How to Descale your Nespresso Expert


Your Nespresso Expert needs some love too. This machine makes you coffees when you need them the most, it shows you love when no one else will and it will brighten your day with its wonderful taste. So maintaining a healthy Nespresso Expert is the key to ensuring it lives a long and healthy life.

Have you ever noticed that your coffee tastes slightly off? Then your Nespresso Expert may need descaling. Descaling is an important aspect of maintenance that only takes around 25 minutes out of your day and we can show you how to do it.

What is Descaling?

The process of descaling is the removal of calcium carbonate deposits inside the pipes of your Nespresso machine. When you make a coffee, hot water is extracted from the water tank and then passes through the pipes and out the coffee outlet to produce coffee. That water contains the calcium carbonate which gets left behind in the pipes building up over time. Build-up like this can be particularly prevalent in places that use hard water due to its higher concentration. When the descaling process is complete, you will be left with a healthy clean machine resulting in better tasting coffee.

How Often Should I Descale My Nespresso Expert?

Unlike other models, the Nespresso Expert offers a maintenance light that will flash orange, signifying that it needs to be descaled. Alternatively, if you are using the connectivity features on the Nespresso app, you will receive a notification when your machine is ready to be descaled. Though, like the other Nespresso models, one should aim to descale their Nespresso Expert every three months or twice a year as a minimum.

What Will I Need?

Descaling your machine requires a solution kit. The Urnex Dezcal Activated Scale Remover kit is the perfect choice for this process. It’s cheap, non-toxic, biodegradable, safe and works on most machines.In order for the process to be successful, you will also need fresh water and a container to catch the water.

Steps To Descaling My Nespresso Expert

The steps required to descale a Nespresso Expert are quite simple. Follow this process to ensure that your Expert is clean and ready to make delicious coffee.

Preparing my Expert

  • First of all, you need to prepare your machine. Start by emptying the drip tray and removing all used capsules from the container.

  • Fill the water tank with fresh water and mix in the descaling solution.

  • Ensure that the machine is off and the slider is closed.

  • Place a cup or container under the dispenser to catch the liquid that flows through. It is advised that the cup or container be able to hold at least 1 litre of liquid.

Starting the descaling process

  • To start the process, you need to activate descaling mode on your machine.

  • Press the brewing button for 6 seconds until both dials start flashing.

  • Using the left dial, select the ristretto icon and press the brewing button again.

  • Then turn the temperature dial clockwise until it reaches maximum level and press the brewing button again for final confirmation.

  • The ristretto icon will begin flashing to confirm that it is in descaling mode.

  • Press the brewing button for a final time to begin the descaling process.

  • The water tank will drain, flow through the machine, and then dispense into the cup or container you have placed underneath.

  • Once the solution has drained, empty the container and drip tray and press the brewing button again to finish the cycle.

Rinsing my Nespresso machine

  • Once completed, empty the water tank and rinse it out making sure it is devoid of any solution.

  • Refill the water tank with fresh water and press the brewing button to start the final rinsing cycle.

  • Dispose of the water.

Exiting descaling mode

  • When your Nespresso Expert is ready for use, it will turn off automatically.

Now, your Nespresso Expert has been descaled and is ready to make amazing coffees again.

If you’re more of a visual learner, watch this video that explains the process in detail here:

Nespresso Expert Features

The Expert offers wireless connectivity that lets you personalize coffee sizes, access advanced features on the machine and alerts you when your machine needs assistance. This machine also has a temperature control dial with settings from warm to extra hot.

Using the Nespresso Expert is extremely simple and is great for those that are looking for something other than just the espresso and lungo sizes.


Why Go Organic

Organic coffee not only has health benefits but major environmental benefits too. If you care enough to make the switch to organic coffee, you should use an organic descaler too. The Cafetto Restorer Descaler is a non-toxic and biodegradable descaling solution that has minimal impact on the environment. Most Artizan Coffee products are 100% organic and they are the first company in the world to receive the USDA organic certification for their line of Nespresso compatible capsules. By using their products you can continue drinking amazing coffee and save the environment at the same time.