How to Care For Your Expensive Coffee Machine

My lockdown birthday present was an upgrade for my much loved Nespresso coffee machine. The original was given to me by a friend many years ago. It has served me well but recently it started leaking a little which wasn't too much of a hassle, apart from having to refill then empty the water chamber every time I made a coffee. 

ZeroWater water filter & Nespresso Vertuo

A couple of weeks into lockdown Nespresso emailed me a deal I couldn't pass up for one of their newer Vertuo models. I made not very subtle mention of this in conjunction with a reminder it would soon be my birthday and Voila! soon I was the owner of a very sleek new machine. Don't worry - my old model is moving to Brighton with my coffee-loving daughter in September.

Here are my top tips for caring for your coffee machine.

  • Don't forget to descale. Some coffee machines sell their own specific descaling products but you can  pick up descaling liquid in bottle or sachets in the supermarket. If you prefer a natural solution try a 50/50 lemon juice and water solution. Add solution to water reservoir and run through as if you were making coffee (without pods obviously). You will need to run through clean water a couple of times to get rid of the lemony smell/taste.
  • Use filtered water. Not all filters are created equal- I use the ZeroWater filter.(GIFTED)  Zerowater reduces 99.6% of all total dissolved solids in your drinking water. It delivers the purest tasting water in minutes. Zerowater removes much more from tap water than other leading filter brands in the UK. Zerowater removes 97% of lead, 96% of mercury, 95% of chlorine and even 97% of asbestos which is often displaced from old and ageing water pipes. You can read more about it here.
  • If you are going away for more than a few days, do a descale, run through some fresh water then empty the water reservoir. Unplug the machine, along with other electrical gadgets which don't need power during your trip, especially those plugged into extension cables. This will go a long way towards preventing a house fire
With a little care your beloved coffee machine will be making your morning java for many years to come.  

The ZeroWater 12 cup ready pour costs £39.99 from, smaller jugs start from £24.99.

Disclaimer: I was gifted a ZeroWater filter for this honest review.