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De’Longhi EDG 200T Piccolo Plus Review

 
DeLonghi Nescafe Dolce Gusto Piccolo Plus Coffeemaker
DeLonghi Nescafe Dolce Gusto Piccolo Plus Coffeemaker
DeLonghi Nescafe Dolce Gusto Piccolo Plus Coffeemaker

 
Overview
 

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Capacity: 21oz.
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Value for Money
 
 
 
 
 


 
Taste
 
 
 
 
 


 
Total Score
 
 
 
 
 
4/ 5


 

Product Features


  • 15 bar pump pressure.
  • Uses Dolce Gusto capsules.
  • Adjustable strength control.
  • No pre-heating.
  • Automatic shut-off function.
  • Adjustable drip tray.


  • Brief Summary

    De’Longhi EDG 200T Piccolo Plus is a pump driven single serve coffee machine using Nescafé’s Dolce Gusto capsules. The Thermoblock system ensures you can have a cup of coffee without waiting for the machine to pre-heat. The adjustable drip tray let you brew coffee in anything from the smallest espresso cups to the much taller traveler mugs. Have great coffee fast and easy!

    Posted April 8, 2013 by

     
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    he De’Longhi EDG 200T Piccolo Plus is a neat single serve brewer which used Nescafe Dolce Gusto capsules. It is actually so small that I can easily store the machine in my cabinet and pull it out when I want to make a cup.

    The unit is made of plastic, but it still feels sturdy and I love the titanium finish. It looks so nice on my kitchen counter and matches my other stainless steel appliances well.

    De’Longhi EDG 200T Piccolo Plus water reservoirIn the back of the machine you will find the water reservoir. The reservoir is also made of plastic but it is translucent so you can easily see how much is left. I think the capacity of 21 ounces is way too small which is not enough for even three cups of coffee.

    The machine is pump driven and the brewing system is pressurized to 15 bars. This is the same pressure proper espresso machines also use. When you brew espresso with this machine you actually get a layer of thick crema, not bad for a single serve brewer.

    One thing I have noticed with this De’Longhi EDG 200T is how fast it is. There is no pre-heating whatsoever. The machine has something De’Longhi calls Thermoblock heating system, I am not sure what it is but it works well at least.

    You can customize your beverage strength with the control lever, but I usually just let the machine run for longer if I care for a weaker coffee. It is not only the strength that can be adjusted to your like, but the coffee to milk ratio. This is a function I use a lot more than the strength control.

    Another nice feature is the energy-saving automatic stand-by mode which turns the machine off after 5 minutes of inactivity.

    The drip tray can be adjusted so you can use anything from a small espresso cup to a tall traveler mug.

    This machine is also made by Nescafé and Krups as well. These machines are identical, but come in different colors. Nesafé has a black model while Krups has a model in red and titanium

    Capsules

    You get a free box of samples when you buy this machine

    You get a free box of samples when you buy this machine

    What I love about Nescafe’s Dolce Gusto capsule system is that you can make both hot and cold beverages with it. I believe this pre-packaged coffee system is the only one that can do this. The Dolce Gusto capsules allow you to make espresso, latte, cappuccino, hot chocolate and many more. The capsules are quite expensive and the cups are small. One of my favorites is the latte which costs $9.99 for a box that gives me 8 cups (8 coffee capsules and 8 milk capsules).

    DeLonghi Piccolo Plus how to operateOne capsule gives you maximum of 8oz. of coffee; note that the amount varies with the type of coffee. Some capsules give you only 6oz. of coffee which is a very small cup. What I don’t like about this machine is that you have to manually estimate how many ounces you have in your cup and stop the machine. You have to stand by the machine and watch as the coffee is brewing or you will risk getting watered down coffee. Luckily the machine is very quick and there is no pre-heating needed. I sometimes regret that I didn’t go for a more advanced Dolce Gusto machine that measure the amount of water and eliminate the guessing. I have now learned how much 8oz. looks like in my cup, but when I first got the De’Longhi EDG200T I struggled and the result were often too strong or too weak coffee.

    The Dolce Gusto capsules are sold in some grocery stores, but unfortunately not in my local store. However you can order coffee capsules from Amazon or at Dolce Gusto’s own site. If you buy your coffee capsules online make sure you use their reward program. After you have bought 10 boxes you get one for free.

    Conclusion

    De’Longhi EDG 200T is maybe the smallest single serve brewer I have come across, but the size isn’t a hindrance for this machine to make great coffee. I think the quality of the Dolce Gusto coffee and milk capsules is very good. The espresso is really frothy and the coffee is both hot and strong, but the price-per-cup is high. The biggest draw-back for me with this machine is that I have to estimate the amount of coffee is in my cup and stop the brewing process manually. I wish I spend a bit more initially to get a more advanced model.

    Pros

    • Very fast, no pre-heating required.
    • Inexpensive machine.
    • Good and hot coffee.

    Cons

    • High price-per-cup.
    • Estimate the amount of coffee and manually stop it.

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