Ah, the Nespresso Essenza Mini & Plus, the perfect companions for those seeking a delightful cup of joe. There’s something magical about the aroma of freshly brewed coffee that can truly awaken your senses. But even the most reliable coffee machines need a little TLC every now and then.
Regular maintenance is key to keeping your Nespresso Essenza Mini & Plus in top-notch condition and ensuring that every sip of your favorite brew is as heavenly as can be. One common issue that owners often encounter is the build-up of limescale, which can affect the flavor of your coffee and potentially damage your machine over time.
As someone who has been through the descaling process countless times, I’m here to guide you through the steps to keep your Nespresso Essenza Mini & Plus running smoothly. So, grab a cup of coffee, sit back, and let’s dive into the world of descaling.
How Often to Descale Essenza Mini & Plus?
Nespresso recommends descaling your Essenza Mini & Plus every three months or after brewing 300 cups of coffee, whichever comes first. Of course, if you find yourself indulging in Nespresso creations more frequently, you might need to descale a bit more often.
The frequency of descaling can also be influenced by the water quality in your area. Water hardness, which varies from place to place, can impact how often you should descale your machine. If you reside in an area with high water hardness, you’ll likely need to descale more frequently to ensure optimal performance. Conversely, if you’re lucky enough to have low water hardness, you can breathe a sigh of relief and reduce the maintenance hassle.
Now, let’s get to the interesting part. The Nespresso Essenza Mini & Plus comes with a handy warning light that serves as a little SOS signal from your machine. When that light starts flashing, it’s a clear sign that it’s time for a descaling rendezvous. The descaling process is not as daunting as it may seem. It usually takes just 15 to 20 minutes to complete.
Gather Necessary Materials
Before we embark on the descaling journey, let’s gather the necessary materials. Here’s what you’ll need:
- Nespresso descaling solution or a suitable descaler
- A container with a capacity of at least 1 liter
- Nespresso Descaling Solution for all Nespresso machine models (OriginalLine and VertuoLine)
- Compatible with all models, including Lattissima, Le Cube, Inissia, Citiz, U, etc
- Includes 2 Packets (100ML each) and instruction booklet
Nespresso Essenza Mini & Plus Descaling Steps
Now, let’s get to the exciting part—the steps to descale your Nespresso Essenza Mini & Plus. Don’t worry, they’re as easy as brewing your favorite coffee. Just follow these simple instructions, and your machine will be sparkling clean and ready to brew a perfect cup of java.
Step 1 – Getting Ready:
First, remove any used coffee capsules from the machine and empty the drip tray and capsule container.
Next, prepare the descaling solution as instructed. If you have the Nespresso solution, pour in one packet of liquid and add about 0.5L of fresh water. Otherwise, check the instructions of your chosen descaler.
Place a container with a capacity of at least 1 liter below the coffee outlet to catch the descaling liquid.
Step 2 – Start Descaling:
Turn on your Nespresso Essenza Mini & Plus and ensure the machine is warmed up.
For Essenza Mini: Press and hold both cup buttons at the same time for 5 seconds. The cup button lights will blink quickly. Then, press and release the larger cup button to let the descaling solution flow out through the coffee outlet.
For Essenza Plus: Press and hold the Espresso, Lungo, and Hot Water buttons together until all the lights start blinking simultaneously (about 5 seconds). The descaling light will also become steady if the three lights cannot be seen blinking underneath your fingers. To exit at this point, press and release either the Espresso or Lungo button. To start descaling, press and release the Hot Water button. The descaling alert will stay on while the descaling process is in progress.
Once the water tank is empty, pour the captured liquid back into the water tank for another round of descaling. Repeat this step to ensure thorough descaling.
Now, it’s time to rinse away any remaining descaler residue.
Step 3 – Rinse and Clean:
Say goodbye to the used descaling solution and thoroughly rinse the water tank. Fill it up with fresh, clean drinking water.
For Essenza Mini: Press and release the larger cup button and let the entire water tank flow out through the coffee outlet. Repeat this process two more times for additional rinsing, considering the small size of the water tank.
For Essenza Plus: To start rinsing, press and release the hot water button. The descaling alert will stay on, and the three buttons will scroll from rear to front as the rinsing begins. Once the tank is empty and the machine stops making noise, repeat these steps to perform a second rinse cycle.
The machine will turn off automatically when the rinsing is complete. Discard the rinsing water, empty and replace the drip tray, wipe down the machine, refill the water tank, and you’re done!
Step 4 – Exit Descaling Mode:
Before finishing the descaling process, let’s exit the descaling mode.
For Essenza Mini: Press and hold both cup buttons together for 5 seconds to exit descaling mode. The blinking speed of the cup buttons will slow down, and then the lights will become steady.
For Essenza Plus: Press and hold the Espresso, Lungo, and Hot Water buttons for about 5 seconds to exit the descaling mode.
Congratulations! Your Nespresso Essenza Mini & Plus has completed the descaling process.
Step 5 – Post-Descaling Care:
Give your beloved Essenza Mini & Plus a quick wipe-down with a damp cloth to show it some love and appreciation for its hard work.
Allow the machine to rest for about 10 minutes before using it again.
Voila! Your Nespresso Essenza Mini & Plus is now revitalized and ready to brew that delicious cup of coffee you’ve been craving.
Descaling your Nespresso Essenza Mini & Plus is a simple yet crucial task in maintaining the optimal performance and longevity of your beloved machine. By following the steps outlined above, you can bid farewell to limescale and welcome back the exquisite taste and aroma with open arms.
Remember, the frequency of descaling may vary based on usage and water hardness. Keep an eye out for the warning lights or stick to the recommended three-month interval.
Armed with this knowledge, you can confidently embark on the journey of descaling your Nespresso Essenza Mini & Plus, ensuring a consistently delightful coffee experience that will awaken your senses and brighten your day!