Is your coffee not tasting the same lately? Do you find a temperature variation in your coffee nowadays? Or do you hear strange noises or notice what seems to be a foreign object in your cup sometimes?
If any of the above answers is ‘Yes’, then it is time to descale your favourite coffee maker.
Believe me, after you descale, you would find your long lost favourite cup of coffee once again.
Scaling is a process that occurs due to the flow of water inside your machine boiler. Water naturally contains minerals and some other substances which cannot be filtered.
These minerals are gathered on the boiler pipe of your machine over time, often resulting in performance issues with your coffee maker. This is called scaling. And the process of removing the residue is called descaling.
Due to the minerals accrued on the heating unit, the heating may be insufficient and you may find a foreign smell in your drink. This may lead to a taste that is quite different when compared to the normal cup of coffee that you’ve been used to.
Importance of Descaling Regularly
Descaling is a very important process you must perform on regular intervals if you own a coffee maker.
The frequency of descaling depends on the hardness of the water. If your water is harder than normal, you should descale your machine once every 3 months.
If it is less hard than normal, descaling once in every 6 months would be just fine.
Descaling is a very simple process which anyone can do at home, even without taking help from any technician. You would just need the right ingredients and that would be sufficient.
For descaling, you would require a descaling solution which is easily available in your nearest supermarket or you can always buy it online. Even if you are not able to find one, you may use distilled vinegar for the process.
The vinegar or the descaling solution is acidic and this dissolves the residues gathered on the heating unit and makes them clean again.
The Descaling Process
First, empty the water reservoir and take out the water filter if you have one. Then pour the whole bottle of descaling solution in the water tank and add the same amount of water.
Now let your coffee machine heat for some time, place a big mug beneath the dispenser and press the dispense button. Take out 250-300 ml of water at a time and repeat the process until you run out of the solution.
Then fill the water tank with fresh water and let it heat up and now wait for 15-20 minutes. Repeat the process until you run out of water again.
Now rinse the water reservoir thoroughly with water and put the filter back in. Voila! Now you have descaled your machine all by yourself! That was super easy, right?
Now there are a few key things to share with you about descaling. After the final step, if you feel that the coffee is tasting a bit different, that means the descaling solution is not yet fully out of the system. But don’t panic, the solution and vinegar are food grade solutions and absolutely harmless.
In that scenario, I recommend that you repeat the process a couple of times more with just water and your machine would be fine.
Now that you know why your coffee tastes strange, you should be able to solve it yourself! Besides, descaling is highly recommended to prolong the lifetime of any machine.
Make sure to descale your expensive coffee machine regularly!