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!

When brewing a Nespresso® coffee, you should expect to taste some sweetness, acidity, pleasing body, and, of course, freshness with a pleasant aftertaste. One thing you should not expect is a foul, bitter taste. This is not to say there isn’t any bitter profile at all; however, an overwhelming bitterness should never be welcome in a cup. So, here’s why your Nespresso® coffee is tasting bitter.

What causes the bitterness in your Nespresso® coffee?

Nespresso® machines build up coffee oil residue with each coffee capsule that is brewed. These build-ups accumulate in the brewing chamber, spout, and washer plate of the machine (the front-end). The growth of bacteria due to the build-up and moisture is also possible.

The accumulation eventually ends up becoming part of your brew, giving you a bad, bitter-tasting coffee. This may cause alarm bells to sound (it rightfully should), but there is a trick: you can rid your Nespresso® machine of these build-ups.

Reclaim the perfect-tasting coffee

The best way to clean the front-end of your Nespresso® machine is by flushing the residue and dirt out. A thorough cleaning can be achieved with a cleaning capsule, which releases a powerful foaming agent to work through the brewing chamber, spout, and washer plate.

Using a Caffenu® cleaning capsule is as easy as using a coffee capsule, and you get to see how the cleaning capsule expels the muck which has built up in your machine (see video below). Once cleansed, you will not only have a clean, bacteria-free Nespresso® machine; most importantly, you will get to enjoy an improved coffee taste minus the foul bitterness.

Ever wondered why professionals keep your coffee cup warm before they pour the coffee? Well, there is a good reason for it. Pouring coffee into a cold cup doesn’t only make your coffee cold, it can also affect the taste of it.

A very good method to keep your coffee tasting hot and fresh is to preheat your cup every time you make a coffee. And guess what, you can give your machine a rinse at the same time too. Put your coffee cup underneath the spout of your machine, press the brew button with no capsule inside the machine, and the magic will happen.

You can now swirl the hot water around in your cup and discard. You will have a warm cup, and a cleaner machine! As easy as that!

Need a proper clean? Well, only using hot water simply won’t be enough to always clean that machine. Particularly those spaces you can’t see or reach. A detergent will be required, as hot water alone will not break down hardened oils, and debris.

For those times, Caffenu’s cleaning capsule will do just the trick! The cleaning capsule by Caffenu is used just like a coffee capsule. You insert it, close the lever, press the brew button, and the capsule goes to work. The capsule releases a foaming substance that will clean the brewing chamber and completely remove bacteria and build-up left behind from past usage. The best part is it will clean the entire brewing chamber in just two minutes. Use at least once a month to maintain your machine properly.

By removing old coffee oils, and tannins, Caffenu is helping you to get the perfect tasting cup of coffee every time. Remember to rinse the brewing chamber after cleaning. Find Caffenu’s cleaning capsules here for your country.

In November 2015 the first ever Caffenu® cleaning capsule for Nespresso® machines successfully launched, and has changed the way home users clean their coffee equipment.

Caffenu® developed the world’s first capsule that cleans the brewing chamber of Nespresso® coffee machines. Because of its unique foaming action, the capsule cleans where a descaler can’t reach, and has brought coffee pod machine cleaning to an entirely new level. The results are fresh, and better tasting coffee, and extended life span of the machine.

Caffenu® now has a footprint in over 32 countries, the most successful regions being:

1st The UK
2nd Germany
3rd Italy
4th Scandinavia
5th The Netherlands

The large success of the Caffenu® cleaning capsule proves that coffee lovers all around the world want to take care of their beloved equipment, and they do not want to compromise on taste. By cleaning your machine with Caffenu®, you always make sure that you get the freshest, best-tasting coffee possible.

If you are interested in distributing or selling our innovative products in your country or region, please contact us.

Here is to fresher coffee, by cleaning one machine at a time!

Read more about this unique invention here.

How to brew the perfect cup of coffee – with your Nespresso® machine

How temperatures, water and your coffee capsule machine all influence the quality of your coffee. Here are our Top 5 Tips:

1. Preheat your cup

pre-heat your coffee cupYes, you heard us! It is very important to preheat your cup for the perfect cup of coffee, before you brew your coffee pod. A cold cup will not only affect the temperature of your coffee, but also the coffee flavour.

Thankfully, there is an easy way to preheat your cup if you have a Nespresso® coffee machine. Simply run your machine without a capsule inside (just hot water). Swirl the hot water around in your cup, discard water. Cup is heated and ready for coffee in only a few seconds!

2. Remove bacteria

remove bacteria from your coffee machine Did you know that professional baristas clean their coffee equipment every single day? There is a reason for that. Coffee is a very oily beverage. Every time you extract a shot of espresso it leaves a layer of oil and residue behind in your Nespresso® machine.

Bacteria can feed on the old coffee oils and build-up inside your machine. Use a Caffenu® cleaning capsule once a month to get rid of any residue. Simply insert the cleaning capsule like a coffee capsule. Put a large container underneath the spout to run the cleaning solution into. Run, rinse twice and your’re good to go.

3. Clean & soak

soak removable partsClean all parts of your coffee machine to ensure a clean and bacteria-free machine, and get the best-tasting coffee. Soak your drip tray, capsule basket, and water tank as part of a spring cleaning routine.

Use the cleaning solution that is left over after using a cleaning capsule. Soak all removable parts in the solution for 10 minutes. Gently scrub and rinse the parts after soaking.

4. Descale your machine

descale regularlyDescaling is the not the same as using a cleaning capsule. The cleaning capsule gets rid of old coffee oils in the brewing chamber of your machine. The descaler removes limescale from the boiler and thermoblock, and pipes of your machine. Limescale can contribute to poor-tasting and cold coffee, so be sure to keep it away.

Descaling is only necessary every 3-6 months, depending on how hard the water is that you use to make the coffee. Regular descaling makes sure that your coffee tastes great every single time, and also keeps your Nespresso® machine in great condition.

5. Use fresh filtered water

use fresh filtered waterStale water can affect the taste of your coffee. Avoid stale-tasting coffee by keeping your water clean and fresh. Change the water inside your water tank frequently. Rinse and refill the tank, if possible with fresh, filtered water.

Also: if you are using tap water in your coffee machine, it is very likely that you need to descale your machine more often due to the lime and calcium build-up that ends up in your coffee machine.

Enjoy making your perfect up of coffee!

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