Descale your Nespresso Vertuo, what does that mean? Descaling is the process of cleaning calcium and mineral deposits (called scale) from the water system.
Your Vertuo needs to be descaled regularly if you want to maintain great-tasting coffee, hot chocolate, and tea every time. Here’s how to descale your Nespresso Vertuo Next machine.
Are you wondering how often I should descale my Nespresso Vertuo? Well, the short answer is that your Nespresso machine will tell you when it’s time to descale it.
There are different ways in which the Vertuo will indicate that it needs descaling, but none of these need to make you panic, as descaling your machine on time will ensure the best results and prolong its life.
What Is Scaling, Why Do It, And How To Do It?
Descaling is a necessary evil of owning an espresso machine. What is scaling? Scaling refers to calcium and magnesium deposits that build up in your steam wand, boiler and pump over time.
As well as making things less efficient, your machine will start to taste bitter and get clogged more easily if you don’t clean it regularly. But how often do you need to descale your Nespresso Vertuo?
It depends on how heavily you use it. For home users who make one cup at a time every morning, scaling once every three months or so should be fine; heavier users can scale once per month instead.
Before You Descale
If you’re trying to find out how often you should be descaling your Nespresso Vertuo next, first you need to understand why it’s blinking orange. There are a few reasons that might explain why your coffee machine is blinking orange, and they all boil down to one thing: You may have hard water.
That means there are minerals in your water, most commonly calcium and magnesium. These minerals become concentrated in a hard-water area (like an apartment complex or town) and can clog up your machine over time including its heating elements.
By regularly descaling with vinegar (or another mineral-removal solution), you can keep things running smoothly for a longer period.
To run a cleaning cycle on your Nespresso Vertuo next, press the clean button located on top of your machine. The cleaning cycle runs automatically when you insert a new capsule into your brewer.
When it’s finished brewing, simply remove any used capsules and dispose of them properly. Your machine will then return to standby mode until it’s ready to brew again. Cleaning cycles help remove scale build-up to maintain optimal performance from your coffee maker.
Run an automatic cleaning cycle – every 2 weeks if your machine is used daily or at least once per month. Your machine will indicate when it is time to descale by flashing a light on its face. Once a cleaning cycle has been completed, you can begin brewing with fresh water again.
If your machine does not allow for automated cleaning cycles, you must periodically manually clean it by running one of two options:
Option 1 (recommended): 8 oz warm water + 1 Tbsp vinegar + run 3 times
Option 2: A 6-8 oz cup of white vinegar + run 5-6 times Note: The first time you use your new Vertuo system, you will need to perform an initial cleanup as described in the user manual.
This process will remove any residue left over from manufacturing and testing. You’ll know that you’ve successfully cleaned your machine when it stops blinking orange and displays green.
The best way to ensure that your espresso tastes great is to keep up with the regular maintenance of your brewer. Descaling helps remove calcium build-up which can affect the taste, performance, and longevity of your brewer.
We recommend that you descale every 2-4 weeks depending on how much coffee you drink each day and how hard your water is.
Notes On Descaling
Cleaning your coffee machine regularly is important, especially if you’re a fan of espresso. That’s because those tiny crevices and spaces tend to attract old coffee grounds and oils that leave a bad taste in your cup.
Luckily, cleaning your machine is pretty easy as long as you follow these simple steps. Check out our guide to help get started.
The first thing you want to do when descaling your machine is check for any leaks or water overflow. If there are no leaks, then it’s time for some hot water.
Start by pouring one liter of hot water into your tank. Once you’ve done that, turn on your brewer and make sure it’s heating up properly before beginning step two.
When it’s ready, press the brew button once (or twice) without adding any capsules into either compartment. Once they’re empty, add another liter of hot water and repeat step two until all three compartments are full again with fresh water. Now it’s time for vinegar.
What Else Should I Know About Descaling?
De-calcifying your machine once a month is essential if you want to make a decent cup of coffee. Luckily, it’s easy and doesn’t take up much time at all. Every single machine comes with instructions on how best to run a cleaning cycle.
There are two main methods for descaling: chemical and non-chemical. Chemical options include tablets or solutions that dissolve into water, which can then be used to run your machine’s cleaning cycle. The best thing about these products is that they’re super easy to use. Non-chemical options usually involve dissolving pre-packaged salt in hot water and using it as part of your cleaning process.
What Happens If You Don’t Scale?
If you don’t clean your machine regularly, you may notice a change in taste, which can be frustrating. It could also lead to performance issues and increased wear on components. The good news is that cleaning your machine regularly is easy to do.
Descaling removes the build-up of mineral deposits inside your machine and keeps it functioning at peak condition. Here are some tips for keeping your Nespresso Vertuo ready to brew: The frequency with which you need to descale depends on how many coffee or other beverages you make each day.
You will know when it’s time for a descaling cycle because an indicator light will come on or your machine will display an error message telling you that a descaling cycle is needed.
Every 2 months of regular use is recommended for most people; however, if you drink more than 4 cups per day then we recommend having a descaling cycle every month.
To ensure maximum freshness, wait until after brewing before doing any cleaning or maintenance work with your machine.
How Long Does Scaling Your Vertuo Last?
Scaling your Vertuo is only required when you start noticing that your favorite espresso isn’t tasting quite as good as it used to. There are several ways to scale, with each having its pros and cons.
You could brew a large pot of hot water or throw a handful of white rice into it, but both of these methods are time-consuming and do not guarantee that your machine will be properly cleaned.
The best way to scale is by using Nescafé® Original instant coffee (or any other brand). This method takes less than 5 minutes and leaves no mess behind for you to clean up after.
Where Can You Get Your Vertuo Scale?
The Vertuo is a refillable coffee machine that lets you add as many or as few pods at a time as you’d like and brew any kind of coffee or espresso, with or without milk. It comes with one pod holder and 15 pods.
The Vertuo is supposed to tell you when to descale your machine; in general, it’s recommended to have your machine scaled once every 2-4 weeks if you are using around three cups per day. Don’t forget to unplug your machine before cleaning.
Using water warmer than 80 degrees Celsius can damage your machine. Use lukewarm water and a soft cloth for descaling. Make sure all parts are rinsed thoroughly after scaling. Never put your machine in the dishwasher or immerse it in water; only use dry clothes to clean your Vertuo.
All in all, there’s no real rhyme or reason when you need to descale your machine. As a general rule of thumb, try to maintain your espresso maker every three months or so if you use it heavily, but otherwise, feel free to go longer between cleanings as needed. And remember: If it starts blinking orange, put down that cappuccino and run back home, you’re probably due for a cleaning.