What Does Vertuo Nespresso Blue Light Or Purple Light Mean?

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What Does Vertuo Nespresso Blue Light Or Purple Light Mean?

Vertuo Next or Pop Nespresso Blue Light or Purple Light
Vertuo Next Blue Purple Light

Nespresso fans have been sharing lately about a recent firmware update for the Vertuo Next and Vertuo Pop. The update allows you to brew a coffee pod as a double espresso. A Nespresso blue light will appear on your Pop or Next while this happens. If that is why you are here, you can find more on that below.

However, you may also be here because you are having trouble with your Vertuo Next. The Vertuo Next is appealing because of its small size, unique features and low sale prices. However, take a look at Nespresso social media forums. You’ll see lots of people complain about the reliability of this model. One puzzling issue is a mysterious light on the Nespresso Vertuo Next that looks blue or purple. Unfortunately, this may signal the beginning of the end for your coffee maker. Keep reading to learn more and how to get help.

Nespresso Blue Light Concentrated Extraction Mode (Expert Mode)

If you have the Vertuo Next, Vertuo Pop or Vertuo Creatista, a recent software update allows you to brew your favorite coffee pod as a double espresso. It is called expert mode. The best part of this is that you can do so without reprogramming the way your machine reads the barcodes. All you have to do is insert a coffee pod and then, instead of pressing the brew button once, press it twice within 2 seconds. The light on the Vertuo Next, Vertuo Pop and Vertuo Creatista will turn blue while the coffee brews as a double espresso. The next time you want you want to brew a coffee pod as a regular 8 oz cup, just press the brew button once.

Known Issues With The Nespresso Vertuo Next

Many people assume that the Next must be the best Vertuo coffee maker since it is the newest model. They would be very wrong. While the Vertuo Next has some unique features such as bluetooth and pour over coffee pods, it also has serious flaws. These mostly stem from technical engineering issues. There have been a couple design changes since the Next launched. However, these changes haven’t improved reliability. Next owners still appear to have more issues with their machine than any other Vertuo model. There are rumors that the company may have discontinued the Next as of March 2022 given all of these troubles. These issues include:

Then there is the mysterious Nespresso Vertuo Next blue or purple light. It is not listed anywhere in the coffee maker’s manual or on Nespresso.com support pages. What does it mean?

Nespresso Vertuo Next Blue Or Purple Light Troubleshooting

The blue or purple light on the Nespresso Vertuo Next is a sign of an LED failure. It may be caused by an internal leak or moisture near the LED components. You may see it after noticing a solid or blinking white light error. At first, you may able to just ignore it. You can try to press the button as you normally would to make coffee. Try pressing the button a few more times if it doesn’t work after the first try. If you eventually get it to work, try running a cleaning cycle after. If it doesn’t work, there is another tip you can try. Unplug your Next, open the head, and identify the piece at the top that spins and pierces the pod. Try spinning it around until it moves freely, then try brewing a new or used pod. If this doesn’t work, jump ahead to section on contacting Nespresso Support.

Unfortunately it seems that any solutions are only temporary. Many users report that even if they can get their Next working again, it usually stops working all together two or three days after first seeing the blue or purple light. At this point, the light may have changed to white.

Contacting Nespresso Support For Help With Your Faulty Next

Is your Vertuo Next still under its one year warranty? If so, Customer Support will be able to help. Many owners report that the company has been replacing the Vertuo Next when the blue purple light appears. Usually Support will try to send you another Next, but that will likely eventually give you trouble too. Many people report successfully getting Customer Support to send them a Vertuo, Vertuo Plus or Evoluo instead. You really can’t go wrong with any of these three. I personally have the Vertuo Plus and love it. If the rep you are speaking with won’t budge, try asking for a supervisor. You’ll save yourself a lot of trouble.

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