Nespresso coffee machines are best known for brewing tasty, barista style-coffee with just a touch of the button. These machines are designed with a lot of technology in mind and can help you brew a wide range of coffee drinks including cappuccino, latte, and more.
These machines are also very easy to operate, making them a great choice for those who want to enjoy a hot espresso shot or a cup of coffee every morning. You only need to purchase the coffee capsules and know how to insert them properly.
In this article, we will look at some simple ways to use a Nespresso machine.
Rinse the Nespresso Machine Before First Use
If you are using the Nespresso machine for the first time or after a long period of non-use, make sure that you rinse it inside and out before use.
To do this, follow the steps below:
- The first step is to remove the water reservoir and fill it with fresh tap water before placing it back in the machine.
- Next, plug in the machine and press the “Lungo” button to turn it on. Wait a few seconds for the flashing light to blink as the Nespresso machine preheats.
- Place a mug or cup of the right size in front of the machine and below the coffee outlet. The mug comes in handy to catch the hot water.
- Lastly, press the Lungo button to rinse the unit. It is recommendable to run the rinse cycle three times to thoroughly rinse the machine. Do not forget to get rid of the hot water in the mug.
Brewing Your Coffee
Now that your machine is clean, it’s now time to get into the steps of brewing espresso.
What you will need:
- Nespresso coffee capsule of your desired type or size
- Nespresso or coffee cup
Step 1: Fill the water tank at least halfway
It is recommended to fill the water tank to at least 90% of its total capacity. In most cases, the water capacity will depend on the capsule used. However, filling the water tank helps to lower the risk of burning the ground coffee.
Plus, you will have another cup of coffee should you yearn for one. It is also advisable to use bottled or filtered water to ensure the quality of the coffee.
Step 2: Turn the Machine On
Depending on the unit, look for a button on top or in front of the machine that will enable you to turn it on. Use the “lungo” or “espresso” button to power on the Original series machine, and the “ON” button to power on the Vertuo series machine.
If you are having a difficult time locating the power button, do not hesitate to consult the manual. Once you turn on the machine, lights on the coffee touch controls will begin to blink. You will know that the machine is ready to use when the flashing light becomes solid.
Step 3: Place a Cup Under Coffee Outlet
Place the right size of a cup depending on the size of espresso you intend to make. Different machines recommend different cup sizes and some have settings that allow you to change from a small espresso cup to a full mug.
Moreover, some machines allow you to detach the platform to fit larger cups while others come with an adjustable tray to lift a small espresso cup.
Step 4: Open the Capsule Container
Depending on the espresso machine you have, you can open the capsule container using an unlockable or detachable head or lever. For instance, the Pixie model comes with a lever that you need to lift to disclose the pod slot.
If you are having difficulty finding the right spot to place pods, be sure to consult the manual.
Step 5: Insert the Nespresso Pod
Once you have located the capsule compartment, insert the coffee capsule. It is important to note that the direction the pod faces differs from the machine. For instance, the capsule must face down when placed in a Vertuo machine after which you should close the lid and slide the lever to the lock position.
On the original espresso machine, press the lever down and the brewing process will start. Do not forget to secure the lid to keep your fingers from the sharp piercer.
Step 6: Press the Coffee Button
Press the coffee button to begin brewing your coffee. Most Nespresso machines have a coffee button located near the power button. However, if your machine has several buttons, choose the right button depending on the size cup that you want to make.
Many models stop automatically after making the espresso or lungo beverage. Nonetheless, other machines like the Vertuo series don’t stop the flow of coffee automatically, hence; you will be required to stop the machine manually.
You will be required to count the flashes or seconds and press the button once the espresso or lungo attains the desired depth.
Step 7: Eject the Used Capsule
Basically, Nespresso machines entail the use of single-use coffee capsules. This, therefore, means that the capsules must be removed from the machine’s receptacle after each use. In some cases, the pod may refuse to drop down until the capsule container has been emptied.
Different models have different ways of ejecting the capsule. For a Vertuo model, you simply need to slide the lever to unlock the position before lifting the head to release the capsule into the bin. If you have an Original unit, lift the lever and bring it down to eject the used capsules.
Step 8: Add Cream, Milk, or Sugar
A Nespresso machine provides the option to make the coffee of your choice. So whether you want to make black coffee, cappuccino, latte, or mocha, you can add other ingredients as desired. To make steamed milk, heat, and froth the milk or use a steam wand.
Basic Care of the Nespresso Machine
After creating your freshly brewed espresso, take some time to clean and take proper care of the machine. Taking proper care of your Nespresso machine ensures that it functions at its best so you can use it for a long time.
Here are some basic tips for taking proper of your Nespresso machine:
- Empty the water tank
Always empty the water tank after use and fill it with fresh water when you want to brew coffee. This is important because leaving the water overnight can damage the water tank because of the minerals present.
- Clean the Unit daily
Make it a habit to clean down the machine once you are down brewing some coffee. Begin by removing the capsule receptacle and empty the spent capsules into the trash.
This is an important part of cleaning since wet coffee grounds that have been sitting there for a while can attract mold in the unit. Also, use a damp cloth to wipe down any loose coffee grounds on the device’s interior and exterior including the removable coffee-cup tray.
- Descale the Machine
While most machines will let you know when you need to descale, it is advisable to descale your Nespresso unit at least twice a year. Descaling helps to remove lime-build up to improve the quality of your coffee and prolong the machine’s longevity.
Have a descaling kit from Nespresso at your disposal and read the manual to understand the descaling process. Use the kit each time you notice the inconsistency in the flow of your coffee as there is a likelihood of gunk and lime to accumulate on the channels that produce coffee.
With the aforementioned tips, we are certain that you can start brewing your own barista-style coffee without any difficulty. Once you have the right type of capsule, you only need to press a button to create the perfect cup of espresso every time.