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Nespresso Not Brewing Piping Hot Coffee: Try These Nifty Fixes!

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Erica Cervenkova

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Let me guess:

Your Nespresso is not serving your coffee as hot as you like, and you’re disappointed, frustrated, upset, and furious.


We completely and utterly understand how you feel.


Nespresso coffee makers are designed to brew coffee that is ready for immediate consumption. So why are you getting lukewarm coffee from your machine?


Most Nespresso coffee makers brew coffee at a calibrated temperature of about 83-86 degrees which is cooler than expected.

Here’s why:

Nespresso’s temperature calibration is tailored to extract the optimal flavor from your favorite coffee blends. Also, boiling water could scorch your coffee grind and impair the taste.

To that end:

We have done our research and discovered some hacks that you can try to increase the temperature of your Nespresso coffee. Don’t worry; it’s not rocket science.

Nespresso Is Not Brewing Piping Hot Coffee

If your Nespresso isn’t delivering hot enough coffee, you don’t need to bother too much. There are a range of causes and hacks for this problem. In most cases, you can simply preheat your machine, coffee cup, and milk to get hotter coffee. Alternatively, you can descale your Nespresso and try to rebuild its pressure.

1. Preheat Your Nespresso Coffee Maker

We all know:

You can’t adjust the set temperature at which your Nespresso brews cups of coffee.

So, we have discovered some workarounds for people like you who are unsatisfied with Nespresso’s imposed temperature. 


Your Nespresso coffee maker should rest at room temperature before a brew and serve you a hot-but-not-hot-enough coffee afterward.

But get this:

You’ll have your Nespresso brewing hotter cups of coffee by heating the machine before starting a brew.

Here’s how to go about it:

If you’re using an original line Nespresso machine, run a couple of brew cycles with the used capsule.

For a Nespresso Vertuo:

The process is similar, run a cleaning cycle for about 20 seconds to preheat the machine before a brew.

In essence:

With this hack, you should successfully be able to increase the temperature of the coffee your Nespresso produces.

2. Preheat Your Coffee Cup with Hot Water

Is it piping hot coffee you need?

We’ve got you!

Understand that:

Using a cool cup for hot coffee will speed up the cooling process and leave you with lukewarm coffee in record time.

Besides preheating your Nespresso, preheating your coffee mug is a good idea if you want to retain or increase your coffee’s heat.


You can warm up your cup by placing it on the drip tray while preheating your Nespresso, killing two birds with one stone.


You can also simply pour hot water from a kettle into the cup to warm it up before adding your coffee.

In addition:

Heating your coffee mug filled with water in the microwave for about a minute before brewing your espresso is another great recommendation. 

3. Ensure to Use Warm Milk with Your Nespresso Coffee


You add milk to your brew if you’re not drinking straight espresso


The temperature of your milk affects the final temperature of your cup of coffee, as cold milk will cool your coffee drastically.

The ideal serving temperature for milk is 60 degrees, which aids the breakdown of sugars that create a perfect textured and delicious blend.


If your Nespresso has an aeroccino or milk foam feature, you can easily warm up and froth your milk simultaneously.

Otherwise, you can purchase an automatic milk frother to create the same steaming hot, foamy beverage.


Take care not to overheat your milk because it can burn your coffee and ruin the taste.

4. Descale Your Nespresso Coffee Maker

Nespresso Descaling

Listen up!

If you’ve noticed a steady decline in your Nespresso coffee maker’s temperature, then there is likely a clog or fault in the machine.

The build-up of limescale is an antagonist to the functionality and temperature of a coffee maker.

Try to think back:

When was the last time you descaled your Nespresso? Descaling is fundamental to the maintenance and longevity of any coffee maker, not excluding your dear Nespresso.


Grab your Nespresso descaling kit immediately and follow our instructions!

While the descaling procedure varies depending on the Nespresso model, there are key processes that are general to all of them.

Here is what to do:

Put your Nespresso into descaling mode and fill the water tank with part water and part descaling solution.

You can also use citric acid or vinegar instead of Nespresso descaling solution, but you should be wary of the residual smell.


Ensure no capsule is inserted and you have a large receptacle for collecting the water from the descaling cycle.


Press the descaling button to flush the descaling mixture through the system until the tank is empty.

After this:

Run several rinse cycles to eliminate leftover debris and limescale, then exit the descaling mode.

If you decide to use vinegar for this process, wash your water tank thoroughly to eliminate the stench after.


It would be preventive and helpful to habitually run a rinse cycle after each brew.

5. Reset Your Nespresso Coffee Maker’s Pressure


You’ve descaled your Nespresso machine, but it is still not heating up properly; it could be a sign that the pressure is not high enough.


After extensive use, the pressure in your Nespresso could decrease gradually, impacting the temperature and quality of the coffee your device brews.

Easy fix:

To rebuild your coffee maker’s pressure, you should try brewing five cups with plain water and without a coffee capsule.

This hack should reset your Nespresso’s pressure and, by association, temperature.


After trying this method, you might need to reset your machine if you’re still getting lukewarm cups of coffee from your Nespresso.

Do this:

Push the power button for about three seconds until the coffee maker turns off and reboots. Your Nespresso should serve you hot cups of coffee after this.


If all fails, do not hesitate to reach out to Nespresso customer support for the assistance you need.

Models Most Affected

The thing is:

Nespresso coffeemakers are generally designed to maintain a stable temperature cooler than other coffee makers.


These specific models brew at even cooler temperatures than the ordinary Nespresso. In addition, they are prone to internal defects that affect their brewing temperature.

1. Nespresso Vertuo

Nespresso Vertuo


The Nespresso Vertuo is an automatic single-serve espresso machine designed exclusively for use with Vertuo capsules.

It features an extra large 54 oz reservoir and has a preheating time of 15 seconds.

The thing is:

This versatile model has a calibrated temperature of 78 degrees which is even cooler than other Nespresso models.

2. Nespresso Lattissima

Nespresso Lattissima


The Nespresso Lattissima One is a premium coffee maker with an innovative milk froth system. It features top-quality design and finishing and brews superb cappuccinos and lattes.


Users have complained that this beautifully designed Nespresso model is guilty of brewing coffee that isn’t hot enough.

3. Nespresso Vertuo Plus

Nespresso Vertuo Plus Design Review

Get this:

The Nespresso VertuoPlus is a stylish single-serve coffee maker offering convenience and quality espressos.

It has an adjustable water tank and automatic machine opening system for optimized utility.


Consumers have asserted that this model brews at a temperature that is not quite hot enough.

4. Nespresso VertuoLine

Nespresso Vertuoline

Here’s the thing:

The Nespresso VertuoLine introduced revolutionary technology for centrifugation and code-reading that provides you with ease and blend-specific brewing.

It has a quick heat-up time of 15 seconds and a detachable 40 oz water tank.


As a subset of the Vertuo model, this model brews coffee at a relatively cool temperature.

5. Nespresso Inissia

Nespresso Inissia


The Nespresso Inissia is an elegant, easy-to-use coffee machine with intuitive controls. This coffee maker has a 25-second heat-up time.


Many users have pointed out that the Nespresso Inissia tends to brew cups of coffee that aren’t hot enough by their standards.

6. Nespresso D300

You see:

The Nespresso D300 is a sleek classic machine designed with metallic box-shaped lines that leaves a fair kitchen counter footprint.

It is functional and automated, and you can customize the coffee’s strength and size.


This timeless machine features a thermoblock heating function that keeps the water between 86-91 degrees for maximum flavor extraction.



It’s always a bummer when anything compromises your coffee or coffee-making process.

In addition:

Dealing with a coffee maker that is not brewing hot enough cups of coffee could very easily top the list. 

As such:

You are very lucky to have discovered this article. We’ve basically handed you all the information you need to get your Nespresso with the coffee it brews back to its optimal state.


Here are some troubleshooting hacks to try when your Nespresso is not brewing piping hot coffee.

  • Preheat your Nespresso machine
  • Preheat your coffee cup with hot water
  • Ensure to use warm milk with your Nespresso coffee
  • Descale your Nespresso coffee maker
  • Reset your Nespresso coffee maker’s pressure

Most likely:

After trying these suggestions, you will start getting hotter cups of coffee from your Nespresso coffee maker.

They aren’t very difficult recommendations; most of them should take less than a minute.

You don’t need to thank us, but you’re welcome!


Please let us know your thoughts, additions, and questions in the comment section below!

Frequently Asked Questions

How Do I Make My Nespresso Coffee Hotter?

Although most Nespresso coffee makers don’t have a temperature adjustment setting, you could try some hacks to make your coffee hotter.
Preheat your Nespresso machine and coffee cup, use warm milk, descale your device or rebuild the pressure to get hotter coffee.

Why Is My Nespresso Coffee Not Hot Enough?

It is possible your Nespresso coffee is not hot enough because you did not preheat the cup and the machine before brewing.

It could also be due to using cold milk with your coffee or a system in dire need of descaling.

How Do I Make My Nespresso Machine Hotter?

The easiest way to heat your Nespresso machine is by running a water-only brewing cycle before you begin to brew your coffee. This method ensures that your coffee is as hot as you like it.

Why Is My Espresso Not Hot?

Your espresso is probably not hot because it has cooled down quickly or there is an internal malfunction. This malfunction could be a faulty thermostat, damaged fuse, or defunct heating element.

How Do I Reset My Nespresso Machine?

Resetting your Nespresso machine to its default settings is a well-known remedy for most of its issues.

To do this, hold the power button for about three to five seconds until the machine powers off and restarts.

How Long Does It Take An Espresso Machine to Heat Up?

It typically takes 20 to 30 seconds for a coffee machine, including Nespresso, to heat up. Amazingly, the Nespresso Creatista Plus has a whooping three-second heat-up time.

Can You Adjust the Temperature on A Nespresso Coffee Maker?

There is usually no temperature adjustment feature on most Nespresso coffee makers.
However, the Nespresso Expert is an exception featuring a temperature control dial with three heat settings.

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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