NESCAFE DOLCE GUSTO STELIA

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Confetti Avenue by Charlotte Hartwell: Nescafe Dolce Gusto Stelia

I love coffee. But not for its waking-up-in-the-morning properties, I love the taste. Favourite ice-cream? Coffee. Favourite cake? Coffee. So when Nescafe asked me to check out their new Dolce Gusto coffee machine, Stelia, I jumped at the chance!

Confetti Avenue by Charlotte Hartwell: Nescafe Dolce Gusto Stelia

She’s a pretty interesting-looking machine! Something reminds me a bit of a swan so I’ve stuck some googly eyes onto her ‘head’ so now she’s adorable.

The water tank at the back just slots in so it's really easy to fill up under the tap and plop it back on.

Confetti Avenue by Charlotte Hartwell: Nescafe Dolce Gusto Stelia

And the capsules just slot in with this little draw at the top. See the green line? It’s actually touch-responsive so you slide up or down for a longer or shorter coffee.

Confetti Avenue by Charlotte Hartwell: Nescafe Dolce Gusto Stelia

Now for the exciting part – the capsule flavours! I’m slowly making my way through 6 of the different flavours: Ristretto Ardenza, Espresso Decaf, Chocoletto, Americano, Skinny Cappuccino, and Espresso Intenso.

So far my favourite is definitely Chocoletto (not kidding, finished the entire box already) because Nescafe knows their hot chocolate! And it’s really easy to make with Stelia. It’s actually so easy you don’t even need milk. Some of the flavours come with two capsules in the box: 1 coffee and 1 milk. So you pop both capsules through the machine for a cappuccino!

Confetti Avenue by Charlotte Hartwell: Nescafe Dolce Gusto Stelia

Nescafe even makes Nesquik and Peach Nestea flavours so you can make so many different things not just coffee since it has cold and hot water settings.

Confetti Avenue by Charlotte Hartwell: Nescafe Dolce Gusto Stelia

Each of the capsules has little lines on top to tell you what to set the machine to.

Confetti Avenue by Charlotte Hartwell: Nescafe Dolce Gusto Stelia

Omg, look how good that looks.

Confetti Avenue by Charlotte Hartwell: Nescafe Dolce Gusto Stelia

Stelia comes with a little bin to collect the capsules once they’ve been used which I’d definitely recommend because, as the capsules are quite big they hold a lot of water, so when you’re taking them out of the machine they tend to drip so it’s less messy if you have the bin sitting next to it.

Confetti Avenue by Charlotte Hartwell: Nescafe Dolce Gusto Stelia

So when I’m not testing all the different flavours I’ve been doing some baking. I made coffee baked donuts with coffee glaze. Mmmm..

We’ve been using this coffee cake recipe for years and I adapted it to make donuts. I used two shots of Ristretto Ardenza in the cake and one for the icing since it’s the shortest and the most intense.

Coffee Donuts

INGREDIENTS

  • 125 grams butter
  • 1/2 cup caster sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/4 cup self-raising flour
  • 2 shots strong coffee
  • 1 1/2 cup icing sugar
  • 1 shot strong coffee

Cooking Time

30 minutes

Servings

6 donuts

METHOD

  1. Combine the butter, caster sugar, eggs, flour, and 2 shots of coffee into a bowl and mix with an electric mixer on medium for a few minutes until smooth. Pipe mixture into a donut pan using a bag. Note: you want to make sure that the batter is quite thick so if it's looking a bit runny, just add a little more flour.
  2. Bake for around 20 minutes and allow to cool.
  3. Mix together the icing sugar and 1 shot of coffee to form a thick paste. Drizzle over the cooled donuts - it will slowly run down the sides!

Confetti Avenue by Charlotte Hartwell: Nescafe Dolce Gusto Stelia

Stelia is a really fun machine and seriously convenient. I love that you can use it to make more than just coffee and there are heaps of flavours!

Nescafe Dolce Gusto Stelia coffee machine*
Coffee capsules* (You can also get them at supermarkets!)

Confetti Avenue by Charlotte Hartwell: Nescafe Dolce Gusto Stelia

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