Descaling is a very important step in maintaining your coffee machine & ensuring you get a perfectly hot & fresh cup of coffee. Descaling isn’t just for your coffee machine though; we recommend regular descaling on kettles & urns as well to keep them in tip-top shape.

Before we start, we recommend that you descale your coffee machine, kettle or urn every 2 – 4 months depending on how many cups you have per month and the water hardness of your area.

To descale your coffee machine, it is best to consult your manufacturer’s instruction manual for descaling and rinsing procedures as the below are general instructions. Most machines have a descaling setting.

Coffee Machines

  1. Empty 100ml (single dose) Caffenu Eco Descaler into the water tank with 500 ml of water to create the descaling solution.
  2. Place a large container under the brew spout and run approximately 200 ml of the solution through the brew cycle into the container.
  3. Run approximately 200 ml; of the solution through the steam wand (if your machine has one) into the container.
  4. Repeat steps 2 & 3 until all of the solution is used up, allowing the machine to sit for 5 minutes in between each run.
  5. Empty the water tank and rinse well.
  6. Rinse the machine by running one full tank of clean water through the machine (repeating steps 2 & 3 with water only).
  7. After you are done descaling your machine, clean the appliance and surrounding area with a clean, damp cloth.

Kettles & Urns

  1. Empty 100 ml (single dose) Caffenu Eco Descaler into the kettle or urn with 500 ml of water. For larger urns, use 200 ml (double dose) with 1l of water.
  2. Bring the appliance to boil and allow the boiled solution to stand for 10 min to ensure optimum scale removal.
  3. Empty the appliance carefully, directly into a sink and rinse thoroughly.
  4. Wipe the appliance with a clean and damp cloth.

In addition to using the Caffenu Eco descaler, we recommend using a Caffenu Cleaning Capsule (for your specific machine). Additionally, we recommend cleaning tablets if you own a professional, and/or fully automatic/bean to cup machine. Doing so not only ensures optimal machine performance and maintenance, but also for your health and the perfect cup of coffee every time!

Check out this video for easy visual instructions on how to use Caffenu Eco Descaler on a Nespresso® Machine:

 

Have you ever splurged on some seriously good beans only to end up with a disappointing espresso? Its definitely happened to us! But don’t worry, here are 3 common mistakes to avoid when making your next cuppa, ensuring you end up with the freshest, smoothest coffee in town!

1. The Freshness of the Coffee

The first mistake most people make when trying to create the perfect espresso at home is not using freshly roasted or ground coffee. Coffee begins to oxidize or “age” once roasted. Most professional baristas agree that coffee is at its best 2 – 5 days after being roasted. However, you can still use them, ideally, between 7 and 14 days when properly sealed and stored. The fresher the coffee, the richer the taste! It is also advised to ground the exact quantity necessary for the number of cups you are about to brew. This is because subtle aromatic compounds of coffee start deteriorating minutes after grinding.

2. The milk

We do not recommend using low-fat milk for frothing, as it will leave you with milk filled with bubbles and no texture, which will result in a less smooth, unbalanced coffee. It will not be as rich or sweet, which could be why your lattes and cappuccinos sometimes feel like a flop.

3. Not Cleaning Your Machine

Cleaning your machine is one of the most important but most often overlooked parts of owning an espresso machine. Daily and weekly cleaning & maintenance are essential for your coffee machine’s longevity & to ensure the perfect cup of coffee. We recommend using the Caffenu Cleaning Powder or the Caffenu Tablets Blister to ensure the internal components of your machine stay sparkly clean & fresh while the Caffenu Milk System Cleaner will help keep bacteria at bay when it comes to your built-in steam wand.

It is no secret that only a clean machine makes the best coffee. Any barista can testify to that, but did you know that there’s more to cleaning an espresso machine than just giving it a wipe down after every use? Today we look at cleaning your espresso machine’s group heads.

The group head is one of the most important yet most overlooked areas of an espresso machine. It is extremely important to keep this area clean as this is where the coffee meets the machine. Here we set out a step-by-step guide for how you can maintain & clean your group heads.

Regular maintenance and cleaning of your beloved espresso machine goes a long way, not only in saving you money on replacements & services but also in ensuring you get the freshest cup of coffee, every time!

You may have a coffee obsession and want to buy a coffee machine, but you’re not sure where to begin or what to look out for. Because let’s face it, there are hundreds of coffee machine types on the market.

Before you decide to buy a coffee machine, consider a few factors that will determine whether the coffee maker will fulfil your actual needs. Coffee machines are used by certain coffee drinkers to brew coffee at home, at work, at restaurants, and in cafés. Furthermore, whatever you intend to use your coffee machine for, you need to ensure that it meets your expectations.

Here are the Top 4 Things you need to check before buying a coffee machine:

1. Type of Machine

Coffee enthusiasts can choose from a variety of coffee machines, each with its own set of features and functionality:

Capsule Coffee Machine – The ultimate convenience to make professional coffee at home within seconds. Simply insert a coffee pod, enjoy. This is perfect for convenience coffee lovers who want a good cup on the go.

Bean To Cup – A bean to cup machine grinds beans fresh to preserve the flavour of oils in the beans. Perfect for office settings where 5 or more people make coffee at the same time.

Manual Espresso – Looking to get more involved in actual coffee making with a professional taste? Then you should try a manual Espresso machine. Once you’ve mastered the skills, you’ll be able to make coffee exactly to your liking.

Filter Coffee – An affordable and reliable coffee maker that allows you to brew a large pot of coffee at once. All you need are your favourite coffee grounds and some cold water to make a wonderful cup of coffee.

2. Capacity & Speed

You should think about how many individuals the coffee maker will serve as well as how many cups it can brew. You’ll need a machine with a huge capacity if you plan on serving a significant number of individuals, however if you’re buying one for your home, you’ll require something much smaller. Consider a capsule or vending machine if you need a machine that brews quickly.

3. Maintenance

When it comes to determining which machine to buy, maintenance is crucial. You should be aware that you will need to clean your machine on a daily basis in order for it to last. The longevity and functionality of your coffee machine are determined by how well you maintain it. Varied machines have different requirements when it comes to maintenance. You’ll need to commit to daily cleaning and more intensive cleaning on occasion if you want to keep enjoying a superb cup of coffee.

4. Material & Quality

Convenience and user friendliness are usually at the top of the list when looking for a new coffee maker, and understandably so, but it’s also critical that the coffee machine is safe to use. To determine whether a coffee machine is safe to use look for one that has a BPA-Free label on it. Coffee machines with plastic material inside are dangerous, when this plastic comes into contact with hot liquids it releases a chemical known as BPA which is harmful to your health.

When purchasing a coffee machine, make sure it is convenient, safe to use, and easy to operate. A coffee machine that checks all of those criteria is dependable and capable of producing nearly any coffee beverage. How can you know if a coffee maker is worthwhile? Simply said, the finest machine to buy is one that is simple to use, does not endanger your health or safety, and comes with a guarantee, maintenance, and repair in the event it malfunctions.

Cleaning and maintaining your coffee equipment is as important as the coffee you buy when it comes to fresh quality coffee. Some cleaning products are simply a non-negotiable if you want to look after your equipment properly. We had a look at the Top 4 most popular Caffenu coffee machine cleaning products and will tell you below exactly how to use them and on which coffee machine they can and should be used on. Here’s to cleaning your coffee machine and enjoying fresher coffee!

The Top 4 Most Popular Caffenu cleaning products for coffee machines are

1. Eco Descaler:

The Descaler can be used on any coffee machine, kettle, and urn. It is probably the most important first step which any coffee machine requires so that lime scale and mineral build-up does not lead to cold coffee, and machine blockage. Descale at least every 2-4 months depending on water hardness in your area.

Always consult your manufacturer’s instructions for descaling and rinsing procedures, first. General instructions below.

For Coffee Machines

  1. Empty 100 ml dose into water tank with 500 ml of water for the descaling solution.
  2. Insert large container under the brew spout and run 200 ml of the solution through the brew cycle.
  3. Run the 200 ml of the solution through the steam wand if applicable.
  4. Repeat step 2 & 3 until the solution is used up, allow the machine to sit for 5 minutes in between each run. When done empty and rinse water tank.
  5. Run one full tank of clean water through the machine to rinse it.
  6. Wipe surrounding surfaces with a damp cloth after descaling.

For Kettle and Urns

  1. Empty 100 ml into appliance with 500 ml of water. Empty 200 ml in 1 litre of water for Urns.
  2. Bring appliance to boil and allow boiled solution to stand for 10 minutes.
  3. Carefully empty appliance into sink and rinse.
  4. Wipe surrounding surfaces with a damp cloth after descaling.

Avoid splashing descaler on acid intolerant surfaces such as marble, silver, and limestone. Check out this cool video for more information on How to Use Caffenu Descaler.

2. Cleaning Capsules:

The Caffenu cleaning capsule cleans the brewing chamber and spout of your machine in just 2 minutes. It removes residue and build-up from inaccessible areas. Here at Caffenu we have a wide range of Cleaning capsules. Take a look at the range of Caffenu cleaning capsules. See below for instructions on how to use most cleaning capsules.

  1. Open lever and insert cleaning capsule, close lever. Press button for 30 ml cup.
  2. Wait 1 minute. Press button for 100 ml cup.
  3. Open lever to eject capsule.
  4. Close lever; press button for 200 ml cup twice to rinse.
  5. Soak drip using the cleaning solution. Empty capsule container and rinse.

Here is a cool video showing you how to use our Nespresso compatible cleaning capsule.

3. Cleaning Tablets:

The Caffenu cleaning tablets remove dirty coffee oils, odours and bitter tannins found inside brewing units, pots, and filters. They are suitable to be used on Fully Automatic, Espresso, and Filter coffee machines.

For machines with chute/chamber for pre-ground coffee 

  1. Remove brewing unit out of the machine and rinse thoroughly. Re-insert the rinsed brewing unit.
  2. Place large cup underneath the spout.
  3. Insert cleaning tablet into the chute.
  4. Select the coffee pre-grounds and select for one cup of coffee.
  5. Interrupt the programme by turning appliance off using main switch.
  6. Switch appliance on again, conduct step 4 to rinse at least three times.
  7. Remove brewing and rinse thoroughly.
  8. Soak the drip tray in the cleaning solution, allow cleaning how cleaning solution to sit for 5 minutes then rinse drip tray.

For machines with a portafilter/coffee handle with back flushing capability

  1. Turn machine on, place cleaning tablet inside the blind filter.
  2. Clamp the portafilter/coffee handle into the coffee machine.
  3. Start brew cycle for 10 seconds, then stop for 10 seconds. Repeat procedure 5 times.
  4. Remove portafilter and start brew cycle, rinse portafilter with water from group head.
  5. Re-insert portafilter with no tablet, conduct flushing procedure as in step 3 twice.
  6. Make and pour away the first cup of coffee for perfect coffee taste.

Find more information on our cleaning tablets, their usage instructions, and suitability.

4. Cleaning Powder:

The Caffenu cleaning powder removes dirty coffee oils, odours and bitter tannins from your group heads, lines, and valves. Suitable for all Manual and Semi-Automatic Espresso Machines.

Group Head Back Flushing Cleaning:

Place 1 teaspoon (3-5 g) of cleaning powder in the blind filter. Start brew cycle for 10 seconds, then stop for 10 seconds. Repeat the procedure 5 times. Remove portafilter and start brew cycle, rinse portafilter with water from group head. Re-insert portafilter without the powder and conduct flushing procedure. Make and discard the first cup of Espresso.

Weekly cleaning of filters, handles, holders, trays, and cups:

Dissolve 2 teaspoons (8-10 g) of cleaning powder per 1 litre of how water in a suitable container. Place objects to clean in solution for 20 minutes, ensure parts are clean. Rinse with fresh water thoroughly.

Check this short video on How to clean commercial machines with Caffenu Cleaning Powder.

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