A Step-By-Step Guide: How to Descale Your Coffee Machine

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"]coffee machine descaling solutions 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
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