Tips & Tricks

Is the Coffee your Dolce Gusto® Machine produces as good as it can be?

  • September 19, 2017

Too many Dolce Gusto users are less than happy with the coffee they make.

A good Espresso has incredibly complex flavours that should make you want to roll the coffee around in your mouth, savouring every last second of the beautiful flavours that emerge.

If the coffee you are producing tastes a little “average” here are some simple steps you can take to ensure to improve it.

1 – Get the extraction right

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Above all else this is the most important point to be aware of when making a coffee – Putting the wrong amount of water into your extraction can destroy the flavours of the resultant coffee shot.

There are two different types of Dolce Gusto Coffee Capsules (Espresso and Lungo)

Espresso capsules are ground fine to ensure that all of the flavours of the coffee are extracted in a short 30 – 40mls extraction if you put more water through this style of capsule the resultant coffee will not taste as good as it should.

Lungo capsules are ground a little coarser and are suitable for longer extractions ideally around 110 mls


Whilst you can make a long black with either Lungo or Espresso capsules make sure that you do not put more water than the recommended dose for the style of capsule.

The correct way to make a Long Black with an Espresso capsule is to start with an Espresso Shot (30 – 40mls) and then top up with hot water to the desired level for your drink by ejecting the capsule and pressing the button again to just add water – this will ensure that you don’t pick up any bitterness that can occur when you force too much water through beans that have already had the flavour extracted during the first 40mls of water that passed through.

2 – Prime your machine before use

Running hot water through your machine (by pressing the button with no capsule in the machine) before you make a coffee will ensure any residual, stale coffee is washed out and your machine is ready to deliver a perfect fresh tasting coffee.

3 – Use good coffee and good capsules

The quality of coffee in capsules that are made by different manufacturers for Dolce Gusto® machines can vary considerably.

If you are looking for the finest premium quality coffee, exclusively imported from Italy, at a really great price then Coffee Pod Shop may well have just what you are searching for.

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