Dolce Gusto Machine Review: Mini Me Automatic Coffee Machine

When it comes to coffee machines, I’m a sucker for convenience – after all, who wants to wait around for a slow, sputtering coffee maker to slog out a cup of joe after several minutes when you can take advantage of a highly efficient automatic coffee machine that can crank out delicious quality coffee in only a matter of seconds?

This is precisely what you can expect from the NESCAFE Dolce Gusto Mini Me automatic coffee machine by Krups. As a single-serve pod machine, the Dolce Gusto offers simple operation with no mess, and if you’re a fan of variety, you will definitely appreciate the versatility that this coffee maker offers.

Dolce Gusto Machine review

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Dolce Gusto Coffee Machine

What I like

  • Super-easy, intuitive operation
  • Lightweight
  • Stylish and attractive design
  • Large selection of pods

What I don’t like

  • Vibrations
  • Can be noisy

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What are you buying?

The NESCAFE Dolce Gusto Mini Me is an automatic single-serve coffee machine that allows you to use ultra-convenient pods to create a wide range of roast and ground coffees, as well as sumptuous hot chocolate drinks and various barista-quality specialty beverages.

It features a 15 bar pressure pump to provide maximum flavor extraction, producing a full-bodied flavour and a finish that is as smooth as velvet.

One of the coolest things about the Dolce Gusto is not just the machine itself, but the pods also – they are specially designed to regulate the pressure of the coffee maker according to the type of drink you choose.

For example, the design of the espresso pod basically “forces” the machine to exert a high level of pressure in order to release all of the flavours and aroma that you would expect from that type of drink.

Milk requires less pressure, so the pods for milk-based concoctions are designed accordingly to ensure the appropriate performance from the machine.

The Dolce Gusto also features a volume selector that allows you to customize the length of your coffee as you see fit.

As far as water levels go, you can use the recommendations printed on the pod or adjust it to suit your personal preference. Whatever level you select, the machine will automatically stop at that level when it is finished.

  • Type: Capsules
  • Material: Plastic
  • Ground coffee: No
  • Coffee beans: No
  • Capsules: Yes
  • ESE pods: No
  • Size: 16.1cm x 24.1cm x 30.5cm
  • Weight: 2.4kg
  • Water capacity: 0.8l

How easy is it to use?

This is perhaps the most thrilling thing I discovered about using the Dolce Gusto – it’s super-easy to operate, and it can crank out the beverage of your choice in only a handful of seconds.

All you have to do is pop in the pod of your choice, select whatever volume you desire using the machine’s volume selector, and then adjust the lever to hot or cold based on whatever drink you choose.

Now I don’t claim to be an expert in the arena of coffee makers, but in my mind, it doesn’t get much simpler than that. And cleaning is a snap as well – bear in mind that the coffee grinds will remain in the pod after the brewing is finished, which makes for quick and easy disposal with virtually zero mess.

What accessories are included?

Along with the Dolce Gusto Mini Me machine itself, you will also receive a starter pack of 6 pods to give you a good sampling of the many drink styles that are available through the NESCAFE Dolce Gusto line.

Key features of Dolce Gusto Machine


  • Super-easy operation with intuitive control panel.
  • 15 bar pressure pump for optimal flavour extraction.
  • Stylish and attractive design.
  • Large selection of pods offers plenty of drink versatility.
  • Lightweight (2.4kg only)


  • Some reviewers have claimed that the machine vibrates too much during operation, but I personally have not experienced this issue.
  • The Dolce Gusto can be a bit noisy during the brewing process, but fortunately it’s so brief that it’s really not that big of a deal.

Anything else you should know?

I should have mentioned this earlier, but one of the coolest things about the Dolce Gusto is the fact that it has a very compact footprint. For someone with as many kitchen gadgets and appliances as I have, it can be easy for my worktop to begin looking crowded, so I was relieved when I first unboxed this highly compact machine.

In addition, I realize that this Dolce Gusto machine review is mainly about its coffee making capabilities, but I would be remiss if I didn’t mention that this machine makes a fantastic hot chocolate as well!


To reiterate the same point that I started with, the biggest benefit of the Dolce Gusto is that it is a very convenient coffee maker to use for those of us who don’t want to fiddle with a dozen bells and whistles just to get a decent cup of joe.

Add that to the fact that this machine offers remarkable versatility in terms of drink styles and flavors, and in my mind it’s hard to go wrong with making the NESCAFE Dolce Gusto Mini Me automatic coffee maker your go-to machine for quick and delicious coffee.

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Frequently asked questions

1. What types of coffee does the Dolce Gusto Mini Me Coffee Machine make?

The Dolce Gusto is not limited to just espresso or filter coffee. The type of coffee it produces depends on the pod you pop into the machine.

There are over 30 different types of pods you can get including espresso, Americano, and even milk coffees like latte. Yes, the Mini Me will froth the milk for you. You can also make a hot chocolate.

2. How many cups of coffee does the Dolce Gusto Mini Me make?

The Dolce Gusto Mini Me coffee machine has a capacity of 3 cups. This makes it a great choice for anyone shopping for a personal coffee machine. It also works great for a couple.

3. How do you make milk coffees with the Dolce Gusto Mini Mi coffee machine?

Making milk coffees is a two-step process. First, you make an espresso by putting in an espresso pod. After the espresso is prepared, remove the spent pod and put in the milk pod. Let the heated frothy milk pour into the same cup as the espresso.

If you want to make an artsy cuppa, you can have the milk pour into a different container or pitcher, then pour it over the espresso.

Dolce Gusto Machine Review
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  • Comfort
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  • Maintenance
  • Ease of Use


As a single-serve pod machine, the Dolce Gusto Coffee Machine offers simple operation with no mess, and if you are a fan of variety, you will definitely appreciate the versatility that this coffee maker offers.

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