De’Longhi EDG210 : Good and bad points, overall doesn’t tempt me to switch

I’ve had my reservations about coffee pod machines for quite a while, after hearing some bad reviews on how the taste wasn’t actually any better than instant coffee, which had put me off giving it a try. I can only assume these negative reviews were incorrect, or the machines have advanced considerably over the last couple of years as i have been blown away by the quality of the coffee. This little beauty is so simple to use, requires no cleaning, and will sit well in even the tiniest of kitchens. The actual coffee (of those which i’ve tried) is superb. It took me a while to get the strength to my taste, as there is nothing to set the amount of water which comes through each time – you basically have to stand there and stop it manually. Some reviews see this as a negative, but i actually think its a bonus as it allows you to get your brew just how you like it. I’ve worked out that the price per cup is just under 40p on average, which is way cheaper than buying it in a coffee shop. There are loads of different varieties out there to try and i’ve not even scratched the surface yet, but i’m certainly having fun discovering them. For the price, i can’t see why you’d want to pay more for all the bells and whistles of the more expensive machines.

Having used a nespresso machine for 10 years, i enjoyed comparing this newer machine with it. There are a lot of differences, mostly in favour of the nespresso. The de’longhi looks more stylish and is more compact but it generally feels cheaper and flimsier. It is much more fiddly to use. You have to slide out a tray, remove the inner section, place the capsule and reinsert the tray. Afterwards you have to remove the capsule by hand, compared with the nespresso which automaticically dumps and collects the old capsule. You also have to watch it while it is making your drink in order to stop it by sliding back the lever. The nespresso let’s you stop it automatically ore manually. On the plus side, the de’longhi takes larger capsules, which should give a better drink (though opinion seems to be divided), and it is more flexibile at making different drinks such as cappucino, chocolate, and cold coffee. One final gripe – the de’longhi has no power switch, turning on and off automatically only.

This impressive-looking machine arrived in a box with, perhaps, the easiest and least frustrating packaging i’ve ever encountered. It was simply a case of opening the top, removing a moulded cardboard bung, lifting out the machine (plus three individually wrapped components), removing machine and components from plastic wraps, and plugging-in. The instruction booklet was typically vague and annoying, opting for a system of numbers, arrows, and illustrations, but i happily ignored this (along with the church-bible-sized wad of safety literature) and assembled, cleaned, and utilised the machine using the modicum of common sense i was born with. I specifically bought (at £4. 50 per box) a set of the proper official nescafe dolce gusto pods in a variety of flavours to test the machine’s results fairly. I tried a hot chocolate first and found the process of making it a little splashy, but not messy. Once made, i eagerly tasted the results and found it decidedly under-whelming. It was watery and tasted much like something from a vending machinehowever, where hot chocolate is concerned i am used to making it the old-fashioned way in a saucepan with real milk and chocolate powder, and i suspect no version made with water – even in a luxury machine such as this – would taste anything other than watery. Therefore, i reserve judgement on the wide range of drinks this machine can produce until i’ve tried them all.

This is a small, manual coffee machine that takes dolce gusto pods, which are widely available to purchase and do not require an online order. Note that this does not come with any sample pods included in the box so, if this is your first machine, add a box to your order so that you can sample a coffee as soon as it arrives. As it it mostly manual, you need to be hands on and take care of things such as removing the spent capsules, but that does mean there is less to go wrong than with the all-singing, all-dancing options. The instructions are mostly pictorial and are easy to follow, so shouldn’t present any problems. As it is so small, it doesn’t take up too much room and, in addition to not crowding out even a small kitchen, you could take this away with you on a break so you don’t need to miss out on your coffee fix. It is a nice little coffee machine that won’t bulk you out.

I bought an assortment of pods to try and experiment with which meant i could practice with the water levels. The machine was ready to go within seconds to use after pressing the button. The drinks came out nice and hot both milk and coffee. Yes you have to watch the machine for the water levels but as its quick it doesn’t take any longer than making a normal cup of coffee except less time than boiling the kettle. Great replacement to my old dulce gusto circolo model which recently died. The machine works as well as my old circolo, in that the coffee tastes the same and it’s always hot. The machine itself is nicer in that it has a smaller form factor than the old one very plastic. In fact it is all plastic easy to use as i had one of the originals. English is only in pictures, which i find confusing. All other countries have it written + our pictures.

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De’Longhi EDG210.B Piccolo XS Pod Coffee Machine, Black/Red

Colour Name:Black/Red
Product Description, The extra small Nescafe Dolce Gusto Piccolo XS capsule coffee machine, with its tiny footprint and modern style, is expertly designed to fit in any kitchen. Available in 3 colours , Piccolo is only 14 cm (W) x 28 cm (H) x 27 cm (professional quality coffee). Create professional quality coffees with a thick velvety crema like in your local coffee shop, thanks to the machine’s high pressure system (up to 15 bar pump pressure). With the hermetically sealed capsules, which preserve coffee freshness, you’ll enjoy rich aromatic cups every time. Simply remove the capsule holder and the machine will switch on automatically and heat up to reach the ideal temperature in 40 seconds so you don’t need to wait to enjoy your coffee. Slide in your chosen capsule, and with an easy move of the machine’s manual level l, you can prepare the ideal beverage of your choice. Hey presto, your coffee, your way every time. Because the coffee grinds stay in the pod there is virtually no cleaning either. A convenient eco mode feature automatically switches off your Nescafe dolce gusto piccolo XS coffee machine after 1 minute you.


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Eclipse Lumio colors piccolo Jovia
ECLIPSE LUMIO COLORS PICCOLO JOVIA
High pressure (up to 15 bars)
Multi-beverage
Automatic machine
Hot & Cold function
Touch technology
Automatic opening
Water tank capacity 1.0L 1.0L 1.0L 0.6L 0.8L
Dimensions (WxHxD) 33 x 32 x 27cm 18 x 37 x 22cm 18 x 37 x 21cm 16 x 29 x 22cm 17 x 33 x 23cm
Extra large cup function
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  • Good and bad points, overall doesn’t tempt me to switch

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  • Manual Coffee

De’Longhi EDG210.B Piccolo XS Pod Coffee Machine, Black/Red

Features and Spesification

  • Over 40 beverage varieties including Nescafe Dolce Gusto or starbucks coffees
  • Hot and cold drink capability for hot and cold beverages prepared with one easy move of the machine’s manual lever
  • Easy to clean as all the coffee grinds stay in the pods there is no mess, no fuss
  • Eco mode: Automatic switch off after 1 minute, energy consumption rating A
  • Adjustable drip tray suitable for all cup sizes