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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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Reader Comments (36)

I got this for my office the other week. The coffee is alright but I wasn't expecting the price of the refills to be so high. I just brought the nescafe azera which is half the price and tastes loads better. The strange thing is, it appears to be coming out hotter! That doesn't make sense.

I can now get maybe 90-100 cups of coffee for less than a fiver! I can handle that

August 5, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterDaniel

Daniel, be careful using nescafe azera as it is fine ground coffee. According to one of the previous comments, the user suggested to use the granules than using the fine ground.

December 11, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterKaz


We used the Alegria A510 for some time but now it only fills the cup halfway. What could be the reason for this and how do i fix it.

November 9, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterDanie


We used the Alegria A510 for some time but now it only fills the cup halfway. What could be the reason for this and how do i fix it.

November 9, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterDanie

I purchased a Nescafe Alegria from Makro Woodmead in Novemebr 2015. The machine stopped working at the end of February 2017.

I handed it in for repairs at Makro Woodmead at the beginning of March. I received an SMS from them last Friday advising that the machine was ready for collection. Today Iwent to collect the machine and was adviised that it was not repaired since the supplier had no spare parts.

What do I do now? The machine has hardly been used. (3 cannisters of coffee) so is nearly brand new.

April 5, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterDavid Shephard

Hi I was given one of these machines a few months ago, its been in my cupboard as I have a tassimo, I was thinking of changing over but the expense of the allegria coffee has put me off. Looking at all your comments it seems you don't have to use this coffee, but how would I fill it to try it out using normal coffee and I like strong coffee, any suggestions? ?

July 25, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterLinda

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