Why Is Your Nespresso Coffee Watery? And How To Fix It

Nespresso Troubleshooting

Starting your day with a rich, aromatic cup of coffee is simply wonderful. However, in some cases, instead of a robust espresso, you might find your cup filled with watery disappointment.

If you are wondering why your Nespresso coffee is watery and how to fix this issue, you are in the right place.

Why is My Nespresso Coffee Watery?

Several factors are probably making your Nespresso coffee watery.

First, if you are using refillable or reusable capsules filled with improperly ground coffee, this can lead to inadequate extraction and leakage.

Next, third-party coffee capsules might have some design issues or improper filling, which can result in water bypassing the coffee altogether or inefficient extraction.

Finally, the problem might lie within the machine itself – a defective internal mechanism could lead to leakage, affecting the quality of your brew.

How To Fix The Watery Coffee Issue

To fix watery coffee, you can try the following steps:

Use The Right Capsules

Make sure you are using the right capsule for the type of coffee you want. Check the packaging or the Nespresso website for recommendations. If you are using compatible coffee capsules, try an original Nespresso capsule to see if that helps.

Adjust The Coffee Grind

If you are using refillable capsules in your Nespresso machine, the grind size of your coffee can play a significant role in the final brew quality.

If your Nespresso coffee is coming out watery, the coffee grind may be too coarse. This leads to rapid water flow and poor extraction. On the other hand, if the grind is too fine, it can lead to blockages and under-extraction, also resulting in a weak cup.

To fix this, start experimenting with the grind size. Adjust your coffee grinder to a slightly finer setting if your coffee is watery and weak. If you don’t have a grinder that allows for fine adjustments, try using pre-ground coffee meant for espresso machines. Gradually adjust the grind until you notice the coffee’s strength and body improve without causing the machine to clog.

Remember, the goal is to achieve a grind that allows the water to flow through the coffee at a steady rate, extracting the full flavor without leaking or bypassing the coffee ground. This process may require a few attempts, but finding the perfect grind can dramatically improve the quality of your coffee.

Adjust Your Machine Settings

Familiarize yourself with your Nespresso machine settings. Adjust the water volume settings to match the capsule you are using and the type of coffee you want.

Preheat Your Machine

Run a water cycle without a capsule before making your coffee. This not only heats the machine and the cup but also cleans any residual coffee from the last brew.

Check The Water Tank And Filter

Regularly clean the water tank and, if applicable, replace the water filter according to the manufacturer’s guidelines. This will make sure your machine to heat water to the optimal temperature.

Pay Attention To Regular Maintenance And Descaling

Build-up from water minerals can affect your Nespresso machine performance, including water temperature and pressure. Regular descaling removes these mineral deposits, making sure that your machine works efficiently.

Refer to your Nespresso manual for the recommended descaling frequency and instructions. Regular maintenance, such as wiping down the capsule area and removing old capsules, also helps prevent blockages and leaks.

Use Quality Capsules

Nespresso quality capsules

While it might be tempting to opt for cheaper, third-party capsules, they may not always be compatible with your Nespresso machine or might be of lower quality. As a result, you can notice poor extraction and watery coffee.

To make sure you get the best results, stick to Nespresso-branded capsules or third-party options with positive reviews and proven compatibility with Nespresso machines.

Check For Manufacturing Defects

If you have tried all the suggested fixes and your Nespresso coffee is still watery, there might be an issue with the machine itself.

Manufacturing defects, though rare, can occur and may lead to problems such as water leaks or inadequate pressure during the brewing process.

Inspect your Nespresso machine for any visible signs of damage or unusual behavior. Listen for strange noises, check for leaks, and observe the machine’s general operation. If something seems off, it could be a sign of a deeper issue.

In this case, the best course of action is to contact Nespresso customer service or take your machine to a certified repair center. If your machine is still under warranty, you might be eligible for a free repair or replacement. Even if it is not, a professional diagnosis can confirm whether a defect is causing your watery coffee problem and what can be done to fix it.

NOTE: Trying to fix internal problems on your own could void your warranty or further damage the machine. Always consult with professionals when dealing with potential manufacturing defects.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why is my Nespresso coffee coming out watery?

Your Nespresso coffee will be watery because of incorrect capsule usage, improper machine settings, using a capsule not suited for your chosen coffee size, or if descaling is needed.

What should I do if my Nespresso VertuoLine or OriginalLine is brewing weak coffee?

For VertuoLine or OriginalLine machines brewing weak coffee, make sure you are using the correct capsules. Also, check that the machine is set to the appropriate water volume for your coffee selection.

Can using third-party capsules cause my Nespresso coffee to be watery?

Yes, third-party capsules can sometimes be less compatible with your Nespresso machine. This can cause issues like water bypassing the coffee grounds or poor extraction.

What grind size should I use for refillable Nespresso capsules to avoid watery coffee?

If you are using refillable Nespresso capsules, aim for a fine espresso grind size. Too coarse a grind can lead to watery coffee due to rapid water flow and inadequate extraction. Adjust the grind until you achieve a strong and flavorful coffee.

What should I do if none of the solutions fix my watery Nespresso coffee?

If after trying all the solutions your coffee remains watery, there might be a manufacturing defect or an internal issue with your machine. Contact Nespresso customer service or take your machine to a certified repair center.


Watery coffee is a disappointment no one wants to face in the morning. However, by understanding the common causes and applying these simple fixes, you can make sure your Nespresso machine produces rich, flavorful coffee.

Remember to use the correct capsules, adjust your machine settings, take care of proper maintenance, and preheat your machine.


  • Always keep your Nespresso machine clean and well-maintained.
  • Experiment with different capsules to find your preferred strength and flavor.
  • If problems persist, contact Nespresso customer support.

Happy Brewing!