the water tank.

In September 2010, the previous two series were supplemented by three more. Besides the Creativa mentioned above, there is the Piccolo (small, KP10xx), aimed to customers with limited space, as it is smaller, with a 600 ml water tank. Other than that, it is technically identical to the Melody2 machines.

Similarly, the Fontana (KP30xx) has the same underpinnings, but with a design reminiscent of a water tap (Italian Fontana).

The devices work, depending on the series, with 14 or 15 bar pressure.

Similar systems[edit]

In contrast to Nespresso system, which is also made by Nestlé and has Krups as one of the major hardware vendors, the Dolce Gusto capsules are freely available in stores — with Nespresso you can only buy it either online or in special Nespresso stores.

Capsules[edit]

Each pack contains 16 capsules. These are sufficient for 8 or 16 cups, depending of the type of beverage. In almost all beverages with milk, two capsules are needed: one capsule with milk powder and other with the other ingredient (be it coffee, tea or chocolate). The amount of time of preparation for each one varies.

Inside each package there is a code number printed, the so-called pleasure points system. These can be redeemed at the online Dolce Gusto shop (i.e. a pack of coffee capsules are available for 220 points). There are also coffee and tea equipment.

Varieties[edit]

The variety of flavors varies by territory. The following list provides information on the varieties available currently (July 2015) listed by territory (AE = UAE, AR = Argentina, AT = Austria, AU = Australia, BE = Belgium, BG = Bulgaria, BR = Brazil, CA = Canada, CH = Switzerland, CL = Chile, CN = China, CO = Colombia, CR = Costa Rica, CZ = Czech Republic, DE = Germany, DK = Denmark, ES = Spain, FI = Finland, FR = France, GR = Greece, GT = Guatemala, HK = Hong Kong, HR = Croatia, HU = Hungary, ID = Indonesia, IE = Ireland, IT = Italy, JO = Jordan, JP = Japan, KR = South Korea, KW = Kuwait, KZ = Kazakhstan, LB = Lebanon, LT = Lithuania, MT = Malta, MX = Mexico, MY = Malaysia, NL = Netherlands, NO = Norway, NZ = New Zealand, PA = Panama, PE = Peru, PH = Philippines, PL = Poland, PT = Portugal, PY = Paraguay, QA = Qatar, RO = Romania, RS = Serbia, RU = Russia, SA = Saudi Arabia, SE = Sweden, SG = Singapore, SI = Slovenia, SK = Slovakia, TH = Thailand, TR = Turkey, TW = Taiwan, UA = Ukraine, UK = United Kingdom, US = USA, UY = Uruguay, ZA = South Africa):

Name Availability Notes
Ristretto AE, AU, BE, BG, CH, CL, CZ, DE, DK, ES, FI, FR, GR, HU, IE, IT, JO, KW, NL, NO, NZ, PL, PT, QA, RU, SA, SE, SK, TW, UA, UK
Ristretto Ardenza AT, AU, BE, BG, BR, CH, CZ, DE, DK, ES, FI, FR, GR, HR, HU, IE, IT, KR, MT, NL, NO, PL, PT, RO, RS, RU, SE, SG, SK, TW, UK
Espresso AE, AR, AT, AU, BE, BG, BR, CA, CH, CZ, DE, DK, ES, FI, FR, HU, IE, IT, JO, JP, KR, KW, KZ, LB, MX, MY, NL, NO, NZ, PE, PH, PL, PT, RO, RU, QA, SA, SE, SG, SK, UA, TW, UK, US, UY
Espresso Decaffeinato AT, AU, BE, BG, BR, CH, CZ, DE, DK, ES, FI, FR, GR, HR, HU, IE, IT, KR, MT, MX, NL, NO, NZ, PL, PT, RO, RU, SE, SK, HK, UA, UK
(Espresso) Barista AT, BE, BG, BR, CH, CZ, DE, DK, ES, FI, FR, GR, HR, HU, IE, IT, LT, MT, MX, NL, NO, PE, PL, PT, RO, RS, RU, SE, SK, UA, UK
Bonka Espresso ES A coffee brand by Nestlé
(Espresso) Buondi BG, CH, CZ, DE, GR, HU, IT, PT, SK, TH, UA A coffee brand by Nestlé
Espresso Intenso AR, AT, AU, BE, BG, BR, CH, CL, CN, CO, CR, CZ, DE, DK, ES, FI, FR, GR, GT, HK, HR, HU, ID, IE, IT, JP, KR, LT, MT, MX, MY, NL, NO, NZ, PA, PL, PT, PY, RO, RS, RU, SE, SG, SI, TR, TW, UA, UK, US, UY, ZA
Espresso Macchiato (Cortado) AR, AT, BE, BG, BR, CH, CL, CZ, DE, DK, ES, FI, FR, GR, HR, HU, IE, IT, KZ, LT, MT, MX, MY, NL, NO, PL, PT, RO, RS, RU, SE, SG, SK, UK, UY
Espresso Macchiato (Cortado) Decaffeinato AT, DE, DK, ES, FI, FR, GR, HU, IE, IT, NL, NO, PL, RO, SE, UK
Espresso Caramel AR, AT, BE, CH, CZ, DE, DK, ES, FI, FR, GR, HU, IT, KR, LT, NL, NO, PL, PT, RU, SE, SK, TW, UK, UY
Dallmayr Crema D'Oro AT, DE, DK, FI, NO, SE
Dallmayr Prodomo AT, CH, DE, DK, FI, NO, SE
Sical IT, PT A coffee brand by Nestlé
(Caffè) Americano / House Blend AR, AU, BE, CA, CO, CR, CZ, DK, FI, FR, GR, GT, IE, IT, KR, KZ, MX, NO, NZ, PA, PL, RU, SE, SK, TR, TW, UK, US, UY, ZA
Caffè Buongiorno BR Traditional Brazilian coffee
(Caffè) Lungo / Regular Blend AR, AT, AU, BE, BG, BR, CA, CH, CL, CN, CZ, DE, DK, ES, FI, FR, GR, HK, HR, HU, ID, IE, IT, JP, KR, KZ, LT, MX, MY, NL, NO, NZ, PE, PH, PL, PY, RO, RS, RU, SE, SG, SI, SK, TR, TW, UA, UK, US, UY
(Caffè) Lungo Decaffeinato / Regular Blend Decaffeinato AT, BE, CA, CH, CL, DE, DK, ES, FI, FR, GR, IE, IT, JP, KR, MX, NL, NO, RO, SE, TW, UK, US
(Caffè) Lungo Intenso / Roast Blend AT, BE, BG, CZ, DE, DK, FI, FR, IE, IT, JP, KR, MX, NL, NO, PL, RO, SE, SK, TW, UK
(Caffè) Lungo Mild AT, BE, BG, CH, DE, DK, FI, IE, JP, NL, NO, PL, RO, SE, UK
(Caffè Crema) Grande / Medium Roast /Caffè Aroma AT, BE, BG, CA, CH, CZ, DE, DK, FI, FR, GR, HU, IE, IT, LT, MT, MX, NL, NO, PL, PT, RU, SE, SK, TW, UA, UK
(Caffè) Grande Intenso / Dark Roast BE, CA, CH, CZ, DE, DK, ES, HK, FI, FR, GR, ID, IE, IT, KR, LT, MT, MY, NL, NO, PH, PL, RU, SE, SG, SK, TW, UA, UK, US
(Caffè) Grande Mild / Morning Blend AT, BE, CH, DE, DK, FI, IE, IT, JP, KR, NL, NO, SE, UK, US
Zoégas Dark Temptation DK, FI, NO, SE A Swedish company acquired by Nestlé. A high percentage of the beans are from Kenya's highlands.
Zoégas Intenzo DK, FI, NO, SE Consists primarily of selected beans from Central America's hillsides.
Zoégas Mollbergs DK, FI, NO, SE Extremely high proportion of Arabica from Kenya's highlands.
Zoégas Skånerost DK, FI, NO, SE 100% Arabica. East Africa, Brazil and highlands in Central America beans blend.
Iced Coffee Blend JP, KR Iced
Café Au Lait AR, AT, AU, BE, BR, CH, CZ, DE, DK, ES, FI, FR, GR, HK, HR, ID, IE, IT, KR, LT, MX, MY, NL, NO, NZ, PL, PT, PY, RO, RU, SE, SG, SK, UA, UK, UY, ZA
Latte Macchiato AE, AT, AU, BE, BR, CA, CH, CL, CN, CO, CR, CZ, DE, DK, ES, FI, FR, GR, GT, ID, HR, HU, IE, IT, JP, KR, LT, MT, MX, MY, NL, NO, NZ, PA, PE, PL, PT, PY, RS, RO, RU, SE, SG, SI, SK, TR, TW, UA, UK, US, ZA
Latte Macchiato Light AR, AT, BG, CH, CO, CZ, DE, DK, ES, FI, FR, HU, IE, IT, HK, NL, NO, NZ, PE, SE, SK, UK, US, UY
Latte Macchiato Unsweetened AR, AT, CH, CZ, DE, DK, FI, GR, HU, IE, KZ, NL, NO, PL, RO, SE, SK, TW, UK, UY
Latte Macchiato Caramel AE, AT, AU, BE, BG, BR, CA, CH, CZ, DE, DK, ES, FI, FR, GR, HU, ID, IE, IT, JO, KR, KW, LT, MT, MX, MY, NL, NO, NZ, PE, PL, PT, QA, RO, RU, SA, SE, SG, SK, TR, TW, UA, UK, US, ZA
Latte Macchiato Vanilla AR, AT, BE, BR, CA, CH, CL, CZ, DE, DK, ES, FI, FR, GR, HU,IE, IT, MT, MX, MY, NL, NO, PH, PL, RO, RU, SE, SG, SI, SK, TW, UK, US, UY, ZA
Ricoré Latte FR A brand name of a coffee/chicory mix by Nestlé.
Cappuccino AE, AR, AT, AU, BE, BG, BR, CA, CH, CL, CN, CO, CR, CZ, DE, DK, ES, FI, FR, GR, GT, HK, HR, HU, ID, IE, IT, JO, JP, KR, KW, KZ, LB, LT, MT, MX, MY, NL, NO, NZ, PA, PE, PH, PL, PT, PY, QA, RO, RU, SI, RS, SA, SE, SG, SK, TH, TR, TW, UA, UK, US, UY, ZA
Cappuccino Light AU, BE, CH, CL, CR, CZ, DE, DK, ES, FI, FR, GT, HK, IE, IT, KR, MT, MX, NL, NO, PA, PY, RO, RU, SE, SK, UK, US
Cappuccino Ice AE, AT, BE, BG, CH, CO, CR, CZ, DE, DK, ES, FI, GR, GT, HK, HU, IE, IT, JO, JP, KR, KW, LB, MT, MX, NL, NO, PA, PH, PL, PT, QA, RU, SA, SE, SI, SK, TH, TR, UA, UK, US, ZA Iced
Freddo Cappuccino DE, DK, FI, GR, NO, RO, SE, SG, TW Iced
Chococino / Chocoletto AE, AR, AT, AU, BE, BG, BR, CA, CH, CL, CN, CO, CR, CZ, DE, DK, ES, FI, FR, GR, GT, HK, HR, HU, ID, IE, IT, JO, JP, KR, KW, LB, MT, MX, MY, NL, NO, NZ, PA, PE, PH, PL, PT, PY, QA, RO, RU, SA, SE, SG, SI, SK, TR, TW, UA, UK, US, UY, ZA Hot chocolate
Chococino Caramel AR, AT, BE, BR, CH, CZ, DE, DK, ES, FI, FR, GR. HU, IE, IT, MX, NL, NO, PL, PT, RU, SE, SK, TW, UK, UY Hot chocolate
Mocha AE, AR, AT, AU, BE, BG, BR, CH, CL, CR, CZ, DE, DK, ES, FI, FR, GR, GT, HK, HU, ID, IE, IT, KR, KZ, MT, MX, MY, NL, NO, NZ, PA, PE, PH, PL, PT, RO, RU, SE, SG, SI, SK, TH, TW, UA, UK, US, UY, ZA
Milo ID, MY, PH, SG A brand name of chocolate malt drink by Nestlé.
Nescau BR Hot chocolate. A cocoa brand by Nestlé
Nesquik AT, BE, BG, CH, CZ, DE, DK, ES, FI, FR, GR, IT, KR, KZ, LT, MT, NL, NO, PL, PT, RO, RU, SE, SI, SK, UA Hot chocolate. A cocoa brand by Nestlé. Different drink as Nescau/Nescao
Nestea Lemon (Iced Tea) AR, BE, BR, CH, CZ, DE, DK, ES, FI, FR, GR, HU, IE, IT, NL, NO, PL, PT, SE, SK, UK, UY Iced. An ice tea brand by Nestlé
Nestea Peach (Iced Tea) AE, AT, AU, BE, BG, BR, CH, DK, ES, FI, FR, GR, HK, ID, IE, IT, KR, MT, NL, NO, NZ, PL, PT, RO, SE, SG, TW, UA, UK, US Iced
Marrakesh Style Tea AE, AT, BE, BR, CH, CR, CZ, DE, DK, ES, FI, FR, GR, GT, IE, IT, JO, KW, MT, MX, NL, NO, PA, PT, SE, SK, QA, SA, UK
Tea Latte AT, BE, CH, CN, DE, DK, ES, FI, FR, HK, IE, IT, JP, KR, MT, MY, NL, NO, SE, SG, TW, UK, ZA
Chai Tea Latte AE, AR, AT, AU, BE, BG, BR, CA, CH, CL, CO, CR, CZ, DE, DK, ES, FI, FR, GR, GT, HU, IE, IT, JO, JP, KW, KZ, MT, MX, MY, NL, NO, NZ, PA, PE, QA, RO, RU, SA, SE, SG, SK, TR, TW, UA, UK, US, UY
Green Tea Latte HK, ID, JP, KR, MY, SG

Criticism[edit]

The pod and coffee capsule system draw some criticism due to the lock-in effect. This means that the low cost of acquisition for each coffee machine is illusory, since the costs of the capsules for it exceeds that of conventional coffee — sometimes several times — and can cost more than the machine itself in a short time span unless a refillable capsule is used. A further disadvantage is the increased amount of waste due to the disposable nature of the Nescafé capsules, although in some countries recycling programs exist.

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