Everyday Maintenance of Nespresso Machines
- Before doing anything else, flush some water through the machines internal circuits. To do this set the machine to the ‘lungo’ programme and run it without inserting a coffee-pod.
- If you usually make more than one coffee each day, it is always a good idea to flush the machine’s internal circuits between each coffee you make.
- Remove any water left in the reservoir and refill it every morning with clean water to ensure good-tasting coffee.
- Don’t place your machine in very warm or very cool areas. The coffee is very sensitive to such variations in temperature.
- If you have a milk warmer, clean it thoroughly after each use. Milk residue dries very quickly when left uncleaned, not very hygienic at all.
Cleaning other parts of Nespresso Machines
- The container for used coffee-pods should be emptied frequently, to prevent a blockage in the machine.
- The best way to clean the machine’s exterior is with warm water, using a little detergent to remove any coffee stains. But be careful not to wet the electric components.
Decalcifying your machine
- It is inevitable that lime will accumulate in your machine over time, a problem that needs to be taken care of straight away.
- According to Nespresso, the machines should be decalcified every 6 months, and by doing so regularly you will prolong the life of your machine and guarantee a better flavour.
- If you are registered as a member of the Nespresso Club, you will get regular alerts reminding you when to do this.
How do you decalcify a Nespresso machine?
- Add a decalcifying liquid to the water reservoir and flush it through the machine’s interior.
- At the same time, place the special decalcifying filter in the coffee-pod stand.
Cleaning your Senseo
- You should try and get into a routine of cleaning your machine daily.
- Senseo machines are small with few small fiddly pieces, so you can clean it really quite quickly.
- Don’t leave used coffee pods in the pod holder! As these spread germs and bacteria.
- You should use a damp cloth to clean the machine’s exterior.
- The machine’s internal circuits should be cleaned once a month, following these instructions:
- Refill the water reservoir with clean water and add a couple of capfuls of vinegar.
- Then pass the mixture through the machine.
- Once you’ve completed these steps, fill the reservoir again with clean water and pass this through the machine again. You can use a large dish or bowl to collect all of the water. T
- If you live in a hard-water area, try to use filtered water to fill your coffee machine because calc is one of the major causes of coffee-pod machine breakdowns.
- You may also consider using mineral water to prepare coffee with your Senseo.
Storing your Senseo coffee-pods
- The storage of Senseo coffee-pods is very important, as these types of ESE pods are more exposed to external elements than other coffee-pods such as Nespresso, Tassimo or Dolce Gusto pods.
- Always keep your pods in a sealed container, which is as airtight as possible Another important tip: don’t keep different flavoured capsules in the same container.