Friday, March 13, 2015

Tea & Coffee | Dolce Gusto Oblo

Espresso Cups by Catarina Carreiras Fabrica

Around and for Christmas I bought myself my very first coffee (and tea) machine: Dolce Gusto Oblo. It has been one of those purchases that I keep being excited about, so whenever I have guests over at my place (one of the reasons why I bought it) I eagerly ask them if they want a coffee, tea, or hot chocolate. Some of my friends can definitely attest to that!

Now you are thinking... errrr, tea from your coffee machine? I was thinking this too! So I was not planning on buying the capsules containing tea, because I have my very own water boiler to make tea with! However, when Dolce gusto offered to send me two brand new drinks and one of them turned out to be tea, I was willing to give it a try. I should not judge it, without trying it, right? I'm not that French lady from "Komen Eten" who decided that a cookie (or whatnot) was too dry without actually tasting it, but I digress. 

Blue Espresso Cups by Catarina Carreiras Fabrica

Besides a tea box, I also received a box containing capsules of ristrettos and, lucky me, I got two espresso cups for Christmas that I wrapped nicely myself. I did not have espresso cups before this, so now I can offer my guests (.e.g my boyfriend's father) a proper espresso or ristretto too! Yay. Are those not the cutest little espresso cups you have ever seen? They make me all excited and match nicely with  my spring fever. These cups can contain 100 ml of coffee, but all I needed was 35 ml.


Dolce Gusto Oblo Marrakesh Style Tea & Ristretto Ardenza

So with my regular tea cups and new espresso cups I was more than prepared to try the Marrakech Style Tea and Ristretto Ardenza. Apparently, a ristretto is different from an espresso. I had to look this up. It is stronger, contains less caffeine, but more flavor. Well, ok then! I am not an expert. Both just taste strong to me! I was wondering about why only 35 ml goes into my espresso cup of 100 ml, but apparently less water is used in a ristretto explaining why you do not need a lot of it. This drink is described as "spicy" and I sure can not disagree. If you like strong coffees with lots of flavor to them, then the Ristretto Ardenza is for you. Now the Marrakech Style Tea came as quite a surprise. I thought it would taste chemical, but it tastes just like mint tea without the annoying bits of mint entering your mouth. I do not understand why there is a bit of foam on top though. Both packages contain 16 capsules, which means 16 drinks for you to enjoy. Most of their flavors cost €4,99 and these two are no different. The big question though... will I rebuy? I liked the Ristretto Ardenza, my boyfriend enjoys it, and I have several guests I know who will appreciate it too, so I would like to rebuy that one in the future. However, I will not be rebuying the Marrakech Style Tea. Though I did not dislike it, I still think it is weird to drink tea from a capsule (technically it is not very different from drinking it from a tea bag), and the foam did not help either. When it comes to mint tea, I like my tea as fresh as possible.. so I would go out and buy the mint leaves myself (even if that means I will end up with the annoying bits of mint in my mouth), rather than using a tea bag or capsule. 

There you have it. I got to try two new flavors for my Dolce Gusto Oblo coffee machine, and now they have ensured I am interested in yet another flavor of theirs... but there still are about 20 other flavors for me to discover... Oh dear. Perhaps I will become quite the coffee expert after having tried them all ;-) What do you think? Have you tried a ristretto before? Is tea from a capsule really that different than from a tea bag? 


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36 comments

  1. Hmm tea with foam, don't precisely know how I feel about that. I like tea, but I love using the ''real'' tea. But it is cool that you could test these out!

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    1. Ha, yeah! I just can't get used to it. The flavor is just fine, so I guess it's a mental thing xD

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  2. Amazing! Great post! Your blog is so beautiful! I do really like it! You did a great job! I’ll be happy to hear you opinion about my blog!)

    Diana Cloudlet
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  3. Not a coffee or tea person but let me just say that the tea cups are sooo cute!! Am obsessed with pretty cups! Lol

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    1. Haha, yeah they are super cute, right? And so tiny!

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  4. Mooie foto's Natasja! Ik hou van koffie maar drink enkel Nespresso ;-)

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    1. Dank je wel :) sinds ik fan ben van Dolce Gusto sta ik nu ook open voor Nespresso! Dus de eerste en de beste keer dat ik het kan proberen, zal ik dat zeker doen ^^

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  5. Prachtig apparaat! Ik heb nog steeds een ouwe Senseo,
    maar drink ook amper koffie.
    Sowieso heb ik niet zoveel met 'warm drinken'.

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    1. Oh, ik heb er echt behoefte aan wanneer het koud is :D zodra de zomer komt aanzetten drink ik minder thee, maar koffie kan er in de avond (raar, maar waar) nog altijd in bij mij!

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  6. I am a coffee addict but I drink tea daily too. I have a Keurig K-cup coffee maker that also makes one cup at a time and I like it a lot! I like that every cup is made fresh! And your cups are really pretty too!

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    1. Fresh indeed :D I googled the coffee maker and saw lots of buttons on it. What do these buttons do? Thank you!

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    2. There aren't that many buttons actually, on mine there are 3 for different cup sizes so you can decide how strong you want your coffee to be/how much water you want in it. And, of course, there is a power button too.

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  7. I used to drink coffee a lot but then I switched to tea and I haven't looked back :-)

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    1. Hmm, tea. I have always drunk tea :D my mom used to make it for me (as a little girl) with milk but over the years I stopped liking milk in my tea. Now I like it light with honey... or made with fresh herbs! :D

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  8. duidelijke review! Ik hou echt van koffie, maar ik ben geen expert.
    Hoe je het beschrijft maakt het anders wel heerlijk, wij hebben thuis wel een Nespresso apparaat dus beetje tegenstrijdig om dan een dolce gusto ook aan te schaffen natuurlijk. En de thee tja.. goh geef mij dan ook maar gewoon muntblaadjes ;)

    liefs
    Karlien

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    1. Dank je wel, Karlien :D dat is fijn om te lezen! Ik snap het helemaal.. ik ben ook wel een beetje benieuwd naar zo'n Nespresso! Is dat niet heel sterk?

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  9. I haven't tried a Ristretto, as I never drink coffee, and I can totally relate to your doubts regarding tea from a capsule. I avoid tea from a tea bag if possible, so i don't think i would buy any of those.
    Growing up, we always had freshly brewed tea, and I have continued this after moving out. My water boiler can be set to different temperatures, to get the perfect white or green tea experience.

    On another note: I can't click the "Notify me" button any more, it has disappeared. Is this just me?

    LindaLibraLoca: Beauty, Baby and Backpacking

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    1. Hi Anne! Well, luckily they have plenty of coffee capsules to choose from :D freshly brewed tea certainly is the best though. That is really cool!! What kind of herbs do you use to make white tea?

      Hm. About the "notify me" button, could you make a screen shot and set it to me next time? I still see it, so I don't know why you're not. I'll look into it though :) let me know if it keeps happening!

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    2. I see it when I reply, but not when I put up the first comment. I´ll try and send you a screenshot later on.
      White tea is made from the tips of green tea, harvested when very young. It is rather expensive, but you can brew it several times, and it tastes very soft.

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  10. Ik drink vooral veel thee, maar ik denk dat mijn vriend de Ristretto wel heel lekker zou vinden!

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  11. Zelf vind ik het ook altijd zo raar om thee te drinken uit een koffieapparaat. Ik heb zelf ooit van die theepads voor de Senseo gekocht, maar ik zette toch al snel weer gewoon normale thee met de waterkoker. Koffie drink ik de laatste tijd eigenlijk bijna niet meer, maar ben wel benieuwd naar de smaak van deze.

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  12. Die kopjes zijn so cute! Ik drink eigenlijk alleen Café Latte of thee, als ik een warme drank neem, maar vaak pak ik toch iets van fris. Wel leuk dat je hierover vertelt!

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    1. Hmm, ik ben zo dol op de latte machiatto caramel :D maar ik moet van mezelf de andere smaken blijven proberen haha :D als ik geen warme drankjes drink (doe ik overigens niet vaak) dan pak ik snel water of verse sappen.. en soms frisdrank.. vooral wanneer het zomer is en ik dorstig ben xD

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  13. Hmmm I think this will taste very great I can see that!

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  14. Je bnet écht héél blij met je aankoop he? Ik kan lezen hoe enthousiast je bent en het werkt aanstekelijk! Heel leuke post, en moest ik niet al een tiental koffiemachines hebben zou ik deze ook proberen! ;-) xo

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    1. Haha, zeker weten :D fijn om te lezen!! Dank je wel :) x

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  15. I never heard of a capsule in place of tea bag but this definitely sounds great :D

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  16. OOO so I actually got that mint thing for free when I made an order from their site a while ago, but I haven't tried it yet! I'm thinking I'll save it till it's warmer. I really like the tea latte tho! Not the chai tea latte. That one I like less. The regular tea latte is quite yum :)

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    1. Oh, I'd love to find out what you think! Do let me know once you try it :)

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  17. I love tea! I drink peppermint tea every day, so this post definitely caught my eye. The Marrakech Style Tea definitely sounds interesting, but I don't know if it'd be something I like- especially considering you mentioned there was foam! haha. I agree with you, I like tea as fresh as possible :)

    oh and those mugs are super cute! <3

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    1. The foam is definitely something to get used to.. but hey, it's only foam.. doesn't mean it's not drinkable! Far from it. Thank you, Melissa ^^

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  18. Ik ben echt koffie verslaafd. Ik kan er echt niet meer zonder haha. Je artikel klinkt goed :-) Wat is je blog trouwens mooi!!

    xoxo
    www.its-dash.com

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  19. Wat een mooie kopjes! :) Ik had een hele tijd geleden een dulce gusto machine, maar ik vond de keuze in echte koffie te zwak dus ben ik voor een Nespresso gegaan. De thee had ik anders wel erg graag willen proberen, lijkt me lekker!

    X Sara

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  20. Looks like fun! I don't drink coffee or tea often but I do love my hot cocoa. I usually just boil the water or milk in the microwave, though. LOL. Or go to my nearest Starbucks. ^_^

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