Coffee grounds are small and messy, and some may leak from the pod into the front chamber of your machine. Overtime, calcium and mold can also build up from the constant water and moisture in the pump and boiler. Descaling will clean out any coffee grounds in the front section and any calcium/mold/bacteria in the boiler and pump. Ideally, your machine should be descaled every month, but 2-3 months may be enough depending on how often your machine is used. Also, the quality and hardness of the water used is also a key factor in calcium build up. If you live in an area with hard water, we suggest using filtered water.
How to descale your machine?
- First you want to check that your machine has no pod in the slot and that the pod tray has been emptied.
- Open the sachet and pour it into the machines water tank.
- Fill the water tank with approximately 1 L of water (different machine models may have a different sized tank)
- Place a jug or container where you would usually put yout coffee mug to collect the water
- Run the empty machine to allow the diluted descaling solution to flow through the machine. You can do this be repeatedly pressing the long shot or hot water button or using the machines descaling mode. (check your machines manual for information regarding this)
- You will notice the water will be discoloured. This is from all the coffee grind residue in your machine.
- Extract all the water until the tank is empty.
- Fill the tank with clean water and repeat the process of extracting the water through the machine into a jug. This will rinse the machine so that there is no descaling powder residue left.
- Once the machine has been rinsed it is ready to use again.
If you descale your machine regularly it should retain its pressure, prevent issues with your extraction, reduce the amount of water that goes into your drip tray and extend the life span of your machine. It will also make your coffee taste a lot better!
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Toby Strong (aka The Podfather)
Founder & Customer Happiness Specialist