Cleaning your Nespresso machine has never been easier, with the easy-to-use Caffenu cleaning capsules. These cleaning capsules perform the essential task of cleaning and removing old coffee, residue, and oils from your Nespresso machine. What’s incredible, is that you can clean your Nespresso machine the eco-friendly way. Find out more about Nespresso cleaning capsules and how you can use them in your machine, with our informative instruction video.

Each time a coffee or hot drink is brewed in your coffee capsule machine, old coffee and residue accumulates. Furthermore, a combination of the build-up and moisture makes it attractive for bacteria to colonise in and around the brewing chamber.

Thankfully, Caffenu offers two different cleaning capsules for your Nespresso machine, with each one boasting its own unique cleaning formula. Learn about the Caffenu ‘Original Formula’ and ‘Eco Formula’ cleaning capsules. You can’t go wrong with these capsules, as they both effectively rid your machine of unwanted build-up and bacteria with a powerful foaming agent.

Additionally, the Caffenu cleaning capsules are fully compatible with all Nespresso Original Line capsule machines, but not Vertuo machines.

Try a Caffenu cleaning capsule and witness the formula in action! Watch the video below and learn how to effectively clean your Nespresso machine the eco-friendly way.

Moreover, it is important to note that descaling is also essential in maintaining your Nespresso machine!

If you own a Nespresso® Original machine, you know it has many perks; the variety of drinks you can enjoy, including the compatible capsules they can brew. However, all is good and well, until a fault arises with the machine. If you ever brewed an unusually watery cup of coffee, then keep reading. Let’s see why a Nespresso® machine makes watery coffee.

Using refillable/reusable Nespresso® capsules

Using refillable capsules is noble, and can save money, however, they can leak and cause coffee to be watery. This leakage is likely due to an incorrect coffee grind used in the capsule, causing poor extraction and leakage.

If you do use refillable capsules and experience watery coffee, you could try adjusting the grind of coffee used in the capsule until you find the leakage stops. Alternatively, you could test a regular capsule in the machine to see if that works.

If neither of the above stops the leakage, then you likely need to have your Nespresso® machine serviced.

Compatible coffee capsules

Some compatible coffee capsules can cause leakage because of a design flaw in the capsule, and/or possible incorrect filling by the coffee capsule supplier/filler. A design flaw can cause water to bypass the capsule when brewing, making the water go around the capsule. The capsule could also not be pierced correctly, causing a poor, watery coffee extraction.

If you do use Nespresso® compatible coffee capsules and experience watery coffee, you might want to try an original Nespresso® capsule and see if that helps. If the leakage persists after trying an original capsule, then you need to have your machine serviced.

Faulty machine mechanism

Lastly, a faulty mechanism in the machine could be the reason you’re drinking watery coffee. A fault may arise inside the machine itself, that could then lead to leakage. If you know that the coffee capsules you use are not the cause of your watery coffee, then you need to get your coffee machine repaired.

If you find yourself experiencing any other issues with your Nespresso® machine, then you can find solutions to any possible issue you have here. Don’t forget that you also need to give your machine a good clean every now and then!

Cleaning a coffee machine is vital for its performance and lifespan, as well as the quality of coffee it brews. We have previously posted about cleaning a Nespresso® Original machine and how you can do it. If you however own a Nespresso® Vertuo® machine, you might still be asking yourself how to clean it? Worry not, we are going to discuss Nespresso® Vertuo® Cleaning vs Nespresso® Original Cleaning.

Nespresso® Vertuo® Cleaning

Right now there is not many cleaning products available on the market for the Nespresso® Vertuo® aside from a descaler for limescale prevention/removal. The machine does however have a rinsing cycle “feature”, which flushes water out the machine. This flush cycle however lacks the required foaming action to remove hardened coffee oils and tannins. Until a cleaning capsule is available for the Vertuo® system, the water only flush cycle will unfortunately be your only option to flush out your machine.

You should also clean the externals of the machine with a soft, damp cloth and soak the drip tray, capsule basket, and water tank. Using the descaler will also ensure you prevent limescale and mineral build-up, keeping your machine in good working order to brew hot coffee.

Nespresso® Original Cleaning

Nespresso® Original capsule machines have a more intensive cleaning solution available. Original machines such as the Nespresso® Essenza®, Inissia® etc., have a convenient and easy-to-use cleaning capsule at hand.

The cleaning capsule has a unique foaming action which penetrates inaccessible parts of these machines, flushing out coffee residues and oils. This cleaning helps keep the machine working properly, bacteria away, and most importantly, your coffee fresh.

Like any other coffee machine, these machines also have to be descaled, keeping the limescale and mineral build-up at bay. The Nespresso® Original can easily be descaled without too many steps to follow, but always be sure to follow the usage instructions from both your machine manufacturer and the descaler instructions.

If you are in need of a cleaning routine for your Nespresso® Original machine, then you will find the best spring cleaning routine here. It will take you less than 5 minutes to enjoy a perfectly fresh cup of coffee!

Hopefully you now have a better understanding of Nespresso® Vertuo® cleaning vs Nespresso® Original cleaning! If not, contact us and we will be happy to assist.

When brewing a Nespresso® coffee, you should expect to taste some sweetness, acidity, pleasing body, and, of course, freshness with a pleasant aftertaste. One thing you should not expect is a foul, bitter taste. This is not to say there isn’t any bitter profile at all; however, an overwhelming bitterness should never be welcome in a cup. So, here’s why your Nespresso® coffee is tasting bitter.

What causes the bitterness in your Nespresso® coffee?

Nespresso® machines build up coffee oil residue with each coffee capsule that is brewed. These build-ups accumulate in the brewing chamber, spout, and washer plate of the machine (the front-end). The growth of bacteria due to the build-up and moisture is also possible.

The accumulation eventually ends up becoming part of your brew, giving you a bad, bitter-tasting coffee. This may cause alarm bells to sound (it rightfully should), but there is a trick: you can rid your Nespresso® machine of these build-ups.

Reclaim the perfect-tasting coffee

The best way to clean the front-end of your Nespresso® machine is by flushing the residue and dirt out. A thorough cleaning can be achieved with a cleaning capsule, which releases a powerful foaming agent to work through the brewing chamber, spout, and washer plate.

Using a Caffenu® cleaning capsule is as easy as using a coffee capsule, and you get to see how the cleaning capsule expels the muck which has built up in your machine (see video below). Once cleansed, you will not only have a clean, bacteria-free Nespresso® machine; most importantly, you will get to enjoy an improved coffee taste minus the foul bitterness.

Caffenu® has two choices when it comes to the Nespresso® compatible Cleaning Capsule range; our Original Formula Capsule and also an Eco Formula cleaning capsule for Nespresso® coffee machines. Now you might wonder what the difference between the two is?

There are a few slight differences; the most notable difference being that the Eco Formula cleaning capsule is completely non-hazardous. Below is a list of the main differences between the Original Formula and Eco Formula cleaning capsule.

  1. Hazard Classification

As mentioned, the main difference between the Original and the Eco formulation is that the Eco Formula is completely non-hazardous. But what does this mean? Depending on the concentration of certain ingredients inside cleaning formulas, products are allocated to a certain hazard category. This is an international standard and serves to make the products safe for consumers to use. Thus, making them aware about potential hazards when using them.

The Eco formula has a very low concentration of certain ingredients hence it is classified as non-hazardous. The Original formula, however has a higher concentration of certain ingredients, it is classified as the lowest form of a Hazard, an Eye irritant Class 2. However, it’s unlikely for the product to come into contact with your eyes, as the formula is sealed inside the capsule. Furthermore, the capsule inserts directly into your coffee machine, making it a safe and convenient product to use at home.

  1. Strength

Because of the higher concentration of active ingredients, the Original formula is stronger and slightly more effective than the Eco product. However, while the Eco formula is milder, it is still very effective, especially for domestic applications and without a doubt the perfect tool to clean your Nespresso® coffee machine at home.

  1. Ingredients

As mentioned above, the Original formula is stronger. That is in part due to two main ingredients: One being sodium percarbonate – which is a non-chlorine-based, oxygen-based bleaching agent and two being sodium carbonate. These products by themselves are quite strong and both are responsible for giving the Original Formula its “Hazardous” classification. The Eco formula consists of natural and readily biodegradable materials. It also has a lower concentration of active ingredients, hence the mildness of the product.

  1. Environmental friendliness

Both products are very eco-friendly, as both use readily biodegradable surfactants, organic materials, and minerals. Neither product contains chlorine or phosphates. The Original formula contains sodium percarbonate. This ingredient must break down into the natural components it’s made from, so it takes more time to break down. Apart from the eco-friendliness of the actual ingredients, there is also a difference on the capsule form between Original and Eco. The Original capsules are 100% recyclable whereas the Eco Cleaning Capsules now come in fully compostable capsules.

Original vs Eco: The choice is yours! No matter if you choose Original or Eco, you can be sure that your coffee machine will be well looked after, giving you fresher coffee one clean at a time!

Nespresso® machines can cost a small fortune and with that comes the expectation that the machine will provide several years of great coffee. While the machine can give you a long run, how you maintain your coffee machine will determine its lifespan.

Through poor care and maintenance, a Nespresso® machine could see a lifespan of approximately only two years. By “poor care” we mean that the machine receives no cleaning and descaling at all.

Brewing a cup of coffee builds up oils and dirty residue every single time. Especially in the Nespresso® coffee machine’s brewing chamber, washer plate and spout. It therefore requires the occasional cleaning to remove hardened oils, bacteria, residue, odours and tannins.

Additionally, the heating element and thermoblock also builds up calcium and limescale deposits through regular use of your machine. Learn how the build-up of these deposits prevents the heating element from boiling your water, in turn, giving you colder coffee.

The great news is that, through proper care and maintenance, your Nespresso® machine could see a lifespan of 5-10 years. Does that not sound incredible? A prolonged lifespan of your coffee machine should be an incentive to keep it cleaned and maintained. Also, the cost of maintaining your machine costs less than replacing it.

Thankfully, taking good care of your coffee machine is not the colossal task you think it is. By running a cleaning capsule through your machine at least once a month, you can give your brewing chamber and nozzle a thorough cleaning.

Furthermore, descaling your coffee machine every 3-6 months will effectively remove the build-up of limescale and calcium, ensuring your element and thermoblock heats up as it should. By just cleaning and descaling your machine, you can ensure that it lasts.

Take good care of your machine, and it will give you many years of great coffee!

Sanitize and keeping it clean, that is now more important than ever. You have probably seen this build-up at the bottom of your kettle before?

This comes from the high concentration of calcium in some of the water we use. In order to test the efficiency of sanitizing products, we took this old kettle with an impressive build-up of limescale and decided to put our Caffenu® Eco Descaler to the test!

The results were overwhelming (all the build-up stuff is gone!): a limescale-free, sanitized kettle. Now just think about this: The surface of your kettle is visible, you can actually see the build-up, but what about the inside of your coffee machine? There are places we simply can’t see, where heat and moisture are present. Those places build up that exact limescale, as well as coffee residues and bacteria.

It isn’t a fun thing to consider, but coffee machines do build up some foul mess, and that’s why it is essential to give your coffee machine a thorough cleaning every now and then, too; to avoid the potentially harmful substances that build up in your precious machine, and ensure you always get a perfect cup of coffee!

Please remember, also use a cleaning capsule on your machine (if available) or a cleaning tablet, as it is just as important as descaling. Here is a complete guide on how to clean which specific coffee machine.

Please, keep it clean!

The recent global developments and the ongoing pandemic we find ourselves in have made one thing clear: Daily cleaning routines are now more important than ever. This applies to many areas of your life, and your kitchen and household appliances like your coffee machine should be included. After all, you use it on a daily basis and want to ensure you drink germ-free fresh coffee.

If you want to enjoy your next cup of coffee, you need daily cleaning routines to keep your equipment clean. Unfortunately, very often the wrong cleaners are used. Incorrect detergents and soaps leave residues, odours and deposits that should have no place in your next coffee or tea.

Should you have been made to believe that hot water and a bit of vinegar will do the trick, you are unfortunately on the wrong track. There is a reason we use soap to wash our hands. And a detergent when washing dishes. The detergent part is needed to break down oils and remove bacteria and germs from your hands, dishes, and your coffee machine needs this too.

The same applies for removing mineral and calcium deposits (the white stuff you see in your kettle). You need an acidic solution to break down the residue. Decalcifying your espresso machine just with vinegar isn’t effective enough and can leave a bad vinegar smell. Vinegar and coffee? Not recommended!

To make it easy for you, we wrote a guide on the best way to clean your coffee equipment, simply find your coffee machine type below. “I regret cleaning my coffee machine”, said no one ever, we promise! And protecting yourself and your favourite beverage has never been more important.

Here is your guide on the most popular coffee machines and how to clean them correctly…

Clean your capsule coffee machine

Recommendation: Clean with a capsule, and descale!

Don’t think that your coffee machine will clean itself when you flush it out with water. Hot water alone does not break down coffee oils. Machines such as Nespresso®, Lavazza A Modo Mio®, Caffitaly® require two food safe cleaning processes:

Firstly, run a Caffenu® cleaning capsule at least once a month through your machine to properly clean the machine’s coffee brewing chamber and rest of the front end. Tip: Use the cleaning solution afterwards to soak your drip tray and capsule basket, works like a charm!

Secondly, descaling. The Caffenu® Eco Descaler cleans the back end of the coffee machine’s internals, removing harmful calcium, lime scale and mineral build up. The Eco descaler also has a natural antibacterial action to give a hygienic clean. Your machine will thank you with hotter coffee, too! Descale every 3 months or when descaling light comes on. For generic usage instructions on how to descale, see here.

Clean your bean to cup, home espresso and filter machines

Recommendation: Clean with a tablet, and descale!

Bean to cup machines require two cleaning processes, cleaning with tablets and descaling.

Step 1: The Caffenu® cleaning tablets, specifically the retail blister pack is perfect for home use to remove dirty old oils and odours and should be used at least once a month.

For detailed instructions on how to use the cleaning tablets in your machine, see here.

Step 2: The Caffenu® Eco Descaler removes lime scale and should be used according to the user manual instructions supplied by your machine’s manufacturer.

Descale every 3 months or when descaling light comes on. For generic usage instructions on how to descale, see here.

Caffenu milk system cleaner for all coffee machines and dairy equipment product displayOptional Step 3: If your coffee machine also has a steam wand, clean it with a milk system cleaner.

The milk system cleaner removes sour milk residues and also sanitizes your equipment. Find more info on how to clean here.

Clean your fully or super automatic coffee machine incl. milk system

Recommendation: Clean with a tablet, use a milk system cleaner for milk circuit and descale.

Step 1 & Step 2: To clean bigger machines, you should use the appropriate size Caffenu® cleaning tablets in a jar, along with the Caffenu milk system cleaner to thoroughly clean the machine, and remove bitter tannins, coffee residues and oils. The tablets should be used once a week if you use your machine a lot or at least once a month. This will keep your machine clean and prevent misfunction but more importantly provide great coffee. 

Caffenu milk system cleaner for all coffee machines and dairy equipment product display

For detailed instructions on how to use the cleaning tablets in your machine, see here. The milk system cleaner should be used regularly (at least weekly) to prevent milk blockages and ensure hygienic milk circuits. General instructions on how to clean your automatic one touch milk circuit can be found here.

Step 3: Any coffee machine/hot water appliance needs descaling so be sure to familiarise yourself with the Caffenu® Eco Descaler.

Don’t worry though, descaling is only required every 3 months or so. However, please be aware that not every machine have a descaling light to alert you, so be sure to descale anyway!

Clean your commercial manual or semi-automatic espresso machine

Recommendation: Clean with powderuse a milk system cleaner and group head brush.

Cleaning your commercial coffee machine requires the Caffenu® Cleaning Powder. The fast-acting, concentrated formula ensures removal of old coffee oils, build up and bitter tannins from your machine’s group heads, lines and valves. It is also ideal for soaking removable parts like portafilters, filter baskets and shower screens. The powder is great to use in your daily backflush cleaning routine.

Weekly cleaning of filters, handles, holders, trays, cups etc:

The Caffenu Group Head Cleaning Brush is a multi-functional tool designed with an ergonomic handle and unique water deflector fins which keep your hand safe from hot water while cleaning your group head, shower screen and group seal. It also has an integrated measuring spoon for easy and convenient dosing of cleaning powder.

Weekly cleaning of steam wands, milk foaming devices, milk jugs and thermometers etc:

Caffenu milk system cleaner for all coffee machines and dairy equipment product displayTake your milk jug/pitcher, and mix milk system cleaner at a 1 to 10 ratio with water in jug. Eg. if jug can hold 500 ml, pour 50 ml of milk cleaner into jug and fill the rest of the jug with warm water. Operate steam wand several times in jug filled with solution, then let steam wand and any other milk accessories you’d like to clean sit inside jug with solution for about 20min. Take steam wand out of jug and wipe down with a damp cloth. Then thoroughly rinse jug and other accessories and fill with clean water. To rinse, operate steam wand in clean water several times. This will ensure your one-way valve stays clean, protecting your boiler and getting rid of milk deposits inside steam wands which can cause blockages. The milk system cleaner also contains a sanitizer for a hygienic clean.

The thing about winter is that it gives us shorter day hours and we tend to do a little less in keeping things in order around our homes. Traditionally, people use spring as a way to change gears and getting things back in order around the house.

But have you ever thought about cleaning your coffee machine? We promise, it is so easy to spring clean your coffee capsule machine with Caffenu.

Caffenu makes sure to remove hardened oils, tannins, and debris out of your machine which can affect your coffee taste most of all. By spring cleaning you can make sure that you get the perfect cup of coffee every time, fresher as ever. The dirtiest part of your machine that probably needs the most attention is the washer plate. The Caffenu cleaning capsules work specifically on cleaning this part of the brewing chamber. Tip: Use the cleaning solution to soak your drip tray, basket and water tank. The eco descaler on the other hand removes lime scale and calcium build-up on the back of your machine, the pipes and boiler. Read more about the difference between cleaning and descaling here. We recommend using both methods regularly, even if you are not an avid coffee drinker.

Once your coffee machine is clean on the inside out, sit down and relax. You can be assured that your next cup of coffee will be pure and absolutely delicious.

Do Nespresso® machines need cleaning? The answer is, YES, on a regular basis. Just like commercial and industrial machines, Nespresso® coffee machines collect odour, tannins and old coffee oils that get stuck in the brewing chamber of the machines. Every time you make a coffee, it leaves residue behind which hardens, and is a real feast for any bacteria. If you don’t remove this residue, it leads to blockage of the machine, bitter tasting coffee, and can also be a health risk. See more studies here.

But I descale my machine

That is great, and necessary, but descaling and cleaning are two completely different things and require different cleaning agents. Usually for descaling a very safe and healthy acid is used but a CLEANER requires a detergent.

difference between cleaning and descaling your nespresso coffee machine

A descaler enters your machine through the water tank, the back, and removes lime scale and calcium build-up from the boiler and the pipes. Descaling does not reach inaccessible areas in the BREWING chamber, and therefor is not a solution to blocked chambers and high bacteria levels on the nozzle and washer plate (basically where your coffee is brewed).

The Caffenu® cleaning capsule contains a unique foaming agent that foams up inside the brewing chamber, and binds dirty residue, oil and bacteria in those impossible to reach areas. With the rinsing process it flushes out all the things you don’t want in your next coffee, leaving you with better tasting coffee and a clean machine. More information on what exactly is being cleaned here.

But I don’t use my machine that often

Dormant machines are a perfect playground for any type of bacteria. The coffee oils have plenty of time to harden inside the brewing chamber. If you have not used your machine in a while, do yourself a favour, and clean it with the capsule before you make your next coffee.

But my machine is brand new

That is great. Please keep it that way. The best time to start using the Caffenu® cleaning capsule is now, right after you bought the machine. Simply use a capsule after every thirty cups of coffee made and your machine will stay as good as new because you are not giving the machine a chance to build up blockages inside the brewing chamber, the pump can function properly, increasing the machine’s life span tremendously right from the get go.

But a chemical is not safe and will leave aftertaste

Your health and safety is our utmost priority, so you will be glad to hear that the agent inside the Caffenu® cleaning capsule is made from food grade, organic, and readily biodegradable ingredients commonly found in most detergents (check the ingredients here). It completely dissolves after you have carried out the cleaning cycle. If you check your capsule after use, you will see that it is completely empty, and no traces of the cleaning agent will be found inside your machine, so no aftertaste is possible. The only thing you will gain is fresh better tasting coffee.

But plastic coffee capsules will melt in my machine

The truth is, they don’t. We have tested this about a million times by now. Our Caffenu® cleaning capsules are made from a food grade BPA free material, the melting point of which is above 230 degrees Celsius. The water temperature of a Nespresso® machine typically reaches 75-80 degrees Celsius, not even close to the melting point or the softening point of our cleaning capsules. Please also remember that a cleaning capsule is inherently different to a coffee capsule. Compared to coffee capsules, our cleaning capsule contains a soluble agent, which creates much less pressure build-up than regular coffee capsules. This leads to high performance in all Nespresso® machines. Slight deformation of the capsule may occur from time to time which is perfectly normal. This is due to high pressure within the brewing chamber of up to 19 bar. However nothing is ‘melting’  and this does not affect the effectiveness of the cleaning product.

Nespresso® only sells descaler, so I don’t need a capsule to clean my machine

Nespresso® solely specializes in coffee capsules. You may have noticed that the Nespresso® doesn’t manufacture their own descaler, the descaler is manufactured by De Longhi, and so are most Nespresso® coffee machines. The pure fact that Nespresso® doesn’t have a cleaning capsule, does not mean, it is not a great product to use.

In short: the Caffenu® cleaning capsule was specifically developed to improve Nespresso® machines, and not to damage them. Most machine break downs come from blockages. The Caffenu® cleaning capsule removes those blockages, so it generally improves the life span of Nespresso® coffee machines.

How do I use the Caffenu® cleaning capsule?

Caffenu original formula cleaning capsules for nespresso original line coffee machines product displayThe Caffenu® cleaning capsule is inserted into the brewing chamber of the Nespresso® coffee machine, just like a coffee capsule. At the press of a button, the capsule releases a unique foaming agent that gets rid of all coffee oils, odours, tannins, and bacteria in just 2 minutes. It removes dirty residue from impossible to reach areas. Once the capsule is removed, press the large button twice to rinse the machine with water and voila: your machine is clean and your next coffee will be fresh.

Please also remember to descale your machine using  Caffenu® eco descaler.

Only a clean machine makes the perfect coffee!

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