For the full aroma - properly clean the coffee machine
For the pure taste of the coffee as well Regular machine descaling is important for maintaining the machine.
More than 2,000 cups of coffee are drunk every second in Germany. So, that adds up to 70 billion cups a year. How many coffee machines for every day in private households, offices, cafes or restaurants run, can hardly be estimated. In order for these devices to make the popular caffeinated hot beverage as palatable as possible, proper and regular cleaning is essential.
Lime is the biggest enemy of any kitchen appliance that comes into contact with tap water. It settles in the interior, clogs valves and nozzles there and can not be easily removed. In addition, the annoying deposits have a negative impact on the taste. In addition to anti-lime products from the drugstore or supermarket, some cheap Do-It-Yourself methods also serve their purpose.
The ready-made version
Descaling tablets are an effective means of combating them. Their dissolution in water should always be done in a separate container, and the mixture should not be filled into the machine until the tablet completely disintegrates. If crumbs remain, they clog the nozzles even more. Thoroughly rinsing with water is a must, so that the chemical residues do not end up in the next breakfast cappuccino.
Simple home remedies for descaling
Actually, every kind of acid dissolves lime. So, to make a remedy yourself, you do not need to have a degree in chemistry. One effective method is, for example, citric acid . If these are mixed under the water for brewing, the deposits dissolve. However, the prepared tincture should not only go through, but something in the lines act. It is best to turn on the machine and turn it off after a few seconds. So the product stays in the interior. After working, start the process again and allow the rest of the liquid to flow through.
Even vinegar , a well-known home remedy for descale, works well. Just one centiliter of vinegar essence mixed with about one liter of water is enough to cleanse. Like the citric acid, the vinegar-water mixture needs a short duration of action.
As a further home remedy against the unwanted white layer, baking powder is an ideal remedy. It must be dissolved with hot water until no traces of powder are visible. If lumps form, the clogging of the pipes is intensified.
Classic filter coffee machine
Although all cleaning methods are applicable both to the well-tried model and to fully automatic machines, there are still a few minor differences to be aware of.
Die Filter machine is relatively easy to clean. The descaling agent is used instead of pure tap water during the brewing process and thus flushes out the interior. The deposits then end up in the filter and are quickly disposed of. Do not forget to also clean the pot. Limescale residues or coffee residues have an influence on the quality.
Fully automatic machines are becoming increasingly popular. They always make fresh, delicious coffee and are extremely easy to serve. Their cleaning, however, is a little more elaborate. Some parts, such as the milk frother, should be rinsed with water after each use. The same applies to all other removable or fixed parts: descaling at regular intervals significantly prolongs the life of the machine. Due to its complex interior, it is especially advisable in a fully automatic machine to make sure that no remnants of the tablets or the baking powder clog the lines.
A little tip for both models: Occasionally remove powder from the device with a cotton swab or small brush