Updated: March 13th, 2021
How many times has it happened that you’ve gotten up in the morning but aren’t awake enough, or simply don’t have enough time, to wait for your coffee machine to whip up a coffee? And since you control everything, how many times has it happened that since you’re too sleepy or in a hurry, you completely mess your coffee up? Here I’m presuming most of you have gone through such an experience, if you have, you don’t even need to read on, go ahead and buy this coffee machine, you won’t get anything better, but you haven’t gotten through such an experience, read on to the pros and cons of this machine and decide whether you want to buy it or not.
Review on Nescafe Dolce Gusto Piccolo Machine
To start off, this is a capsule based coffee machine. It’s extremely easy to use. You put it in a pot, push a few buttons, and you have your coffee ready. That doesn’t seem like rocket science… Okay, you might need a little more explaining there.You add water in the water tray. You push the Power button, and within 2 minutes (Or by the time you finish the next step) you will have the heater ready. You then put in the coffee pod, or two (if what you’re making contains milk), and then you just put the glass or cup underneath, and push the Hot or Cold button, and you’ll have your coffee ready.
If you have the Manual version, you push a lever to either the Hot or Cold side, and the amount of beverage that will come out is dependent on how long you push the lever, so you have full control of the coffee making process and its taste. But if you’re not a coffee maniac and just want something to wake you up, the automatic version will work best for you.
You know those coffee machines which take up all the space on your coffee counter? And need constant cleaning every few weeks? And the ones which make a mess every single time you make coffee? Well, this machine isn’t one of them. The coffee grains stay in the pod, so they don’t make a mess. But what could be both a good and bad thing, is that you need to manually pull out the tray and take out the pod each time you want to replace it, unlike other machines which will deposit the pod into itself. But on the bright side, it keeps the machine cleaner. And taking out the pod isn’t exactly rocket science!
But the real disadvantage is that the capsules retain a certain amount of liquid, so they make a mess when you take them out. You need to drain them in a sink before throwing them out. You could also take out the water tank and run the machine and the lowest setting, thus taking out all the excess water, but obviously that takes too much time. So generally, on grounds of practicality, ease of use, this is miles ahead of every other coffee machine and every other method of making coffee, except for those Instant Coffee Sachets, but let’s face it; they don’t taste half as good. As for the price, it’s a very affordable coffee machine compared to others in its class, while the capsules are a little bit expensive, but totally worth it.
Yes it’s powdered milk, but hell no; this isn’t bad coffee at all. Obviously you can’t compare it to a coffee made by a barista, but it makes better coffee than the average household. While the powdered milk could be annoying, it simply does not go as far as completely making it taste really bad, if you have that much of a problem with powdered milk, buy a manual machine and use your own milk, just use the coffee. This depends very much on your coffee taste but for most people, the taste will be just perfect!
The Plethora of Flavours
Currently you can make Ice Tea, Chai Tea Latte, Chococino, Mocha, many different types of Espresso, like Decaf, Barista, Ristretto, Intenso. You can even have Skinny Lattes or Cappuccino, Macchiato, or simply some Americano, Grande or Lungo. You have Decaf versions of many, Unsweetened version for those of you who care about their health. The possibilities are endless, whether it is a cold drink or a hot drink, that’s up to you. More flavours are coming by the day, you’ll definitely have the type you like.
That’s a Small Cup…
Yes and no. It really depends upon you. It comes in at about 230ml, which is enough to wake a person up and awaken his senses. It’s highly recommended you use their recommended cups and glasses as their automatic machines have been based on them, but it’s not a cup you’d regret. After all, the benefits you are getting are much more than the disadvantages.
So should you buy it?
Well summing up the entire review, there are a few things you need to keep in mind. First is the capsule that retains its water, secondly the powdered milk, and thirdly the small cup. If you feel these three reasons are enough for you to let go of a coffee system, that gives you one of the smallest coffee machines on the market, with a range of flavours you wouldn’t find anywhere else and the ability to make each flavour with the touch of a button, don’t buy this. If you feel that instant coffee makes better coffee, or that a bigger and messier coffee system is worth it, don’t buy it.
When you talk about the taste of the coffee, the ease of making the coffee, this coffee system reaches the perfect spot where it doesn’t affect the taste of the coffee, while still making it the easiest to use coffee machine on the market. The decision is yours.