A single button for brewing coffee makes the Nespresso VertuoLine* machines incredibly easy to use. However, interpreting the meaning of the colors of the lights under this button can be almost impossible.
If all goes well, the lights on the button won’t worry us too much. Normally we wonder about their meaning when the coffee maker does not heat the coffee, takes too long to prepare it, or does not prepare it at all.
*We will specify what the lights mean in each model as we have two types of coffee makers in the VertuoLine range (Vertuo Next and Vertuo Plus).
See this article for the meaning of the power button lights on OriginalLine coffee makers
Modes of the Nespresso Vertuo Plus
As the Vertuo Plus coffee makers do not have a display to inform us of the status of the coffee maker, the machine illuminates the power button light in different colors and with different flashing patterns for this task.
Meaning of the green light (Normal use)
On the Nespresso Vertuo Plus coffee maker, the green light is associated with the normal use modes of the coffee maker. If a green light is illuminated on the power button, this is a situation in which the coffee maker does not present any errors or faults.
|Permanent green light||Ready|
|Green light with regular flashing: 1 / sec||Warming up|
|Green light with slow rotation||Capsule barcode reading|
|Green light with fast rotation||Coffee brewing|
|Green light with three flashes||Programming confirmed|
Meaning of the red light (Warning or error)
Like many other brands, Nespresso uses the red light to encode warning or error messages. If your Vertuo Plus coffee machine lights up red, you should pay attention to the machine’s status.
|Permanent red light||Error|
|Permanent red light fading||Cooling down after overheating|
|Red light flashing regularly: 1 / sec||Error|
|Red light flashes 2 times and then turns to permanent green||The water tank is empty, or the capsule is missing|
|Red light flashes 2 times and then changes to permanent orange||Error in special function|
|Red light flashes 2 times and turns to flash orange||Error when executing a special function|
|Three flashes every 2 seconds in between periods of steady red light||Machine head in an unknown position|
|Permanent light, red on the left side and green on the right side||Descaling alarm|
Red light on steady
In this state, the Vertuo Plus is locked, and you must turn it off and unplug it for 15 minutes. By turning it off, we will be clearing the previous error state, which is usually due to overheating. Once it has cooled down, the coffee maker should resume normal operation when plugged in again.
Note: If you do not turn off the coffee maker, and the error was due to overheating, the red light will gradually fade to green.
Steady light: half green and half red
With this peculiar color coding of the light, the Vertuo Plus indicates that it is necessary to proceed with descaling. Although this light has illuminated, we can continue preparing coffees for a while, but it is advisable to proceed immediately with the descaling.
Red light flashes continuously
This state corresponds to a problem with the head, which normally stops and does not allow us to prepare coffee.
Check that the capsule container is not full, that the capsule reader is clean, and that there is no obstruction. Open and close the head to see if the problem has been solved.
Red light flashes twice and turns solid green
This problem is usually related to the water tank and capsule reading. Check that both the tank and the capsule are correctly positioned. If the coffee maker does not work, open and close the head several times.
If instead of changing to steady green, it changes to orange (flashing or steady) after the flashes, it is an error in the special functions. Turn off the Vertuo Plus and turn it on again to eliminate the errors.
Red light flashes 3 times every 2 seconds between periods of steady red light
This is a problem related exclusively to the brewing head, which occurs when the machine does not recognize the position of the brewing head. To solve it, open the head by pressing the lever upwards until it stops and check that there is no obstacle. Empty the capsule container and close the head again.
Meaning of the orange light (Special functions)
The Vertuo Plus coffee maker has 4 special functions; Cleaning, resetting to factory settings, empty water system, and descaling. These functions are coded with orange light patterns, as shown below:
|Permanent orange light||Enter special functions menu|
|Regular flashing: 1 / sec||A special function is running|
|One flash every 2 seconds||Descaling|
|Two flashes every 2 seconds||Emptying the water system|
|Three flashes every 2 seconds||Reset to factory settings|
|Three flashes within 3 seconds and again steady green light||Factory reset completed|
Orange flashing light
The orange flashing light encodes a very characteristic mode of the Vertuo Plus coffee maker; “cleaning mode.” We should not confuse cleaning with descaling, which we will discuss later.
When in a Vertuo Plus coffee maker, we press the power button 3 times in less than two seconds, and the coffee maker enters cleaning mode. The machine in this mode pumps 3 cycles of the water pump, which takes less than 2 minutes.
After having the coffee maker stopped for several days, it is advisable to perform this cleaning before using coffee capsules.
Orange light on steady
When the orange light illuminates steadily, the coffee maker has entered “special functions or configuration mode.” This is achieved by pressing the front lever down and the power button simultaneously (with the coffee maker turned off) for 3 seconds.
Orange light flashes 3 times every 3 seconds
If you want to reset the coffee maker to the original factory settings, once the machine is in configuration mode, press the front lever down three times and then press the power lever once. The orange light will flash 3 times in 3 seconds to confirm the reset.
Orange light flashes 2 times every 2 seconds
To empty the water tank in “empty mode” (with the coffee maker in configuration mode), press the front lever down twice and then press the power button once. The orange light will flash until all the water has been emptied and then turn off.
Orange light flashes 1 time every 2 seconds
To switch the brewer to “descaling mode” (with the brewer in setting mode), press the front lever down once and then press the power button once. In “rinse mode,” the orange light flashes with this frequency. Check the manual to find out how to do this.
Modes of the Nespresso Vertuo Next
Having a single button to prepare coffee makes things much easier when it comes to preparing coffee. Still, it complicates things too much when understanding what is happening with the coffee maker at any given moment.
Each light pattern will indicate a state or mode of our Vertuo Next coffee maker. To understand these states, we have created some tables that you will see below.
Meaning of the white light (Normal use)
On the Nespresso Vertuo Next coffee machine, the white light is associated with the normal use modes of the machine. If white light is illuminated on the power button, this is a situation in which the coffee maker does not present any errors or faults.
|*No light on the button||Machine off|
|Button illuminated in steady white||Coffee maker ready to brew coffee|
|Regular flashing white: once / second||Coffee maker brewing coffee|
Meaning of the orange light (Special Functions / Error)
In the Nespresso Vertuo Next coffee machine, the orange light is not only related to the special functions of the machine but also serves to transmit errors. In the following table, we will see the different combinations and their meaning.
|Orange light flashing rapidly: twice / per second||Cleaning mode|
|Orange light flashing rapidly: three times/second||Descaling/Emptying|
|White light flashing: turning on until steady ON, then OFF||Warming|
|Orange light flashing: lights up until it goes out, then lights up||Cooling after overheating|
|Orange light flashing rapidly twice, then off for a long time||Error|
|Orange button ON for 1.5 seconds, then OFF for 0.5 seconds||Water tank is empty|
|Orange light flashing 5 times within 10 seconds||Reset to factory settings|
|Orange and white light flashing alternately 3 times and then steady||Descaling Alert|
|White light flashing twice per second||Software update|
Note: If you want to know more about your Vertuo Next, download the user manual here.
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