Updated: October 28, 2021 by Owen Richardson
When I think of Nespresso, I think of quality coffee, great coffee capsules, and even better coffee machines. This company has produced several great coffee machines over the years, but none of them are as good as the VertuoPlus. In today’s guide, I will tell you how to use the Nespresso VertuoPlus to get a cup of unforgettable coffee.
Nespresso as a company has existed for a while now. They were first famous around Europe, but they expanded and became twice as famous in the US. Nowadays, it is safe to assume that most households with at least one member who is a coffee enthusiast have one of Nespresso’s machines in their kitchen.
There is a reason why Nespresso’s machines are considered some of the best on the market, even though it is quite a competitive market — these machines are made only from the best high-quality materials and are packed with great features. They are divided into two lines, the Original espresso machines and the VertuoLine.
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About the Vertuo Line
The Vertuo Line consists of several machines: the Vertuo, the Vertuo Next, the Evoluo, and the VertuoPlus, which is my personal favorite. I would love to tell you more about the amazing VertuoPlus and the exceptional coffee that you can prepare with it. Hopefully, it will all be very informational for you and will convince you to give this machine a try.
So if you are interested in the VertuoPlus or you have one at home and are wondering how to use it, I will provide you with all the information you need. Keep on reading and you will become a true professional at using the machine to brew anything from espresso to lungo and alto!
The Nespresso VertuoPlus Machine
The Nespresso VertuoPlus is arguably the best machine in the VertuoLine. It comes at an affordable price, but you ultimately get a lot more than you pay for. This machine comes with an adjustable water container as well as a capsule dispenser and drip tray.
The Main Button
On the machine, you will find one main button that helps operate the machine. You press it to turn the machine on and off, as well as to start or stop the brewing process. There is a light around the button indicating when the machine is on and ready for brewing, when your coffee is brewing or done, and when the machine is off.
The Water Reservoir
You can easily adjust the water container. It can go behind the machine or on the sides. The drip tray is also adjustable and can be set according to the cup size you prefer. Behind the machine is the capsule dispenser that can hold up to ten used capsules!
Some of the other amazing features of this machine include the automatic capsule ejection, auto shut-off option, and fast heat-up option. As for cleaning, you only need to wipe the machine and let it run a cleaning cycle every once in a while. The company does not recommend putting it in a dishwasher or cleaning it with cleaning products.
That is everything you need to know about the machine before you use it. Next, I will tell you what you need to do to brew a cup of coffee with it — you will be shocked by how easy the process is!
The Vertuo Capsules
The VertuoPlus is a machine that requires a Vertuo capsule; you cannot use it with any other type of pod. The capsules have a bar code around the rim that the machine can read, so it tells the machine the type of coffee it needs to prepare, including the optimum amount of water that will be used.
The Basics on How to Use the Nespresso VertuoPlus
There are a few simple steps that you need to follow if you want to brew a cup of coffee with the VertuoPlus. First and foremost, you need to decide on the capsule you are going to use and the cup size that you need. Make adjustments to the water container and drip tray if needed, grab your capsule, and let’s brew some coffee!
Step 1. Fill in the Water Tank
Take the water tank and fill it with drinking water. I recommend using water that you like to drink because it will give your coffee a better taste.
Step 2. Turn the Machine on
Gently push the button on top of the machine to turn it on. You will see that the green light around it will start blinking. That tells you that the machine is on and heating up. Once the green light becomes constant, your machine is ready for brewing.
Step 3. Pop in the Capsule
To open the machine, you need to gently touch the lever. When open, check to see if there is a capsule inside from the last time you used the machine. However, thanks to the automatic capsule ejection, this should not be the case.
Place your new capsule in the machine. As I mentioned previously, its rim has a code that tells the machine what type and amount of coffee it needs to brew. You do not need to make any further adjustments at this point!
When the capsule is in place, gently touch the lever again and the machine will automatically close.
Step 4. Put Cup in Position
Next, place your cup on the drip tray, but make sure it can hold the amount of coffee that is going to be brewed.
Step 5. Press Button to Brew
Push the button on the machine again to start the brewing process. You will see that the green light around it will start to make circular movements — this means the coffee is brewing! You’ll see the coffee starting to flow into your cup. When your coffee is done, the light will take a steady position again.
Step 6. Enjoy Your Coffee!
After the brewing is done, all you need to do is take your cup of coffee and enjoy it. Nudge the lever up and the capsule will automatically be ejected into the dispenser. You can leave the machine to shut off or you can do so manually by holding the main button.
Nespresso VertuoPlus Maintenance
If this guide has told you anything so far, it is that the VertuoPlus machine can be a real godsend for people who like drinking quality coffee. Before I let you get brewing, there is something else I want to tell you! Here it is:
How to Run the Nespresso Vertuo Cleaning Cycle
If you have a brand new Nespresso VertuoPlus or if you have one that you have not used in a while, you will need to run a cleaning cycle. You can do the same if you want to give your machine a nice wash. It is simple, easy, and it does not require any special products!
- To run the cleaning cycle through your machine, you need to make sure that there is no capsule left in it.
- Empty the chamber and the dispenser, then take the water tank and fill it with filtered water.
- Turn on the machine and add a 0.8L container to the drip tray.
- Once the machine is heated, you should press the top button three times in two seconds. You will see the green light turn orange. This means that your machine is preparing for the cleaning cycle. It will take around five minutes for the machine to go through its three cleaning cycles.
- After those five minutes, your light will go back to green — that is how you know that the machine is completely clean.
- The only other thing you can do is remove the water container, drip tray, and capsule dispenser and give them a nice clean-up with a damp cloth. Once you do that, you will be able to say that your machine is cleaned to perfection!
How Often Should to Clean Your Nespresso Vertuoplus
You should clean your VertuoPlus regularly to keep it working properly. The company recommends that you clean it every 300 capsules or once every three months.
Final Thoughts on the Nespresso VertuoPlus Machine
The Nespresso VertuoPlus is a life-changing coffee machine, and no, I am not being overly dramatic! This machine will make you exceptional every single time, with no effort from you.
Nespresso VertuoPlus and give it a try. If you have the machine and have used it before, let me know what you think of it. I cannot wait to read all about it!