Nescafé have been taking over kitchens and offices for some time now, and for good reason. They’re very good at recreating that coffee taste that you would usually find from your local Starbucks or Costa. There are many different machines in their line-up, and we’ve managed to already see the Dolce Gusto Eclipse, so we thought we’d check out one of their cheaper machines, the Docle Gusto Piccolo XS.
The machine is much smaller than what we’ve seen in the past from Nescafé, and will have no problem at all squeezing into a small corner space on your kitchen worktop, sitting at just (H)27cm x (W)10cm x (D)24cm. Ours came in black, but there are several colours you can choose from including white, and the small detailing that you can find behind the cup comes in several different colours too.
In terms of setup, it’s extremely simple. The water tank on the back is removable so you can get to a water faucet easily, and it needs to be filled up to the MAX line. Once full, it clips back into the rear of the machine. Make sure that the tank is hooked over the lip. There’s only really one way it can go in, and you’ll know once it is because it feels locked down.
On top is a switch where you choose if you want hot or cold water. It’s very basic compared to the touch panel found on the Eclipse, which is really the biggest hinderence of this machine.
Pods go into the front of the Piccolo XS. Lift the top panel to release the cartridge holder, and it can be easilly removed. Pods go in one way. When securing the pod tray back into the machine, the top flap pierces the pod, so don’t be worried using a bit of force here. It’s stiff, but won’t break under a bit of pressure.
Making a coffee on the Piccolo XS feels a lot like guess work, where as with the Eclipse, you could select the exact amount of water the pod needed. Here, I relied on the guide for water amounts that Nescafé gave me. My Caramel Machiato needed 30 seconds of hot water through the milk pod, and a further 15 seconds through the coffee pod.
For the most part, the coffee tasted alright, if a little watery which I’m putting down to user error. The Dolce Gusto Piccolo XS will definitely put you through a trial and error state, before finding the amount of water that’s right for you.
But, the Dolce Gusto Piccolo XS can be found online for around the £60 mark where as the Eclipse can be found at £100 plus. So there is a trade-off there. The Dolce Gusto Piccolo XS is very well built, still retains its stylish looks and can still deliver that barista-esque coffee flavours that we’ve come to expect from your local coffee chains. For more information, head over to the Nescafé Dolce Gusto Piccolo XS website.