You just bought a Nespresso machine and it makes perfect coffee. The taste and crema of that coffee are just perfect. But after sometime taste isn’t the same and you find that your crema is not that foamy as it is supposed to be.
Well, your espresso machine may have limescale and calcium. Although these chemicals are non-toxic but left unattended, their residuals can affect your coffee quality. Furthermore, layers of limescale can cover water from the heat source and if that water doesn’t heat up, your coffee will be cold and the flavor would not be of that level.
So, from where the limescale comes from your machine in the first place? The water you use for boiling and heating comes from tap water and that water contains limescale. When water is heated, limescale starts to disintegrate and deposits of that are formed on pipes of your Nespresso machine.
For that reason, we use a method known as descaling. Descaling is a process of removing the deposit of material that may be affecting the machine. Cleaning and Descaling plays an important role in expanding the life of the machine and the quality it delivers. That is why cleaning your Nespresso machine regularly so that you can experience an appetizing coffee.
What do you need for cleaning and descaling?
Well, to perfectly clean or descale your espresso you will need to acquire some of the products that are specifically produced for cleaning:
- A descaler, to remove limescale or other chemical deposits.
- Clean water, which will be used for washing/rinsing.
- Container for contents of cleaned brewing machine.
- Cleaning capsule, to clean the brewing unit.
When you brew a coffee in a Nespresso machine, capsules are used that contain coffee oils. Every time you brew coffee some of the oil is left and to remove that oil out of the brewing chamber, you need a cleaning capsule. On the other hand, a descaler is used to remove limescale and other chemicals.
Other things that may speed up cleaning and are optional:
- Brush to clean the upsides of the machine.
- Dish-rag or towel.
- Dairy cleansing for a milk frother.
Or you can either buy a full kit that is used for cleaning the Nespresso machine. You can also purchase a descaler provided for a Nespresso machine or use a universal descaler that can be used for any brand of coffee brewer.
Few people might argue that there are other ways of cleaning a Nespresso machine. Well, honestly there are but not all can fully clean. For example, cleaning with white vinegar can cause machine parts to malfunction due to acetic acid. So, it is highly recommended to use the above-described method or descaler to avoid damage. Now, we will look at how to descale a Nespresso machine.
How to Clean your Nespresso machine
Now cleaning your Nespresso machine has two parts. One is descaling while the other is rinsing. Descaling removes all the residuals that may be stuck inside the machine to the head of the machine while rinsing cleans those residuals and converts them in to get as they are washed down by the water. Now we will look at how to descale and clean your Nespresso machine respectively:
Descaling Nespresso Machine
Descaling is removing residuals of chemicals like limescale and calcium. It takes up to 30 minutes to completely descale your Delonghi, Essenza, or other types of Nespresso machine.
Here is a step-by-step guide to perfectly descale your Nespresso machine:
- Empty your water tank and remove any capsule that may be in the machine. Then fill the water with a descaling agent according to the size of the water tank (1-2 packets).
- Some machines have descaling mode while some may not. No need to worry, if you have descaling mode, enable it and if don’t just turn on your Nespresso machine, press both buttons (of different cup sizes) for another 3-5 seconds.
- If your machine has descaling mode, then skip this step. For others, press and hold the big cup button until the water tank is empty. Repeat this operation.
- Rinse the water tank after descaling using clean water 2-3 times for thorough cleaning.
- Lastly, press down both buttons to disable descaling mode.
Some machines may have the same way of enabling descaling mode or some may not. There is a user manual available for every machine on which it is written how to enter descaling mode. While the process remains the same for all machines.
Cleaning Nespresso Machine
After descaling, you should thoroughly clean your machine because there may be coffee oil that may be left behind. To completely remove that material, a cleaning capsule is available that makes any residual contact with water into an active gel that gets washed down with water.
Cleaning capsule kills bacteria and creates a germ-free environment in your machine so that you can enjoy the best coffee. We strongly recommend cleaning your machine once every week and if you have milk frother then you should clean it daily.
All these steps make your coffee machine look new and brew fresh coffee but there is one question left. How should you know that your Nespresso machine needs descaling? Here are some signs that show your machine needs descaling and cleaning:
- Your coffee has a dirty/burnt taste.
- Your machine is making low/loud and strange noises when brewing coffee.
- Coffee is being poured slower than the normal rate.
- Coffee is not being brewed as hot as it was before.
Well, we hope that now you can easily clean your Nespresso machine and enjoy fresh coffee!