How To Descale Nespresso Original Machines?

    Why should you descale your Nespresso Machine?

    Descaling your Nespresso machine helps to protect the machine and also gives you a better coffee experience. Lime can built up in the water tank due to heating of tap water which contains a lot of minerals or impurities. This buildup can affect the heating of the water which may lead to the water not reaching the ideal water temperature for espresso extraction. When this happens, the taste of your espresso may not be optimal. This buildup of lime scale can also reduce the lifespan of your machine.

    When to descale Nespresso machine?

    It is a good practice to perform descaling every 3 to 6 months of use. But it really depends on the water hardness used for brewing coffee. If it has a high hardness which means it contains a lot of minerals/impurities, then lime builds up quickly and you will require to descale more regularly. If the water is very pure, then you can descale less frequently.

    Nespresso descaling solutions for original line models

    1 Nespresso descaling kit

    This is the official Nespresso descaling kit and contains 2 descale kit.

    Nespresso Descaling Kit

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    2 Nespresso descaling liquid

    This is a popular Nespresso descaling liquid. The nice thing about this is that it is compatible with multiple coffee maker brands.

    Nespresso descale liquid

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    Nespresso Machine Descaling Instructions

    There are a number of original line models. And the descaling instructions vary by model. Hence, I will list the steps separately for each model.

    How to descale Nespresso Delonghi Pixie

    1. Take out the capsule and close the lever.
    2. Empty drip tray and used capsule container.
    3. Pour 0.5 liters of water into water tank and add  descaling liquid.
    4. Put a 0.6 liter capacity container below the coffee outlet.
    5. Turn the machine on.
    6. When you see steady light, press the two coffee buttons at the same time for 3 seconds.
    7. When the both buttons start blinking, press lungo button and wait for the water tank to empty. The used descaling solution will flow into the container.
    8. Pour this collected  descaling solution back into the water tank and repeat step 7.
    9. Empty the water tank and rinse it. Then pour potable water into the tank.
    10. Press lungo button to begin rinsing the machine.
    11. To exit descaling mode, press the two buttons at the same time for 1 second.

    How to descale Nespresso Breville Citiz

    1. Take out the capsule and close the lever.
    2. Empty drip tray and used capsule container.
    3. Pour 0.5 liters of water into water tank and add the descaling liquid.
    4. Put a 1 liter capacity container below the coffee outlet.
    5. Turn the machine on.
    6. When you see steady light, press the two coffee buttons at the same time for 3 seconds.
    7. When the both buttons start blinking, press lungo button and wait for the water tank to empty. The used descaling solution will flow into the container.
    8. Pour this collected descaling solution back into the water tank  and repeat step 7.
    9. Empty the water tank and rinse it. Then pour potable water into the tank.
    10. Press lungo button to begin rinsing the machine.
    11. To exit descaling mode, press the two buttons at the same time for 1 second.

    How to descale Nespresso Lattissima models

    Descaling Gran Lattissima

    1. Eject capsules from the used capsule container by lifting up and closing lever.
    2. Empty drip tray, cup support, drop collector and used capsule container. Pour 100 ml of descaling agent into water tank. Then pour water up to the Descaling mark in the water tank.
    3. Get the descaling pipe found at the back of your machine. Plug the pipe into the steam connector.
    4. The machine then goes into descaling mode with the descaling alert blinking orange during the whole descaling process.
    5. Put a 1 litre capacity container below the coffee outlet and descaling pipe nozzle.
    6. Press flat white button. The descaling liquid will start to flow alternately through descaling pipe, coffee outlet, and drip tray. The descaling cycle is done when the water tank is empty. At this point, the flat white button will shine.
    7. Empty the used capsule container, drip tray, drop collector and cup support. Rinse them and pour fresh potable water into the water tank to the MAX level.
    8. Press flat white button again. This will start the rinsing cycle which runs through the descaling pipe, coffee outlet,  and drip tray. It will stop when the water tank is empty.
    9. Then the machine turns off. Take out the descaling pipe and keep it. Empty the used capsules container and drip tray. Then pour fresh potable water into the water tank.
    10. Then use a damp cloth to clean the machine.

    Descaling Lattissima One

    1. Eject capsules from the used capsule container by lifting up and closing lever.
    2. Empty drip tray and used capsules container. Pour 100 ml of descaling agent into water tank and followed by 500 ml water.
    3. Take descaling pipe found behind the machine and plug into the steam connector.
    4. The machine then goes into descaling mode. The descaling alert will blink orange during the whole descaling process. The Espresso button will flash white.
    5. Place a 1 litre capacity container below descaling pipe nozzle and coffee outlet.
    6. Press Espresso button. The descaling liquid will flow through descaling pipe, coffee outlet,  and the drip tray. The descaling cycle is done when the water tank is empty and Espresso button will shine.
    7. Empty used capsules container, drip tray as well as the container. Rinse them. Pour fresh potable water in the water tank to MAX level.
    8. Press Espresso button again to start rinsing cycle through descaling pipe, coffee outlet,  and drip tray. The cycle stops when the water tank is empty and the machine turns off.
    9. Take out and keep descaling pipe. Empty the used capsules container and drip tray. Pour potable water into water tank.
    10. Use a damp cloth to clean the machine.

    Descaling Lattissima Touch

    1. Descale machine when descaling alert flashes orange in ready mode.
    2. Eject capsules from the used capsule container by lifting up and closing lever.
    3. Empty drip tray and used capsules container. Pour 100 ml of descaling agent into water tank and followed by 500 ml water.
    4. Open descaling pipe storage door. Plug descaling pipe into steam connector.
    5. The machine then enters into descaling mode. The descaling alert will be blinking orange during the whole descaling process while the Warm Milk Froth button will flash white.
    6. Place a 1 liter capacity container below coffee outlet and descaling pipe nozzle.
    7. Press Warm Milk Froth button. Then the descaling solution will start flowing through  descaling pipe, coffee outlet,and drip tray.
    8. The descaling cycle is done when water tank is empty and Warm Milk Froth button shines.
    9. Empty drip tray and  capsule container. Rinse them. Pour fresh potable water into water tank to MAX level.
    10. Press Warm Milk Froth button to start rinsing cycle through descaling pipe, coffee outlet, and drip tray. It stops when water tank is empty and machine will turn off.
    11. Take out and keep descaling pipe. Empty used capsules container and drip tray. Pour fresh potable water into water tank.
    12. Use a damp cloth to clean the machine.

    Descaling Lattissima Plus

    1. Descale machine when Cappuccino button flash orange in ready mode.
    2. Empty drip tray and used capsule container. Pour 100 ml of descaling agent into water tank and followed by 500 ml water.
    3. Open descaling pipe storage door. Plug descaling pipe into steam connector.
    4. The machine enters descaling mode and Cappuccino button starts to blink orange.
    5. Place a 1 litre capacity container below coffee outlet and descaling pipe nozzle.
    6. Press Cappuccino button. The descaling agent will start flowing through descaling pipe, coffee outlet, and drip tray while Cappuccino and Macchiato button will blink alternately.
    7. The descaling cycle is done when water tank is empty and Cappuccino button blinks.
    8. Empty drip tray and used capsule container. Rinse them. Pour fresh potable water in water tank up to MAX level. Repeat step 5 again.
    9. Press Cappuccino button again. The rinsing cycle will flow through descaling pipe, coffee outlet,  and drip tray. It will stop when water tank is empty and machine will turn off.
    10. Take out and keep descaling pipe. Empty used capsule container and drip tray. Pour fresh potable water into water tank.
    11. Use damp cloth to clean machine.

    Descaling Lattissima Pro

    1. Eject capsules from the used capsule container by lifting up and closing lever.
    2. In the menu, select DESCALING. The following steps will be prompted by display. Do then when prompted
    3. empty drip tray and used capsules container.
    4. Pour 100 ml of descaling agent into water tank and followed by 500 ml water.
    5. insert hot water spout.
    6. place 1 litre capacity container below coffee outlet and hot water spout.
    7. Press to confirm. The descaling agent will start flowing through hot water nozzle, coffee outlet, and drip tray.
    8. empty drip tray, water tank and capsules container. Rinse them.
    9. Pour fresh potable water into water tank up to MAX level.
    10. place 1 litre capacity container below coffee outlet and hot water spout.
    11. Press to confirm. The rinsing cycle will flow through hot water nozzle, coffee outlet,  and drip tray. It stops when water tank is empty and machine will turn off.
    12. Rinse hot water spout and clean with a damp cloth.

    Descaling Lattissima Premium

    1. Descale machine when water alert shines orange.
    2. Attach the hot water nozzle.
    3. The buttons – Hot water, Espresso, Lungo – will then light up.
    4. Empty capsule container, water tank and drip tray and clean them.
    5. Pour 500 ml of water and 100 ml of descaling liquid into water tank.
    6. Place 600 ml capacity container below coffee outlet and hot water nozzle.
    7. Press Latte Macchiato and Lungo buttons at the same time for 5 seconds.
    8. Lungo button will blink faster.
    9. Press Lungo button.
    10. Lungo and Latte Macchiato buttons will then blink alternately.
    11. Descaling liquid flows through coffee outlet and hot water nozzle.
    12. Wait until you see only Lungo button still blinking.
    13. Empty container and drip tray. Rinse water tank. Pour potable water into water tank to “MAX” level
    14. Place containers under coffee outlet and hot water nozzle again.
    15. Press Lungo button.
    16. Lungo and Latte Macchiato buttons will then blink alternatively.
    17. Water then flows through coffee outlet and hot water nozzle.
    18. Once finished, machine will turn off.
    19. Empty tray. Rinse water tank.
    20. Clean machine with a damp cloth.

    Descaling Nespresso Essenza Mini

    1. Lift and close lever to eject capsule into used capsule container.
    2. Empty drip tray, drip base and used capsule container.
    3. Pour 1 descaling liquid sachet into water tank. Fill water tank up to 0.6 liter mark with potable water.
    4. Place a 1 litre capacity container under coffee outlet.
    5. To go into descaling mode, turn on the machine and press Espresso and Lungo buttons at the same time for 5 seconds.
    6. Both LEDs will blink.
    7. Press Lungo button and wait until water tank is empty.
    8. Refill water tank with used descaling solution collected in container and repeat steps 4 and 7.
    9. Empty and rinse water tank. Fill water tank with fresh potable water.
    10. Then repeat steps 4 and 7 to rinse machine. Repeat this twice.
    11. To exit descaling mode, press Epresso and Lungo buttons at the same time for 5 seconds.
    12. Empty drip base.

    Descaling Essenza Plus

    1. Descale machine when descaling alert is blinking in ready mode.
    2. Lift and close lever to eject capsule into used capsule container.
    3. Empty drip tray, drip base and used capsule container.
    4. Fill water tank with fresh potable water to half level. Pour 1 descaling liquid sachet into water tank.
    5. Place a 1 litre container under coffee outlet.
    6. To go into descaling mode, turn on the machine and press Espresso, Lungo and hot water buttons at the same time for 5 seconds.
    7. All three LEDs will then blink. Descaling alert remains on during the whole descaling process. To exit descaling mode at this point, press either Espresso or Lungo button.
    8. To start descaling process, press Hot water button and wait until water tank is empty
    9. Empty and rinse water tank. Fill with fresh potable water up to max. level.
    10. Then empty drip base.
    11. repeat steps 5 and 8 to rinse the machine.
    12. When water tank is empty, repeat steps 9 and 10.
    13. When rinsing cycle has finished, the machine will turn off automatically.
    14. Empty drip base.

    How to descale Creatista models

    Descaling Creatista Plus

    Rotate dial on the machine to get to MAINTENANCE. Select this option. Then rotate dial to DESCALE and choose it. Then follow the instructions on the screen to complete the descaling.

    Descaling Creatista Pro

    Rotate dial on the machine to get to MAINTENANCE. Select this option. Then rotate dial to DESCALE and choose it. Then follow the instructions on the screen to complete the descaling.

    Descaling Nespresso Expert

    1. Turn machine OFF and close slider.
    2. Empty drip tray and used capsule container.
    3. Fill water tank with 2 units of descaling liquid and pour in potable water to max level.
    4. Place 1.2 liters capacity container below coffee outlet.
    5. Press brewing button for 6 seconds until both dials flash for confirmation. On recipe dial, select Ristretto, press brewing button. Then, on temperature dial, select high level “I”
    6. Ristretto icon will blink during the whole descaling process.
    7. Press brewing button to begin descaling cycle. The descaling liquid will flow through coffee and hot water outlets.
    8. When machine stops and the maintenance light blinks, remove and empty drip tray. The place back. Push brewing button. Machine will stop once water tank is empty.
    9. If you need to pause descaling process for purposes such as emptying the container, press brewing button. Once done, press brew button again to continue.
    10. Remove and rinse water tank, drip tray and cup support thoroughly.
    11. Refill water tank with 1.2 liters of fresh potable water.
    12. Press brewing button to begin rinsing machine. Machine stops automatically when water tank is empty. Remove and empty drip tray. Then place back. The machine automatically turns off when descaling is done.

    Descaling Nespresso Inissia

    1. Remove capsule and close lever.
    2. Empty drip tray and used capsule container.
    3. Fill water tank with 0.5 liters of potable water and add 1 descaling liquid sachet.
    4. Place a 1 litre capacity container below coffee outlet.
    5. To goes into descaling mode, turn on the machine, press Espresso and Lungo buttons at the same time for 3 seconds.
    6. Both LEDs will blink.
    7. Press Lungo button and wait until water tank is empty.
    8. Refill water tank with used descaling solution collected in container. Repeat step 4 and 6.
    9. Empty and rinse water tank. Fill water tank with potable water.
    10. Repeat step 4 and 6 to rinse machine. Repeat this step twice.
    11. To exit descaling mode, press Espresso and Lungo buttons at the same time for 3 seconds.

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