How To get Hot water from Nespresso (Easy Tricks!)

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Johny Morrisson

For Nespresso Owners there are times, when we just need a hot cup of water instead of a hot cup of coffee, such as when making tea, cooking, or drinking hot water.

how to get hot water from the Nespresso Original line

Getting hot water from Nespresso Original line machines is super easy. All you need is to perform some basic manual steps.

Steps are similar for all Nespresso Original line machines (Whether you have an Essenza, Pixie, Citiz, Inissia, Lattissima, or Creatista).

  • Open the lever of the machine
  • Eject any previously used capsule
  • Close the lever of the machine without inserting a pod
  • And finally, press the Lungo button and 3.7 ounces of hot water will be dispensed into your cup.

The water from your Nespresso machine may have a brown tinge or coffee grinds floating in it if you do not clean or descale the machine regularly.

To get clean and hot water Brew lungo 2-3 times without inserting a capsule in the chamber until the water becomes clear. 

Hot water from Nespresso Original line

how to get hot water from Nespresso Vertuo

Getting hot water from Vertuoline Nespresso machines is not very straightforward as these machines do not work until you place a capsule in them.

If there’s no pod in the chamber, and you press the brew button, you’ll automatically get a blinking error.

However, there are two ways you can get hot water from Nespresso Vertuo machines.

1- Inserting the used capsule into the machine

2- Run the cleaning cycle

Both of these methods are actually hacks to get hot water from Nespresso Vertuo machines.

Hot water from Nespresso Vertuo

i) Inserting the used capsule into the machine

1- Open the head of the machine and take out the used capsule from the machine

2- Discard the coffee grounds from the used coffee pod and clean it thoroughly by rinsing it with water.”Be careful not to damage the lid of the capsule.”

3- Put the cleaned capsule back into the machine and press the button. The machine will start working and give you a cup of hot water.

The amount of hot water will depend on the type of capsule. If it’s an espresso capsule you will only get 40 ml of hot water and if it’s a gran lungo capsule you will get 150 ml of hot water.

You have to run this cycle two to three times to get a clean cup of hot water. Because at the first attempt, the water might contain small grains of coffee grounds.

This is not the ultimate trick that will always work. As sometimes Nespresso refuses to work with used capsules. Especially when the capsules are slightly damaged.

iI) Run the cleaning cycle

The second trick to get hot water from Nespresso Vertuoline machines is to run the cleaning cycle.

This is not a very feasible trick as it will take a very long and consume a lot of energy. I recommend using this trick only when you don’t have any other option to heat the water.

You will not get a clean cup of hot water by using this hack on the first attempt. Because in the first cycle, the machine will get cleaned and there will be a lot of used ground in the dispensed water.

Here’s the step-by-step guide for cleaning cycle

  1. Fill the water reservoir with fresh water.
  2. Open the head of the machine and remove any used capsule from the chamber.
  3. Place a container under the coffee outlet.
  4. Turn the machine on by pressing the button and moving the lever to the locked position.
  5. Press the button three times within two seconds.
  6. The orange light will start blinking and water will start flowing out in under 2 minutes.
  7. The hot water will keep dispensing for 5 minutes. Or you can stop this by pressing the button when you get the desired amount of water.
  8. In the first attempt, you will get brownish water (as it’s a cleaning cycle). Repeat this procedure once again and you will get a clean cup of hot water.

Read a guide on cleaning Nespresso Machines

Why is Nespresso water not hot?

If your Nespresso Coffee is not hot enough you can try these tips:

1- Clean and Descale the machine: If you haven’t descaled your Nespresso machine in a while, limescale buildup inside can affect the temperature efficiency of the machine.

2- Adjusting the Machine Pressure: Sometimes the irregularities in pressure causes the water temperature to drop inside the machine. To readjust the pressure, Make 5 lungo cups simultaneously without inserting the pod. (This tip is only for the original line machine)

3- Run a preheating cycle: You can increase the temperature by simply preheating the machine without inserting the pod in the machine.


Can you make tea with Nespresso?

Nespresso manufactures pods for only Coffee and Espresso so there is no automatic way to brew tea with Nespresso.
Nonetheless, some 3rd party companies manufacture tea capsules for Nespresso original line machines or you can use reusable capsules for making tea.
Another way to make tea with Nespresso is just to get hot water from Nespresso as discussed in the article and put the tea bag in it.

Does Nespresso boil water?

No, Nespresso doesn’t boil water, it just heats water to a certain temperature suitable for brewing coffee.
A Nespresso machine’s brewing temperature is roughly 83-86° for Original and 78° ± 5° for Vertuo.

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Johny Morrison is a founder and content creator at Coffee About. He knows everything there is to know about coffee and loves sharing his passion with others.

You can often find him sipping a single-origin pour-over, rich French press, or pulling espresso shots at home. Johny loves full-bodied dark roasts – the bolder, the better!

As a former barista, he takes coffee equipment seriously and enjoys experimenting with the latest gear. When he’s not brewing or blogging, Johny is scouting local cafes for his next coffee fix.

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