Nescafe Dolce Gusto Test Drive

December 1, 2010 by  
Filed under Blog Tours, Product Reviews

Just about everyone I know loves coffee, I am probably one of those rare people that doesn’t drink a whole lot of coffee and didn’t even own a coffee maker till I was married.  I don’t drink it because I try to avoid the caffeine, so I have never really enjoyed it.  Nowadays, there are so many choices out there, that I can enjoy some of the hot beverages minus the caffeine.  My favorites however are hot chocolate and an occasional cup of tea.

I was recently offered the chance test drive the NESCAFE’  Dolce Gusto coffee maker.  I took the opportunity because I like single serve coffee makers and like having the option of making a single cup at a time.  Going into the winter months, I tend to make a lot of hot chocolate and tea, and I like having the option of making it any time during the day, quickly, and without making an entire pot of hot water. Not only is the NESCAFE Dolce Gusto a coffee maker, but it was designed with kitchen decor in mind

“Each machine carries an individual style and personality,designed with something  for everyone.Compact,classic,modern and smart-it’s a dramatic departure from what’s currently in the marketplace.”

With most of my kitchen electronics, I try to keep them stuffed in a cabinet, or well hidden in my kitchen.  Let’s face it, many kitchen appliances are just big and bulky and unattractive to look at, and the only reason why they stay on our counters, are out of pure necessity and easy access.  NESCAFE has come out with some really cool looking single serve coffee makers, that actually look good on your countertop.  Names like Piccolo, Creativa, Melody 2 and Circolo, each coffee maker has it’s own individual character.  I chose the Creativa, because it just looks fun, and kind of exudes my artsy personality.  It also comes, in this really sexy red, if you feel like making a bold statement in your kitchen.  I have had several people already pass by my new NESCAFE Dolce Gusto and say “oh that is cool!”  So, it definitely draws some attention.  I like how it looks and it is far from ordinary.  I definitely won’t be hiding this one in the cabinet and it makes a great conversation piece.  It sort of makes you want to use it more, because it is fun, functional and really cool.  I couldn’t wait to use it.

If you are looking for something that has functionality but adds a really nice design element in your kitchen, NESCAFE Dolce Gusto, offers you several choices to add pizazz to boring kitchen appliances.  They also come in a really nice neutral titanium and black color, so if you aren’t as bold as me, you can still have something that looks great. It’s a fun and exciting way to make your coffee! In my next post, I will talk about the benefits of a single serve coffee maker, all the fun flavors NESCAFE has to offer for your Dolce Gusto, and what my experiences were when using it.

“I wrote this review while participating in a test drive campaign by Mom Central Consulting on behalf of NESCAFÉ Dolce Gusto and received a coffee machine to facilitate my review.”

Keurig Platinum Brewer *Review and Giveaway*

August 1, 2009 by  
Filed under Product Reviews

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We are huge tea and hot chocolate drinkers in our house, and I like to enjoy the occasional decaf flavored coffees.  I know that we are lightweights here in the house, but we always have coffee available for our family members when they come to town.   My one big problem with a coffee maker is that it makes a whole pot of coffee, or you don’t get to have any options on what you get to make.  So when you have guests in your house or you and your husband drink something different you are confined to making large batches of coffee, or making separate messes in the kitchen for two small cups.

I was recently given the chance to review the Keurig Platinum Brewer and I must say that I already love the functionality of this coffee, tea, and hot chocolate brewer.  Yes, I did say all three!  What is so wonderful about having the Keurig Platinum Brewer is that you can choose what you are having and brew your own individual cup and then the next person that comes along can choose something totally different.  I can remember over the holidays having a large amount of family here and all of them drank or preferred a different kind of tea or coffee and I surely needed the Keurig then, but I didn’t even know that such a thing existed.  When I received the Keurig Platinum Brewer and tried it out I was excited that I had a way to make myself my hot chocolate or tea and then my husband could have something different if he wanted.

Another great feature is that you can pick which size cup of coffee or tea you want to brew and it even has an option for making an iced beverage.  You can set your brewer to turn on or off when you want it too, so that makes it nice for when you get up in the morning.  The brewer is incredibly easy to use, and you will have a fresh cup of tea or coffee in less than a minute.

Nothing about the Keurig Platinum Brewer is difficult, right down to cleaning the unit.  I haven’t done what they call a purge on the system yet but that looks like a fairly easy task.  You can remove the drip tray and put it in the dishwasher, and the k-cup holder is easily removed to clean it.

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Features

The Platinum offers the full spectrum of features including Auto On/Off, Digital Clock, Adjustable Temperature Control and the “Set Your Favorite Cup Size” option. The largest available 60 oz. removable water reservoir holds up to ten cups before refilling and the removable drip tray allows for easy cleaning and the use of travel mugs. The sleek, award-winning design is a unique footprint among Keurig’s line of home brewing systems and includes both a blue lit water reservoir and blue lit LCD display.

  • 5 cup sizes 4 oz, 6 oz, 8, 0z, 10 oz and 12 oz cup size options
  • Removable 60 oz water reservoir
  • Fully Programmable Features
  • Blue Backlit Display
  • Quiet Brew Technology
  • Award Winning Design

About Keurig

The word “keurig” is derived from the Dutch word for excellence. Excellence guides everything they do at Keurig from their patented single-cup brewing technology, to the gourmet brands of coffee and tea that are packaged in their K-Cup® portion packs, to their customer service.

Today, Keurig® is the leading single-cup brewing system in North America-for both At Home and Away From Home. Now, you can enjoy a fresh cup of gourmet coffee or tea, and hot cocoa Keurig Brewed® in less than a minute, without any set-up or clean-up. Keurig’s popular coffee, tea and hot cocoa brands offer hundreds of K-Cups® to choose from, so everyone can have their favorite variety.

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I was amazed while browsing their site at the huge selection of coffees, teas and hot chocolates, and they also have some really nice accessories to go with your brewer as well.  They have water filters available, racks to hold all your k-cups so they are nice and neat and easily accessible on your counter, and they even have a special My K-Cup adapter so you can brew a cup of your favorite tea or coffee that you are used to drinking.

I love the versatility of the Platinum Brewer because you can make several cups of anything you choose and you don’t have to worry about the mess or making more than you can actually drink, just to enjoy one cup of coffee or tea.  It is incredibly easy to use and I love the blue backlit display because it makes it easy to see.  The temperature preference is also nice because you can pick how hot you want your drink to be, I am one of those people who likes it somewhere in the middle.    The one thing that you have to be careful with is to remember to have your cup in place before you start brewing or you will have a mess to clean up.  I would definitely recommend chucking that coffee pot for a Keurig Platinum Brewer because it is a one man show when it comes to making hot beverages for yourself, for your husband or for visitors.  You’ll never have to rinse out the coffee pot to set it up for something different ever again.  I get excited just to go make a cup of tea or coffee now. I LOVE IT!

THIS CONTEST IS NOW CLOSED!!

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Would you like to win a Keurig Platinum Brewer? I know you would.

Keurig would like to give DoubleBugs readers a chance to win a Keurig Platinum Brewer of their very own!

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Contest Starts August 2, 2009 and Ends September 7, 2009

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