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.

It’s easy to make a cup of coffee, but it’s just as easy to leave the used coffee build up inside the machine or coffee capsule basket and let it stay there for a while. The same goes for the coffee that builds up in the drip tray, cup after cup. Here is how you can keep bacteria at bay and your coffee machine clean.

A study done at University of Valencia in Spain found that between 35 and 67 types of bacteria were
breeding in the coffee machine’s drip trays they studied, and among them were pathogenic strains
that can make you sick. This is not a nice thought, but easy to fix, as the dirt and bacteria can be kept
away by doing a little cleaning!

To keep bacteria at bay, you should regularly empty out any removable coffee machine parts, for
example both the basket and the drip tray, as well as give them a soak and clean every now and then.

If you have a capsule coffee machine, it’s great to run a cleaning capsule through the machine, and
soak the basket and drip tray in the cleaning solution afterwards. For other types of coffee machines
it is recommended to use this cleaning powder which was specifically designed to clean your coffee
equipment and parts.

Doing so will certainly put your mind at ease once you know what goes on in those components
after some time. Treat your coffee machine right, and it will give you fresh tasting coffee without any
germs. Have a look at our guide on the best way to clean your specific coffee machine here.

The first step to amazing tasting coffee moments? A clean coffee machine. Enjoy!

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The water you put through your coffee machine is more important than you think. Changing the water inside your coffee machine’s water tank can not only prevent dirty water entering the pipes of your machine, but also help to avoid stale tasting coffee.

Leaving the same water in your coffee machine’s water container for too long leads to the water going stale, in turn giving you poor-tasting coffee. Ideally, the water should be changed daily for ultimate freshness!

Tip: Only fill as much water into the tank as you will need for your next coffee. That way you can avoid wasting water, as it is recommended to rinse your tank before making your next cup of coffee.

You can also better the taste of your coffee by switching to filtered water. Using filtered water also helps to keep the build-up of lime scale inside of your machine to an absolute minimum, helping to prolong the life span of your coffee machine.

If your coffee still does not taste as good as it should, it might be time for a deep clean. We recommend using a cleaner for the brewing chamber of your machine, and a descaler for the heating element and pipes. Also remember to soak your water container, and baskets or any other removable parts on your machine regularly, for example with cleaning powder specifically designed for coffee machines.

Have a look at our guide on the best way to clean your specific coffee machine here.

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The inside of coffee machines build up limescale and calcium deposits which sadly hinders the performance of your machine. If the heating element or thermo block are covered in limescale, the machine is unable to heat up water efficiently. Therefore, resulting in cold, bad tasting coffee and a machine that performs poorly. And really, who wants to drink cold coffee?

When coffee machines build up limescale and mineral deposits, it should be removed regularly. This is achieved by properly descaling your machine. Even though vinegar would remove some scale, please leave it for your salad. It only does half a job, and the risk of your coffee tasting like vinegar afterwards is just too high! You want to be using a proper descaling solution, like the Caffenu Eco Descaler, which has been specifically developed for the descaling of coffee machines. The descaling liquid is also eco-friendly at the same time.

Descaling with a proper solution thoroughly removes the build-up of those horrible deposits and keeps your machine running as it should, ensuring you continue to enjoy your coffee! Doing so will also prolong the life span of your coffee maker, avoiding the need to go and buy a new one.

Be aware: Certain machines have a descaling light that will inform you when your coffee machine needs to be descaled, but don’t worry if your machine doesn’t. You want to descale at least every 3-6 months depending on the water hardness in your area. Take care of your machine and it’ll take care of you!

 

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Caffenu® coffee machine cleaning capsules clean the inside of your coffee machine good and proper, but, did you know that you can also give your machine’s removable components a thorough cleaning with the cleaning solution captured in the container? Put your mind at ease with a clean coffee machine.

That’s correct, the drip tray and that box that catches your capsules can build up some nasty coffee stains and bacteria. That’s where the solution caught in your container comes in; you can soak the drip tray and capsule basket in the cleaning solution for 5-10 minutes, then give them a scrub and rinse. It’s as easy as that! 

If the stains are still there, and you haven’t gotten peace of mind yet, you can repeat the process. Then you can happily know you have a good, clean machine! And enjoy that next fresh cup of coffee, without any bacteria or old coffee residue. Sounds amazing, right?

The first step to amazing tasting coffee moments? A clean coffee machine. Enjoy!

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