Product Type: Krups coffee machines
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Krups KP100040 Nescafe Dolce Gusto Melody
Advantages: Great coffee, variety of drinks, easy to use and maintain
Disadvantages: Expensive machine and capsules
My parents bought my husband the Krups Piccolo coffee maker for his birthday and it has gone down a treat. They certainly aren't the cheapest things on the planet, but the end result is so worth the initial outlay.
Whilst my parents do like my husband, they didn't like the price tag of the machine which is between £80 and £100 (depending on where you get it from), which is how he ended up with the red one. The red one for some reason is much cheaper (and by that I mean just less than £60). It is available in various colours, including white, black and silver all of which are probably more likely to fit in with most colour schemes, but to be honest the red is quite nice and I don't think that the other colours are really worth the extra.
The machine is ridiculously easy to use. I was worried that it might be a bit complicated to use as these things often are and would therefore not get used because it is just not worth the trouble, but this is not the case. The initial set up just involves sliding the drip tray into place and then running some water through the machine. There is a really handy instruction manual that also has picture instructions which really help. Actually making a coffee is even easier and there are instructions in both the manual and on the individual capsules. This might seem a lot, but there are different instructions for each capsule type so it is actually very useful.
Keeping the machine clean is extremely easy even for a cleaning phobic like me. The drip tray is pretty pointless because there are never any drips. The only thing that can happen is a few splashes on the back bit where the cup sits, but it only needs a quick wipe.
The capsules come in lots of varieties - obviously with a mainly coffee theme. My husband's favourite are the cappuccino. I am not a coffee fan, but the chocochino hot chocolates are delicious. Considering that they are only little capsules that you combine with water, the resulting drink is very thick and creamy. The only problem with the capsules is that they are on the pricey side. In the big supermarkets, the boxes are £3.77. For some kinds of drink this gets you 16 capsules, but for anything that is milky you get eight lots of two capsules because you need two to make each drink. This, as you can see, works out pretty expensive but I would say that the drinks the machines makes are easily as good as those you'd get in a coffee shop so it is comparatively cheap really. You can also buy them slightly cheaper in bulk on Amazon.
The Krups Piccolo is the newer version of the traditional machine and it is also smaller, which means it fits a lot easier into kitchen corners. Aside from the size, I can't see any difference between the two because the pressure is the same and it works in exactly the same way.
Overall I would definitely recommend the machine if you can afford to splash out and if you are a fan of fancy coffee, aside from the price tag it is great!
Summary: Good for a treat
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