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!
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.
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.
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!
Omg, look how good that looks.
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.
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.
30 minutes 6 donuts
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!