How To Clean A Nespresso Machine?

Nespresso machines are some of the most coveted espresso and coffee makers in the market, and regular cleaning and occasional descaling are essential in maintaining them.

Read on to find out how!

Benefits of cleaning your Nespresso Machine

man cleaning a machine

 

General Cleanliness

It is advisable to keep your Nespresso coffee machine as clean as possible for safety and health reasons. 

Not only because it will keep your coffee maker working in its most pristine state but also because it is the healthier thing to do. 

Optimum Coffee Taste

Getting that ultimate coffee cup in the morning has many factors, and one of them is a clean machine. 

Sometimes the bitter aftertaste in your coffee results from a dirty diffuser or even build up in your pod container. 

Problems regarding taste can easily be avoidable by doing the bare minimum of wiping and rinsing down every after you use your machine. 

Improves Lifespan of your Nespresso Machine

Nespresso machines are not the most affordable coffee makers in the market by far, and one of the reasons you probably invested in them is because you expect them to last you a long time. 

With their durability and long lifespan, Nespresso machines can keep making your coffees and espresso as long as regular cleaning and descaling is done for the coffee machine. 

Save Money

Many coffee machines or espresso machine problems often stem from a lack of cleaning, and repairing your Nespresso machine will usually come at a cost. 

You can save yourself from additional costs in maintaining your machine by cleaning it regularly. 

 

 

Drawbacks of not cleaning your Nespresso Machine

barista cleaning a machine

Mold and other Bacterias

Because of the dark, moist, and often hot environment of your Nespresso machine, it is the prime and ideal condition for mold and other bacteria to thrive. 

Avoid this problem by cleaning so they have no chance to grow. 

Leaking

Not cleaning and descaling your coffee enough will lead to debris and lime and mineral deposits to clog your machine, and sometimes this leads to leaking, which is one of the most common problems reported by users. 

Low-Quality Coffee

If your Nespresso machine is clogged up, this will cause water to stop flowing and thus can lead to your Nespresso machine being broken, and not cleaning your coffee maker regularly can lead to bad tasting coffee that is the result of build up and debris. 

Decreases the Life Span of Your Nespresso Machine

These problems will lead to you not getting the most out of your Nespresso machine and thus wasting your money in the process. 

But the good news is all these problems are avoidable, and all you need to do is clean and descale your machine. 

 

What is Descaling? 

Water is the primary component of coffee, making it one of the vital elements in making and brewing the best cup of coffee. 

Like any compound, water contains minerals, and these minerals like magnesium and calcium pass through your Nespresso machine and will eventually build up as limescale. 

Water with higher mineral components or hard water can lead to even more buildup. 

To descale your Nespresso machine is getting rid of that mineral buildup. 

Why is descaling necessary? 

Descaling your Nespresso coffee or espresso maker is vital in many ways and can affect the overall coffee taste and aroma. 

Since buildups block the heating element of your Nespresso machine, the water won’t be able to reach the coffee maker’s optimum brewing temperature, deeming it impossible to brew your coffee beans at the correct temperature properly. 

Limescale buildup cannot just keep your machine from heating. 

Still, it can also clog your machine’s water flow and will result in your Nespresso machine being slower than usual or, worse— malfunctioning completely. 

 

How to Clean a Nespresso Machine

coffee machine cleaning

Cleaning your Nespresso machine will be easy since all you have to do is follow the directions on your Nespresso manual, but sadly, not all of us got to keep the manual, especially if your machine has been with you for a long time. 

Luckily, it’s pretty foolproof, and all you have to do is follow these directions. 

Ready? 

Let’s get to it!

Step one: remove and clean the water reservoir using dish soap and warm water, rinse it well, and refill it with fresh water before putting it back on your Nespresso machine. 

Step two: clean the drip tray and the capsule container using warm soapy water and wipe them down with a non-abrasive dishcloth. 

Step three: use a damp dishcloth in wiping down the exterior of your coffee machine; you can add a mild cleaner to the fabric if you wish to. 

Step four: run your Nespresso machine’s cleaning cycle, choosing the biggest cup option, press the start button three times quickly, and wait for the cleaning cycle to start. 

Step five: after running the cleaning cycle three times, assemble your machine back into place. 

 

How to descale your Nespresso machine

Descaling is done at least four times a year or every three months, and this part is vital to make certain that you are drinking the best cup this machine could give you. 

Step one: get your Nespresso ready by ejecting the remaining capsule and turning the machine off. 

Step two: rinse, then fill the tank with 28 oz of water and one packet of the Nespresso descaling agent. 

Step three: run the cycle by pressing the lever and the button simultaneously for three seconds; after that press the lever, followed by the button. 

Step four: descaling will automatically run after this and take around 15 minutes or until your machine stops

Step five: empty everything right after, then refill the water reservoir with just water, do step three, and wait for step four. 

Step six: exit your coffee maker’s descaling process by pressing the button and the lever again for three seconds.

Make sure to let the machine dry or wait for 10 minutes before using it again. 

Enjoy your freshly cleaned and descaled Nespresso machine!

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Charles is the author and managing editor of Cuppabean.com. A self-admitted coffee addict, he drinks 2-4 cups of coffee a day to get his fix. Read more about the site here.

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