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My delonghi lattissima is not piercing the nespresso capsules foil end

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    Capsules not being pierced

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First you need to check the capsule container. Make sure that there are not any coffee remains both the liquid of dry coffee since will blocked the capsule to sit in proper place and thus to be press correctly. If you find anything you need to clean them very well with a warm wet sponge (remove machine from plug).

The second possibility is that one part of the lever and capsule container have brake either a plastic part or a metal rod or a spring moved out of place. In this case you need a new capsule container which you can find in this link.

Here is also you machine parts diagram.

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Our delonghi lattissima (Model EN520) was about 2 and half years old when it started not piercing/puncturing the original Nespresso pods/capsules and just delivering water out the spout with water seeping out the side of the pod mechanism and into the pod holder and drip tray. The machine never had an aftermarket pod in it, was often cleaned/descaled and made on average 2 cups of coffee a day. So, we were pretty disappointed that the machine (that made good coffees) was giving us dramas when not that old. The machine would generally pierce/puncture the first pod okay, but from the second pod onwards would not pierce correctly or at all (we would then use a toothpick to make a few holes in the foil membrane of the pod to make sure the coffee could be extracted with the water).
I did some online research and found that a lot of people had the same issue (it appears that the Lattissimo and Citiz were the front runners and not sure if they use the same internal pod mechanism). I also read that a lot of people believe it to be due to Nespresso making changes to their pod mechanism, to fight off aftermarket pods/capsules not being able to work properly in their machines, ensuring that they secure their coffee pod/capsule business. Very clever of Nespresso to do this, but if this means that the pod mechanisms fail in a shorter period of time (even if only using original Nespresso pods), it is not so clever. This will cause a lot of their customers to look at other machines when the time comes to replace the machine one day. I was just such a customer and almost had to replace my machine because of a poor design of mechanism to limit aftermarket pods, when I always only used original Nespresso pods.
My machine was out of warrantee, and Nespresso could repair it for a flat fee of $150 (the $150 takes care of the shipping of the unit, a loan unit in the interim, and Nespresso repairs your machine and return it to you). Not wanting to pay $150 and willing to use my ability to strip components to figure out what was going on, here is what I did. I saw the post above and thought that the chances were pretty good that the pod mechanism was the culprit. I then bought a pod mechanism from eBay see this link (http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/Infuser-for-Nespresso-DeLonghi-EN520-Coffee-Machine-Part-7313222451-/172051405254?hash=item280f1019c6:g:5~EAAOSwwPhWi3Bu). I had a look at the parts diagram above to figure out where the part was and how to get access to it. I managed to get access to this part in the machine and replaced it. BONUS, the machine is now making coffees as good as when we got it. The part I bought appeared to be an original Nespresso part and the seller on eBay (I believe) is (one of) the company Nespresso uses to repair your machine in AUS when you pay your $150.
I have recorded the disassembly of the machine and the installation of the part. I will upload the video to YouTube once I have edited the video. I will post the link here soon when done.
So, good on Nespresso to keep their pod competitors at bay, but not good if it comes at the expense of a loyal Nespresso pod customer. Nespresso, I think you need to give your mechanisms a re-think.
I have added a photo showing 3 pods. Pod on the left and in the middle is pre-new part install. Pod on right is after new part install. The pod on the left is the first cuppa in the machine, pod in the middle is the second pod (with manual holes to pierce the foil membrane). This shows that it appears the ability to pierce the pods from the second pod onwards was worse. Pod on the right is perfect due to new pod mechanism installed. Whalla!

My delonghi lattissima is not piercing the - delonghi-lattissima-not-piercing-nsc1khsemd0qcurvjt1ubkcx-1-0.jpg
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    Veronica Apr 26, 2016

    Marius, I have the same problem can you please add the video to see if I can do it myself, thank you so much

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-the short term solution-
1. take your affected capsule. set it on its un-punctured/un-perforated bottom (the thin foil surface) on a flat surface. the three puncture holes should be facing upward on the top of the capsule. by the way, if you shake the capsule you should hear the grounds sound dry as if the capsule was new.

2. find a thin small rubber band. size-wise, ideally, the rubber band will fit loosely around your thumb; with a very small gap between the rubber and your thumb.

3. put the rubber band around the collar of the capsule. the band should be put over the top of the capsule and pushed down until it stops flush against the flange (rim). if the band is correctly placed, the band will be just 1mm flat inside the rolled bare aluminum edge (rim).

4. insert the capsule in your citiz machine as usual. optional: you can orient one of the puncture holes at 12 o'clock position (top dead center) during the insertion process. this time, it will work. you will find the capsule will eject cleanly with the rubber band intact.

5. save the rubber band.


-which machines does this apply to?-
this is a common problem with nespresso machines introduced after 2010, specifically the citiz. i have not seen this problem on the pixie, yet. i would expect this issue on the lattissima plus.
i am assuming that the machine is otherwise functioning properly: meaning that the machine does not have an issue with the water pump, excessive scaling deposits restricting water flow, or some other major mechanical part.
-why is this happening?-
look at the capsule, the post-2010 machines bite new slightly rectangular indentations on the capsule around the top edge of the wall. this is new. nepresso changed the insertion mechanism in response to competitors bringing non-nespresso branded capsules to market: Douwe Egberts/Sara Lee "L'or expressO", Caffe Vergnana "ESPRESSO", etc.
this new insertion mechanism was supposed to thwart knockoff capsules, instead it is unintentionally thwarting your "real" nespresso capsule. the injector needles are not piercing correctly all the way. the injectors poorly lodge: deep enough to make puncture holes but not deep enough to allow water to flow freely into the espresso grounds compartment.
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1. the pressure release valve, inside the brewing chamber which prevents an explosion occurring if the coffee exhaust path becomes blocked, is activated and hot water overflows into your used capsule basket.
2. the hot water flows outside and around the capsule and into your cup as clear hot water.
-what do i do long term?-
contact nepresso. get your machine repaired or replaced. this is a factory manufacturing defect that has nothing to do with you, wear, use, or hard water. refuse to pay the $125 repair fee. demand that they fix the machine free of charge. they will send you a loaner in a plastic shipping crate to use while your is being fixed. you should not have to suffer without espresso or waste legitimately purchased capsules just because nespresso is in a legal fight capsule copycats. this is not your fault.

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-the short term solution-
1. take your affected capsule. set it on its un-punctured/un-perforated bottom (the thin foil surface) on a flat surface. the three puncture holes should be facing upward on the top of the capsule. by the way, if you shake the capsule you should hear the grounds sound dry as if the capsule was new.

2. find a thin small rubber band. size-wise, ideally, the rubber band will fit loosely around your thumb; with a very small gap between the rubber and your thumb.

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4. insert the capsule in your citiz machine as usual. optional: you can orient one of the puncture holes at 12 o'clock position (top dead center) during the insertion process. this time, it will work. you will find the capsule will eject cleanly with the rubber band intact.

5. save the rubber band.


-which machines does this apply to?-
this is a common problem with nespresso machines introduced after 2010, specifically the citiz. i have not seen this problem on the pixie, yet. i would expect this issue on the lattissima plus.
i am assuming that the machine is otherwise functioning properly: meaning that the machine does not have an issue with the water pump, excessive scaling deposits restricting water flow, or some other major mechanical part.
-why is this happening?-
look at the capsule, the post-2010 machines bite new slightly rectangular indentations on the capsule around the top edge of the wall. this is new. nepresso changed the insertion mechanism in response to competitors bringing non-nespresso branded capsules to market: Douwe Egberts/Sara Lee "L'or expressO", Caffe Vergnana "ESPRESSO", etc.
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2. the hot water flows outside and around the capsule and into your cup as clear hot water.
-what do i do long term?-
contact nepresso. get your machine repaired or replaced. this is a factory manufacturing defect that has nothing to do with you, wear, use, or hard water. refuse to pay the $125 repair fee. demand that they fix the machine free of charge. they will send you a loaner in a plastic shipping crate to use while your is being fixed. you should not have to suffer without espresso or waste legitimately purchased capsules just because nespresso is in a legal fight capsule copycats. this is not your fault.

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-the short term solution-
1. take your affected capsule. set it on its un-punctured/un-perforated bottom (the thin foil surface) on a flat surface. the three puncture holes should be facing upward on the top of the capsule. by the way, if you shake the capsule you should hear the grounds sound dry as if the capsule was new.

2. find a thin small rubber band. size-wise, ideally, the rubber band will fit loosely around your thumb; with a very small gap between the rubber and your thumb.

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4. insert the capsule in your citiz machine as usual. optional: you can orient one of the puncture holes at 12 o'clock position (top dead center) during the insertion process. this time, it will work. you will find the capsule will eject cleanly with the rubber band intact.

5. save the rubber band.


-which machines does this apply to?-
this is a common problem with nespresso machines introduced after 2010, specifically the citiz. i have not seen this problem on the pixie, yet. i would expect this issue on the lattissima plus.
i am assuming that the machine is otherwise functioning properly: meaning that the machine does not have an issue with the water pump, excessive scaling deposits restricting water flow, or some other major mechanical part.
-why is this happening?-
look at the capsule, the post-2010 machines bite new slightly rectangular indentations on the capsule around the top edge of the wall. this is new. nepresso changed the insertion mechanism in response to competitors bringing non-nespresso branded capsules to market: Douwe Egberts/Sara Lee "L'or expressO", Caffe Vergnana "ESPRESSO", etc.
this new insertion mechanism was supposed to thwart knockoff capsules, instead it is unintentionally thwarting your "real" nespresso capsule. the injector needles are not piercing correctly all the way. the injectors poorly lodge: deep enough to make puncture holes but not deep enough to allow water to flow freely into the espresso grounds compartment.
two things can happen:
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2. the hot water flows outside and around the capsule and into your cup as clear hot water.
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contact nepresso. get your machine repaired or replaced. this is a factory manufacturing defect that has nothing to do with you, wear, use, or hard water. refuse to pay the $125 repair fee. demand that they fix the machine free of charge. they will send you a loaner in a plastic shipping crate to use while your is being fixed. you should not have to suffer without espresso or waste legitimately purchased capsules just because nespresso is in a legal fight capsule copycats. this is not your fault.

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-the short term solution-

1. take your affected capsule. set it on its un-punctured/un-perforated bottom (the thin foil surface) on a flat surface. the three puncture holes should be facing upward on the top of the capsule. by the way, if you shake the capsule you should hear the grounds sound dry as if the capsule was new.


2. find a thin small rubber band. size-wise, ideally, the rubber band will fit loosely around your thumb; with a very small gap between the rubber and your thumb.


3. put the rubber band around the collar of the capsule. the band should be put over the top of the capsule and pushed down until it stops flush against the flange (rim). if the band is correctly placed, the band will be just 1mm flat inside the rolled bare aluminum edge (rim).


4. insert the capsule in your citiz machine as usual. optional: you can orient one of the puncture holes at 12 o'clock position (top dead center) during the insertion process. this time, it will work. you will find the capsule will eject cleanly with the rubber band intact.


5. save the rubber band.





-which machines does this apply to?-

this is a common problem with nespresso machines introduced after 2010, specifically the citiz. i have not seen this problem on the pixie, yet. i would expect this issue on the lattissima plus.

i am assuming that the machine is otherwise functioning properly: meaning that the machine does not have an issue with the water pump, excessive scaling deposits restricting water flow, or some other major mechanical part.

-why is this happening?-

look at the capsule, the post-2010 machines bite new slightly rectangular indentations on the capsule around the top edge of the wall. this is new. nepresso changed the insertion mechanism in response to competitors bringing non-nespresso branded capsules to market: Douwe Egberts/Sara Lee "L'or expressO", Caffe Vergnana "ESPRESSO", etc.

this new insertion mechanism was supposed to thwart knockoff capsules, instead it is unintentionally thwarting your "real" nespresso capsule. the injector needles are not piercing correctly all the way. the injectors poorly lodge: deep enough to make puncture holes but not deep enough to allow water to flow freely into the espresso grounds compartment.

two things can happen:

1. the pressure release valve, inside the brewing chamber which prevents an explosion occurring if the coffee exhaust path becomes blocked, is activated and hot water overflows into your used capsule basket.

2. the hot water flows outside and around the capsule and into your cup as clear hot water.

-what do i do long term?-

contact nepresso. get your machine repaired or replaced. this is a factory manufacturing defect that has nothing to do with you, wear, use, or hard water. refuse to pay the $125 repair fee. demand that they fix the machine free of charge. they will send you a loaner in a plastic shipping crate to use while your is being fixed. you should not have to suffer without espresso or waste legitimately purchased capsules just because nespresso is in a legal fight capsule copycats. this is not your fault.

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