The Dolce Gusto from Nescafe was a good little capsule-based coffee machine, and it sure looked cool! Today, we’re taking a look at the smaller model in the same range; the Nescafe Dolce Gusto Piccolo. Let’s see what’s on offer.
The Piccolo is smaller in size than the ordinary Dolce Gusto, but just as pretty! It’s got the same curvaceous body that you’ll remember from the bigger model, but with a more tapered off and slimmer look. It’s another gorgeous device; modern and cool. As well as the red model we’re looking at here, it’s also available with a white or black finish.
Being a lot smaller, the water tank in this model has been shrunk down too. It’ll hold 0.6 litres at any one time. It’s a removable tank, making it nice and easy to fill up and clean.
The Piccolo has the same Thermoblock technology as the bigger model. That means there’s virtually no heating up time. It’ll heat the water as it goes. With no waiting time, you can have a cup of coffee ready in seconds.
The machine comes with a sample pack of 6 pods for you try, but there are 18 different varieties available to purchase. They’re quite popular, and you should be able to find them in any supermarket.
When you fancy a drink, you simply grab a pod and slot it into the pod holder. It’s magnetic, so there’s no need to position the pod accurately, it’ll simply slot into place with a click. Position your cup, flip a switch and you’ll be enjoying your coffee in next to no time.
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Nescafe Dolce Gusto Piccolo Features and Specifications
- Cool modern design – available in red, white or black
- Thermoblock technology – heats the water as it goes, no heat up time!
- 0.6 litre removable tank – removes for easy filling and cleaning
- Compact design – fits into any kitchen
- 6 pod sample pack included to get you started
- 2 year warranty
Customer Feedback and Reviews
We found that 92% of customers were happy that they’d invested in the Piccolo, and 85% gave the machine top marks of 4 or 5 stars. There were some downsides though, which we’ll take a look at in a few minutes.
We expected people to love the way this machine looks, and they certainly did! The Piccolo is a great looking coffee maker; a breath of fresh air compared to the square and clunky coffee machines that we’re used to. The red model is funky and cool, but the black and white models look the part too. This is one coffee machine you won’t want to hide away in a cupboard!
There are a decent variety of pods available, with over 18 different ones to try. The majority of people found them very nice, and the machine leaves a nice thick crema layer on top.
As with the bigger model, the coffee is a step up in quality from instant coffee, but perhaps not for the coffee connoisseur (a bean to cup machine would be best if you’re a real coffee lover).
For the average coffee drinker though, most find the drinks from the Piccolo quite delicious.
One downside with the pods, is that with some varieties a separate milk pod is used. In most cases this is sweetened long-life milk. A lot of people don’t link UHT milk, and people who don’t want sugar in their coffee simply have no choice! You can always top up your drink with more hot water and add real milk though.
Another problem with the pods, one that we can’t forgive, is that they can’t be recycled! This just isn’t good enough, not in this day and age. Krups, the company that makes these machines, offers a free recycling service for their more expensive Nespresso machine. Why they can’t offer the same service for the Dolce Gusto we don’t know.
To be honest, we’re Dolce Dis-Gusted about this!
If you’re looking for a compact coffee maker then this certainly is one! With a footprint of 16cm by 22cm it’s not that much bigger than a normal kettle! The downside to this, though, is that the water tank is very small. You’ll get two mugs of coffee out of it, no more.
By far the biggest problem with this machine though, is that it isn’t automatic. You need to constantly hold a switch down in order to pump the water.
With instant coffee this would be fine, but the manual expressly gives amounts in milliliters to use for each pod. With no way to know how much water you’re pumping, you’re left guessing at the right amount. Not the way to get a perfect coffee!
To be quite honest, we’re not going to recommend the Nescafe Dolce Gusto Picollo. The small water tank, and the fact that you need to guess at the water amount makes it rather impractical.
Considering the larger Dolce Gusto model is fully automatic, and only a few pounds more, we’d suggest you take a look at that one instead. Personally, we’d only consider the Picollo is we were extremely short on kitchen space.