Nespresso machines are convenient espresso makers that can brew a wide variety of coffee drinks. They’re customizable and can remember your desired settings, making them specific to your tastes. If you own a Nespresso and you’re new to the machine, calibrating the cup sizes is important to know how to do. Thankfully, these espresso-pod brewers are easy to use and can create a much tastier coffee experience than regular coffee makers. Here’s how to adjust the settings to your liking:
Nespresso Cup Sizes at a Glance
Nespresso machines are the most well-known espresso makers of the coffee pod world, and most of their machines work relatively the same when it comes to cup sizes. The most basic model (Pixie) has two cup sizes: Espresso (40mL) and Lungo (110mL). The higher-end models have more cup sizes if you prefer stronger or weaker espresso, while with possible barista options to make lattes and macchiatos.
Calibrating your Nespresso Machine
One of the best features of the Nespresso makers is that the cup sizes can be adjusted, and the machine will memorize the exact amount of water to use to brew your espresso through calibration. Calibrating is simple to do on each machine and offers complete customization of the cup size options:
How to Calibrate & Reset Your Nespresso Cup Sizes (by Model)
Calibrating your Nespresso machine works with each model, but there are a few additional steps for some of the models. Find your Nespresso Model to get started!
1. Nespresso Pixie
Though compact in size and with the basic features of the Nespresso machines, the Pixie is easy to calibrate and reset to factory settings. This is a great model for those looking for a simple Nespresso machine that doesn’t have the extra stuff with it. Here’s how to calibrate and reset the Nespresso Pixie:
2. Nespresso CitiZ
The Nespresso CitiZ has the same calibration setup as the Pixie but a slightly different way to reset the memory to factory settings. The CitiZ has a great design with two cup sizes, the espresso, and the lungo. Here’s the method to save your customized cup size:
3. Nespresso Essenza
The Nespresso Essenza has four cup sizes that can be adjusted to your preferences, but it also has hot water for tea. It’s a more versatile model than the Citiz and Pixie, but it doesn’t have the milk steaming options that the Latissima and the Latissima Plus. To calibrate the Nespresso Essenza, follow these instructions:
4. Nespresso Latissima/Latissima Plus
The Nespresso Latissima and Latissima Plus are the ‘barista-at-home’ models of the Nespresso makers, with three cup sizes (Espresso, Lungo, Ristretto) and options to make cappuccinos, macchiatos, and steamed milk. You can set both the cup sizes and milk buttons to your specific preferences, making a completely customized latte or other coffee shop drinks. Here’s how to calibrate the Latissima and Latissima Plus:
Nespresso cup sizes are relatively easy to use and adjust, even though the machines seem intimidating at first. The sizes are fully adjustable, and your Nespresso maker will remember the setting, making it a great espresso maker for your home. If you have a Nespresso maker and the following doesn’t work, we recommend reading the manual to calibrate and reset it to the model’s specific method.
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