Descaling Your Espresso Machine: 2 Practical Tips

September 20 2022 – Alex Melen

Descaling Your Espresso Machine: 2 Practical Tips
Descaling Your Espresso Machine: 2 Practical Tips

If you're like most espresso enthusiasts, you take great pride in keeping your coffee espresso machine in top condition. Descaling is an important part of machine maintenance and can help keep your espresso shots tasting great if done correctly. This blog post will discuss 5 practical tips for descaling your espresso machine.

If you use your machine daily, it is recommended that you descale every two to three months. If you live in an area with hard water, you may have noticed that your coffee machine doesn't seem to be working as well as it used to. This is because the mineral deposits in hard water can build up inside the machine, causing it to clog and affecting its performance. It's a good idea to descale more frequently.

Use The Right Product When Descaling Your Espresso Machine

Over time, calcium and other minerals can build up in your coffee maker, leading to poor performance and even costly repairs. Descaling is important to maintain your machine, but it's important to use the right product. Many descalers on the market are ineffective or even damaging to your machine. To get the best results, look for a descaler specifically designed for coffee makers, we recommend using a citric acid-based solution. 

Citric acid is an organic compound found in citrus fruits. It is commonly used as a food additive and preservative, and it also has a variety of industrial and cleaning applications. One of the advantages of citric acid is that it is gentle on metals, and won't damage your machine like some of the harsher chemicals found in some descaling products.

Follow The Manufacturer's Descaling Instructions Carefully

Another important tip is to follow the manufacturer's instructions carefully. Descaling solutions can be corrosive, so it's important to make sure you are using the right amount and not overdoing it.

Once you've mixed up your descaling solution, it's time to start the process. Begin by running hot water through your machine to pre-heat everything and then turn off the power. Next, add your descaling solution to the water reservoir and re-attach any parts that need to be soaked. Let the machine sit for 30 minutes to an hour, depending on how badly it needs to be descaled.

After the allotted time has passed, turn on your machine and begin running water through it until the reservoir is empty. You may need to run a few cycles of hot water through without any coffee grounds in order to flush out all of the descaling solutions thoroughly.

Once you've finished descaling, it's important to clean your machine thoroughly. This includes all of the parts that came into contact with the descaling solution, as well as the water reservoir and brewing head. A good cleaning will help remove any residual chemicals and ensure that your espresso tastes great.

Descaling your machine may seem like a daunting task, but following these simple tips will help you get the job done quickly and easily. With a little bit of care and attention, you can keep your espresso machine in top condition and enjoy better coffee at home for years to come. Thanks for reading!