How do you know when you’ve reached peak levels of adulting? When you get married? Have a baby? Buy a house?… Nope, it’s when you get your first coffee machine.
At the start of this year we found ourselves the proud owners of this rather stylish Nescafe Dolce Gusto Movenza machine*, and honestly, we’ve never felt so grown up. Mornings now start with the familiar sound of coffee frothing and filtering into a cup, that all to tempting smell wafting through the house.
Can I let you into a secret though? Up until about a year and a half a go, neither of us actually liked coffee. True story. I’ve always been a tea drinker, and GB – well he was one of those weird people who didn’t really ever drink hot drinks unless forced. I can’t tell you exactly when things changed, or what the catalyst was but over time, heading out for a coffee on a Saturday morning started to mean just that, rather than heading out for a herbal tea and a glass of fruit juice, which let’s face it doesn’t have quite the same ring to it. For me, I have a sneaking suspicion blogging is to blame – those weekly meet ups and brunch dates wielded too much intrigue and the lure of a perfect Instagram photo with that pink latte or rose filled cappuccino won me over. I’d still choose tea over coffee on most occasions but I’m now rather partial to something frothy with that all important caffeine hit.
GB started slowly, the occasional flat white here and there on days he had an early start or had to do a lot of driving, then a cafetiere and some Columbian roast was ‘trialled’ during a monthly Asda shop, and then before we knew it, and when freelance life hit for him, a morning coffee seemed to be the only way to start the day.
Either way, we’ve both now got another vice to add to our list so when we were asked to review one of the machines from the new Dolce Gusto range (which you might have seen a certain Will.I.am fronting the adverts for) we really did feel like Christmas had come again.
Right now of course, I’m on the decaf and so I’ve been relying on GB to really put this machine through it’s paces. Having said that, the beauty of the machine is that it can turn its hand to both hot and cold drinks so hot and frothy chai teas, tasty hot chocolates and even peach ice teas are on the menu too. I ordered a box of the Chocachino – Nescafe’s frothy hot chocolate mix, and a box of the Caffe Au Lait Decaf to keep me going, while GB tried out the Espresso Intenso, which apparently packs quite the punch. There are plenty of different flavour pods to choose from though – from mochas, to caramel lattes to skinny cappuccino and even soy cappuccino of you prefer an alternative milk. So far GB’s been preferring the straight up versions without the milk, whereas I’m more of a fan of the long frothy lattes and comforting cappuccinos.
We’ve found the coffee machine super easy to use – it took minutes to set up and since then there’s been absolutely no faffing around. You simply fill it with cold water, load in your chosen pod and using the touch screen motion light up the number of bars needed for that drink (which is stated on the pod itself). Within seconds you’ve got a hot drink in front of you and the only cleaning needed is to remove the pod and throw it away. It’s incredibly fast – we’re still trying to work out just how the water can be heated up that quickly, but have figured it’s best not to question and instead just enjoy the fact that we can now make a drink quicker than it takes to boil the kettle. Our only slight issue is knowing how to judge what size of mug to use, as some of the drinks come in pretty small measures. The hot chocolate for example, only really fills half a normal sized cup so I’ve been drinking it out of a mini mug instead. We might invest in some of the Nescafe glass cups so we can ensure we have exactly the right style for each measure though.
It also looks pretty snazzy too – with it’s shiny black exterior and self opening and closing top, which keeps the sleek bubble shape from overpowering a worktop.
I can honestly say it’s been used every day since we got it, and with my friends words ringing in my ear ‘if you didn’t like coffee before you had a baby, get ready to start loving it once they’re born because it will be the ONLY thing that keeps you functioning some days’ I have a strong feeling it’s going to be well used over the next few
Phase one of adulting complete.
Also the fact that I can now join in the #butfirstcoffee hashtag on Instagram without feeling like a fraud has brough me an embarrassing amount of joy.
Are you a coffee lover? What’s your tipple of choice?