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 ItThe 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
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Your daily caffeine fix can add up to be an expensive habit, especially if you’ve been getting yours from your favourite café. Perhaps you’ve considered getting a coffee machine at home but are still on the fence about it. We bust four common myths about owning and using a coffee machine.
Myth 1: A Coffee Machine Is More Expensive than Buying Coffee[caption id="attachment_11919" align="alignnone" width="1920"] Your daily coffee run costs can add up before you know it. Photo from Ben Yang.[/caption] Truth: Some automatic coffee machines may come with heavy price tags but have you ever thought about how much you are really spending per year if you’ve been buying your daily coffee from a café? On average, a regular cup of coffee from your favourite joint can cost you around SGD$4.50/RM10. Multiply that by two coffees a day for every day of the year and you would have spent SGD$3,285/RM7300 on just coffee alone! If cost is a concern, you’ll be happy to know that there are options for every type of budget. More importantly, price isn’t a measure of performance and quality. On top of that, a good quality machine should last you about five to eight years. If you add up the cost of the machine (and how long it will last), coffee beans, milk (if you drink yours white), and maintenance per year, it will still be less than buying your coffee from a café daily.
Myth 2: It Will Be Too Complicated to Operate[caption id="attachment_11920" align="alignnone" width="970"]
Espresso – a full-bodied, concentrated shot of coffee that forms the foundation of every caffeinated drink. It is so important to perfect that single shot.
Brewing a barista-quality shot of espresso isn’t as complicated as you think. With the right knowledge and equipment, you can pull a flawless shot at home every time.
Posted: May 29, 2020
If your espresso machine is serving a pot of weak, off-tasting, tepid coffee and takes a longer-than-usual time to brew, chances are the machine may be lodged with limescale buildup. It’s now time to give your machine the descaling routine and attention it needs. How does one descale an espresso machine? Follow this step-by-step guide to ensure that the many pipes and small jets in your machine are sparkling clean. Prefer a quick video guide? Here’s a great place to start: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gKDvWHcAEh8&feature=emb_logo Tip: We recommend descaling your espresso machine at least once a month to ensure your morning brew is packed with a punch each day.
1. Get a Descaling Agent[caption id="attachment_6030" align="alignnone" width="2560"] While DIY or homemade descaling agents may work, the best (and guaranteed) option would be a commercial descaling solution made specifically for coffee machines. Featuring the De’Longhi EcoDecalk Mini. Photo from De'Longhi[/caption] Some use vinegar, others use citric acid, and there are people who use lemon juice as a descaling agent — any all-natural descaling agents work (albeit with varying degrees of effectiveness, and note that some may be more corrosive to your machine than others). The best, though, is a commercial descaling solution. The De’Longhi EcoDecalk
Posted: December 18, 2019
To a coffee lover, the practice of starting the day with a strong brew is ingrained into our morning routine. Imagine the joy and anticipation of taking that first sip out of an aromatic cup…only for it to be ruined by a wave of lingering bitterness.
Contrary to popular belief, bitterness isn’t caused by the strength of the coffee. To put it into perspective, a Kopi-Gao shouldn’t be tasting any more bitter than a standard Kopi. Neither is it true that darker coffee is more bitter.
No one can afford to start their mornings on a bitter note (figuratively and literally), so go through this list to find out what’s causing the bitterness in your coffee and how to fix it the next time you prepare a cup for yourself.
Posted: November 13, 2019
We’re here to help you make great coffee within the comfort of your home every day. Sure, sorting out a cup of flawless espresso begins with a reliable fully automatic coffee machine, but these machines too require some tweaking and dialing-in.
Here are some tips, tricks and everything you need to know to ensure you are getting the most out of your fully automatic coffee machine.
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How hard can it be to make a cup of coffee? Just pour hot water over coffee powder, right?
Well sure, you can do that… but there’s so much more to making that cup of perfection. With the right coffee beans and simple equipment, your daily cuppa is instantly elevated. Trust us – it’s worth putting in that extra 5 or so minutes for a fresh brew.
Here are the basics of coffee chemistry that will make you an expert in home brewing. This might just be the start of your home barista adventure.
Use Fresh Coffee Beans