How to Descale a Nespresso Lattissima Touch

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Despite regular cleaning, mineral deposits in the water will lead to the build-up of limescale on components of your coffee machine. 

This can impact the taste and temperature of your coffee and can also impact its useful life.

Below, we cover the basic steps for descaling your Nespresso Lattissima Touch coffee machine.

How to know if your Lattissima Touch needs descaling

Your Lattissima Touch will let you know when it’s ready for you to run a descaling process.

Here’s how:

  • The descaling alert light will shine orange. 
  • The machine may restrict your ability to make coffee.

How to descale a Nespresso Lattissima Touch

Step 1: Turn on your Nespresso Lattissima Touch

Step 2: Eject the last used capsule and close the lever

Step 3: Empty the used capsule container and place back in the machine

Step 4: Empty the drip tray and place back in the machine

Step 5: Fill the water tank half full with water and one unit of Nespresso descaler liquid

Step 6: Remove the descaling pipe from the storage door and push it onto the steam connector. The descaling alert will blink orange and the Warm Milk button will shine white.

Step 7: Press and release the lever to enter descaling mode

Step 8: Place a large container under the coffee spout and descaling spout

Step 9: Press and release the warm milk button to begin the descaling process. An orange light should flash throughout the process.

Step 10: When the descaling process is complete, refill the water tank with water and repeat the process without the descaling solution to run a rinsing cycle.

Here’s a video that walks you through the process:

Why do you need to descale your Nespresso Lattissima Touch?

You should descale your coffee machine regularly because the mineral deposits in hard water can clog up its working parts, making it less efficient and more likely to break down.

If you let limescale build-up for a long time, you may notice it dulling the taste of your coffee. 

This is because lime scale prevents your coffee machine from heating water to its ideal temperature for brewing. The water may not be hot enough to extract the full flavour of your beans. 

Limescale deposits may also end up in your cup.

What does descaling a coffee machine do?

Descaling is the process of removing limescale, calcium and magnesium buildup from your coffee machine. Coffee machine descaling solutions are acidic compounds that remove the buildup.

By breaking down the material build-up, the descaling solution extends the life of the coffee machine and keeps your coffee tasting how it should.

Can you descale a coffee machine with vinegar?

One popular way to remove lime or calcium deposits from your coffee machine is to mix one part white vinegar with one part water and run it through a brewing cycle. Afterwards, run the machine through another full cycle with plain water until there’s no more vinegar taste

However, many coffee manufacturers recommend against using vinegar.

For example, Delonghi advises against it because “vinegar contains large amounts of acetic acid which is an aggressive chemical substance that can be corrosive.”

The best approach is to always check with the manufacturer of your coffee machine.

Can you descale a coffee machine with citric acid?

If you’re looking for a natural, non-toxic descaler, citric acid can work well. 

To use citric acid, mix one part with 250 parts water and pour into your coffee machine’s tank, before running a descaling cycle.

Be sure to always check the instructions manual for your coffee maker to ensure citric acid won’t damage it.

Can you descale a coffee machine with lemon juice?

Lemon juice is a natural product that you can use to clean your coffee machine. Mix equal parts water and lemon juice, then pour the mixture into your coffee maker, allowing it to soak overnight. This is an effective way to avoid using harsher cleaning products.

Again, be sure to always check with the manufacturer of your specific coffee machine to ensure lemon juice won’t damage it.