How to descale a capsule coffee machine?

For the correct functioning of any type of coffee machine, frequent cleaning and maintenance are two indispensable pillars. In the case of capsule coffee machines, it is important to descale the machine regularly to maintain the quality of the drinks and extend the life of the machine.

If you have noticed a strange taste in the preparation of your daily coffee, it is probably time to descale the machine, as the water you use in it will be responsible for its correct operation. Below, you will learn about the importance and process of descaling your capsule coffee machine.

Why should you descale your coffee machine?

If you use tap water in your capsule coffee machine, it is very likely that the limescale in the water will gradually build up in the machine, causing it to deteriorate more quickly. This limescale build-up can also lead to an unpleasant taste in the coffee you brew, as it clogs the internal components of the machine and can lead to temperature faults.

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Therefore, it is recommended to use mineral water or bottled water to reduce the amount of limescale in the machine. You should only descale your capsule coffee machine as often as recommended. In general, the coffee machine should be cleaned approximately every 300 coffees if you use tap water, whereas when using mineral water, it can be descaled every 600 cups.

When should you descale?

Regardless of the above, nowadays, many coffee machines come with an automatic system that indicates by means of an LED light that it is time to descale them. In addition to this alert, here are some other indicators to help you know when to clean your coffee machine.

  • Changes in water temperature.
  • Total or partial blockages caused by limescale.
  • Every 3 months if you consume more than 3 capsules a day.

It is also important to consider changing the water filter periodically, approximately every two months. This ensures that the water quality improves and reduces the amount of limescale in the capsule coffee machine, prolonging its life and enhancing the taste of the coffee.

Steps to descale the capsule coffee machine

The descaling systems vary slightly from one coffee machine to another, but it is generally a simple process to perform. There are also different decalcification kits on the market with instructions for each specific machine, such as Dolce Gusto, Delonghi, Nespresso or Senseo coffee machines.

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  1. First of all, it is important to check that there are no capsules still in the machine. You should also empty the empty capsule container if your coffee machine has this container.
  2. Then fill the water tank with the descaling liquid.
  3. In the third step, you must place a container, just as if you were placing a cup to serve your coffee, to collect the water with impurities that your coffee maker will expel during the process.
  4. Afterwards, start the coffee maker in descaling mode. This process depends on the model of coffee maker you have, so it is advisable to consult the machine’s instruction manual. This process is usually activated by pressing the brew button for a couple of seconds.
  5. Finally, let the container fill until the water tank is empty and repeat this process 2 to 3 times.
  6. At the end of the process, you should clean the water tank very carefully using soapy water. In this way, you ensure that there are no remains of the descaling product in the coffee machine.

As you can see, the process of descaling your capsule coffee machine is simple and straightforward, thanks to the kits that come with all the necessary tools for the process. However, it is important always to use approved kits and not homemade alternatives such as vinegar, as this can affect the performance of your coffee machine.