This nifty all-in-one machine lets you make coffee and tea drinks with the press of a button.
WHAT IT IS
The Nescafe Dolce Gusto Genio is an all-in-one machine that lets you whip up a steaming (or iced, if you prefer it cold) cup of caffeine with the touch of a button. Just switch it on, pop in a milk capsule (or not, your preference), then a coffee capsule, and your drink starts to brew. You’re done in 30 seconds.
WHAT I LIKED
1 THE DESIGN
Measuring 23cm by 16 cm by 30cm, and weighing 2.3kg, it’s light, space-saving and portable. The removable drip tray can be adjusted to fit the height of your cup, and the easily detachable 0.6-litre water container yields two to four cups.
2 EASY TO OPERATE
The Genio has an automatic flow stop feature – scroll the selection wheel (from one to seven) to the required water level, press the button, and your milk or coffee is dispensed. I liked that I could play with the selection wheel to customise my coffee strength. The machine switches off automatically if left idle for five minutes.
3 COLD OPTION
Apart from hot favourites like espresso and green tea latte, you can also make cold drinks like peach tea and iced cappuccino. Just press the button for cold water, then add ice to your drink.
4 RANGE OF FLAVOURS
Try its newly-launched coffee flavours – Vanilla Latte Macchiato (espresso with layers of froth and vanilla-tinged milk), Caramel Latte Macchiato (caramel, espresso and creamy froth), and Espresso Ristretto (shorter than an espresso, but full-bodied with a velvety cream layer). I loved the Caramel Latte Macchiato, with its fragrant coffee mixed with sweet caramel, no sugar needed. It was my comfort drink for a stressful day at work.
WHAT COULD BE BETTER
I wish the water container was bigger. If you are sharing it with others, either at home or in the office, the water runs out quickly.
“I enjoyed cup after cup of perfectly brewed coffee, without worrying about how much milk or water to add. I could leave the Genio to brew on its own and return to a piping hot drink. I’m getting one!” – Azlinda Said