By Marilyn Syarto
No need to travel to Italy or even down to your corner café for an espresso thanks to your home coffee bar outfitted with a nifty Nespresso machine. Maybe buying a Nespresso machine was a bit intimidating at first, but you made it through the learning curve. Now you’ll need to learn to clean your coffee machine if you want to keep that perfect morning infusion flowing.
Regardless of whether you have a Nespresso from the Original Line or the VertuoLine, natural oils and tap water residue (called scale) can build up inside your machine, resulting in off-flavored, tepid temperature coffee, and a potentially clogged machine. If you can’t find your owner’s manual, or you just want a quick review of how to clean your machine, this guide can help. By cleaning it well and often, your machine can last a long time (long enough for you to be able to update the color if you want).
Pro Tip: Nespresso has a special machine assistance section on its website that helps you learn more about how to clean and troubleshoot your particular model.
Warning: Never put any of the parts of a Nespresso machine into a dishwasher, regardless of the model you own, and never submerge the machine in water.
There are two parts to cleaning any Nespresso machine:
1. Routine cleaning to kill bacteria and germs
2. Descaling to eliminate interior gunk and built-up minerals
Routine cleaning is easy; descaling is a multi-step process that depending on the model of your machine, will involve pressing one or two buttons to start the process.