4 Useful Tips for Maintaining Your Coffee Machine
A coffee machine is one of the best investments a coffee lover can make. With proper care and maintenance, your coffee machine can continue to perform at its peak to give you quality coffee each time. Here are four tips on how to maximise the lifespan of your coffee machine.

1. Set Up Your Machine Properly and Study It

The first step to ensuring your coffee machine lasts is to start right. Setting up your coffee machine properly can help make sure you won’t get caught in a tight spot later. While some coffee machines are plug and play devices, others may require a bit more fine-tuning. It also helps to know how to operate your coffee machine correctly. You can do this by reading the manual, or if you prefer a more hands-on approach, by engaging the help of De’Longhi’s live coffee advisor who will guide you through the set-up and functions of your coffee machine via live video conferencing. Requesting assistance from the De’Longhi live coffee expert is easy — simply book your time slot, indicate your machine model, and wait for your session. During your session, the coffee advisor will not only answer all your questions on setting up and the various functions, but also give you tips on how to get the best out of your coffee machine. The video below shows what you can expect from your session. https://youtu.be/5ccPPSm6oDc

2. Clean Your Milk Carafe Regularly

[caption id="attachment_14112" align="alignnone" width="2560"]a person steaming milk using an espresso machine Prevent milk from drying up and solidifying by cleaning the steam wand after every operation. Photo from Ketut Subiyanto.[/caption] While some coffee machines, like the De’Longhi Prima Donna Elite, have an automatic cleaning function that kicks in after every use, you still need to manually clean your milk carafe when not in use. It’s best to pour only the exact amount of milk you’ll need to minimise wastage, then clean your milk carafe after use. As for the steam wand, you need to clean it immediately with a damp washcloth after each operation to prevent the milk from drying up and crusting. Not only is this hygienic, it will also prevent your steam wand from clogging up with solidified milk.

3. Empty Your Coffee Bean Container When Not in Use

[caption id="attachment_14118" align="alignnone" width="1054"]coffee beans in an opened container Don’t let decomposition get in the way of your perfect cup of joe — clean your bean storage regularly! Featuring the De'Longhi Vacuum Sealed Coffee Beans Canister. Photo from De'Longhi.[/caption] In the same vein as emptying and cleaning your milk carafe, you should do the same for your coffee bean container when not in use. If you use your coffee machine daily, this shouldn’t be too much of a problem as you’ll be emptying and refilling your coffee beans regularly (and hopefully, cleaning the container in between) to keep your supply fresh. But, if you know you’re going to be away for a while or will not be using your coffee machine for an extended period, be sure to empty the bean storage while your machine is not in use. Leaving coffee beans in the bean container has two major consequences — it compromises the quality of the beans, and decomposition of the coffee beans will leave dark spots and a grimy layer at the bottom of the container which can be hard to clean off. Find out more about the proper way of storing your coffee beans and other solutions to common coffee brewing mistakes here.

4. Descale Your Coffee Machine Regularly

[caption id="attachment_14115" align="alignnone" width="1081"]two bottles of descaling solution Get rid of limescale build-up with the De’Longhi EcoDescaler specially designed to give your coffee machine a good clean from the inside. Photo from De’Longhi.[/caption] Did you know that the type of water you use to brew your coffee matters? Ideally, you should be using water that has a pH level between 6.5 to 7.5 (usually bottled or filtered water) to achieve a well-balanced coffee. Tap water, while convenient, has many minerals like calcium and magnesium that not only affects the extraction and flavour of your coffee, but can also accumulate over time and cause a build-up of limescale in your coffee machine which can interfere with your coffee machine’s performance and overall taste of your coffee. Prevent this from happening and prolong the lifespan of your coffee machine by descaling it at least once a month. Descaling your coffee machine isn’t as hard as it sounds — here’s a step-by-step guide on how to do it. Caring or maintaining your coffee machine is not expensive nor difficult but it does require regular and consistent effort. Make it a point to incorporate these maintenance steps in your daily, weekly or monthly routine and you’re well on your way to enjoying great brews from your coffee machine for many years to come.