Dolce Gusto vs Keurig

by Val
(Houston, TX, USA)

The Dolce Gusto and Keurig brewers.

The Dolce Gusto and Keurig brewers.


How does the Dolce Gusto compare to the Keurig?


Well, as you know, both are single serve brewers. And both use proprietary brewing systems. The Keurig brewers use K-Cups and the Dolce Gusto brewer uses “capsules”.

If you were to compare them side by side in a competition to brew the best cup of regular coffee, I don’t know who would win. I know the Keurig brewer makes great coffee, because I have one myself and use it almost every day.

As for the Dolce Gusto, I have only ever tried it once, and that wasn’t to make a straight coffee, it was a cappuccino.

And that brings us to the principal difference between the two.

If you want a single-serve brewer that makes great coffee, go with Keurig.

If you want a machine that can make you cappuccinos and other exotic coffeehouse beverages, go with the Dolce Gusto Genio.

Unlike regular Keurig brewers, the Dolce Gusto also provides milk capsules. So when making a cappuccino, you add one coffee capsule and one milk capsule to the machine.

So if you would like to be able to make the occasional cappuccino, Caffè Lungo or Latte Macchiato at home, choose the Dolce Gusto.

Otherwise I would go for the Keurig.

Additional information on single serve coffee makers...

Verismo brewers – Starbucks coffee makers for single-serve coffee lovers.

Choosing between the different Keurig single cup brewers.

Buying Keurig brewers and K-Cups online in Canada.

The Tassimo T55 Single Cup Home Brewing System.

BUNN MCU Single Cup Multi-Use Brewer.

Nespresso automatic espresso machines.

Organize your Keurig K-Cups with a storage drawer.

Comments for Dolce Gusto vs Keurig

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Sep 19, 2017
what to do with dolce gusto that won't fit
by: Madeline

I just bought nescafe Dolce Gusto Cappuccino only to find it does to fit my keurig coffee maker. I bought it through amazon. Will they
take the remainig back??

Mar 18, 2017
Keurig is cheaply made
by: Anonymous

I own one of each, and the Dolce Gusto wins hands down as far as construction goes. The Keurig brand machines are made of a flimsy, cheap/thin plastic. The Gusto is definitely a solid machine worth the money. The difference for me in the 2 other then what is mentioned here in the article is that the Gusto machines only take Dolce pods and you cannot use K-cups, so it limits you to purchasing the Dolce pods only. Don't get me wrong, they have ALOT to choose from and the coffee is good - I actually prefer it to any K-cup I've purchased thus far. BUT, you can ONLY buy their pods online, and there's just something to be said about being able to be in the grocery store, BBB or wherever, and just pick up a box of pods. So for me, the preference and winner is, the Dolce machine. I order from Amazon and toss the order into my monthly subscribe & save order, that way I get a better price then I would going to BB&B and using the 20% off coupon.

Feb 24, 2017
Can I change the Nescape Docle gusto so they work in my Keurig machine
by: Willie

bought dolce gusto capsules thinking they would work in my Keurig is there anyway that I can convert these pods to work in my Keurig

Jul 29, 2015
You must have both!
by: Anonymous

Ok coffee lovers. No need to choose! They shouldn't even be compared as it is comparing apples to oranges. Yes they are both fruit but if you long for an apple, an orange just won't do, although they are both equally tasty. Kuerig is my choice for that morning brew to kick start the day with a strong bold roast, but Dolce Gusto is my after work treat. Dolce Gusto gives you the scrumptious layered, decadent coffees you pay 4 to 5 bucks or more for (or even 16.00 bucks at a fancy restaurant for a cup of cappuccino!) I have my capsule stash delivered to my door every month from Amazon's Subscribe and Save. Keep in mind you can't get the capsules at your local grocery store. My favorite is the cappuccino but I have tried and really liked their mocha, chococino,espresso, and cortados-only available from the UK.
As for Kuerig's, I love it for regular coffee! The flavor from a Kuerig compared to a high end coffee pot with a built in grinder for fresh beans, still comes out way on top. It's the richness in the flavor.nnot a lot to add other than you can but the Kuerig K-cups much easier because they now come in a huge variety at your grocery store. Closest brand to taste like a Starbucks French Roast at half the price, is Java De-Lite which you can find for about 5.99 at Smiths.

Jan 04, 2015
Dolce-Gusto vs Keurig
by: Anonymous

I have both. I love the Dolce-Gusto!!! I drive a semi-truck and it goes everywhere with me. I don't leave it set up all the time bc of all the bouncing around in the truck. But it only takes a second to set it up, takes one bottle water, push the on button, add the water and put the tank in place, put in the coffee pod. Push the hot water button and wallah coffee ready to drink!!! Excellent. The first machine I got in was to loud must have been damaged in shipping. Second one awesome. Keurig mini pain maxes out at 10 oz. and limited to regular coffees, teas, or Apple cider which is nice. But Gusto does both regular coffee as well as Cappuccino's. Still like Keurig, just prefer the Dolce-Gusto more compact for semi seconds to set up and awesome coffee!!!

Oct 22, 2014
Dolco Gusto
by: Oktober 22 2014

Does Dulco Gusto have permanent filter cups to use your own coffe? And where do I find one?

Sep 20, 2014
Dolce Gusto for me
by: JP

I'm going to have to cast my vote for the Dolce Gusto for all coffee purposes.. I own the DG machine and have used it over the past year or so. I have the Keurig in my break rooms at the company offices along with the Jura automatic espresso machines.

My personal taste preference goes to strong, almost espresso coffee. Not a big fan of the flavored combo drinks from the cafés but I do like an occasional cappuccino now and then. My usual order at Peet's or Starbucks is a bold house (or Americano) with an extra shot.

Dolce Gusto:
High pressure pump delivers a true crema, no matter how strong or weak you make it.

You can fine tune the strength of any pod by adding or reducing the "on" time in 20% (of 6oz) increments then add more again after it resets.. With the keurig it's 4, 6 or 8 oz only (at least the machines I've used)

I buy the Americano pods for all drinks since it has the most coffee per pod and use the above method to regulate the strength.

Can't buy the milk pods separately from the company but you can on amazon. You can also get European flavors on amazon and I recently found I can get same day delivery, for a fee, from amazon.

My machine has a small water tank which is a bit of a pain but they do make machines with a larger tank. It's perfect for the RV.

Instant on (15 second warm up) even while filling the tank, no recovery time. (It's a pump machine)

I do wish I Gould order different brands of coffee.

Great flavor selection, available everywhere including costco.

Big high volume machines. Once warmed up, just push and go.

Attractive design.

Cannot get a true espresso from this machine which is a deal breaker to me.

Aug 04, 2011
Krups vs dolce Gusto
by: Anonymous

Krups is great

Jan 29, 2011
by: Cappucino4me

I did a thorough comparison of the two and concluded that the Dolce Gusto makes a pretty darn good cappuccino. It dispenses under high pressure,making a nice crema. The espresso is nicely prepared as well. I no longer use it for coffee because the serving size per pod is less than 8ounces and I don't prefer their house blend. Keurig provides much more variety. I like a strong cup of Kona or Sumatra in the A.M.
So, if you like cappuccino and espresso with an occasional cup of coffee, Dolce Gusto is the way to go. If you need your morning cup of coffee, then get a Keurig.

Jan 06, 2011
capsules vs kcups
by: misty

Does anyone know if the Dolce Gusto capsules work with the Keurig machine? they look similar in size, but did not want to waste an entire box finding out.

Editor's Note: No, they don't.

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