I bought this for my daughter and son-in-law as they like mine. It is excellent for a single coffee but does not take long to make more. There are no coffee grouts to clear up after, just throw the pods away. There are many different coffees that can be bought from supermarkets and hot chocolate that my grandchildren like. I would recommend this to coffee lovers, its so easy. It is good value and in fact is much cheaper now than when i bought mine two years ago. The only coffee i have not been able to purchase here is decaff which is available in spain where i lived but have searched all supermarkets here and cannot find it.
The best coffee everadvice to you: purchase the “cafe au lait” pods to try with this machinemy first purchase was faulty but not from amazon, i even found amazon sold them and purchased this a second time because i know how good this machine is, as my father has the same one. From frothy coffees to frothy hot chocolates. I hope this review finds you well :).
Great coffee machine but the one i received was from a different country so could not use the money off code. Also why put a red power cord on a black machine and plug has been adapted to work in uk so has a big plug not happy.
Key specs for NESCAFE Dolce Gusto Piccolo Manual Coffee Machine by Krups – Black:
- Removable Tank
Comments from buyers
“Great Version of its Bigger Brother
, Good, but expensive to run if you have a serious habit
, Fantastic Easy Coffee
It ‘a greatness was recently confirmed for me when i walked into a posh bakehouse in paris (city of coffee lovers) and low and behold this is the coffee machine they were usingi love how you can pretty much buy pods anywhere unlike other machines. One complaint – why is there only one variety of decaf?. I can only seem to buy this in amazon too. The campaign for skinny decaf lattes starts here.
I bought this as i don’t like messing around with the filters, just for one cup. It makes an good cup of coffee quickly and is easy to use. The pods a reasonable price, but i really only use the americano ones and then just add cream. Friends have said the other options are good as well. For a proper cup of coffee quickly i would recommend this machine.
This is just a perfect size for quick and delicious coffee when space is a premium. I wasn’t sure what to expect from this diddy coffee machine, but i’ve been so pleased with this purchase as it is very easy to use and to store and the range of drinks is superb. It’s at its best when you’re only making drinks for a few people, otherwise you may as well set up a queue around your island unit and start writing names on the cups. But for me it does the job and does it well. I only make one or two drinks at a time and am sitting down to enjoy a lovely latte or creamy hot chocolate in minutes. I love the colour and the shape- it’s like a little penguin pal sitting in the corner of my worktop. It’s way too good looking to put in a cupboard, but if you’re tight for space then i can see that it would be so easy to store. It’s easy to clean and keep clean too. I can’t fault it, but then it’s always difficult to find fault in something you love.
This machine does the job nicely and gives a great cup of coffee, that is very smooth. As this is the manual one you have to be careful not to make it too watery. The pods only make ~220-250ml of drink which is about 3 quarters of your average cup. The pods are quite expensive but if you’re using this as a treat rather than an everyday coffee maker then it’s not too bad. There is a good variety of drinks flavours to go with it but only a handful are available at supermarkets, their website is however, very good with reasonable postage costs.
I didn’t realise that this was manual not automatic in terms of the shot required. Would have bought a tassimo if i had.
Like the fact it does teas as well as coffees. For me, its the tea latteseasy to fill water tank, nice n small. Takes less than a minute to make a drink. No measuring on the water tank, you have to see on the cup beforehand to know where each section of the drink needs to be. Always fill the tank more water than u need. At the moment, they are giving away £10 code to use at dolce gusto store. So for free delivery, u have to order 4 boxes.
I have owned nescafe’s larger model for a number of years. I have given one as a present and friends and clients impressed by the quality of the coffee, have bought their own. Unfortunately, i stupidly threw away the capsule holder in a ‘senior’ moment, when i disposed of a quantity of spent capsules in a hurry to meet the refuse collection. So, thinking i might be able to buy a cheaper model with a holder that would be good for the two models, i invested in the piccolo. From the outset, the piccolo was more efficient and definitely space saving. Although the capsule holder works in the larger model, i am quite content to get two good cups of coffee from the new one – before refilling the water tank – and will only revert to my other, older model when coffee is in demand and i need around 5 cups rather than the handy two. Great little machine at a budget price, perfect for locations like the bedroom and can be transported easily due to its compact size.
Had this for about a year now and had no problems with it really. Did end up buying some nice glass cups that seemed to be a perfect size for it though. There’s a nice selection of different pods available and i’ve not yet found one i didn’t like. (they were cheaper from tesco than amazon though – under £4 for a box of 16 pods)given some drinks require 2 pods, there is also some flexibility in what the ratio of the two actually is as you need to stop the drink coming out by manually moving the lever back to the center. It’s not the hottest machine in the world, or the biggest, but it’s perfect for just two of us who don’t want to wait for drinks to cool. One down-side though is using the pods is a bit of a waste of plastic i think, but that’s the same for all machines of this type.
For people fearing lukewarm coffee or chocolate from this machine, forget it. You won’t be able to guzzle down a hot drink from this machine. I’m enjoying a ‘chococino’ as i write. I’ve seen somewhere on the web to rinse your mug with hot water from the machine before you put the capsule in but i haven’t found this necessary. The cheapest capsules i’ve found are from ‘amazon’ £11. 04 for 3 boxes with free delivery, each box containing 16 capsules but remember if you are having a milky drink, one of the capsules will be milk, so you will only get 8 drinks per box. can’t praise this coffee machine too highly. ]
Quite a good ‘real’ coffee which has a crema layer on the top. A little on the slow side perhaps, but at least that is giving time for the flavour of the coffee to get into the cup. I drink my coffee black so almost perfect temperature for that; however, if you like milk in your coffee, i think you’ll find it isn’t hot enough. If i use it to make a ‘normal’ milk-added coffee for my husband, he invariably has to pop it in the microwave for 30 seconds to heat it up. The pods are too expensive but for the convenience i’m prepared to pay it – which of course, is what the company takes full advantage of. My only other gripe is that in spain (where i spend half the year) i can buy espresso intenso pods but not americano, and in the uk it’s vice-versa, so i end up carrying a supply of pods back and forth. Anyway, something must be right with the machine because i’ve bought another for out in spain and another for a family member.
For 8 years i have had a senseo machine, when the motor broke i bought this little coffee machine. I was surprised by how tiny it was when i unpacked it and how little space it takes up in the kitchen. This is perfect for me as our kitchen is not that big. It can only get 3-4 cups of coffee out of a full tank, but that is roughly how much i drink a day, so all that does is ensure i use fresh water daily. It has a great variety of pods to use, that are for good prices and free delivery on their own website. I was personally sceptical about the cold drinks, but the ice tea is actually really nicethe only real minus point to me is that the ‘milk’ pods are not great, and i prefer to just use real milk in it’s stead in my coffee, but i have always disliked powder milk or cream pods and their ‘milk pods’ probably contain an equivalent to that.
The picolo coffee machine uses nescafé coffee pods and is easy to use and also clean, ideal for people with handling disabilities you just put your mug on the drip tray press buttons and you have your favourite coffee without any mess.
Firstly let me say that the white version of this machine has been stuck on my unit where it looks a bit like a penguin and is rather cute. The machine arrived in good order and well packed and after a rinse i used it for the first time. The pod idea is a good one and various pods are available for purchase. Using the penguin is easy and the water is hot unlike some makes,and i can clean it easily as well.
An excellent coffee machine, i like it because i get consistently good coffee through it. Also very compact and does not take up much space on the kitchen top unlike other specimen. I’ve had it for some years now and still good as the day i bought it.
I bought this machine because i was sick and tired of the family using a cafetiere and wasting three quarters of it, plus they are a pain to keep clean. So, my thinking was that this would enable the family to make a fresh cup of coffee as when needed, with no excessive wastage. The only negative is that the pods are expensive, but so was throwing away away unwanted cafetierre coffee. I decided to buy a box of almost every flavour available (extensive) but in reality everyone goes for americano. The latte and cappucino tasted wrong to me, so they will not be bought again. To summarise, it’s easy to use, makes good coffee, everyone’s happy.
I stopped drinking coffee back in 2005 thinking it was contributing to a phase of panic attacks i was having back then. About three years ago, after missing my favourite non-alcoholic drink, i decided to start drinking coffee again and bought one of these and a couple of boxes of the decaf lungo pods (i find granulated coffee pretty revolting, and the available decaf coffees are pretty terrible). I’ve now graduated to non-decaf pods (fortunately with no bad side effects) because the decaf ones are hard to come by in supermarkets, and you need to order them from nescafe’s dolce gusto website where they ship from germany. I usually make a mug of coffee from the lungo or americano pods but i tend to use two pods per mug. This is where it get’s pricey – i get eight mugs of coffee per box of pods. Yes i know you can pay up to four quid for a coffee from starbucks or your local artisan coffee house, and i used to do that every day when travelling to work. However my budget is a bit tight these days. I also feel guilty about the excessive amount of plastic and packaging waste because it’s a pod machine. That said, the machine is consistent in it’s operation, the pods are consistent in flavour and i always get a nice crema.
I’ve had a dolce gusto machine before – my previous one was the slightly larger machine, but this had started to leak and i decided to replace it with the piccolo. This is a neat little machine which fits neatly onto my worktop. Just like its bigger brothers, it takes the dolce gusto pods, which i find make enjoyable cups of coffee. The machine is easy to use and to keep clean and if you want a small coffee machine for your office, or if you live on your own, i’d recommend this little chap.
Love it – used daily & great for early risers who don’t have time to wait for boiling kettle. Slightly annoying thing is that if put cold tap water in reservoir then the coffee is too cold on first cup so use any water in kettle or bottled water that is room temperature – or fill night before. Otherwise nice compact & no mess & no fuss.
The product arrived safely and on time so i have no complaints about the speed and the quality of the service. This product has lasted only 15 months when it stopped working and started leaking. A similar fault happened to a previous but different dolce gusto model. Up until now we enjoyed many good cups of coffee. Would we buy another one, on the record of the past 2 machines, no.
This friendly little creature (tweety pi) only arrived last friday and i don’t know how we’ve ever lived without him. He’s cute, quiet, clean, house-trained, takes up next to no space and above all makes the best coffee i’ve ever tasted. The only problem we have with him is that the pods are quite expensive compared with instant coffee, and because we love the coffee it makes, we’re drinking more than we used to. But when it tastes this good. The other family argument is – is he a bird, as i insist, a fly, as my family unkindly suggests, or as we’re inclined to agree as a compromise for the sake of family unity, a ladybird?.
I didn’t realise when i bought this model that it was manual. I would have preferred an automatic machine. It took a little while to work out how to use it. Really more trial and error, so wasted some of my initial starter pods. Now up and running and much used. Hot chocolate at bedtime, yummy and actually enjoying the tea selection,although not a usual tea drinker. Getting through my pods very quickly now. You will need space to store.