My wife is a coffee addict. Every morning, she must get her coffee before she can become ‘normal’. Therefore, I was surprised when my wife approach me one morning with a sour look on her face, “Honey, this cup of coffee tastes bad.” Now, I’m not an avid coffee drinker, but I know a few things.
One of these things is that coffee is not supposed to taste horrible, especially with a slate of art coffee machine. I think that’s a given, right? I mean, I forked out several hundreds for a slate of art coffee machine and coffee machine refill packs that is suppose to deliver finest coffee, and it chutes out terrible tasting coffee?
I examined the coffee making machine. The situation was not looking good. I could see some brown and black coloured powdery deposits on the inside of the machine. The beautiful new coffee maker that we just bought 3 months ago and was so proud of seemed to have lost some of its lackluster and shine.
I asked her when was the last time she had cleaned the coffee machine. The response was an unintelligible mumble while avoiding eye contact as she made an excuse and get scrambled out of the kitchen. I took that as a bad sign.
Well, when the espresso machine chute out coffee that starts to taste funny or horrible, I guess it’s time to give your coffee maker a little clean-up. A simple cleaning should help to maintain freshness and prevent staining. It would also removes mineral buildup and cleans out the coffee residues that was left behind and had turned bad. Best of all, the coffee will back to tasting good. ?
The best news? It’s easy to do and require very little on your part.
What you need to clean your coffee machine
Descaler is a highly effective concentrate for quick and easy removal of limescale from household appliances. When used regularly, Descaler guarantees longer life of the appliances, energy savings, and, for example in the preparation of drinks, consistent quality of taste. Also for espresso and coffee pad machines.
How to clean your coffee machine
1. Just add 1/2 cup of Descaler with 2 cups of water into the machine and let the water run halfway through.
2. Switch off the coffee maker and let it sit for about 10 minutes.
3. After that, I re-switched on the coffee machine and allowed the rest of the water to run through.
4. Discard the coffee machine filter.
5. Rinse out everything with fresh water, twice.
Viola, our coffee maker is back in operation, with the coffee that my wife loves!
She was so happy to have her daily dose of good coffee that she gave me a peck on the cheek in happiness.
Sometimes, just a little cleaning is all it takes!
Tips on maintaining your coffee machine
Clean out your coffee machine once a month or so.
Check out your manufacturer site. Many manufacturers have tips and videos on cleaning and maintaining your coffee machine.
Links to some of the common coffee machines manufacturer in Singapore.