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When you get the renowned coffee producer Nescafe joining forces with De’Longhi – a recognised name in the coffee machine market – then you shouldn’t be surprised when their machines keep popping up in the best buy coffee pod machine lists. The Nescafé Dolce Gusto by De’Longhi Jovia EDG250B is no exception. Boasting a 4.4 star rating on Amazon and other retail sites, it’s one of most popular coffee pod machines around.
If you want a reasonably quick caffeine hit, then that’s what this machine provides. It heats up in an average of forty seconds, with a handy green light indicating when it’s hot enough to brew your coffee.
The Nescafé Dolce Gusto by De’Longhi Jovia EDG250B is supplied with six pods, which seem to be randomly chosen, so you can get a taste of your first coffee or chocolate brew immediately.
There are a few buttons or lights on this model of a coffee pod machine. One on-off switch, a temperature lever that also controls water flow, and one light, which indicates when it’s ready to use.
While the cup stand is adjustable and removable, users report that it still doesn’t have enough height to accommodate full-sized latte glasses. The cup stand also doesn’t have much depth, so you’ll struggle to get wider-based cups in.
This model boasts a 0.8-litre water tank, which is slightly above average for coffee pod machines. It’s enough to make a few cups without it needing to be refilled too often, but not so large that the water has time to go ‘stale’.
The Nescafé Dolce Gusto by De’Longhi Jovia EDG250B is a bit different from most coffee pod machines, which are fully automated. With this coffee pod machine, you can’t just press the button and leave it. Controlling the water volume and temperature is down to you.
Like most coffee pod machines, you’ll need to run water through it before its first use, but this can be done as soon as you unbox it. It takes just a couple of minutes before its ready for you enjoy your first cup.
Cleaning is essential for keeping any coffee pod machine working at its best. While cleaning this machine isn’t fiddly, it is time-consuming. There’s no automated cleaning programme, so you’re very involved in the process.
Using a descaling mix – De’Longhi makes its own which it recommends – mix it with 0.8 litres of water and add to the water tank. There’s a rinsing ‘tool’ available that slots into the pod section, but this isn’t necessary.
Hold the On button down for at least five seconds, until an orange light comes on. Select maximum and hot water, and run half the liquid through. Return the lever to the ‘stop’ position, wait two minutes and repeat.
We’re not done yet. Wash out the water tank, fill it cold water. Repeat the above, once with hot water and once with cold. And, finally, it’s ready to reuse.
As you might expect, this Dolce Gusto has a wide range of drink pod types available. Alongside the expected espresso, cappuccino, and macchiato, there’s hot chocolate, and even cold drink types available.
This machine offers the user more controllability that most other coffee pod machines. Coffee lovers can set their preferred temperature and strength and length through the simple lever that sits about the pod holder.
As with many other coffee pod machines, it will only take its own pods. Although Nescafe produces other coffee pod machines, such as the Nespresso, these pods cannot be used in the Dolce Gusto range.
And while many of the drinks are available widely in supermarkets, some can only be ordered online.
As already mentioned, this isn’t a one-press-and-leave-it-to-it machine. It’s up to you to judge the correct amount of water for the right taste. Even though the pods have bar indicators showing how much water it needs, it can time to get it right.
If milky coffees are your thing, you can expect it to produce a reasonable froth from the milk pods. However, the milk tends to be on the sweet side, and some describe the taste as artificial.
The Nescafé Dolce Gusto by De’Longhi Jovia EDG250B allows you to set your preferred temperature, from cold to very hot. It heats to the set temperature within forty seconds, ready for delivery.
This model offers a professional level 15 bar water pressure, although it might be worth noting that this is described as ‘up to’. This high pressure means that it produces espressos with a rich, velvety crema.
This model is best described as futuristic in looks. It’s sleek and stylish and available in a range of colours. It’s also compact at 17 x 33 x 23 cm. One criticism of its appear
Combine recognised names from the coffee and the coffee machine markets, and it’s not surprising that you get a machine that’s highly rated. More midrange in price than basic, it delivers a reasonably speedy cup of coffee.
Offering an unusual amount of controllability for a coffee pod machine, users can set their preferred length, strength and temperature every time. And alongside the usual hot drink options, there’s a range of cold drinks available too.
However, this isn’t a press a button and forget about it machine. It’s up to you to figure out how much water to add to your cup. It can take a while to master this skill, so be prepared for some variable results at the start.
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