10 Mistakes to Avoid Using your Capsule Coffee Maker

We all know the advantages of enjoying a capsule coffee maker at home, but we often fall into errors that should always be avoided. If you are new to this world, take note of the ten things you should never do with a capsule brewer.

1- Never leave the capsule inside after preparing coffee

In Dolce Gusto coffee machines, we often forget to remove the capsule once we have used it. We enjoy our coffee; we go in a hurry, we get distracted with another task, and the capsule stays inside the coffee maker; if we realize that within a few hours, nothing happens.

If we do not remove it until the next day, the most likely will be that the remains of coffee that remain inside the capsule have dried and have trapped the needle that injects the water. You’ll notice that no matter how much you pull out, the capsule won’t come out.

If this happens to you: don’t force the compartment, as you could break it and then it’s hopeless.

The best thing to do if you forget the capsule inside the coffee maker is to make sure you lift the needle first and then try to pull it out very slowly to remove the capsule.

If the capsule still does not come out, we recommend that you re-inject the needle and start the machine as if you were going to prepare another coffee. When you inject water again, the remains soften, and you will be able to remove it without difficulty. However, put a glass underneath and don’t even think about drinking whatever comes out of it.

This problem does not occur with some coffee machines, such as Nespresso, which incorporate a small tank where the used capsules fall and have to be emptied into the trash every so often. Over time, many Dolce Gusto machines have also incorporated this function, but not all of them.

2- Don’t forget to descale your coffee machine

Cleanliness is a critical aspect of the maintenance and durability of our coffee maker. With use, lime residues accumulate in the internal ducts that block them and affect the flavour of the preparations. Usually, the users do not notice it because the process is very gradual. But if we do not decalcify our coffee machine, we are spoiling the flavour of the coffees.

You must decalcify the coffee maker frequently (usually recommended by the manufacturer. Some machines such as the Tassimo incorporate alarms that warn you when you should descale them).

If you have doubts about this process, look at this article: How to decalcify your capsule coffee maker?. Here are links to some of the descalers on the market:

3- Remember to clean the water tank

Tassimo water tank

It’s a detail that hardly anyone reveals, and it is not usually crucial because coffee machines are frequently used, and the water is continuously renewed. But if you go on holiday or leave the coffee machine unused for several days, it’s a good idea to leave the water tank empty and clean it before using it again.

The reason to leave the water tank clean for a few days is simple: that water is the base with which you are going to prepare your next coffees, and you don’t want to have it stagnant accumulating impurities and sediments.

Remember: water must be continuously renewed and not accumulate in the tank. For this reason, it is also not necessary to clean the tank from time to time (almost all models admit putting it in the dishwasher), primarily if we use tap water to refill it.

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4- Don’t replace the water in the tank with milk

If you like white coffee, you have three options or get a Lattisima type coffee maker, get a milk vaporizer, or heat it in a saucepan or the microwave, but never put milk in the water tank.

The coffee maker is designed to work with water, which has a specific density, composition and boiling point with nothing to do with milk. This liquid contains fats and sugars that would leave such a quantity of residues in the pump and the ducts that would damage the machine.

5- Building capsules on your own is a mistake

It’s a widespread practice among users. You can find dozens of videos on Youtube explaining different techniques to build or refill used capsules.

We do not position ourselves for or against doing so. Still, we do inform you that if you have a problem with your machine, you will have waived the warranty and possible technical service of the manufacturer. So, if you use unofficial capsules in your coffee machine, it is at your own risk.

6- Always use the right capsules

We often get the idea that we will save money by using capsules from other brands that are compatible with our automatic coffee machine.

It often fails because, although they are compatible capsules, the materials they are manufactured are not the same.

For example, the injector has a harder time piercing the capsule and can break, but in this case, if you take it for repair, you will not be entitled to the warranty.

I hope this article will help you to enjoy for a longer time your cup of coffee made in automatic coffee machine capsules.

7- Never reuse a used capsule

Many times, especially when we prepare intense coffees or espressos, the remains that remain in the capsule are very abundant, and it gives us the sensation of wasting it.

We can fall into the temptation of trying to use it again, thinking that from a single dose, we can get two espressos but, no! Crassus error, friends.

The capsule is already punctured, and nobody assures you that the machine will work well with it (also, you risk damaging it).

Those coffee remains, although they stay in the capsule, are already watered (the water has passed through them), and the concoction resulting from trying to make coffee with them we are not sure of what it is called, but we are confident that it has no gastronomic value.

8- Recycle the capsules properly

Taking care of the environment is essential. All brands of coffee machines have installed specific green points for the management of these wastes or have established capsule collection programs.

The proliferation of single-use capsules has been such that the reality is that their costly recycling is particularly worrying if we consider that they are made of plastic and aluminium, as well as traces of organic matter.

What you consume may seem ridiculous to you, but millions and millions are sold and used every year. In fact, in a short time, they have become one of the most dangerous pollutants for our planet.

Store your empty capsules at home and recycle them properly.

9- Don’t give away a capsule coffee maker without asking

A capsule coffeemaker is a magnificent, elegant gift that will surely enchant those who receive it. But, once the gift has been made, and the celebration date has passed: the coffee maker must be fed with capsules. And this is no longer going to be paid by the presenter but by the recipient of the gift.

Capsules in the long term are much more important than the machine itself, so before buying a coffee machine, we have to be very sure of the person’s intentions to whom we are going to give it. Even if it goes against the interests of this site, we recommend that you never give a coffee machine of capsules as a surprise.

And if you have it all clear, go ahead with your gift and don’t forget first to consult our list of the best capsule coffee makers to give away.

10- Don’t buy a capsule coffee maker without being well informed first

Do you know the difference between a manual and an automatic coffee machine? Do you know what happens if you do not decalcify your machine? Do you know how much each capsule of each brand costs and especially how many capsules you need to prepare each drink? Do you know that on Amazon, you can find many new coffee machines at lower prices than in official stores? The answer to all these questions is the same: Coffeemaker.top.