Keurig vs. Dolce Gusto

Keurig vs Dolce GustoThere has been a lot of buzz lately about the Nescafe Dolce Gusto so I figured it was time to do some research and dig in and provide a good Keurig vs Dolce Gusto comparison.  Being that this site is dedicated to all things k cup, this article will compare the singe serve Dolce Gusto machine and capsules to the Keurig k cup brewing system.   I am always on the alert for new information, products and trends in the single serve coffee industry and when something pops up that is newsworthy I am eager to share it with my readers.

So What Exactly is the Dolce Gusto?

Dolce Gusto is a single cup brewing system branded by Nescafe, a well-known part of the Nestle food company.  Introduced in Europe in 2007, the Dolce Gusto was introduced in the United States in the fall of 2008 but was limited to internet sales and select brick and mortar retailers.  These sleek and modern machines are manufactured by the world renowned appliance manufacturer Krups.



What Kind of Features Do the Dolce Gusto Machines Offer and How Much Do They Cost?

In addition to making coffee, tea, and hot chocolate, the Dolce Gusto is capable of preparing Cappuccinos, Lattes, and Espressos.   This expands the drink-making possibilities beyond that of the Keurig, though the actual beverage selection is limited to eight Nescafe choices, so you had better like Nescafe coffees, lattes, and other drinks if you are thinking of purchasing one of these.  They have a 15-bar pressure system which creates a coffee house quality drink every time.  Another great feature is the Custom Control Lever which allows you to adjust the strength of your coffee customizing it to your specific taste.  These single serve brewers range in retail price from $99.99 to $169.99.

How Does the Dolce Gusto Brewing System Work?

Nestle manufactures plastic capsules specifically designed for the Dolce Gusto machines.  The brewers contain water reservoirs that you can fill with filtered or bottled water for best results.  Simply insert the capsule of your choice, lock it in and slide the Custom Control Lever to achieve your desired strength or mix (for drinks containing milk).  In under a minute, you will have a fresh brewed beverage.

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What Types of Coffees and Other Beverages are Available in Dolce Gusto Capsules?

There are currently 14 flavors of capsules available for the Dolce Gusto.  Each coffee capsule contains 100% Arabica coffee grounds, and the focus on all of the capsules is quality.  These capsules are all under the Nescafe brand, so you will find no Starbucks, or Gloria Jean’s or those types of popular coffees here.  Being that the system is sort of closed looped, the quality and consistency of each product is better controlled and customers know just what to expect.  This does, however, come with a sacrifice of variety.

The Nescafe choices that you have with the Dolce Gusto home brewing system are as follows:

Caffe LungoDark Roast/Caffe Grande Intenso
Caffe Lungo DecaffeinatoHouse Blend/Caffe Americano
CappuccinoCappuccino Skinny
Cappuccino IceCarmel Latte Macchiato
Latte MacchiatoVanilla Latte Macchiato
EspressoChococino
MochaNestle Peach Iced Tea

 

Where Can I Buy Nescafe Capsules and How Much Are They?

You can buy the capsules online directly from Dolce Gusto, or from Amazon.com or brick and mortar store websites like Walmart.com or Macys.com.  With that being said, you can also get them from local stores like Macy’s, Walmart or Bed, Bath & Beyond and forgo any shipping expenses.  However, a lot of times buying online will allow you to really price shop and find a deal that is even greater than your local store even if it involves shipping expenses, and also there are sometimes deals where you purchase a certain amount and get free shipping.  Not a bad deal if you know you like the brand and will use a large quantity over time.

The typical prices for the capsules are currently anywhere from $26.94 for 48 capsules (56 cents a capsule) for Caffe Americano to $28.73 for 48 capsules (60 cents a capsule) for Skinny Cappuccino.  Not outrageous compared to going to a coffee shop, but for home brewing some may view that as too expensive.

Are There Products Out There That Allow Me To Use My Own Coffee?

Comparing Keurig vs Dolce Gusto, with Dolce Gusto you will not have the freedom of using your own coffee or the flexibility to reuse capsules which reduces the waste and expense of single serve coffee.  This can be a significant factor in choosing your home brewing system.  If you love Nescafe coffee, or if you have the opportunity to try the drinks at a demo or friends house you will have an easier decision because with this system, currently you are locked in to the above mentioned 14 Nescafe drinks.

Overall Comparison – Keurig vs Dolce Gusto

Keurig

  • This brewing system offers a great variety of coffees, hot chocolates, and teas that can be found in local stores as well as online.
  • Filters and caps are available that are compatible with k cup brewers that allow consumers to use their own grounds, or even pods.
  • Being able to use your own coffee cuts the expense, as well as, waste of single serve brewing.
  • Limited to coffee, tea, hot chocolate and a few specialty drinks like cider – no latte, espresso, or cappuccino capabilities.
  • Brewers are comparable in price with the Dolce Gusto.
  • Starbucks and Dunkin’ Donuts recently announced that their products would be available in K Cups.

Dolce Gusto

  • Offers only Nescafe drinks, but a larger variety of beverage possibilities due to the capability of making lattes, cappuccinos, and espressos.
  • Consumers that love Nescafe beverages will find this to be the perfect brewer for them.
  • Brewers are compatible in price with the Keurig
  • Capsules are also comparable in pricing with K Cups, however the products available for K cup users that allow consumers to reuse them, or use their own coffee significantly reduce the cost of K Cups.  Dolce Gusto brewer users do not have those options, and therefore cannot use their own coffee and must use a new capsule each time.
  • Many people really enjoy the drinks made by the Dolce Gusto, and many feel that they are too sweet.  It is really worth your while to find an in-store demo and get to try the drinks before you fork out the dough for this brewing system.

Conclusion

Looking at the Dolce Gusto single serve brewing system in comparison with the Keurig highlights the pros and cons of each and allows you to get an idea of what is out there.  If you are mainly looking for a brewer that will provide you with single servings of coffee every day, and the occasional hot chocolate or tea would be a great treat, then the Keurig system is probable your best bet.   If you want to be able to really reduce cost and waste and have the ability to use your own coffee then the obvious choice is Keurig.  However, if you are more interested in being able to whip up a variety of coffee house style drinks at home, then the Dolce Gusto might be right up your alley.  The beverages are limited to the Nescafe brand, so you should check out what they offer and be sure that they offer beverages that you like.  Both machines get great reviews, but the key is to compare and find out what you can expect from each brewer, so you will select the product that best suits your needs.  Doing your research also makes you aware of what’s out there before you make a purchase and find out later that another product offers something that you wish you had.

A good place to research in your Keurig vs Dolce Gusto comparison is Amazon.com where you can read reviews from those who have purchased each brewer and get a real feel for what owners of each system have to say.

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