So, you've decided to have the specialty coffee experience at home and purchased some of our café quality, eco-friendly pods.

The question is: How do you use your Nespresso® machine like a pro and complete the experience?

Don't worry, we'll tell you our secrets...

Check out these three tips to get the most out of your machine, every time.


Tip #1 - Warm Up Your Machine

This is simple yet surprisingly effective.

Before you pop a pod in your machine, be sure to run it a couple of times (with the lid down) to flush out any residual grind and heats up the pod contact points.

This enables easier pod piercing and helps regulate the amount of coffee that flows out. Meaning a smoother pour and more coffee in your cup!



Tip #2 - Program Your Machine

Now that you're using specialty coffee in your machine, you might find it's not extracting as much coffee from the pod.

This is because specialty coffee is a lot finer and is designed for a longer extraction (to get all those delicious 
flavours out).

To get the most out of your specialty pod, do the following:

Simply pop a pod inside the machine and hold down the Lungo button (big one) until your happy with the amount of coffee in your cup.



The best part?

The machine will remember your setting it for next time. No need to keep reprogramming.

Tip #3 - Use Your Eyes

This tip really separates the average from the die hard pod users.

Are you ready?

If you are feeling a little more expert, you can use your eyes to make the perfect espresso. To do this, follow these steps:

  • When the coffee is pouring, watch how the coffee changes colours (espresso goes through three different shades of colour as water pours through - red/brown, caramel, and finally blonde)

  • Observe the red/brown shade (this is the ristretto which gives your coffee sweetness and body)

  • Now see how it changes to caramel (this gives the coffee its balance and is the main ‘espresso’ section of the pour)

  • Finally, as soon as the espresso turns blonde, kill the water flow! (the light yellow colour coming through is only extracted bitter water)
    1. If your coffee turns out like the one below, you’re onto a winner.



      And that's it - we hope this post helps you maximise your machine in the best way possible and enjoy that delicious specialty coffee!

      • May 29, 2016
      • Category: Education
      • Comments: 26
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      Paula January 28, 2019

      Hi have bought your pods- now the machine
      Can you let me know the machines I can look at please that won’t cost me the earth

      Karen January 29, 2019

      I have a dolce gusto gifted to me, would your pods work in it?

      Karen Wilkinson January 30, 2019

      I have a Nespresso Machine and use either Nespresso pods or NOR from the supermarket. Both are aluminium and the reason I use them, so as not to trash my machine.

      I have tried plastic pods in the past and have found them to put alot of pressure on the machine when trying to pierce through.

      How much testing have you done with Nespresso machines in relation to this. Whilst I would love to move to a more environmentally friendly option to enjoy my daily cup, I am not willing to do this at the detriment of my machine. I simply can’t afford to replace it.

      Deb January 31, 2019

      There is literally no information on your site about what the pods are made of, which is weird as you are claiming they are recyclables. This would be be a major factor in me making a purchase.

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