How to Descale your Nespresso Gran Maestria

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Your Nespresso Gran Maestria is likely a key aspect of your morning routine. You, like many others, will require a coffee when you wake up simply to function the rest of the day. Therefore, showing it a little TLC can help secure a healthy machine for a long time.

Have you ever noticed that your coffee tastes slightly off? Then your Nespresso Gran Maestria may need descaling. Descaling is an important aspect of maintenance that only takes around 20 minutes out of your day and we can show you how to do it.

What is Descaling?

Every time you use your Nespresso, the hot water flowing through the machine leaves small deposits of a mineral called calcium carbonate that can build up over time. This build-up can cause severe damage to your machine if not treated properly and the use of hard water influence this greatly. When you descale a Nespresso Gran Maestria, you will be removing these deposits resulting in a healthier machine and better tasting coffee.

How Often Should I Descale My Nespresso Gran Maestria?

Your Nespresso Gran Maestria will show a steady orange light in the middle of the machine when it needs to be descaled. However, it is recommended that one should descale their Gran Maestria every at least once a year, or to achieve the best results, every three months will maintain optimal machine cleanliness and consistently great coffee.

What Will I Need?

To successfully descale your Nespresso Gran Maestria, you will need a descaling solution kit. Using a good solution is important in maintaining your machine. The Urnex Dezcal Activated Scale Remover kit is cheap, non-toxic, biodegradable, safe and works on most machines. You will also need fresh water to mix with the solution and a container to catch what is dispensed from the machine.

Steps To Descaling My Nespresso Gran Maestria

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

Preparing my Gran Maestria

  • To begin, turn off the machine using the switch.

  • Then turn the espresso dial to position 4 and the lungo dial to position 1.

  • Open and close the lever to remove any capsules left inside the machine.

  • Empty the drip tray and the capsule container.

  • Place a container capable of holding up to 1.5 litres under the coffee outlet.

Starting the descaling process

  • Hold the espresso button while turning on the machine.

  • The orange light in the middle of the machine will appear indicating that it is in descaling mode.

  • Then fill the water tank with your descaling solution and add fresh water to the maximum level.

  • Place a cup upside down on the cup warmer and press down to initiate the descaling of the cup warmer. Use a towel to avoid being burned by the hot water.

  • Empty the drip tray once full and repeat the process.

  • Stop only when the light in the middle stops flashing and both the middle and right light illuminates green.

  • Empty the drip tray once more.

  • Then press the lungo button to begin the descaling of the coffee outlet.

  • When complete the left light will then illuminate green.

Rinsing my Nespresso machine

  • First, empty and thoroughly rinse out the drip tray and the water tank ensuring it is devoid of any leftover solution.

  • Fill the water tank with fresh water to the maximum level.

  • Then turn the lungo button to position 2 to activate rinse mode.

  • Repeat the cup warmer process.

  • Repeat the descaling process for the coffee outlet to fully rinse out the machine.

Exiting descaling mode

  • Once the rinse cycle has stopped the final light will illuminate.

  • Turn off the machine to ensure that the descaling process has finished.

  • Turn the machine back on to enable normal mode.

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

If you’re more of a visual learner, check out this video on how to descale a Nespresso Gran Maestria:

Gran Maestria Features

The Gran Maestria is unlike other models due to its two-knob system. Instead of using just one pre-programmed button to make your coffee, you can use the knobs to choose between five different shot settings. This machine also comes equipped with a cup warmer that can heat your cup up to 188℉ and a separate milk frother on the size that has a hot or cold setting. The Gran Maestria boiler is more powerful than the Kitchenaid’s at 2300W it can utilize the full flavor of the coffee capsule.

Milk Frother Add-On

The Professional Aeroccino Milk Frother add-on is great for an extra smooth brew. Available with the Gran Maestria, this frother is easy to use with its one button function. It is unnecessary to include the Professional Aeroccino in the descaling process, but is important to clean it thoroughly after every use. To ensure a clean and healthy frother, you must rinse and wipe the cylinder with a dry cloth to remove any leftover milk residue.

Why Go Organic

Using the Cafetto Restorer Descaler not only leaves your machine clean and descaled, but it will also leave a positive impact on the planet. This solution is non-toxic and biodegradable meaning that it is environmentally friendly. Most Artizan Coffee products are 100% organic. They are the first company in the world to receive the USDA organic certification for their line of Nespresso compatible capsules proving that they are in favour of providing you great coffee and saving the environment at the same time.