Maintaining a healthy Nespresso Creatista Plus is an important aspect of its life. If you, like many others, rely on your Creatista for amazing coffee, then you need to keep it in good condition. Even a machine needs some love.
Have you ever noticed that your coffee tastes slightly off? Then your Nespresso Creatista Plus may need descaling. Descaling is an important aspect of maintenance that only takes around 15 minutes out of your day and we can show you how to do it.
What is Descaling?
Descaling your Creatista Plus is a simple process that requires little effort as the machine will do all the work for you. When you make a coffee, hot water flows through the machine leaving small deposits of calcium carbonate that will build up over time. This build-up can be particularly prevalent in places that use hard water due to a higher concentration of minerals. If this is not treated, the calcium carbonate can cause serious damage to your machine that may not be repairable. Descaling your machine will remove these deposits resulting in a healthier machine and better tasting coffee.
How Often Should I Descale My Nespresso Creatista Plus?
Based on your consumption profile and the level of water hardness that you have set in the machine, a descaling alert will trigger when it needs to be descaled. This alert will appear on the display of your machine. If your consumption profile consists primarily of cappuccino, latte macchiato or hot water, the descaling alert will notify you sooner than a profile comprised mainly of regular coffee. Though, like the other Nespresso models, one should descale their Nespresso Creatista Plus every three months or twice a year as a minimum.
What Will I Need?
Descaling your Creatista Plus requires a good solution kit. Descaling solution kits are usually inexpensive and easy to find. The Urnex Dezcal Activated Scale Remover kit recommended. it’s cheap, non-toxic, biodegradable, safe and works on most machines. For only $3 this will get the job done. Also, you will need fresh water to fill your water tank and a container to catch the water.
Steps To Descaling My Nespresso Creatista Plus
The steps required to descale a Nespresso Creatista Plus are quite simple. Follow this process to ensure that your Creatista Plus is clean and ready to make delicious coffee.
Preparing my Creatista Plus
Using the dial, scroll through the display menu and select maintenance by pressing the dial.
Open the lever at the top of the machine to remove any capsules left inside. Turn the dial to select the next step.
Then empty the drip tray, the capsule container and the water tank.
Fill the water tank with fresh water to the descale mark (500ml) and add the descaling solution.
Place a container under the coffee outlet and steam nozzle. Note that the container must be able to hold at least 1 litre of liquid.
Starting the descaling process
Simply press the start button on top of the machine to begin the descaling process.
The solution will flow through the machine and alternately exit through the coffee outlet and the steam nozzle.
Rinsing my Nespresso Machine
Once the process is complete, empty the container and the drip tray.
Thoroughly rinse out the water tank ensuring it is devoid of any leftover solution.
Then, fill the water tank with fresh water to the max level.
Press start to begin the first rinse cycle.
Once complete, press start again to begin the final rinse cycle.
Exiting descaling mode
When the final cycle has finished, your Creatista Plus will automatically turn off.
Now, your Nespresso Creatista Plus 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 Creatista Plus: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kfknE1Gkl3U.
Monthly Maintenance of My Creatista Plus
Nespresso highly recommends that you clean your machine every month to ensure that it runs smoothly and continues to make great coffee. This maintenance is different from descaling, it refers to the general cleaning of the machine rather than the removal of limescale. It is important to thoroughly clean the steam wand to ensure there is no left over milk. Follow these steps to ensure that your Creatista Plus is maintained correctly.
Select maintenance on the display and select the clean steam wand option.
Remove the water tank and retrieve the pin cleaning tool.
Then unscrew and remove the steam tip from the nozzle and use the pin tool to clean each hole of the steam tip.
Carefully remove the O-ring and inspect it for damage.
Use the pin tool to remove the steam tip cap.
Rinse both the steam tip and the tip cap to discard of any milk residue and wipe with a clean, dry cloth.
Reassemble the steam tip and tighten using the tool. Then slide the O-ring back on.
Return the steam tip onto the steam wand and place the pin tool back under the water tank.
Place a small container under the steam wand and press start on the machine to initiate the steam purge.
The cleaning cycle is now complete.
See this video on how to maintain your Creatista Plus effectively: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZVx-D62kOg4
Creatista Plus Features
The Creatista Plus is almost exactly like the Creatista model, except its fully stainless steel exterior making is tough and durable. It has the integrated milk frother that you can use to make cappuccinos and lattes as well as the milk pitcher to store your milk. The Creatista Plus also weighs the same as its counterpart at 11.4lbs meaning that it is not too heavy to carry around if needed.
Why Go Organic
If you care enough about the environment to make the switch to organic coffee, use an organic descaler too. The Cafetto Restorer Descaler is a friendly descaler that is non-toxic and biodegradable resulting in less of an impact on the environment and it’s odorless. Most p 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 these products you can continue drinking amazing coffee and save the environment at the same time.