Nespresso Orange Light Blinking Twice (Solved!)

Is your Nespresso flashing an orange light twice? This common issue, especially with the Nespresso Vertuo Next, But don’t worry.

In this article, I’ll provide step-by-step solutions to help you get your machine back up and running again.

How To Fix A Orange Light That Is Blinking Twice On A Nespresso Machine?

Here are the potential solutions you could try briefly:

  1. Unplug the machine, and clean the disk in the handle with vinegar and water, ensuring it can spin without hindrance.
  2. Clear any buildup with a cloth and warm water from the barcode scanner located inside the coffee machine.
  3. Ensure the barcode on the capsule is intact, clean, and readable.
  4. Reset the Nespresso: Open the machine, remove old capsules, unplug it, close it, plug it back in, and hold the power button until the light becomes steady. Wait 35 seconds, then press the power button quickly five times.
  5. Reset by Reseating the Water Tank: Ensure the tank is filled, then remove and replace it. Unplug the machine, hold down the button for 10 seconds, wait 5 minutes, and then reconnect the machine.

Let’s dive into some more detail below!

NESPRESSO Orangle light blinking twice

The Coffee Dispenser Disk Is Stuck

The orange light blinking twice on your Nespresso Vertuo machine could mean the disk is stuck in the lid.

There are two parts in your Nespresso machine that need to be able to move easily. One is the holder for the coffee capsules, which should spin and move up and down. The other is the disk in the handle that pokes holes in the coffee capsules, allowing water to come into the capsule. This disk should be able to spin without issue.

If you’ve used your machine a lot, this disk might get stuck or become hard to move due to leftover coffee or limescale. This can cause the orange light to blink twice error.

Here’s how to solve this:

First, make sure your machine is turned off and unplugged. Then, open the handle of the machine. Use a small brush to apply some vinegar to the disk. Leave the vinegar on for a few minutes, then rinse it off with water.

You might find it easier to get to the disk if you take off the water tanks and lay the machine on its side. Once you’ve done all this, the disk should be able to spin without issue.

Fixing a stuck disk can also solve the problem of clicking noise.

the disk that can get stuck
The disk may appear a bit different for the Plus and Next models, but the same main idea is relevant for both.

Clean The Barcode Reader

Another potential reason for the orange light blinking twice is that the Nespresso machine isn’t able to scan the barcode on the capsules.

First, inspect the barcode scanner inside the coffee machine. It could be dirty with mineral or coffee buildup, which can prevent the Vertuo from reading the capsule’s barcode.

To resolve this, just clean it with a cloth and some warm water.

You’ll find the barcode scanner in the machine under the clear part of the pod holder, which is where the black pod holder is situated.

Also, ensure the container for the capsule is dry before you use it because if it’s wet, it could cause the lights to blink twice.

Cleaning the Barcode reader and the disk in the lid is what fixed the orange light blinking twice problem for me!

Clean The Nespresso Capsule And Check For Damage

It’s less common, but the barcode on the capsule might be smudged or ruined. Check to make sure the barcode on the capsule is intact, clean, and readable.

You’ll find the barcode on the capsule or pod around the lower edge, where the capsule connects with the aluminum foil.

nespresso vertuo capsule
You can see the black and white stripes, that’s the barcode.

Reset Your Nespresso Vertuo

The solutions mentioned earlier worked for me. However, if they didn’t work for you, don’t worry, I’ve done further research and found another potential fix. You could try resetting your Nespresso Vertuo. Here are the steps to do so:

  1. Open the Machine by Lifting the handle.
  2. If there’s an old capsule, remove it.
  3. Unplug your Nespresso from the power outlet.
  4. Close the machine by pushing the handle down.
  5. Plug the Nespresso back into the power outlet.
  6. Push the power button. Once the light comes on, hold it. Keep holding until the light becomes steady.
  7. As soon as the light is steady, let go of the button, wait for about 35 seconds, then quickly press the button five times.
  8. The light should start to blink slowly. After about 15 seconds, it should stay steady. If it does, your Nespresso is reset.

Remember, you might need to repeat these steps a few times to get it right. Pay attention to the timing, especially the waiting time and the five quick presses.

Reset By Reseating The Water Tank

Here is another way of resetting your Nespresso if the first didn’t work:

  1. First, check that the tank is filled with water.
  2. Next, take the water tank out and then put it back in.
  3. After that, unplug the machine from the power source.
  4. Then, find the button and hold it down for 10 seconds.
  5. Wait for 5 minutes without doing anything.
  6. Finally, reconnect the machine to the power source.

After performing these steps, try to use the machine again to see if the error has been resolved.

For the Nespresso Vertuo Plus there is even a third way to reset it.

If You’re Using Reusable Capsules

Seeing the orange light blink twice on your Nespresso machine can also be linked to using reusable capsules.

Overfilling these with coffee grounds leaves no room for the coffee to expand or water to circulate, causing overflow issues. When too many coffee grounds spill over, they can block the barcode reader from recognizing the pods.

The barcode reader not recognizing pods can result in the orange light blinking twice and the Nespresso not brewing coffee, as talked about earlier.

To avoid this, don’t overfill the capsules. Leave a bit of space for the coffee to expand and for water to flow.

Remember, refilling Nespresso capsules isn’t officially supported by Nespresso and could risk machine damage or a subpar coffee experience.

The Last Thing You Could Try

If the problem with your machine isn’t fixed yet with the solutions above, the final option is to reach out to Nespresso’s customer service.

If your machine’s warranty is still active, they will likely replace your machine after guiding you through some problem-solving steps.

If your warranty has expired, they might offer you a significant discount on a new machine.


Resolving the issue of your Nespresso machine’s orange light flashing twice often involves a series of troubleshooting steps.

From cleaning the coffee dispenser disk and barcode reader to ensuring the barcode on your coffee capsules is legible, these steps help to restore your machine’s functionality. Resetting your Nespresso Vertuo machine may also solve the issue.

For those using reusable capsules, careful filling can prevent triggering the error. Finally, if all else fails, reach out to Nespresso’s customer support for further assistance.

Thanks for reading!