The Dolce Gusto was first established in 2005. It was one of the earlier machines to popularize coffee capsule machines, along with Easy Serve Espresso (ESE) pods and Nespresso, a company also owned by Nestlé.
Dolce Gusto capsules differ from some other non-grinding espresso machines in that they offer milk capsules for brewing, meaning that milk doesn’t have to be prepared or frothed by a separate coffee appliance.
For milk based espresso drinks, the Dolce Gusto machines call for separate milk capsules. These capsules use powdered milk. Therefore, for a cappuccino, for example, the user would need a coffee pod containing ground coffee as well as a milk pod.
The Dolce Gusto range are capsule espresso machines, which are advantageous to a large number of the coffee drinking public, especially those who prioritize convenience. With these non-grinding espresso machines, no brewing technique needs to be learned in order to produce a well balanced beverage. Due to the fact that the coffee is all contained within coffee pods, capsule machines such as the Dolce Gusto require next to no cleaning and maintenance as the coffee never comes into contact with the coffee maker.