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NESCAFÉ® Dolce Gusto® Mini Me Review...

Can you believe that until Saturday I had never tried coffee?

I am a tea person who also loves my hot chocolate!

This week I was asked if I would like to review the NESCAFÉ® Dolce Gusto® Mini Me. I loved the sound of the coffee maker and had a good idea they would also sell hot chocolate pots so was excited to try it out.

 It was a lovely surprise when the post lady knocked on the door Saturday afternoon with my parcel. A speedy delivery at this time of year is always welcome! Having guests who love coffee in the house a bonus. What better time to try it out? 

Trying to read the instructions all I got was a "come on when you making us a drink?"

Once I started making them I ran out of special cups to serve them in, everyone wanted to try one. Last but not least I eventually got to try one, to say it was my first ever cup (vanilla latte macchiato) I really enjoyed it. Slightly rich tasting, as the glass went down it started to taste better. It is still early days, I may convert to a coffee drinker yet?! 30 years after my 1st cup of tea. Who would have thought it.? 

I was really impressed with the NESCAFÉ® Dolce Gusto® Mini Me, I have never seen a cup of coffee go from cold water to a hot drink so quickly.

Essentially you fill up the water at back, switch the machine on for about 30 secs wait for light to go green from flashing red. Put whichever pod you want in. Select the plastic switch based on what it says on pod. Put cup or glass in. Then turn on hot or cold depending on choice. Sometimes you use two pods for one drink. It mixes lovely. Certainly for people watching it has the wow factor. It smells great and most importantly tastes great..

Input from visitors and family

Mother in Law-- 55yrs a coffee drinker--- Tried Cappuccino, very impressed 9 out 10. Made even better when biscuit tin arrived!!

Partner of Ma in Law--- 50 yrs a coffee drinker Tried Cappuccino Found it a bit unusual 8 out 10, then added two sugars became a 10 out of 10!! Sometimes the simple things please.

2nd Eldest son--- Waiting for hot chocolate.

Husband--- 42 years a tea and coffee hater... Impressed with machine loved how it mixed in, how quick it got hot. Did he try it? No... You cannot please some people!!

About  NESCAFÉ® Dolce Gusto® Mini Me

The little coffee machine that delivers a big result.Style-up your kitchen counter with the latest little number from NESCAFÉ® Dolce Gusto®. ‘Mini Me’ is the new super-compact pod coffee machine that not only looks great but also packs a flavour punch, giving you coffee-shop style drinks at home.

The new NESCAFÉ® Dolce Gusto® Mini Me is a funky looking, space saving and wallet-friendly choice. Available in a range of six style-savvy colours including; statement Cherry Red or Indigo, chic Matt Black or White and on-trend monochrome Piano Black – it’s bound to be a trend-setter in your kitchen and will certainly get your friends talking when they pop round for a coffee.

Small but perfectly formed

Don’t let size fool you, this little coffee wizard delivers an impressive maximum 15 bar pump pressure, to help give that velvety smooth layer of ‘coffee crema’ on top of your drink. Just like your favourite coffee shop!

It tastes as good as it looks

This automatic machine is easy-peasy to use and lets you set the strength you want. Simply choose from 30 irresistible hot or cold NESCAFÉ® Dolce Gusto® smart pods. Pop the one you want into the machine and select the strength setting for you. Whether you are partial to a frothy Cappuccino, bold Espresso, Mild Americano, Skinny Latte, velvety Hot Chocolate or even an exotic Marrakesh Style Tea, you’ll find a great tasting drink to suit you. The individual pods are sealed to preserve the aroma and are blended by coffee experts using freshly ground beans, ensuring your drink tastes as good as it looks.

It’s as simple as that, no mess, no fuss, just great tasting coffee at home. The toughest decision will be picking which pod to try next!

Now after trying the coffee I am really looking forward to trying the Chococino, I bet it will taste amazing. I cannot wait to go shopping to try it out.

The NESCAFÉ® Dolce Gusto® Mini Me is available nationwide priced at RRP £99.00. NESCAFÉ® Dolce Gusto® Pods are available from supermarkets and Dolce-Gusto priced from RRP £3.68 for up to 16 cups. For stockist enquiries please call 0800 707 6066 or visit Dolce-Gusto


Sent hubby to buy some Chococino, I could not wait for the weekly shopping trip!! One word to sum it up "Delightful"  enough said... Eldest son grunted he enjoyed it. High praise indeed!!!!

About this post-

I got sent a NESCAFÉ® Dolce Gusto® Mini Me coffee maker and some coffee for the purpose of this review . I was not paid for this post and all thoughts are my own honest opinion.

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Coffee Chicken with a hint of smoked paprika....

Serves 4 -8

Prep time 15 minutes

Cooking time 40-60 minutes


  • 4-8 chicken thighs or legs with skin on and trimmed
  • 1 tbsp smoked ground paprika
  • 2-3 bay leaves
  • 4-6 stalks fresh thyme
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1 tsp fennel seeds
  • 2 medium onions, peeled and sliced
  • 4 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 2 tbsp Douwe Egberts Inspirations Kenyan Sunset coffee dissolved in 2 tbsp water
  • 500ml red wine
  • salt and pepper
  • a little runny honey to taste
  • a little flour


  1. Trim the chicken and leave the bones in.
  2.  In a bowl mix together the first 6 ingredients, then toss in the chicken pieces and leave to marinate for 1/2 -1 day covered in the fridge. 
  3. Stirring occasionally.
  4. In a heavy based pan add and heat the oil, add the onions and sauté for 4-5 minutes or until just soft then add the garlic. 
  5. Cook for a further 2 minutes.
  6. Remove the onions from the pan and fry the chicken on all sides until golden brown. 
  7. Stir back the onions.
  8.  Pour in the coffee, wine, seasoning and a little honey to taste. 
  9. Bring to the boil then reduce the heat. Cook the chicken with a lid on for 45 minutes or until tender, stirring occasionally. 
  10. Once cooked put the chicken and vegetables into a serving dish.
  11. Skim the sauce in the cooking pan and sprinkle over the flour and whisk well. 
  12. Season to taste adding a little extra honey if required.

Serve with seasonal vegetables.

Guest Post Credits - Douwe Egberts

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Douwe Egberts Coffee Sticky Toffee Pudding...

Serves 8-10

Prep time 20-25 minutes

Cooking time 2 hours

  • 250g Medjoo dates, halved and stoned
  • 120ml hot coffee made with 1tbsp Douwe Egberts Pure Gold coffee
  • 80g butter at room temperature, plus a little for greasing
  • 140g light soft muscovado sugar
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs, beaten
  • 170g self raising flour.

For the sauce
  • 250ml double cream
  • 1 tsp Douwe Egberts Pure Gold coffee dissolved in 3 tsp water
  • 2 tsp black treacle

  • Chop up the dates and put into a small bowl, Pour in the coffee water and stir well. 
  • Leave the dates to macerate for 2-6 hours.
  • Grease and base line an 11/4 litre heat proof bowl. 
  • Fill up a steamer with water or a large pan with a lid 1/3rd full.
  • Beat the sugar and butter together in a large mixing bowl. 
  • Add the vanilla and the eggs slowly beating with a wooden spoon.
  • Fold in the flour and the dates. 
  • Spoon date mixture into the basin. 
  • Cover the top of the pudding with a double thickness of greased foil with a pleat down the centre in to allow the sponge to rise during cooking. 
  • Put on the lid on the pan and steam for 2 hours. 
  • Keep checking the pan to make sure it does not boil dry. 
  • If the water level is low just top up with hot water not cold.
  • Meanwhile, make the sauce by putting all the ingredients into a heavy based pan and stir up to the boil. 
  • Once boiled reduce the heat and cook and stir for 5-6 minutes or until it coats the back of the wooden spoon.
  • Once the pudding is cooked, loosen with a knife and invert onto a serving plate.
  • Remove the parchment paper and pour some sauce on the top of the pudding and serve the rest in a jug.  

Recipe ad photo credits -Douwe Egberts

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