Is Your Nespresso Not Hot Enough? [Try These Amazing Tricks]

Published: 10/09/22 •  6 min read

One of the easiest ways to brew a high-quality cup of coffee is with a Nespresso machine. Coffee from a Nespresso machine is made at a cooler temperature than from a drip coffee maker. In other words, it will not be as hot as a traditional cup of coffee.

When you take your first sip of fresh coffee, only to find that it isn’t hot enough, there is nothing quite so disappointing. You can even experience this at home when you use your Nespresso machine to make espresso or coffee.

If this is a new problem for you, we’ve got some tips to help get your Nespresso back to its usual coffee temperature.

Key Takeaways
  • If your Nespresso machine is not making as hot coffee as before, a technical issue might need immediate attention.
  • Nespresso machines don’t have the option of manually adjusting the temperature.
  • Your Nespresso machine requires frequent descaling and cleaning to prepare hot and great-tasting coffee.

How Hot is Nespresso Machine Coffee?

Both of Nespresso’s product lines have different temperatures. In a Nespresso machine, the brewing temperature ranges between 83-86° for Original and 78° ± 5° for Vertuo. By doing so, the coffee aromas are optimally extracted without burning. It is the ideal temperature to enjoy your coffee as soon as you brew it.

Can You Adjust a Nespresso Machine’s Temperature?

It is not possible to manually change the temperature of a Nespresso machine. The brand has set the temperature for its espresso machines according to the brewing requirements. 

Tips to Make Nespresso Coffee Hotter

Nespresso machines don’t make burning hot coffee, but there are some tips and tricks that can help you get hotter coffee. Here are a few:

Tip 1: Preheat Your Nespresso Machine

Even when your Nespresso machine takes its time to heat up, it still cannot be hot enough. You can not manually change the temperature settings of the coffee machine but what you can do is run an extra cycle with the used capsule.

When you put a cup under the spout and run the used pod, the coffee machine will heat up, and the cup will become warm. Next, replace the used pod with a new one and get a hotter coffee.

Tip 2: Preheat Your Coffee Cup

If you use a cold cup for your hot coffee, it will speed up the cooling process. When you pour hot coffee into a cold cup, it will take less time than usual to cool down.

To keep the coffee temperature high, try preheating your coffee cup. Heat your cup by adding water and microwave it for up to a minute; you can then discard the water and use the cup to pour coffee. Another option is to use a used pod to run a cycle in your Nespresso machine; it will heat the cup and the coffee machine.

Tip 3: Descale your Nespresso Machine

Descaling your Nespresso machine is crucial for its working and long life. Not descaling your coffee machine can affect the temperature of the coffee.

descale Nespresso

Descaling the machine every three months or after using 300 coffee pods is recommended. A coffee machine will hot coffee if you descale it regularly and don’t neglect its maintenance.

Tip 4: Add Warm milk to your coffee

If you like milk-based drinks, try adding warm milk to your coffee. Most Nespresso machines don’t have an integrated milk frother, but an Aeroccino Frother works well with Nespresso machines.

warm milk in cup

You can create warm froth in a milk frother and add it to your espresso shot to make it hotter while giving it a foamy texture.

Tip 5: Use Filtered Water

Using hard water increases the chances of buildup and accumulation of gunk in the coffee machine. Which eventually clogs the machine and affects the temperature of the coffee. If your place has hard water, use filtered and fresh water every time you brew a cup of coffee.

Which Nespresso Machine has Temperature Control?

The only Nespresso model with the option of manually adjusting the temperature is the Nespresso Expert. It has the options of warm, hot, and very hot to customize the temperature of the coffee.

How to Use a Nespresso Machine Like a Pro?

Using a Nespresso Machine to brew a barista-style coffee at home includes a few straightforward steps. Which are as follows:

  1. Fill the water tank of your Nespresso machine.
  2. Turn on the coffee machine.
  3. Insert a coffee pod in the holder and close the lever.
  4. Put a cup under the spout.
  5. Select the recipe button according to your coffee machine and the type of coffee you are brewing.
  6. The Nespresso machine will automatically go into power-saving mode after brewing the required amount of coffee.

The Bottom Line

Nespresso machines are great at their job, but if you are new to making Nespresso coffee at home, you must be prepared to have a coffee that is not sipping hot. The Nespresso coffee can never be as hot as the commercially made drip coffee, but we hope our tips will be useful.

Try descaling if your Nespresso machine isn’t making as hot coffee as before.


What is the difference between Nespresso’s original line and the vertuo line?

Nespresso Vertuoline and Original line are two product lines of the brand. Both product lines have espresso machines and coffee pods. Their coffee machines have a variety of models ranging from mid to high prices. The coffee pods of vertuoline and the original line come in various flavors and intensities and can not be used interchangeably.

Can Nespresso make hot water?

Nespresso Original line machines can make hot water. Run the coffee machine without inserting a pod and press the lungo button; it will start dispensing hot water into your cup. On the other hand, getting hot water from a vertuo machine is technically impossible because it uses barcode scanning to read a pod and start dispensing coffee, so it would not work without a coffee pod.

How long does it take Nespresso to warm up?

Nespresso machines take 20 to 30 seconds to heat up. The time varies depending on the model you are using.

Can I make hot chocolate in my Nespresso?

Nespresso doesn’t make hot chocolate pods, but you can use any third-party pods to get hot chocolate. You can use a milk frother to froth milk to it. The third-party hot chocolate pods only work in the original line machine because the vertual machines only use vertuo pods.

Does Nespresso make lattes?

Yes! Nespresso machines are programmed to make lattes and other delicious milk-based drinks. You can get a coffee machine like the Lattissima Pro with an integrated milk steamer or buy a milk frother separately. Nespresso has a wide range of coffee pods for making delicious lattes.

Hans Mast

Hans loves coffee and loves teaching about coffee