Compact and manual, the Nescafé Dolce Gusto Piccolo

Compact and manual, the Nescafé Dolce Gusto Piccolo

Here is the perfect machine for singles (yes I assume without any trouble). The Dolce Gusto Piccolo is a compact and fast electric coffee maker. It is made for small spaces and its small capacity is more suitable for those who live alone than for those who make a small coffee when they wake up.

Except that size doesn’t do it all, let’s take a look at its specificities and what « manual » means to an electric coffee machine.

Description de la Dolce Gusto Piccolo

Compact and manual, the Nescafé Dolce Gusto Piccolo

There are many Nescafé coffeemakers present in this comparatif Sweet Taste. We find the same design spirit from one to the other. For the rest, there can be big differences.

The Piccolo Coffeemaker is therefore hyper compacte. It is 35 cm high, 18.6 cm wide and 28.3 cm long. This makes it smaller than the compact Dolce Gusto Mini Me.
As a direct consequence of its size, it has a small tank of 0.6 litres. Yes, that’s why it is especially suitable for singles.

The cup rest can be positioned at three different levels, allowing it to accommodate mugs and cups, avoiding splashes.

The capsule holder is magnetized, to allow for better placement of the pod and whatever. It’s supposed to be a plus, but I don’t really see the difference. Especially since there is no used capsule bin, so in any case, to reach the trash can, you have to use both hands to avoid putting them everywhere.

Finally, the pressure is 15 bars, which makes it possible to make themselves real espressos.

Utilisation de la Nescafe Dolce Gusto Piccolo

Compact and manual, the Nescafé Dolce Gusto Piccolo

It’s a big surprise for many, the Krups Dolce Gusto Piccolo is manual. That means the coffee doesn’t stop by itself. If you walk away, the coffee will overflow until the tank is empty!

Let’s go back to the different steps in the order :

  • Fill the tank (or make sure it is full);
  • place a capsule in its place, close the lid tightly (by closing you pierce the capsule) ;
  • press the round button on the left to start the warm-up (about 30 seconds). The button will then flash orange-red. When it turns green, the machine is ready;
  • use the lever above the machine to start the water flow, on the left for cold water, on the right for hot water;
  • monitor the level of water in your cup (about 30 seconds) ;
  • When there is enough water, return the top lever to its original position, that means to the centre.

So it’s simple and complex at the same time. Let’s say that to begin with, we don’t really know how much water is needed, even though it is indicated on the pods and their packaging. Personally, nothing is better than a measuring glass to identify your different cups to avoid serving you a really bad coffee.

What drink can you make with Krups Piccolo?

Compact and manual, the Nescafé Dolce Gusto Piccolo

There are about thirty Nescafé pods. And fortunately, because there are no compatible pods at the moment. The good news is that they are easy to buy online or in supermarkets.

On the beverage side, we find mainly coffee, a wide variety of coffee from elsewhere, ranging from espresso ristretto to americano. You can also prepare gourmet coffees, such as cappuccinos or lattes macchiato. And other drinks are also available: chococaramel, mocha, chai latte, nestea peach, etc.

When I received my Dolce Gusto Piccolo coffee maker, I had the pleasant surprise of discovering 9 free tasting capsules. I had espressos, cappuccinos and chococino.

Complete opinion on the Piccolo coffeemaker

Compact and manual, the Nescafé Dolce Gusto Piccolo

As I said in my introduction, she has a small tank. For a bachelor it’s perfect. For entertaining friends, it’s not bad either, because even if you can only serve one coffee at a time, between two coffees, the warm-up time is almost non-existent. And 0.6 l still offers about 6 coffees.

For a second round, it will be necessary to make the effort to refill the tank (and wait another 30 seconds for the preheating). The Sweet Taste Drop has a tank capacity of 0.8 l, which is slightly larger.

The manual aspect of the machine can be confusing, but it is child’s play to use. In addition, it is always possible to add some hot water if it is too tight.

However, you have to be careful of leaks. Always remove the capsule immediately after use. And it is preferable not to remove the cup rest which also collects the drops.
Another little annoyance: noise. We are facing a machine that emits 61 dB.

Fortunately who says small machine, also says small fee. It costs about 60 €. It is available in several colours, including limited editions from time to time. The easiest colours to order are matt black or red.

The plusses:

  • compact
  • 15 bars
  • hot or cold drink
  • more than 30 different capsules
  • 9 capsules offered

The least:

  • manual
  • 61 dB
  • 0.6 l tank


So the convinced bachelors?
The tank is the most criticized element. But let’s be honest, there aren’t that many people who prepare more than 6 espressos in a day on the same machine. So having to fill the tank up to the maximum once a day should be within anyone’s reach, right?