Whether you prefer making your coffee from pods or if you’re ready to invest in a Nespresso® cappuccino maker, there are several steps to making the perfect cup of coffee. Factors such as the water temperature, brewing time, exact bar pressure for espresso and the tools you choose can all impact the quality of your favorite beverage.
Pick the Best Tools
All of the Nespresso® machines use the Nespresso® coffee pods. Luckily, both the Vertuo and the Evoluo will work with both the small and the large pod, so you can easily prepare exactly the coffee you need to get your day moving along.
Both machines offer a sizable water reservoir and have the capacity to read the Nespresso® pod after it’s inserted into the machine so the correct amount of water will be heated and released.
The Vertuo will automatically eject the coffee pods for safe handling. Additionally, the company will recycle used pods. It should be noted that not all coffee makers work with all the pods, so if you have a stock of Nespresso® pods that you want to use up, purchase your next machine with care.
Experts find that the Evoluo generates a hotter cup of espresso. However, temperature concerns mean more than just the brewing temperature of the water when it’s released into the pod chamber. Because pod machines brew into an open cup, you may need to take additional steps before you push the brew button.
If you really want a hot cup of espresso to start your day, authorities on the topic recommend that you preheat your cup. Simply run your Nespresso® machine sans coffee pod and swirl the hot water around your cup before loading the pod and waiting for the good stuff.
Filtered water is a must for any espresso maker, as sediments and deposits can build up on seals and fittings, damaging the machine’s ability to function under pressure. Nespresso® machine designers and engineers provide users with a careful guide and regularly scheduled cleaning prompts.
Coffee is made from oily beans, and this oil clings to the surfaces inside your espresso maker. Over time, this oil can burn. This will change the flavor of your coffee and may impact the function of your machine. In addition, any surface of the machine coated in coffee bean oil will be an ideal breeding ground for bacteria.
Finally, in addition to cleaning your machine, it’s crucial that you descale it. Removing bacteria and coffee oil build-up is important for taste, but lime scale deposits will destroy your espresso maker. Depending on the mineral content of your water, you should descale every six months at a minimum. If you notice a while filmy build-up on plastic and rubber components of your espresso maker, descale immediately.
Keep Your Coffee Options Open
As noted above, Nespresso® will recycle your pods. However, they can be slow at this and if you’re waiting for a credit or a customer service contact, you may be disappointed. Luckily, there are other sources of pods that will work very well in a Nespresso® machine, including Gimoka.
You’ll find a variety of coffee flavors and intensities at Gimoka and be able to enjoy real Italian coffee from an English manufacturer. Each box contains 10 capsules and you can choose flavors from the dark-roasted Deciso to a lightly roasted Lungo. In addition, there’s a Soave Decaf to enjoy with a late supper!
Good espresso is a grand choice any time of day. With the right machine, proper maintenance, some freshly filtered water, and your favorite Gimoka pod, you can treat yourself to the best of coffee.
NOTE: Nespresso® is a registered trademark of SOCIETÈ DES PRODUITS NESTLÈ S.A. Gimoka Coffee UK is an independent distributor not connected directly or indirectly to SOCIETÈ DES PRODUITS NESTLÈ S.A. The compatibility of Gimoka capsules is functional for use on Nespresso machines and does not replace the use of the original capsules produced by SOCIETÈ DES PRODUITS NESTLÈ S.A.