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Are You Struggling To Open Your Nespresso? Here Are Some Amazing DIY Remedies!

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Erica Cervenkova

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All in all:

All Nespresso models are designed to be efficient and easy to operate. All you need to do is to fill the water tank, insert the coffee capsule, start brewing, and voila! Instant caffeine.


This process might not always be as seamless and straightforward as you’d expect.

One of the most puzzling issues you could face while using your Nespresso is when the machine refuses to open even after you lift the lever.

As a result:

You wouldn’t be able to insert a new coffee capsule into the machine. We all know what that means: no capsule, no coffee.


The last thing you should do is force the machine to open. You could accidentally break it in the process and create problems you’d like to avoid.

The question is:

How can you coax your Nespresso to open without damaging it? Well, you’re certainly in the right place.

Keep scrolling to find the solution you need!

Nespresso Won’t Open

The last thing anyone wants to do when they need caffeine is to struggle to open their Nespresso. In this case, try a gentle touch. You can persuade your Nespresso to open up by releasing the pressure in the machine, emptying the capsule container, and inspecting the surrounding of the opening mechanism.

1. Release The Pressure In The Machine

Unplugging to Release Pressure In The Nespresso


When your Nespresso’s lever gets stuck and refuses to open, don’t be in a hurry to apply brute force.

Here’s why:

It’s a problem that could easily be solved by something as simple as switching off the machine for a few hours.

This is because:

There could be a build-up of pressure inside the machine. This makes the lever stiff and prevents you from being able to open the machine like you usually would.

To rectify this:

You need to release the pressure in your Nespresso. You can achieve this by carrying out the steps outlined below:

  • Step 1: Switch off your Nespresso.
  • Step 2: Unplug it from the power source.


Wait for about three hours to release the pressure build-up.

Once you’ve released the pressure, you should be able to open the lever, insert a new capsule, and start brewing some coffee.

2. Empty The Capsule Container

You see:

When you unlock the lever and open the top of your Nespresso, your coffeemaker automatically ejects any capsule inside the machine into the capsule container.

Of course:

It’s advisable to eject the coffee capsule after you finish brewing coffee.

However, it’s perfectly normal to forget about this until you need to brew another cup.


If this occurs, the capsule will still be ejected when next you open the lever. Thus, used capsules gradually accumulate inside the capsule container.

After a while:

The capsule container would be filled to the brim with used capsules.

This means that the next time you open the lever, the machine wouldn’t be able to eject the capsule into the capsule container.


Your Nespresso would refuse to open until it can eject the capsule. To solve this issue, you’ll need to carry out the following steps:

  • Step 1: Turn off your coffee maker.
  • Step 2: Remove the capsule container inside the machine.
  • Step 3: Empty the used capsules and return the container to its rightful position.

After returning the capsule container, your machine will be able to eject the capsule. Thus, you’ll be able to open your Nespresso once again.


It’s highly possible that the used capsule in the machine would get stuck since it couldn’t be ejected on the first trial. To this end, the process of removing a stuck capsule is outlined below:

  • Step 1: Turn off the Nespresso and unplug from the power source.
  • Step 2: Open the top of the machine so you can see the stuck capsule.
  • Step 3: Carefully nudge the used capsule until it falls into the capsule container.

After that, insert a fresh capsule to begin brewing coffee.

3. Inspect The Surrounding Of The Opening Mechanism


Your Nespresso, like all machines, is subject to wear and tear after prolonged use. This is why routine cleaning and descaling is highly recommended.

Here’s why:

After a while, dust, dirt, and debris accumulate inside the Nespresso, preventing it from operating properly.


The coffee maker’s opening mechanism, coffee outlet, and internals will be clogged with debris. This accounts for why you’d experience difficulty opening your Nespresso.


How can you eliminate the dirt clogging the Nespresso’s opening mechanism?

You can do that by carrying out the following instructions:

  • Step 1: Turn off the machine and unplug it from the power source.
  • Step 2: Inspect the surrounding of the opening mechanism for dirt and debris.
  • Step 3: Use a clean cloth to remove the debris and dirt.
  • Step 4: Gently tap the sides of the Nespresso to dislodge any dirt and debris.

After removing the dirt clogging the opening mechanism, you should be able to open your Nespresso once again.

Models Most Affected

Of course:

All Nespresso models can occasionally develop issues that cause the lid to become stuck and makes it hard to open the machine.


The models outlined below have been known to experience this issue more than others:

1. Nespresso VertuoPlus

Nespresso Vertuo Plus


The Nespresso VertuoPlus was designed for users who love chic and durable coffee makers.

It’s extremely easy to operate and has been known to make coffee with incredible flavor.


It’s expensive to run since it operates with pricey pods. Also, the lid can be problematic as it easily gets stuck.

This makes it difficult to open the machine and insert the coffee capsule when you need to brew coffee.


You can coax the stubborn lid and easily open your Nespresso by following our recommended suggestions.

2. Nespresso Vertuo

Nespresso Vertuo

Get this:

The Nespresso Vertuo was one of the pioneering models designed and distributed by Nespresso, and it’s still one of the most popular models to date.

Here’s why:

It’s super easy to use and makes high-quality coffee. Also, maintaining this model is a walk in the park.


This model is by no means perfect. If you like making large quantities of coffee, this model might not be for you.

After all:

Nespresso started manufacturing the VertuoLine models because the Vertuo model couldn’t fill large cups.


The lid of this model has a reputation for getting stuck easily.


If you regularly carry out routine maintenance, cleaning, and descaling, you’ll be able to pry the lid open when you follow our proposed remedies.

3. Nespresso Inissia

Nespresso Inissia

All in all:

The Nespresso Inissia is one of the most stylish and compact models currently being distributed by Nespresso.

It’s attractive because it’s light and relatively cheap. Also, it heats water quickly and makes excellent coffee.


It has several limitations. For starters, its compact design makes it difficult for you to obtain large cups from it.


Its lever tends to get stuck easily, which makes it hard for you to open up the machine and insert capsules.


You shouldn’t have much trouble with this model. Once you carry out the suggestions we’ve described, you should be able to open the lid easily.



Nespresso models are designed to provide cups of coffee that taste as extraordinary and soothing as the elixir of life in the easiest way possible.

Once you fill the tank and insert the capsule, the rest should be straightforward.


Things might not always go as easily as expected.

One of the most common mechanical malfunctions your Nespresso can experience is when the lid gets stuck and refuses to open.


Forcing the lid open might cause more problems. To this end, you can gently ease and open the Nespresso by:

  • Releasing the pressure in the machine.
  • Emptying the capsule container.
  • Inspecting and cleaning the surrounding of the opening mechanism.

Once you try these fixes, things should go back to normal, and you should be able to open your Nespresso as easily as before.

In conclusion:

Can you tell us which one of our suggested solutions did the trick? Do you have any thoughts, questions, or contributions? Kindly drop your comments in the section below!

Frequently Asked Questions

How Do I Unlock My Nespresso Machine?

Whenever you want to use your Nespresso, you need to unlock and open the lid before you can eject used capsules and insert fresh ones.

For popular models like the Inissia and Pixie, you can unlock them by gently lifting the lever.

While for other models like Vertuo Next, Vertuo, and VertuoLine, you unlock by turning the lever to the right of the “lock” symbol at the top of the machine.

After you turn the lever into the “unlock” position, you can proceed to lift the lid to open the machine.

However, if you’re finding it difficult to open your Nespresso, try out these suggestions:
Release the pressure in the machine by turning it off and removing it from the power source for three hours.
Empty the capsule container.
Inspect and clean the surrounding of the opening mechanism to dislodge debris.

What Screwdriver Do I Need To Open A Nespresso Machine?

Routinely, you might need to carry out minor DIY repairs on your Nespresso by disassembling some parts.

However, you must ensure you have all the necessary tools before attempting to make such repairs.

You’ll need the right screwdriver that can fit into the screws of your coffee maker. For most models, the screwdriver with a flat head or star shape would be suitable.

An example of a screwdriver like this is the Torx T8 screwdriver.

How Do I Empty My Nespresso?

If you have to go on a business trip or vacation that prevents you from using your Nespresso for an extended period, you’ll need to empty the system.

This is done to prevent the coffee maker from developing issues when you eventually need to use it again.

When you want to empty your Nespresso, follow the guide below:

Step 1: Remove and empty the water tank.
Step 2: Reattach the empty water tank to the machine.
Step 3: Eject the used capsule in the machine.
Step 4: Empty the capsule container and drip tray.
Step 5: Place a clean cup under the coffee outlet.
Step 6: Enter the emptying mode.

After your Nespresso finishes emptying its system, the machine will go off.

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.


2 thoughts on “Are You Struggling To Open Your Nespresso? Here Are Some Amazing DIY Remedies!”

  1. I have a Nespresso U and the slide lever moves, machine sounds like it’s trying to brew, you slide the lever but the piston never opens back up to allow the pod to drop down. It’s unlike the other machines as it’s not mechanical. There are no excess pods in container, I have taken it apart to see if there is anything stuck. My fear is that the pod that is in the machine has somehow caused the brew unit to be stuck together. Any help is appreciated!


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