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Dualit Cafe Cino Review

Dualit Cafe Cino Review
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4.5

Summary

When you combine versatility of Dualit Cafe Cino (it is a capsule coffee machine and a very capable tea and milkshake maker as well) with the ease of use that this machine affords, it’s hard to think of a reason why you shouldn’t add the Dualit Cafe Cino to your list of potential buys.

The Dualit brand is quite famous in the kitchen and appliance space, and although the company primarily achieved its iconic status by way of its namesake Dualit Classic Toaster, this outfit is no slouch when it comes to making quality coffee capsule machines as well. The Dualit Cafe Cino is an excellent example of this, as it gives you the ability to recreate barista-style coffee from your own kitchen worktop.

In this Dualit Cafe Cino review, I will lay out some of the most notable features of this capsule machine, as well as why I think it’s a solid buy for coffee and tea enthusiasts of all stripes.

Dualit Cafe Cino review

 

What I like

  • Dualit and Nespresso capsules
  • Makes both coffee and tea
  • Built-in milk frother
  • Fast heat-up

What I don’t like

  • Limited space under dispenser
  • Drip tray has to be emptied often

What are you buying?

The Dualit Cafe Cino is a compact coffee capsule machine that features automatic dose control along with dedicated settings for espresso, cappuccino, lungo, and latte beverages. One of the coolest things about this machine is that it allows you to prepare both coffee and tea pod drinks, offering plenty of versatility to accommodate whatever your preference might be on a given day.

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Cafe Cino Dualit in my kitchen…

The machine comes with a programmable dosing memory that enables you to alter the extraction to your personal specifications, so that you can truly customise your coffee as you see fit.

For those of us who enjoy milk-based coffee drinks, the Cafe Cino comes with a built-in milk frother that enables you to whip up a wide variety of barista-style beverages (minus the high street price tag, of course).

For people (like me) who tend to lack patience when they haven’t had their “caffeine fix” yet in the morning, you’ll be relieved to hear that the Cafe Cino heats up in only 40 seconds, so you’ll never have to sit around twiddling your thumbs while waiting for the machine to get ready for brewing.

In addition – and this is one of the features that really sets the Cafe Cino apart–the machine also offers a cold frothed milk option, enabling you to make rich, creamy milkshakes as well!

In a way, you can think of the Cafe Cino as more of a multi-purpose “beverage center” that just simply a coffee capsule machine, as it can prepare a wide range of drinks with remarkable efficiency and facility.

  • Type: Capsules
  • Material: Plastic
  • Ground coffee: No
  • Coffee beans: No
  • Capsules: Yes
  • ESE pods: No
  • Size: 42.4 cm x 29.8 cm x 25 cm
  • Weight: 4kg

How easy is it to use?

In terms of ease of use, it really doesn’t get much simpler than the Cafe Cino. All you have to do is pop in the desired capsule and make your beverage selection based on the intuitive control dial. Just double-click the one you want, and the machine does the rest!

The Cafe Cino also comes with a removable water tank for easy access, as well as a removable capsule basket and drip tray. It also features wipe-down surfaces that are easy to clean, which really helps to facilitate a hassle-free overall beverage making experience.

What accessories are included?

The Dualit Cafe Cino comes complete as a self-contained unit (including the built-in milk frother), so no attachments or extra accessories are required to operate this machine. Simply put, it’s ready to go right out of the box!
Key features of Dualit Cafe Cino

Pros

  • Compatible with Dualit and Nespresso capsules.
  • Makes both coffee and tea beverages, and even has a cold option for making milkshakes.
  • Built-in milk frother (500 ml capacity).
  • Fast heat-up time (40 seconds).
  • Power-saving automatic switch-off kicks in after 10 minutes of inactivity.
  • Programmable dosing memory.

Cons

  • The machine gives you a somewhat limited space to work with in terms of getting the cup under the espresso dispenser.
  • The drip tray has to be emptied more often than I would prefer.

Anything else you should know?

While I’m not a fan of judging a book by its cover, I can say that the aesthetics of this machine are definitely an asset and not a liability. It features a glossy black finish with sleek chrome accents, and it is compact enough to fit on your worktop without being a “space hog”.

Conclusion

As I mentioned earlier, one of the biggest strengths of the Dualit Cafe Cino is its outstanding versatility – not only is it a capsule coffee machine, but it’s also a very capable tea and milkshake maker as well. When you combine that versatility with the ease of use that this machine affords, it’s hard to think of a reason why you shouldn’t add the Dualit Cafe Cino to your list of potential buys.

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