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Sunday
Aug052012

Nescafé Alegria Review

For obvious reasons I can't tell you whether you would enjoy the taste of the coffee produced by this machine.  I can however express my personal opinion, of the machine and its abilities so here it is. 

I bought this machine during a half-price sale at Staples for £50 because I thought it would be an interesting thing to review, and I hadn't seen any other reviews of this online. It's a different take on a single-cup coffee machine, as it uses coffee made using the current fad of mixing in Micro Grind whole-beans with freeze dried instant. In my opinion this is the Emperor's Clothes of coffee, a way to re-market instant coffee at crazily high prices. My taste buds are not great. I can't identify a Sumatran from a Columbian from an Ethiopian coffee by taste.  But I can spot the difference between an instant, a filter and an Americano. The coffee this machine produces tastes to me like good quality instant.  

I've pretty much finished my 'free' refill cartridge now, and I won't be buying another. If the price of refills was more realistic, say £5, then I may well have stuck with this machine a bit longer. It is convenient and neat and the coffee whilst not great is passable, certainly respectable enough for me to quickly gulp down before setting off for work. 

However the machine is now back up to £100 and the refills are £13…..so at that price it's a complete non-starter. I suspect that without a massive price shift, this product's days are numbered.  Expect to find these cluttering up the bargain bins at your office supplies retailer in a few months.

If you want to know more about this machine, the official website is here.

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Reader Comments (37)

Fantastic review, you have a knack of producing addictive interesting videos, thank you! I quite like the micro ground coffees as a step up from instants if the supermarkets have them on reduced (only). Starbucks tastes the best but is a ridiculous price unless they're giving it away for free. Best of luck and thanks again :)

August 5, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDave

@Dave I agree that the micro grind coffee definitely tastes better than plain old instant. I'm not a coffee snob, but I really can't stomach normal instant. I always have a tin of the microgrind in the house, its great for coffee emergencies.

August 5, 2012 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Nespresso pods are pretty badly priced too, plus there's a limited source to get them from - either online direct or in one of the very few 'special places' for George Clooney. We've stopped using ours and just use the milk fluffer and micro grind coffee - not quite the same but then not quite the same price.

It's a bit odd that you do moan about the prices though, for someone who clearly goes to starbucks quite a bit. Have you tried http://www.hasbean.co.uk/ ? - although you'll probably need a 2nd mortgage for that :/


Now, when are you going to review that NC700 ? All the reviews I've seen have been pretty crap. Looking forward to a decent one. Does it have the dual clutch? If so, how does it affect riding?

Quick, get it done before the next torrential down pour starts :)

August 5, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAndy Powell

Nespresso's exclusivity has now expired, so third party pods are starting to appear. You can get some in Costco now.

My Starbucks mugs were a Christmas gift, although I do go there from time to time, a couple of times per month.

You'll be glad to know that I was filming some stuff for the NC700 review today. I've also figured out how to do a commentary whilst riding now and I'll be utilising the bullet cam for some interesting angles. This one will take weeks to put together. Things will probably go quiet here until it's done

August 5, 2012 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

I am not a coffee drinker, nevertheless I watched and enjoyed this review, thanks.

August 6, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAldenone

I'm not a coffee drinker either but I'm a little surprised that we didn't get a comparison to: "a benighted piece of equipment produced by the Sirius Cybernetics Corporation. It was called a Nutri-Matic Drinks Synthesizer". Still, an awesome revew.

August 7, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMike

I'm not a coffee drinker so some of this coffee culture has bypassed me. What's the deal with all this americano, cappa-mocha-chino nonsense. As far as I'm concerned there are two types of coffee - black or white. I'm prepared to accept espresso as another variation on the basis that it uses a different blend of beans, but here everything comes from the same source so essentially it's just a small strong black coffee.

To me, having to refill the water container every two cups makes the device completely pointless. You may as just use a normal kettle, especially if the blend of coffee really is just barely better than instant.

One thing I thought you should have included in the review though - if there is nothing special about the coffee how does the cost per cup compare against a kettle and a good quality jar of instant/micro-grind?

One last question, as I believe is obligatory for any review on the this blog - can you use it as a webcam? ;o)

August 8, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterRev Gear

Great review. I was thinking of buying a alegria, but didnt know the coffee was so expensive.

Isnt it possible to put a normal (good) instant coffee in it?

Cheers

September 23, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterArtis

Well you've got to remember that this uses instant Espresso strength coffee rather than normal instant. If you can find instant espresso it should work.

September 23, 2012 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Ah oke thought it was normal instant coffee..

Maybe its better to wait for the senseo sarista thats gonna launch in a couple of weeks here in holland.

Thanks

September 24, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterArtis

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