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Nespresso Cup Size Programming

Nespresso Cup Size Programming: How to Customize Your Nespresso Experience

Nespresso Troubleshooting Aug 07, 2023

Whether you are an owner of a Nespresso Vertuo machine or a Nespresso OriginalLine machine, you know that your machine comes preset with several serving sizes.

But here’s the great news: your Nespresso machine allows you to program cup sizes to your liking in any Nespresso machine.

In this post, you’ll find your guide for Nespresso cup size programming:

  • How to program cup sizes in Nespresso Vertuo
  • How to program cup sizes in Nespresso OriginalLine
  • How to reset cup sizes

Nespresso Cup Sizes

What Does Nespresso Cup Size Mean

The term ‘Cup Size’ in Nespresso refers to the amount of coffee volume that dispenses for a specific button or pod.

Nespresso Cup Size Programming: How to Customize Your Nespresso Experience
  • In Nespresso OriginalLine, you use specific buttons ‘Espresso or Lungo’ to brew a cup size.
  • In Nesprseso Vertuo, there’s a set of pods for each cup size you want to brew, and the machine will automatically detect what pod you are brewing and dispenses the correct amount. For example, to brew espresso, you’ll choose a pod from the espresso pod selection. For a coffee, you’ll select a pod from the 7.7 oz coffee pods selection.

Nespresso machines have the ability to program the cup size according to the user’s preference. This feature allows the user to adjust the default amount of coffee that is dispensed into the cup.

By default, your Nespresso machine will dispense these amounts of coffee volumes:

Pod TypeVolumeNespresso Machine
Espresso1.35 ozVertuo and OriginalLine
Lungo3.75 ozOriginalLine
Double Espresso2.7 ozVertuo
Gran Lungo5 ozVertuo
Coffee7.7 ozVertuo
XL Coffee12 ozVertuo Next, Vertuo Pop Only
Carafe18 ozVertuo Next, Vertuo Pop only

The programming of any of these cup size is done manually. After you reprogram the volume, the machine will save it for future uses until you either reprogram it again or reset your Nespresso machine.

Does Nespresso Automatically Know Cup Size?

One common question that arises is whether Nespresso automatically knows the cup size.

The answer to this is: it depends on which Nespresso machine you are using.

In Nespresso OriginalLine, there is no automatic cup size recognition. You have two buttons in the classic espresso machines for Espresso and Lungo. And other buttons for any additional coffee beverages in Nespresso machines with milk frothers.

Nespresso Cup Size Programming: How to Customize Your Nespresso Experience

In Nespresso Vertuo machines, the cup size recognition is automatic. You insert a pod, and the machine will automatically recognize what cup size you are brewing.

There’s a single brew size on Nespresso Vertuo machines, which you’ll use to brew each pod or reprogram it.

How To Program Nespresso Cup Size

Before you start programming your coffee cup size, there are two things to keep in mind:

  • programming your Nespresso cup size adds water to your brew. So you are using the same amount of coffee grounds with more water, which can lead to weaker tasting coffee.
  • Don’t over do it. Mostly, adding an ounce or so to the cup size won’t weaken the taste of your coffee that much. But stretching your coffee with an additional two or three ounces will definitely water it down.

How you can reprogram your Nespresso cup size will depend on which kind of Nespresso machine you have.

Overall, on both Nespresso Vertuo and Nespresso OriginalLine, programming a cup size is done by long pressing on the brew button until the desired amount of coffee is released.

Below, you’ll find step-by-step guide for each Nespresso machine type.

Nespresso Vertuo Cup Size Programming

How to Reprogram Nespresso Vertuo Cup Size

Nespresso Vertuo is an advanced coffee machine that offers a range of cup sizes to suit different preferences. The machine comes with 4 preset cup sizes, and 2 additional cup sizes exclusive to the Vertuo Next and Vertuo Pop models.

But users can reprogram the machine to customize the cup size according to their liking. With the Nespresso Vertuo cup size programming, users can adjust the volume of coffee dispensed to create the perfect cup of coffee.

How to Program Nespresso Vertuo Cup Size

Works for: Nespresso Vertuo Next, Vertuo Pop, Vertuo, VertuoPlus

To program the Nespresso Vertuo cup size, follow these simple steps:

  1. Turn on the machine and wait for it to heat up.
  2. Insert the pod you want to resize.
  3. Press and hold the brew button Keep pressing it…
  4. Release the button when the desired volume of coffee has been dispensed.
  5. Repeat the process for other cup sizes you want to reprogram.

With these simple steps, you have now programmed the cup size that correlates to that pod.

For example, if you programmed a 7.7 oz coffee pod to dispense 9 oz, then all other coffee pods will brew at 9 oz, and not just the specific pod flavor you used. It will continue to brew at that cup size until you reprogram it again or reset your machine.

Nespresso Original Cup Size Programming

How To Reprogram Nespresso OriginalLine Cup Size

Nespresso OriginalLine machines come with two pre-programmed cup sizes that users can customize to their liking. The machine offers a button for Espresso (1.35 oz) and Lungo (3.75 oz).

How To Program Nespresso OriginalLine Cup Size

Works for: Nespresso Inissia, Essenza Mini, Pixie, Citiz

To program the cup sizes on a Nespresso OriginalLine machine, follow these steps:

  1. Turn on the machine and wait for it to warm up.
  2. Press and hold the button for the cup size you want to program until the desired amount of coffee is in the cup.
  3. Release the button, and the machine will remember the new cup size for that button.

In a Nespresso OriginalLine machine, since it uses a button for each serving size, you can program the buttons with or without the use of pods. The new serving size is saved until you reprogram or reset the machine.

Troubleshooting Nespresso Cup Sizes

If you’re experiencing issues with your Nespresso machine’s cup sizes, there are a few troubleshooting steps you can take to resolve the problem.

The easiest way to fix a serving size issue is by programming it again. The second fix is to reset your Nespresso machine to factory settings.

Reset Cup Size by Nespresso Factory Resetting

If you feel like you’ve played around with your Nespresso machine a bit too much and now it’s not functioning as you hope, the quickest way to fix it is by resetting your Nespresso machine to factory settings.

Factory resetting a Nespresso machine means that it will wipe out any customization you have on it. You’ll have a fresh start with your Nespresso machine and you can reprogram everything again.

How To Factory Reset Nespresso Machine

The steps to reset your Nespresso machine to factory settings depends on which Nespresso machine you are using.

I have a complete guide on how to reset Nespresso to factory settings that includes most popular Nespresso models.