Nespresso Lattissima Buttons Meaning: A Guide For All Models

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Nespresso Lattissima Buttons Meaning: A Guide For All Models

Nespresso Lattissima machines are premium models that can prepare many different types of espresso-based beverages. As a result, many models have lots of buttons. As a new owner of one of these machines, it can be confusing. Don’t worry! I have put together a guide to Nespresso Lattissima buttons meaning for every model out there: Gran, Touch, One, Premium, Plus and Pro. Below you will find a diagram that shows a map of the buttons for each model. Later, I also explain the meaning behind these labels in case you are new to the world of Nespresso.

If you are here because your Nespresso Lattissima buttons are blinking orange or another color, you should see my related post. There I explain what those errors mean and how to fix them.

Gran Lattissima Buttons Meaning

The Nespresso Gran Lattissima has more buttons than other other model. That’s because it can prepare the most kinds of beverages. There are nine buttons in total. Three are for coffee only recipes, four are for recipes that combine espresso and milk, and two are for milk only options.

Nespresso Gran Lattissima Buttons Meaning

Lattissima One Buttons Guide

The Lattissima One can make a few different milk recipes, but it only has one button. The machine will know what type of recipe you want to make depending on how much milk you add to the container.

Nespresso Lattissima One Buttons Guide

Lattissima Touch Buttons Meaning

In addition to the six recipe buttons, the Lattissima Touch also has an indicator light for descaling. It also has a light that tells you when the Rapid Cappuccino System needs cleaning.

Nespresso Lattissima Touch Buttons Guide

Lattissima Plus Buttons Guide

Nespresso Lattissima Plus Buttons Meaning

Lattissima Premium Buttons Meaning

The Lattissima Premium buttons has all of the buttons labeled on the unit. That is very convenient!

Nespresso Lattissima Premium Buttons Meaning

Lattissima Pro Buttons Guide

The Lattissima Pro has a touch screen. The default screen shows six recipe options. If you select the menu, you can find settings and other modes like descaling. Once you are in the menu, you use the latte macchiato and warm milk buttons to move up and down, respectively.

Nespresso Lattissima Pro Buttons Guide

What Do All Of These Labels Mean?

If you are new to espresso or the world of Nespresso, you may still be confused about what the buttons on your machine mean. Below I’ll give a high level overview of what the different terms mentioned above mean. You can also click to read my related content on the specific topic where available.


Espresso is a highly concentrated coffee served in a small shot. The standard size of a Nespresso espresso shot is 1.35 fl oz.


A Nespresso lungo pod for Original line machines is a 3.7 oz espresso drink. It is brewed with more water than a regular espresso shot. As a result, it will have more volume and more caffeine. That means you can enjoy a lungo longer than a regular espresso. The taste will be less intense, though also more bitter.


A ristretto is 0.85 fl oz. Because it uses less water than a regular shot, a Nespresso ristretto will have a stronger, more concentrated flavor vs an espresso or lungo. Also, since ristretto isn’t brewed as long as espresso or lungo, it will taste richer, sweeter and less bitter.


Cappuccinos are milky coffee drinks you can make with a single or double shot of espresso, hot milk and a top layer of milk foam.


In a caffe latte, the espresso is made first and then the steamed milk is added to it. The milk is heavier than the espresso so they blend evenly in your cup.

Latte Macchiato

With a macchiato, the frothed milk is made first and then the espresso is brewed into it. The espresso blends into the milk more slowly, working its way down from the top. That is why it has a stronger espresso taste.

Flat White

A flat white is similar to a latte but it has only a thin topping of steamed milk.

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