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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… 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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Update: i've just bought an alegria and tested it with alegria coffee and with "normal" instant coffee also from nescafe. We think the normal coffee almost taste the same if not better.

The normal instant coffee cost 5 euro for 200 gram, instead of the alegria coffee 12 euro for 150 gram.

Anyway, i'm happy :)

September 24, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterArtis

Well thanks for the tip on the Sarista. I had no idea this product existed and I'll be keeping my eye on it. It looks interesting.

September 24, 2012 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Just bought the Alegria today from Staples for £60 which included a free coffee refill cartridge. I already have the Dolce Gusto but found I really dislike the taste of the powdered milk (I like latte), Hoping this might be better because I can use fresh milk. If anyone can recommend a good decaf alternative to use instead of the Nescafe refill cartridge I would love to know.

September 28, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterTizziewizzie

Good review- I very nearly bought one of these the other day in staples but was put off by the lack of clarity about how on earth a pot of coffee grounds could turn into've cleared that up nicely. Glad I didn't buy one now. Some years ago I purchased a machine that used instant coffee to make cappuccino, but the coffee all gunked up inside as the storage put was not airtight- but it was great at frothing the milk- they've solved that problem with this machine but taken a step backwards on the milk.

October 22, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSentinelred

First time I have seen one of your reviews. Thank you for something light-hearted, informative and very well produced. Shame about the Alegria - I was thinking of getting one! - but I'll definitely be keeping an eye out for your reviews in future.

November 15, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterPhil

This product ships in Japan under the name 'Barista'. There is a small selection of coffee available, and Gold Blend is one. No need to buy the 'Alegria' branded coffee at inflated prices.

November 23, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterPaul

I bought one the other day. It makes everything so effortless, which is great (the main reason i bought it). The thing that puts me off though, is that every cup comes out luke warm. I find myself first heating the milk, which seems counter intuitive.

December 3, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterdavid

I bought it as well and have kept the empty coffee container. Later on I've put cheaper instant coffee in it and re-filled the machine. It's working fine!!

December 16, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterYvonne

I bought the Allegra for Christmas. I am not a coffee afficionado but I love the taste and the ease of making any style. The refills are a lot cheaper than the pods and most of my coffee loving friends approve too (or else they are being nice!)

January 27, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterjudi

I love my Alegria machine but the coffee is a silly price and not that special...I have experimented with many different coffeess in my Alegria machine and all work great. But only use granules not powder. I have found bog standard (and cheap) nescafe does really well and has a surprisingly good crema layer.

Here is the clever bit..... don't through away your empty Alegria cartridge.... keep it, cut the bottom off, and use it as a funnel to fill the machine.... without the special top to the Alegria cartridge filling the machine is awkward.

Have fun, experiment with the coffee.... and never sleep again! Like me. (2:22am)

February 23, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBob

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