Not without my coffee!

NESCAFE Dolce Gusto Genio

As much as I am known for driving everywhere, I am also known for my undying love for coffee. I credit coffee for 30% of passing my Master’s degree, 60% of finishing my novel and 90% of staying awake in the first months after little L’s birth.

The only problem I’ve got with coffee is that my Pavoni espresso machine takes ages to heat up, it’s a hassle to clean and if you are making more than two coffees at once, you are bound to the kitchen for hours. Don’t get me wrong, I love the smell of freshly ground beans, the sound of milk frothing up and watching the thick golden brown liquid trickle into a cup. But the whole aficionado procedure is rather time consuming – nothing I would recommend on your average school day.

Also, during our recent prolonged living-on-a-building-site experience, we had no kitchen for weeks. Of course, I was craving nothing more than waking up and having a coffee FIRST thing. We had a few very grumpy early mornings those days. VERY grumpy.

And then this happened:NESCAFE Dolce Gusto Genio

It’s genius. The NESCAFÉ Dolce Gusto Genio is a small and compact machine that heats up quicker than you can decide which one of the many flavours will be yours to enjoy. The pod system contains all you need (yes, even the milk), whenever you want and practically wherever you want.

NESCAFE Dolce Gusto Genio

Makeshift building-site 'kitchen' on dressing table

Tastewise, it’s hard to compete with a Pavoni made latte. The coffee has a hint of an instant-ish aftertaste that ‘real’ espresso with ‘real’ milk doesn’t have. However, the Genio earns extra brownie points for practicality, speed and ease of use. It retails at around £99 and the capsules cost about 23p per pop. All in all, an affordable alternative to your daily coffee shop fix.

The overall verdict: 8 out of 10. In fact, I am loving it so much, I am taking it on vacation with me. In that sense: off packing now.


  1. HOORRAY! I have a Dolce Gusto (given to me by boyfriend’s mum), can’t get enough.

  2. That could be a great option for the OH, a huge coffee monster. Retiring the Tassimo as it takes up too much room, but this is compact and looks great. Thanks.

  3. I have not yet bought into the whole pod thing – cannot bare to send all that plastic into the landfill 😐 For traveling it sounds great though, my Espressivo would make my suitcase very heavy!

  4. Wow, haven’t heard of that machine. Sounds good. I’m a coffee lover too and we are enjoying our Nespresso machine although we will never give up barista made coffee. All this talk of coffee makes me feel like one right now…mmmm…the sweet aroma.

  5. Glad to hear you’re still enjoying the coffee during pregnancy – I did too, despite people telling me that caffeine wasn’t good for the baby. There’s no proof of that by the way – and to be honest, I don’t know how people survive pregnancy and having a small baby without a cup of tea or coffee!

  6. Love my coffees too. At home we always use a Bialetti espresso pot on the stove. Fresh ground beans and its a great way to kick off another day. We have an ‘all bells and whistles’ machine but keep coming back to the old style way. Happy weekend.

  7. I’m a real coffee girl too, my weekends used to revolve around where we would go for coffee. I bought a Nespresso machine and it’s totally amazing. You have to try one if you haven’t already, they will let you try the coffee in the shop. Honestly, best money we have ever ever spent. Saves my husband £2 a day on his morning coffee and about £20 each weekend as we don’t have to go out for breakfast just to get good coffee!

  8. Marie says

    I stopped drinking coffee years ago, but still love the smell of it and occasionally when my eyes are dropping get seriously tempted again. Love that you’re taking your coffee machine on holiday with you, I really need to start taking proper tea bags everywhere, especially in America!

  9. I never ever have instant unless there is a proper coffee shortage in my world. Well, I’m Spanish, to us there is no excuse for instant. Three years ago we bought a Nespresso after using my parents’ one in Spain and realising it was much easier than stove top ones and so much less hassle. You can now send the Nespresso pods to be recycled too and it’s free to do so I have a pretty jar next to the machine to collect them and the tubes they come in are cardboard so I’m happy with my coffee and, since we drink it by the bucket, with the fact we’re recycling the pods!

    Oddly enough I couldn’t stand coffee during pregnancy, not even the smell so I had to send husband to the next room to have it well away from me. I was able to enjoy it again in the third trimester.

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