Dolce Gusto Piccolo

  • Name: Piccolo
  • Brand: Dolce Gusto
  • Type: Capsules
  • Operation: Manual
  • Capacity: 0.6 liters

When someone is looking to buy a red Dolce Gusto coffee maker, they usually refer to this model. The Dolce Gusto Piccolo is a single-dose coffee maker designed by Nescafé and is the most economical option within its line of coffee makers. It is much cheaper than the Circolo and the Melody. Check out all the purchase links we offer in this analysis because you can find real bargains.

The first thing you need to know before buying a Dolce Gusto coffee maker (just like any other single-serve machine) is that the coffee tastes the same in all of them. You will have to look for the differences in other details: water tank capacity, size, aesthetics; each one will have its preferences.

But the capsules are the same for all Dolce Gusto machines, and this is what marks the taste of your coffee, don’t forget.

They were entering now more into the details of the Dolce Gusto Piccolo to start a little history, which never comes to a halt. The Piccolo model appeared in September 2010 to complement the Dolce Gusto Fontana and the then limited range of Dolce Gusto coffee machines (there were only the Circolo and the Melody 2, a primitive version of the current Melody with only 14 bars of pressure).

These new coffee machines, like the Piccolo, were designed to meet the demands of users with limited space since the Circolo and Melody are massive machines.

Once we have placed the Dolce Gusto Piccolo in its historical context, we have to remind you that despite being a veteran model, its small dimensions and simplicity. Together with its low price, which everything counts, still, place the Piccolo among the most popular coffee machines on the market. A fact that should be considered.

Colour range of the Dolce Gusto Piccolo

The Dolce Gusto Piccolo coffee maker is available in several colours: including white, blue, black, red and grey.

It is the most compact of the Dolce Gusto range, as it takes up the least space at the base.

The Circolo, for example, is narrower but very long and does not fit everywhere. If you are short of space in the kitchen, we strongly recommend that you opt for the Piccolo, or the Genio, which is the automatic version of the Piccolo. The more recent Mini-Me is also the right choice among the more compact coffee makers.

Preparation of coffee in the Dolce Gusto Piccolo

The main difference we find in Dolce Gusto coffee machines is the division between automatic and manual. Here you can read more about it: Dolce Gusto automatic or manual?

This Dolce Gusto Piccolo is a manual coffee maker. It means that you must tell the machine when you want it to stop. If you’re not careful, it will usually overflow your cup and make a funny mess in your kitchen. And until you get the right spot for each cup, you might “waste” a capsule (which doesn’t mean you throw the coffee away, just that it’s waterier or heavier than you want).

On automatic machines, this does not happen. You select the intensity of your coffee beforehand through a selector with little green lights on the front (see image on the right). The higher the intensity, the less water is used. This way, the machine knows when it must stop, and you don’t have to worry about keeping an eye on it.

Both the Circolo and the Melody have their manual and automatic versions. Naturally, the automatic ones are a little more expensive.

The Dolce Gusto Piccolo is a manual machine, and its automatic version is the Genio. They are the same, the only difference being the front selector. We don’t know why Dolce Gusto has chosen to rename them on this model, but let’s be clear about this so that there is no confusion: the Genio is the automatic Dolce Gusto Piccolo.

Apart from this detail, the preparation is the same in all Dolce Gusto coffee machines. Very simple: you insert your capsule, select whether you want the drink cold or hot, and start the machine. In a few seconds, you will have your coffee in your cup. Then you must worry about removing the capsule and enjoying your drink.

Features of the Dolce Gusto Piccolo

In addition to the 15-bar pressure (like all the other machines in the range, essential for a good crema), the Krups Dolce Gusto Piccolo coffee maker has a removable 0.6-litre tank and the usual Thermoblock system (so that the drinks heat up quickly). The container can be used for approximately 3 or 4 services and can be a bit cumbersome if you use it a lot as you must be continuously refilling it with water.

By the way, coffee is just as good if you use tap water as if you use mineral water. More than the time it takes you to fill the tank (just a few seconds under the tap), what makes it more annoying is to go and make a coffee in a hurry and not have the tank ready at that moment.

The Dolce Gusto Piccolo coffee maker has a drip tray that can be adjusted to three heights, allowing you to use containers of any size. Large cups, small cups, long glasses, etc. It is useful. It also has an automatic shut-off system: it turns itself off after five minutes of non-use so that you won’t waste a single watt of energy with this machine. Don’t forget that all Dolce Gusto coffee machines come with six capsules as a gift of different varieties.

Advantages of the Dolce Gusto Piccolo coffee machine

  • One of the most economical options in the Dolce Gusto range.
  • The most compact: it takes up little space in the kitchen. It was born for that purpose.
  • It is the most popular of the Dolce Gusto range, and the opinions of most users are favourable.

Disadvantages of the Dolce Gusto Piccolo coffee maker

  • The 0.6-litre water tank is tiny, much smaller than other Dolce Gusto.
  • It’s not automatic: you must keep an eye on it to get the point of the coffee.

Dolce Gusto Piccolo: How it works

If you want to see a complete HD video review and learn how to use the Dolce Gusto Piccolo coffee maker, don’t miss this video:

Why buy a Dolce Gusto Piccolo? Reviews

In short, the Dolce Gusto Piccolo is the perfect coffee maker to enjoy Dolce Gusto capsules without complications. It’s minimal, takes up no space, and is very well priced. If you want to have a manual machine, you can always consider buying its twin sister: the Genio. And, of course, the latest and smallest version, Piccolo XS.

Their equivalents for other competing brands (i.e. the smallest and cheapest model) would be the Tassimo Happy or the Nespresso Essenza Mini.

Finally, don’t forget two important facts: the Piccolo is, along with the Mini-Me, the best-selling Dolce Gusto coffee maker in history and in the world.

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