NESCAFÉ Dolce Gusto Genio S pod coffee machine review


A compact appliance that creates barista-quality coffee fast: Our review of the brand new NESCAFÉ Dolce Gusto Genio S pod coffee machine

  • The NESCAFÉ Dolce Gusto Genio S by Krups is an excellent buy if you’re on a budget, have limited space and want a delicious coffee fast without the fuss 
  • Coffee devotees may find the pod machine lacking on the customisation front 

If you want to make barista-quality coffee in your own home but your countertop has limited space, you might want to consider the brand new NESCAFÉ Dolce Gusto Genio S by Krups pod coffee machine.

This sleek, white machine is small and ultra-compact (slightly larger your average-sized kettle), so you don’t have to compromise on professional-quality coffee or countertop space.

Not only does it look neat, but you don’t have to pay big bucks to turn your kitchen into a first-class espresso bar, as the new model from NESCAFÉ costs a very reasonable £93.01 on Amazon or £79.99 on Very.

This sleek, white machine is small and ultra-compact (slightly larger your average-sized kettle), so you don't have to compromise on professional-quality coffee or countertop space

This sleek, white machine is small and ultra-compact (slightly larger your average-sized kettle), so you don’t have to compromise on professional-quality coffee or countertop space

With a 15-bar pump pressure and new XL functionality, you can go big and enjoy a hot or cold drink just the way you like it in 30 seconds. Its descaling system means it’s easy to clean and maintain. Plus, the machine has an energy-saving auto shut-off feature so it will turn itself off after a minute of inactivity.

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While you can’t control the temperature of your drink, there is a wide variety of flavours to make both hot and cold beverages, including the NESCAFÉ Dolce Gusto Starbucks pods. And you don’t need to invest in a separate milk frother to create frothy milk, as the capsules create this for you.

Nescafe Dolce Gusto’s full range of pods spans over 50 hot and cold coffees, teas, and hot Nesquik chocolate. If you’re lactose-intolerant or vegan, you’ll be happy to hear that you can also buy Dolce Gusto compatible soya milk pods. 

There are decaf capsules too, and you can purchase refillable and reusable pods on Amazon that you can fill with your choice of ground coffee. As for storing your coffee capsules, this £9.99 rotating holder does the trick.

Once you’ve made your coffee, the pods can be bagged and returned for recycling, as part of a service offered by NESCAFÉ Dolce Gusto.

Simple to use: Ensure the scroll wheel to matches the bars on your coffee pod

Add pod of choice and close lever press a button, and drink

This coffee machine is so simple to get the hang of there was no need to read through instructions before use

We particularly like the smooth NESCAFÉ Dolce Gusto Americano (four intensity) and were impressed with the amount of crema on top. We preferred these to the milky alternatives. 

To use the automatic pod coffee machine, all you have to do is add the pod, use the scroll wheel to match the bars on it, press a button, and drink. This coffee machine is so simple to get the hang of there was no need to read through instructions before use. 

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And for its low price, it’s surprisingly quiet too – more so than other models we’ve tested, so you won’t wake up the whole house when you make your early morning brew.

Coffee devotees may find the NESCAFÉ Dolce Gusto Genio S by Krups lacking on the customisation front, but all in all, it’s an excellent buy if you’re on a budget, have limited space and want a delicious coffee fast without the fuss. 

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