If you have read my last post, you would know about my espresso coffee setup at home. As I have described in that post, the best espresso coffee of course can only be made with a combination of good coffee grinder, semi-automatic espresso machine and the proper barista techniques. However, running the same system at work would be too complicated and messy. With quick and easy access to running water and a fridge for storing fresh milk, the best option would be one of the coffee pod systems. The one I have settled on is the Nescafé Dolce Gusto. The main advantage of the Dolce Gusto vs other pod system is that it is the only coffee pod system that I now of that can make milk based drinks like latte and cappuccino without needing fresh milk. This was the main deciding factor on why I choose the Dolce Gusto over other pod systems.
There are a few different versions of Dolce Gusto coffee machines to choose from in US and Europe, but there is only one model in Hong Kong. You only get to choose the color, a choice of either white, red and titanium. I chose the red color model to brightening up the dull office surrounding.
The machine is obviously very simple. You can see the holder for the pod above.
At the back of the machine, you can see the water tank.
The power switch on the side is the only switch of the machine.
The machine came with a starter pack with 6 pods. Milk based drinks like Latte macchiato required 2 pods and straight coffee like espresso and lungo only required 1 pod.
Different flavored drinks come in boxes with 16 pods inside.
For mild based drink, 2 pods are needed. The black colored pod is for making coffee, the white pods obviously is for making foamed milk.
Finally, a latte made with Dolce Gusto.
All photos were shot in RAW with Fujifilm X100. RAW files were processed with Capture One Pro and Photoshop CS5.