This is a review of the
NESCAFE Dolce Gusto Oblo Coffee Machine by Krups
You can just tell that the design team at Krups have been watching The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy and decided to make something spacey. This NESCAFE Dolce Gusto Oblo has a modern edge that will make guests ask what it is and then demand they try a coffee from it. And you know what? It actually makes excellent coffee.
Much like the NESCAFE Dolce Gusto Melody 3, this Oblo uses Dolce Gusto pods – available online and in supermarkets. There are over 30 varieties of coffee and hot chocolates and it’s easy to find a pod to suit every mood. Because it’s such a simple machine, all you need to do is remove the empty pod at the end!
To make proper coffee you need to be able to change the water pressure according to the drink you’re making. That’s why you can’t make an espresso in a French press for instance. This Dolce Gusto Oblo has a huge range of drink capabilities but instead of making you choose the pressure settings, it has a clever system that allows the pods themselves to dictate the pressure, giving you the perfect drink without having to do anything.
Fresh water, fast coffee
The 0.8 litre removable water tank provides enough water for several coffees and lots of espressos and the machine only heats the water it needs for the pod used. That means the remaining water stays fresh and coffee is produced much faster.
Unlike the Bosch Tassimo Vivy, this machine isn’t as automatic as you’d think and you are in control of how much hot or cold water goes into the drink. This has its pros and cons; you can make coffee stronger or weaker by using less or more water which is good, but also it means that you have to use your judgement with drinks you might not be familiar with. Nevertheless, it’s not a bad sign and offers a little more control than other pod machines.
For those coffee drinkers who aren’t interested in producing the finest espressos or cappuccinos and don’t want to be able to manually choose the details of their coffee, this is a great machine. The pods have different flavours and strengths and you’re bound to fall in love with the variety. For those who are intrigued by the home coffee machine world, this is a good starting point before investing in a proper espresso machine.
How does it Compare?
Small, neat and easy to use
The drip tray is adjustable which means you can use mugs, glasses or espresso cups with ease. Tall glasses won’t fit underneath which is a downside but if you have shorter latte glasses, you won’t find it a problem. Overall the machine is neat, easy to use and easy to maintain. It hardly ever requires descaling (depending on the water in your area) and when it does it’s so easy.
With a 15-bar pressure system, this is really going to produce some of the best coffee you’re likely to find from a pod coffee machine and Krups have made it sturdy and edgy while being completely affordable. Looked after, this machine won’t disappoint and is a great jumping off point into the exciting industry of home coffee machines.