Here are 10 tips that every owner of a Nespresso Single Serve Espresso Machine should know to save time, money and get the best out of their investment.
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Tip No.2 — Preparation is key. Priming both your Nespresso machine and the cup you are going to have your coffee in makes a tangible difference to the flavor and in the enjoyment you get from it. To do this, simply brew a serve of hot water in the Nespresso machine and then serve it in the cup or shot glass. This process also cleans out the machine so nothing interferes with the rich flavor of the coffee.
Tip No.3 — Prepare in advance. Nothing takes the thrill out of a cup of coffee than, well, no coffee. Why put up with the agonizing wait for your shipment of coffee capsules to arrive? Purchase your capsules and stock up in advance so that the next time you want that invigorating cup, it is just a few minutes instead of a few days away.
Tip No.4 — Your Nespresso is a machine of many talents. There is no need for a separate coffee maker if you want a cup of coffee instead of an Espresso. First, brew you shot of Espresso and serve it in a cup, then, just remove the used capsule and run hot water through it into the cup. You will get a cup of coffee that is less strong than an Espresso and closer to an Americano.
Tip No.5 — Your Nespresso really is a machine of many talents. There are two types of capsules available for Nespresso Single Serve Espresso machines — one is the standard Espresso capsule and the other is the Lungo variety and the amount of coffee they contain varies. There are corresponding settings on your machine and you can ensure that the beverage you want comes out the best it can be by matching the settings and the capsule.
Tip No.6 — Water is not just water. For best results in terms of both the longevity of your Nespresso machine and better tasting beverages, always restrict the water that goes into it to the fresh and filtered variety. Not only will this fight the build-up of limescale inside the machine and keep it in prime working order, your drink will taste better, too.
Tip No.7 — Take care of your Nespresso and it will take care of you At the very least, descale your Nespresso at least monthly, and more often if necessary. Brew that seems less flavorsome than before and not as hot as before are both telltale signs that your Nespresso needs descaling. Fortunately, descaling will reverse these problems immediately and you will be back to getting the hot, delicious brew your Nespresso is capable of producing. Moreover, regular descaling prolongs the life of your machine.
Tip No.8 — The settings are there for a reason. Watch a video on what all the different settings mean and how to adjust them for your particular model of the Nespresso. How you use your machine, the type of coffee you enjoy and the variety of capsule you are using all have an impact on what settings will be ideal. Make sure to re calibrate them so that you get the best tasting coffee each time, every time.
Tip No.9 — Cleanliness is next to godliness. The brew basket and brew head of your Nespresso machine are magnets for residue from oils and coffee grain. Remember to eject the spent capsule immediately after preparing your brew. Cleaning them simply involves running hot water through the basket and head. Do not ignore the tray either — stagnant water is an invitation for bacteria, and this unhygienic situation can be avoided with a straightforward daily wipe clean.
Tip No.10 — Explore the options. There are many alternative Nespresso-compatible capsules available and one such alternative are the capsules produced by High Line Coffee of New York, NY. They produce a wide range of flavors that many Nespresso users have added to their line of personal favorites, and you will even save some money purchasing directly from them.