Can Nespresso Make Hot Water? Here’s What You Need To Know

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We all know that Nespresso machines are designed for making espresso. And they do it quite well.

But sometimes, you don’t want coffee and instead need a little hot water for tea, hot chocolate, or just for a change of pace.

So, can Nespresso make hot water? Yes, actually.

Depending on your model, the process can be easy or a little more involved.

Keep reading to figure out how to get hot water from your Nespresso machine!

How Do You Get Hot Water From A Nespresso?

You can get hot water from any Nespresso machine. But the process looks a little different depending on which Nespresso model you have.

First, let’s take a look at OriginalLine. These machines are a little bit easier to get hot water from.

Then we’ll take a closer look at getting hot water from the Nespresso VertuoLine.

Nespresso OriginalLine Essenza

Getting hot water from the Nespresso Essenza coffee maker is really simple.

All you have to do is:

  1. Eject any coffee pod that might be in the machine.
  2. Close the lid without adding a new Nespresso pod.
  3. Select the Lungo button.

In about a minute, you’ll get hot water dispensed through your Essenza. It’s really that simple.

Nespresso OriginalLine Pixie

nespresso pixie

You might start to notice a pattern when we talk about getting hot water from the Nespresso OriginalLine machines.

The Nespresso Pixie follows the same pattern:

  1. Eject any used Nespresso coffee pod that might still be in the machine.
  2. Close the lid without replacing a pod.
  3. Select Lungo.
  4. Wait for hot water.

You’ll get hot water in the regular brewing cycle.

Nespresso OriginalLine Inissia

As part of the OriginalLine, the Inissia has a relatively simple process for getting hot water through your Nespresso.

Like the others, you’ll have to start by ejecting any used Nespresso pods that might still be in the machine.

Then, you should close the lid without putting a fresh pod in. Don’t worry. This isn’t bad for the machine.

Finally, select the Lungo button for the brew cycle and wait for your hot water!

Nespresso OriginalLine Lattissima

The Nespresso OriginalLine Lattissima is another simple hot water machine if that’s what you’re looking for.

You first have to make sure there isn’t a pod in the machine. Either eject the old pod or open and close the lid.

Then, when your machine is ready to brew, select the Lungo button and wait for hot water to dispense through the regular brewing cycle.

Nespresso OriginalLine Creatista

The Nespresso Creatista is one of the fancier Nespresso OriginalLine machines. But it’s still easy to get hot water through it.

Here’s how:

  1. Make sure there isn’t a pod in the machine. Either eject the old one or open and close the lid without adding a Nespresso capsule.
  2. Wait for the machine to warm up.
  3. Select the Lungo button.
  4. Wait for a regular brewing cycle, and you’ll get hot water.

Most of the OriginalLine machines are this easy to get hot water out. But let’s move on to the VertuoLine machines. Those are a bit trickier!

Nespresso Vertuo, VertuoNext, VertuoPlus, Evoluo

glass with hot water

Getting hot water from the VertuoLine is a little harder than getting hot water from the OriginalLine. That’s because the VertuoLine machines actually use a barcode system for brewing capsules.

So, if the machine can’t read the barcode, then a blinking orange light will appear, and you won’t be able to start a brew cycle.

However, there is a workaround. It’s worth noting here that you should always read your model’s instruction manual. Especially before you try to do anything that the coffee machine isn’t necessarily designed for.

You’ll need to understand how to put your VertuoLine machine through a cleaning cycle. But once you figure that out, the rest is easy!

Here’s how you can get water from the Nespresso VertuoLine:

  1. Make sure the water reservoir is filled with fresh water and placed on the machine.
  2. Put a one-quart cup or jar under the dispenser.
  3. Eject any used capsule and close the lid without adding a new capsule.
  4. Turn on the machine.
  5. Push the brew button three times quickly.
  6. After about two minutes, hot water will start to flow. It’ll flow for 2-5 minutes, depending on which machine you have. But you can stop the process at any time by pressing the brew button once.

If you haven’t run a deep clean of your VertuoLine machine recently, the dispensed water might be brown or dirty. It’s just old coffee getting flushed through your machine’s system. It’s a good idea to run a full cleaning cycle before you dispense hot water for drinking.

The hot water process takes a lot longer in the VertuoLine than it does in the OriginalLine. That’s because the VertuoLine machines aren’t designed to dispense water without a capsule in the holder.

It will still work, but it won’t be efficient. My advice is to invest in a kettle that will speed up the hot water process.


Let’s answer a few questions you might still have about getting hot water from a Nespresso machine.

Can I make tea with my Nespresso?

Yes, you can make tea with Nespresso. You can either buy tea pods from Nespresso or pull a water-only shot through your Nespresso and use the hot water with a tea bag.

Can you just heat milk with Nespresso?

You can heat milk with a Nespresso milk frother, but not with a Nespresso machine. Remember, never put milk in the water reservoir.

Can I put milk in my Nespresso machine instead of water?

No, you cannot put milk in your Nespresso machine instead of water. Using milk instead of water will damage your device.

Final Thoughts

Nespresso machines are handy little devices with a few hidden tricks up their sleeves. 

One of those tricks is dispensing hot water. For most machines, you just have to make sure there isn’t a used pot in the lid and that the machine is clean, and then run a regular brewing cycle to get hot water.

That hot water can be used for hot chocolate, tea, or any other drink you need hot water for!

Your Nespresso machine is leaking water? Check out our guide and discover how to fix this problem.

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Craig Carey
Craig spent a year as a barista in Denver's specialty coffee world. He spends his days rock climbing, cycling, drinking espresso, and hanging around the Rocky Mountains. He still lives in Colorado.