What is Nespresso coffee Machine? How to use them?
A detailed guide

All you wannn know about nespresso machines!

nespresso coffee machines

Nespresso coffee machine brand is based in Switzerland, and it is a subsidiary of a well-known giant in the food and kitchen business, “Nestle”. Nespresso coffee machines are very quick and straightforward to use. These machines brew espresso with Nespresso coffee capsules. 

Nespresso capsules are basically coffee grounds packed in specialized air-tight containers so that they can stay fresh for longer periods. You can choose your favorite capsule as they come in many different flavors. 

These capsules are inserted into the coffee machine, where hot and pressurized water is forced to pass through them to brew a perfect cup of coffee.

Nespresso is a premium coffee machine brand with a billion dollars per year of revenue.  


history nespresso coffee machines

Nespresso machines are not very old. Nestle patented the system of Nespresso in 1976. But the earlier machines did not look very compact and exquisite in design as they look now. They were just like a traditional Espresso machine with a large boiler and pumping system. 

In the preceding ten years, Nespresso made many changes to its existing design and made it capable of rolling out in the market of Japan, Switzerland, and many European countries in 1986. 

Eric Favre was the guy who initially came up with the idea of the Nespresso system. He noticed that one coffee bar in his vicinity was always full of customers and the taste of their coffee was also different and more pleasing than the other coffee bars in that area.

He decided to investigate why is it so, and he found that the brewing method of that bar was different from the brewing method of other coffee bars. He noticed that the Barista at that bar pumped the piston many times before releasing the coffee, while the other coffee bars did that only once.

This repeated pumping produced more pressure, resulting in greater oxidation of coffee beans, which eventually draws out more flavors from the coffee grounds and produces better crema. Favre introduced this repeated pumping system in the Nespresso machines.

Jean Gaillard was the marketing manger of Nespresso. He marketed Nespresso machines effectively and helped Nestle gain a vast customer base, from office to home consumers. In the 1990s, Nestle signed a contract with many coffee machines manufacturers like Breville, De’longi, and Siemens to expand its business all over the World.

basic components of nespresso machine

Nespresso machines just look like conventional coffee machines and have a very simple design. With Nespresso machines, you can easily brew your favorite cup of coffee in a matter of minutes. A typical Nespresso machine has 6 parts.

1. Water tank

In a water tank, you can store water for up to 3 to 8 cups of coffee. Some Nespresso machines have large water reservoirs, while some have a capacity of only one cup.

2. Lever/Head

The lever of Nespresso machines is used open the head of the machine where you have to place the Nespresso capsules.

3. Capsule Basket

Nespresso machines have a separate capsule basket where you can store 5 to 10 Nespresso capsules for future use.

4. Operating Buttons

Nespresso machines have a very simple interface with only a few buttons. Modern Nespresso machines have only one button; they can detect the type of capsules and adjusts the brewing parameters according to it.

5. Drip Tray

Some Nespresso machines have two foldable drip trays and a removable one at the bottom. While modern Vertuo Nespresso machines have only one removable drip tray at the bottom.

6. Wastebasket

When you brew coffee, the used Nespresso capsules are automatically thrown into the wastebasket at the side of the Nespresso machine.


how to use a nespresso machine

As mentioned above, Nespresso machines have a very simple interface, and they are very easy to use. You don’t need to have Barista skills to brew a perfect cup of coffee with a Nespresso machine.

Original line Nespresso typically has separate buttons for Espresso and Lungo. While vertuoline Nespresso machines have only one button, they can read the barcode on the capsule and brew coffee according to it.

1. Add water to the Reservoir

Add filtered water to the water reservoir of the Nespresso machine.

Always fill the tank more than half so that the reservoir must have more water than required for one brewing cycle. 

If the water is less than required, you will not get the perfect tasting coffee, which might damage your machine.

Always add filtered water to the machine because normal water will cause the build-up of scaling and minerals inside the machine.

2. Put a cup under the coffee outlet

Adjust the cup under the coffee outlet; make sure to put it in the right place so that coffee doesn’t spill out.

Here the size of the cup is also important; some Nespresso machines allow you to put large travel mugs under the coffee outlet, while in other Nespresso machines, there’s a place for only small cups.

3. Turn on the machine

 Turn on the machine. Any of the two (espresso or lungo) buttons on a Nespresso Original Line machine can be used to turn it. On the other hand, the Nespresso pixie has its separate ON button.

Press the cup symbol on a Nespresso Vertuo line machine. As the machine begins to prime, the button will begin to blink.
When the light stops blinking, move on to the next step.

4. Insert Nespresso capsule into capsule holder

With the help of a lever and head, open the capsule holder in the Nespresso Vertuo line and Nespresso original line to put the capsule into the chamber.

The original Nespresso capsules are quite different from dome-shaped VertuoLine capsules.

Vertuo capsules rotate in the machine at some specific rpm, while in the original line machine, pressurized water is passed through the capsule. That’s why they are different.

After putting the Nespresso capsule, ensure that the machine’s head should be locked.

5)Brew your Coffee

 Press the desired type of coffee (espresso or lungo) on a classic Nespresso Orignal line machine, and the machine will begin dispensing coffee in about 25 seconds.

The machine scans the size of the capsule in a Nespresso Vertuo, and you simply push the cup symbol to have the machine brew the correct amount of coffee for the capsule.

To minimize overflowing, make sure to choose the appropriate mug size for the amount of coffee you plan to prepare.

How to use Nespresso machine


Nespresso machines are undoubtedly the best choice for those who want their coffee at the ease of their home with minimal brewing efforts.

One just has to fill the water in the tank and push the button to get a freshly brewed shot of Espresso with a wonderful layer of crema over it.

1. Freedom to enjoy different types of coffee with a variety of Nespresso pods

Different people have different preferences when it comes to coffee. Some like it very intense and bitter, while others like it smooth and sweet. With Nespresso machines, you can easily find the coffee of your choice by trying different Nespresso capsules.

Nespresso Capsules has its unique rating system from 1 to 13. 6 or below is considered light, while 7 or above is deemed to be strong and robust in taste.

9 to 13 level Nespresso capsules contain dark roast coffee grounds and are perfect for you if you are a fan of intense flavors. If you want your coffee to be smooth in flavor, choose light roasted coffee grounds with a rating of 1 to 5. 

The capsules for Nespresso original line machines and Nespresso Vertuo machines are different. So, you must keep this factor in mind while buying capsules. Original line capsules are longer in shape, while Vertuo line capsules are smaller and wider. 

nespresso pods

2. Consistency in the taste

In Traditional Espresso Machines, you have to control different brewing parameters like the choice of coffee grounds, grind size, tamping, water temperature, etc., to brew a perfect shot of Espresso. 

No doubt, you can get a better tasting shot with a traditional Espresso machine, but you have to be an expert at brewing for that. But if you are not an expert, then you will end up brewing a terrible shot of Espresso.

With Nespresso machines, you will always get a consistent and flavorful taste as there are no adjustable brewing parameters involved in it. 

You don’t have to be an expert at brewing with Nespresso machines; you just have to push one button to get the same and consistent taste all the time.

consistency in taste

3. Size and design

Traditional Espresso machines are very heavy and large. They need a special place in your kitchen, and it’s very difficult to change their place after.

The best thing about Nespresso machines is their compact size and decent design. They can easily fit anywhere in your home, office, or room and looks beautiful. These machines are also very lightweight; you can easily shift them from your kitchen to office to room wherever you want.

4. Simple Interface

No coffee machine present in the market is as fast as Nespresso machines, which is also the reason behind their success.

Vertuo line Nespresso machines have only one button to start the operation. These machines work with unique barcode technology, which reads the code on the capsules and brews the coffee accordingly.

Original line Nespresso machines have separate buttons for brewing Espresso and Lungo. They are also very simple and easy to use.

5. Available at affordable prices

Nespresso machines are considerably cheaper in price than traditional Espresso machines. You can get the most affordable Nespresso model for under 100 dollars, while some models may go up to 250 to 300 dollars.

Some people may argue that Nespresso capsules are more expensive than the coffee grounds present in the market. Well, they are right in their argument, but loose coffee grounds are not fresh and flavorful if you look closely. While Nespresso capsules are air-tight, which keeps the coffee grounds fresh and delicious for longer periods.

On the other hand, if you buy whole bean coffee that remains fresh, you also have to invest in a good quality coffee grinder, which will cost you both time and money. 

So, Nespresso machines are perfect for busy people who value their time.


6. easy cleaning

The best thing about Nespresso machines is that they are very easy to clean and maintain. Nespresso machines will inform you automatically whenever there is a need for descaling. And you can easily buy the specialized descaling solutions of Nespresso from their stores.

Milk frother for Latte and Cappuccino lovers

While Nespresso machines are only specialized for brewing Espresso or Lungo, you can also prepare milk-based drinks such as Latte or Cappuccino.

Nespresso also manufactures its own Aeroccino milk frother, which is convenient and easy to use.

NESPRESSO buying guide

Both Nespresso Vertuo Next and Plus are a part of vertuo line series of Nespresso. Vertuoline series is different than original line Nespresso machines in many aspects. Read a detailed comparison among the best machines of Vertuoline series.

Nespresso Latissima one and touch are part of Original Line Nespresso. Both these machines are capable of brewing Espresso and milk based coffee drinks at the ease of single touch. Read a detailed comparison among Nespresso Lattissima Touch and one.

Nespresso Essenza Plus and Mini are entry level and budget friendly espresso machines. Both these machines look similar, but they have many difference. Read a detailed comparison among Nespresso Essenza Mini and Plus

Nespresso Machines are accused of being too much noisy. And yes, Nespresso machines with built-in frothers are indeed very noisy. If you are looking for Nespresso machines that don’t make too much noise than this article will certainly help you.

Nespresso Lattissima gran is the latest addition to DeLonghi Nespresso Lattissima series. And it is certainly the most advanced Nespresso machine. Read a detailed review of specifications of this machine.

Nespresso Lattissima Pro and Plus are two high end models of original line Nespresso machines. Both of these machines look very similar but Lattissima Pro has some additional feature. Read a detailed comparison among these advanced Nespresso machines

Guides on common issues of NESPRESSO machines

Nespresso coffee tastes burst

Nespresso coffee is typically robust, with a creamy texture and sharp notes but sometimes Nespresso starts brewing bitter tasting coffee. Read a detailed guide on why this issue happens and how to solve it.

Nespresso vertuo Blinking Orange

Sometimes Nespresso machines starts blinking, and it is very much complicated to figure out the possible reason, especially when these coffee machines have so many sophisticated pieces. There could be many reasons causing this issue, So we have published a detailed guide on how to fix this issue.

Leakage in Nespresso machines

Many coffee lovers report that sometimes Nespresso machines starts leaking coffee or water. There are many possible reasons that cause your machine leaks, so we published a detailed guide on how to resolve this issue.

How to descale nespresso vertuo machines

Caring for the Nespresso machine means proper cleaning and descaling your machine, as it not only helps in prolonged Nespresso machine life, but it will surely serve you with great cups of brewing coffee. Read a detailed guide on how to descale Nespresso vertuo machines.

How to reset the Nespresso machine to the default factory setting?

Sometimes, if you want to customize the Nespresso default setting or want to try new Nespresso capsules, or simply want to try the hit and trial method until you brew coffee best suited according to your preference, you’ll need to reset your Nespresso machine.

Nespresso milk frother not working properly

The milk frother not working properly is a very typical troubleshooting issue with the Nespresso machine, and the solution is rather simple. So there is no need to be panic and rush to the store to get a replacement or to a café to sip your coffee. All you need to do is follow some simple instructions, and you’ll be able to fix it on your own!

How to make Nespresso machine Quieter?

Sometimes if not maintained properly Nespresso machine starts making too much noise. Read a detailed guide on what are the causes of this problem and how to solve it.

Nespresso Facts

Can Nespresso Make Hot Water?

Sometimes we want hot water for some other purposes. One of the most critical questions asked by Nespresso machine users that, can Nespresso make hot water?

Lifespan of Nespresso machines

According to a recent study, the average coffee machine lasts between 6 and 10 years, depending on the type and model, as well as whether it is used for commercial or personal reasons.

Why does Nespresso have foam?

Crema is the lovely reddish-brown foam on top of the Nespresso pod shot that adds flavors, body, and a pleasing presentation to the overall aesthetic of a wonderful shot of coffee. Read a detailed guide on foamy layer you see on coffee from Nespresso machine. 

How long Nespresso Pods Last

The Nespresso pod has a long shelf life as long as it is stored properly, and it is safe to use even after the expiration date has passed as long as the Nespresso pod is in good shape. The pods may even persist continuously, according to the manufacturer, with just a minor loss of aroma and flavor.

What does Nespresso Intensity Level Mean?

The intensity of Nespresso pods range from 1 to 13. Many people believe that intensity equals caffeine concentration, whereas, in fact, these scales determined the hardness, bitterness, and roast quality of coffee beans.

Can you use Nespresso pods twice?

Yes, you can use Nespresso pods twice but the taste and the aroma of coffee you get will surely be effected. Read a detailed guide on this interesting topic.

Can you make Americano in Nespresso

Americano is a diluted Espresso drink ideal for those who don’t like the intense flavors of Espresso. Many users want to know that whether or not they can prepare Americano with their Nespresso machines.