Movenza Coffee (and More) machine:
A new coffee machine!
I do like fresh coffee, but if I’m honest I don’t drink enough to warrant having packets of ground coffee at home. And, the mess involved with any kind of filter machine or with my cafetiere does tend to stop me bothering. I was keen to try a pod coffee machine as a convenient option, though the open plan nature of my kitchen and day to day living space meant that I wanted something that was both beautiful and functional.
The Krups Dolce Gusto Movenza definitely fits the bill. A contemporary design with clean lines it has a futuristic feel. Mine is in a dark charcoal, matt brushed finish which looks rather good on the worktops. It also has a bright red cable which I rather like. You fill up the water tank at the back of the machine with up to a litre of water (that’s enough for 4 – 6 drinks) and, given the rather strange design of my kitchen, I’m grateful for that particular feature.
It has a 15bar pressure so makes a good quality espresso without any effort. And, it’s really simple to adjust the amount of water used for each cup – there’s a touch sensitive bar on the front which you just slide until you get your own preferred strength. You can also adjust the drip tray so that your cup sits at the right height to avoid splashes.
The machine uses Nescafe Dolce Gusto pods, which means there’s a great range of drinks available. There are various hot chocolate options, which I got rather addicted to, but am trying to avoid because they DO come ready sweetened and pre-loaded with calories!
It’s easy to clean – the drip tray is removable and goes in the dishwasher and the exterior of the machine can be wiped down with a cloth. And, the matte finish doesn’t show finger marks.
The plusses for me I can keep a range of pods in the house so that those of my friends who like an espresso can be served as easily as those who prefer a chocolate caramel (if I haven’t somehow managed to drink all of those first).
I can keep a range of pods in the house so that those of my friends who like an espresso can be served as easily as those who prefer a chocolate caramel (if I haven’t somehow managed to drink all of those first).
The main advantages for me:
It’s smart enough to leave out on the worktop
The large water tank is ultra convenient.
Those drinks with milk come with a second ‘milk’ pod. While I CAN tell the difference between the content of the pod and fresh milk, storage isn’t an issue and it means I won’t ever return from travelling yearning for a coffee or hot chocolate to find that there’s no milk in the fridge.
There’s little or no waiting around for the water to heat up. If I want a quick cup of coffee, it takes me seconds to brew.
There’s no mess – you just remove the pod and that’s it!
I am aware there are environmental issues about the pods – I’m planning to buy and try some of the reusable metal ones but of course that somewhat defeats the convenience of the machine.
The pods are around 25p a drink – so for me, this is more of a ‘treat’ than an everyday way to drink.
To sum up – I love the drinks that I can make with my Movenza, the machine is well designed – it looks good and functions very well. I still have a few reservations about the environmental issues around the pods – a shame as I suspect I’d happily use the machine more if I wasn’t concerned about that. I know Nescafe are investigating recycling collection options in the UK and I look forward to finding out more about that.
Disclosure: I was sent the Movenza free of charge in return for reviewing the machine. All comments are editorially given.