| Coffee Shop vs Coffee Maker
Only recently a collaboration of Krups (German coffee machine maker) and Nescafe (producer of coffee beans and grounds) was released. Named, NESCAFÉ Dolce Gusto, it's a coffee machine that has promised much more than it's regular counterparts.
It's promise is simple, the quality of specialist shop bought coffee for the domestic home. The technique the machine uses is a pod design. If you are unfamiliar with pod coffee makers, they work by inserting a pod (a plastic cartridge filled with coffee grounds etc) and the machine does the rest. The pods can be found in most supermarkets, but do tend to be rather expensive in comparison to the traditional jar of coffee grounds.
The pods on offer from Nescafe will be familiar to regulars at Starbucks etc,
It is perhaps surprising that Nescafe has entered into the gourmet end of the coffee market. Nescafe are well known for their entry level and bog standard blends of granules.
As the above images show, the NESCAFÉ Dolce Gusto machine and pods are rather fetching to the eye. They are currently in the region of fifteen pods, but this may expand if the machine proves a hit. The machine is easy to use, with the user only required to insert the pod and then choose the volume of milk, coffee or water they want to insert into their cup.
So what's the verdict? the machines have been promoted in many prominent areas throughout the capital and beyond. The response appears to be largely positive, with many reviewers believing the machine does indeed come close to equaling the likes of Costa and Starbucks.
However, Nescafe and Krups will have competition in the gourmet coffee maker market. Philips have released their Senseo makers and Bosch have long been in the sector with their Tassimo makers.
Whether any of them will truly make a dent in the coffee shop's domain, only time will tell, but one thing is for sure, the UK has more options than ever for brewing a home made cup of gourmet coffee.