Do you realize what goes on inside your Nespresso® coffee machine?
Every time you extract a shot of espresso, a layer of coffee oil stays behind inside the brewing chamber of your machine. Today we want to talk about the dirtiest part inside your Nespresso® coffee machine. It is not the water tank, or the pipes, it is the washer plate!
What is the washer plate?
The washer plate in your Nespresso® coffee machine is a vital part of the brewing process. You can think of it as the filter in your machine. It has many tiny holes in it almost like the shower head in your shower, only much smaller thus the name washer plate.
This is where the front part or the foil lid of your coffee capsule sits up against. When you press your button for your favorite coffee the pressure builds up inside the capsule which then pushes the foil lid up against the washer plate’s raised profile.
When the pressure is correct, the foil bursts and the coffee gets extracted through the tiny holes in the washer plate which then pass through the spout which leads into the nozzle and finally into your cup.
The dirtiest part of your Nespresso® coffee machine
So the truth is, every time you make a coffee, it needs to pass through the tiny holes in the washer plate. This is great when it is all nice and clean to brew your perfect cup of coffee, but unfortunately this is not always the case. Below you can see an image of a normal cleaned washer plate (left) and a blocked washer plate (right). On the blocked washer plate there is barely space or holes for the coffee to pass through due to all the build-up. You can still see all the coffee residue that is blocking the holes.
If you don´t clean your brewing chamber regularly, this will ultimately happen and your machine might stop working. This gradual blockage can stress and damage your machine. But even worse, a blocked washer plate is also the perfect breeding ground for bacteria. All your coffee gets filtered and then passes through this dirty washer plate which spoils the flavor and aroma of your coffee.
With the advent of other beverages like hot chocolate and tea’s which can cause excessive build up, this problem will only get worse. Fortunately the solution is easy by regularly using Caffenu’s cleaning capsules with its unique foaming action and powerful cleansing action which works to break down build up in inaccessible area’s. The capsule removes residue in just 2 minutes from your washer plate, clears the holes and cleans the whole spout and brewing chamber of your machine.
The best way to prevent blocked and dirty Nespresso® machines is to start using the Caffenu® cleaning capsules right from the beginning, so from new, to keep your machine clean and ensuring you get the perfect cup every time.