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Krups KP150040 Nescafe Dolce Gusto Piccolo Play & Select
Advantages: good looking machine, easy to use and to clean, reasonably priced
Disadvantages: drinks are a little bit sweet as standard
My partner and I are regular coffee drinkers and as such there is always a eye on the latest coffee makers currently on the market. One evening we went to my brothers house to visit and he showed me his new coffee maker. Needless to say it was the new Dolce Gusto by Krups. Initially I tried the cappuccino and my partner had the latte macchiato and to our surprise it was really quite nice, despite the sweet taste.
So at our earliest available time we ordered one for ourselves. At the time most Dolce Gusto's were selling for around £100 to £120, but my partner noticed an offer online for only £59.99, a 50% sale so we had to have one.
The package arrived on time and after plowing through the large but well protected box we somehow managed to get it setup( not that its hard it just felt like it took a while ).
Filling the water holder up is easy and has a large open lid with well described water level markings and it just rests back into place once filled. We were supplied with 4 types of products to drink in the 'starter pack' totalling 12 pods as they call them. The caffè lungo is a dark medium strength coffee which was quite nice but not my everyday drink. There was also latte macchiato's which is my partners favourite and is quite a nice version of the drink despite the sweet taste so you don't really need any sugar to be added. You also get cappuccino's and my surprising favourite of them all the chocochino ( basically hot chocolate ).
The system is easy to use once you have plugged it in and added your water to the container. You switch it on by pressing the button on the left hand side and wait till it stops flashing, thats when you know its ready.
You have an option of flicking the switch lever from the centre to the left for cold water or whatever temperature you put into the hopper, or switching to the right where its hot water. Be warned though this is not an automatic stop like some levelled coffee makers, you must remember to flick it back to the centre once your cup is at the appropriate level. We made that mistake once and ended up with coffee all over the kitchen bench because we got distracted by the phone as we were making a cup and forgot it was on.
The unit itself is quite futuristic and decent looking but if you have an old fasioned kitchen it may look like a bit of an odd sore thumb stuck out.
The 'pods' as they call them are easy to use and to install and remove once used although you do have to be careful as sometimes hot water still drips from them as you take them out to throw away. The unit is easy to clean which is a plus because some coffee makers are a nightmare.
The 'pods' themselves are not expensive but they arnt cheap either and you can get them in most good supermarkets and some bad ones too. They work out much cheaper than having a coffee out in a cafe but still a bit more than normal freeze dried instant coffee's.
The drinks themselves all have a sweetness to them and some have claimed a bit of a bitter aftertaste but I havent noticed that, all I know is that I think they are nice and anyone who has visited my house and has tried one has always liked it.
Overall I think its a decent machine and it makes nice drinks, if your into your coffee then I would certainly recommend you give it a go and see for yourself.
Summary: overall a decent machine but could be improved with better drink pods to use on them
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