How to brew the perfect cup of coffee – with your Nespresso® machine
Here are our Top 5 Tips
1. Preheat your cup
Yes, you heard us! It is very important to preheat your cup for the perfect cup of coffee, before you brew your coffee pod. A cold cup will not only affect the temperature of your coffee, but also the coffee flavour. Thankfully, there is an easy way to preheat your cup if you have got a Nespresso® coffee machine. Simply run your machine without a capsule inside (just hot water). Swirl the hot water around in your cup, discard water. Cup is heated and ready for coffee in only a few seconds!
2. Don´t burn your coffee
Did you know that a Nespresso® capsule is only made to run a 60ml shot? Meaning that if you try to fill up your mug of coffee with just one capsule, you are not doing the machine any favour (more pressure on your pump), plus you are also burning your coffee. Once the coffee inside the capsule is used up, you only extract the bitterness and tannins from the coffee. And that stuff is no java goodness. You only want the good coffee aromas, so run your capsule for 60ml only, not longer. Rather use a second capsule if you want that extra kick or for a longer cup of coffee simply run an espresso, eject the capsule and run with just hot water (without a capsule inside) to make an Americano (the real way).
3. Use filtered water
To brew a coffee with a Nespresso® machine, you need one thing besides the coffee capsule: water! If you want a good quality coffee, don´t use tap water. We recommend filtered or bottled water with a natural taste, so it doesn´t negatively affect the taste of your coffee. Also: if you are using tap water in your coffee machine, it is very likely that you need to descale your machine more often due to the lime and calcium build-up that ends up in your coffee machine. Remember to also empty and rinse your water container every week or two.
4. Clean your machine using a cleaning capsule
Only a clean machine is a healthy machine. And only a clean machine can make you the perfect cup of coffee. Did you know that professional baristas clean their coffee equipment every single day? There is a reason for that. Coffee is a very oily beverage. Every time you extract a shot of espresso it leaves a layer of oil behind in your Nespresso® machine. The perfect breeding ground for bacteria. This build-up can also cause blockages in your machine, and damage your pump. The newly invented Caffenu® cleaning capsule gets rid of those build-ups and bacteria in just 2 minutes. Use 1 capsule after every 30 cups of coffee made, or at least once a month, and your coffee will always be fresh and your machine healthy!
5. Descale your machine
Many people think descaling is the same thing as using a cleaning capsule, but it is not. The cleaning capsule gets rid of old coffee oils in the brewing chamber of your machine. The descaler removes lime scale from the boiler and thermoblock, and pipes of your machine. Descaling is only necessary every 3-6 months, depending on how hard the water is that you use to make the coffee. Regular descaling makes sure that your coffee tastes great every single time, and also keeps your Nespresso® machine in great condition.
Enjoy making your perfect up of coffee!