1387569267_NDG_TestDriveMom-BADGE-copy-1024x1003~ I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for NESCAFÉ Dolce Gusto. I received product samples to facilitate my review as well as a thank me for my participation. ~

If you prefer coffee house quality hot beverages but hate the sky high coffee house prices and long lines, check out the NESCAFÉ Dolce Gusto GENIO Coffee Maker and Coffee Capsules.

NESCAFÉ Dolce Gusto GENIO is the ONLY at-home machine that delivers delicious, coffee house quality creations every time with it’s patented smart capsule technology— delivering up to 15 bars of professional pressure and espresso technology.

We recently had the pleasure of trying out this awesome machine and I have to say we’re quite hooked on it’s quick, convenient speed and tasty hot beverages!

As you well know, we’re huge fans of coffee and cappuccino but once we tried the Dolce Gusto GENIO with NESCAFÉ’s Caramel Latte Macchiato and Chai Tea Latte, oh boy are we now hooked.


Before I get into the scrumptious flavors of NESCAFÉ, I want to share with you our experience with using the sleek, space-saving Dolce Gusto GENIO machine. This time of year is crazy busy for us. We’re not only doing household chores but babysitting our new grandson full-time, decorating, running to appointments, grocery shopping, holiday shopping, working, blogging and everything in between.

It’s been a mad house with very little time to even sit down and think straight. I seriously don’t know how we manage to get so much accomplished in a days time. To be honest, sometimes I think I need to reach up and grab my head, just to make sure it’s still attached. Yes, I can be quite forgetful when my head is spinning so much.

That’s why it’s such a blessing to have an amazing product like the NESCAFÉ Dolce Gusto GENIO coffee maker around, especially around the holidays. It’s quick, consistent and the flavors are delicious— it provides a little bit of heaven in every cup!

Enjoy a short, medium or tall cup of quality brew from NESCAFÉ in just seconds!

The Dolce Gusto GENIO coffee maker brews over 17 varieties of hot and cold beverages with true crema and expertly layered specialty beverages with an indulgent fine milk froth. NESCAFÉ uses 100% Arabic beans so you’re sure to get the best tasting coffee each and every time.


1.) Insert coffee capsule  2.) Adjustable drip tray for short, medium & tall cups
3.) Cold/hot water buttons & Custom control dial  4.) Water dispenser

This awesome coffee maker would make the the perfect gift for any coffee lover on your holiday shopping list. Plus, it’s great for simplifying holiday entertaining. Everyone can enjoy a satisfying cup of coffee, cappuccino, latte or even hot cocoa in an instant.

Speaking of the holidays, Christmas is a time for baking. It’s what I love to do to make the season extra special. Everyone enjoys a sweet treat— especially cookies and what goes better with cookies? Hot beverages, of course! Before trying out the Dolce Gusto I had never tasted a latte. Surprising? Maybe, but I’m a new fan of the stuff, especially the Chai Tea Latte. Oh my is it ever heavenly.

This highly addictive stuff has a mouthwatering cinnamon flavor and is quick to quench my thirst. Not to mention satisfy my sweet tooth. I haven’t had the opportunity yet but the Chai Tea Latte would go great with a slice of apple pie or even a scoop of vanilla ice cream. For a spicier kick I sprinkled a tiny bit of nutmeg on top. Yum!

How about an Affogato? Not sure what that means? It stands for “drowned in coffee” in Italian. In better terms it’s espresso brewed over ice cream. Yes, please!!!




  • 2 cups Vanilla Ice Cream
  • 1/2 cup hot brewed Espresso
  • Ground Cinnamon


Place one scoop of ice cream (1/2 cup total) in 4 small cappuccino cups or bowls. Top evenly with freshly brewed espresso. Dust with cinnamon and serve immediately.


Hubby fell in love with the Caramel Latte Macchiato. He loves caramel flavoring anyway and this one has a nice balance of latte and caramel— it’s very smooth and creamy. He loved it so much he wouldn’t stop asking me where we can buy more.

If chocolate is your flavor, you’ll love the Chococino. It’s a rich, velvety hot chocolate beverage that’s highly addictive as well. And guess what, it also has a delicate frothy layer on top. No need for marshmallows with this delicious treat. It’s pure and devilish indulgence all on it’s own— though you could garnish your mug with a peppermint candy cane. hehee!

Now with these specialty drinks, some of you may think they should only be savored on special occasions but I find myself going back to my new Dolce Gusto for more lattes and Chococino. I just can’t get enough. Hey, NESCAFÉ does offer coffees as well so you don’t have to pack up the Dolce Gusto and store it away. Keep this technologically advanced piece of equipment out on your kitchen counter all year long. It’s too amazing to use only a few times per year!


1.) Insert coffee capsule & select strength  2.) Brewing Caramel Latte Macchiatto
3.) All done.  4.) Aww, look what I found in my glass— a heart!

I have a secret to share with all of you… my favorite feature of the Dolce Gusto is it’s ability to blend the milk with the coffee and decorate the top of your glass with a delightful froth (just like the popular coffee houses around town). Shh… don’t tell hubby. I laughed when he told me he liked that. It IS pretty cool and we both love that we don’t have to go stand in line for expensive drinks anymore.

To be honest, I prefer the taste of NESCAFÉ’s quality coffee capsules and since the Dolce Gusto is SO convenient, we can stay at home (in our pj’s if we wish) and drink delicious hot beverages all day, everyday from now on.

Something else I love is having the ability to choose the strength of my coffee, latte and hot chocolate. With the quick slide of the custom control dial you can decide the strength, and size so you get exactly what you want. If you’re a newbie to these types of drinks and are unsure of which setting to use, simply check the label on the coffee capsules. Suggested settings are printed on each one, leaving the guesswork out. Of course you’re free to choose a different setting depending on your taste.

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You can purchase the Dolce Gusto Genio directly at www.dolce-gusto.us for just $129.00. NESCAFÉ coffee capsules can be purchased here as well for $9.49 (for an 8 cup box).

For a limited time, SAVE 20% off on the purchase of a Dolce Gusto GENIO coffee maker when you use code: GustoGift!

~ All opinions expressed in this review are my own and not influenced in any way by the company.  Any product claim, statistic, quote or other representation about a product or service should be verified with the manufacturer or provider. Please refer to this site’s Disclaimer for more information. I did not receive financial compensation for my post but did receive the product(s) mentioned above free of charge from the manufacturer or PR Agency and was under no obligation to write a positive review.  ~



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