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How-To Make Espresso with Nespresso Vertuo [VIDEO]

Written by

Erica Cervenkova

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In my coffee journey, I’ve ventured through a myriad of capsule machines.

Trust me when I say:

The Nespresso Vertuo has transformed the way I savor espresso.

Here, I’ll peel back the layers on how I conjure that silky, rich espresso shot with my Nespresso Vertuo.

So, are you ready? Let’s dive deep and truly harness the magic of your machine!


Preparation Time:3 minutes
Preparation Difficulty:1/10
Serving Size:1 cup (4 Oz)
Best Served:Hot

Ingredients and Equipment

One single-serve espresso roast capsule
Recommended: Starbucks by Nespresso Dark Roast Espresso Capsule
Nespresso Vertuo Coffee and Espresso Machine 

Step-by-Step Preparation Procedure

Ready to begin? 

Fill the water reservoir, place a cup on the drip tray, and power on your Nespresso Vertuo. If it doesn’t turn on, try the hacks highlighted in this troubleshooting guide for a quick fix.

Once the indicator light turns green, give your machine a few minutes to heat up the water.

Then, follow these steps…

Step 1: Choosing the Perfect Espresso Capsule

Alright, here’s the thing:

While the water’s getting all heated up, it’s capsule-picking time.

Personally? I’m all in for dark roast capsules. They pack this deep, rich punch that promises a shot bursting with flavors.

Step 2: Place the Capsule in the Pod Holder

Open the Capsule Compartment Nespresso

Once your machine is ready, gently touch and lift the front panel bar upward. This will activate the automation and open up your coffeemaker, revealing the pod holder.

At this point, you should pop the capsule snugly into the pod holder.

From my experience with Nespresso coffeemakers, I’ve learned that paying attention to the capsule’s position is imperative.

To avoid puncturing problems, the dome should always face downward, and the flat foil side should face upward.

Then, lightly press the front panel bar downward, and your Vertuo will automatically close.

Close the Pod Compartment Nespresso

Step 3: Start Brewing

Start Brewing the Espresso Nespresso

Alright, here we go:

Having a Nespresso Vertuo simplifies the process. One button. That’s it.

Remember the first time I used mine? I was searching everywhere for controls, and then there it was. On top of the machine, there’s a coffee icon surrounded by a green light. Can you see it?

Push that.

And like magic, the rich espresso starts filling your cup.

Now, here’s something special:

See that creamy tan layer resting atop your shot? That’s the crema. It’s like the espresso’s signature, a mark of its authenticity.

But, a little coffee fact from my experience:

If you’re using a Keurig, especially models like the K-Cafe, you might miss out on this crema. Why? They aren’t genuine espresso machines. Instead, they’re more of a drip coffee machine. The “SHOT” function? It’s a sort of espresso mimic, delivering concentrated coffee. Yes, it’s strong, but it doesn’t fully capture the essence and flavor of a genuine espresso shot.

However, the Nespresso Vertuo? That’s a true-blue espresso champ. It gifts you the whole shebang – intense flavor and that dreamy crema.

So, raise your cup. Here’s to the perfect espresso shot! Cheers!

Erica Cervenkova
Coffee Connoisseur, SCA Member

As a coffee connoisseur and member of the Specialty Coffee Association, I am dedicated to understanding the sustainability of coffee pods and the impact it has on the environment. My expertise lies in the realm of capsule coffee machines, from the likes of Keurig and Nespresso to other well-known US brands. I am passionate about sharing my knowledge and helping others make informed decisions about their coffee choices. Whether you're a coffee enthusiast or just looking for a new way to enjoy your morning cup, I'm here to help.


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