Nespresso® machines are nifty appliances, always there to provide a quick and easy coffee. It is a give and take relationship, though. It provides the quality coffee we require, but we also need to take care of it to retain that quality. This is where descaling your machine comes in.

Caring for your Nespresso® Machine

Care comes in the form of descaling and cleaning. Descaling is crucial in removing the build-up of calcium and magnesium deposits that form limescale on the heating element and thermoblock in your machine.

Calcium and Magnesium Build-up in Nespresso® Machines

Calcium and magnesium deposits come from the minerals in your tap water. The “harder” the water, the more minerals present. Each brew with your Nespresso® machine causes the deposits to accumulate and develop limescale.

Accumulation of limescale on your machine’s heating components prevents them from heating the water to its optimal temperature, resulting in cold, poor-tasting coffee.

How often should you descale your Coffee Machine

Certain machines such as the Nespresso® Lattissima, and VertuoPlus inform you when to descale. On the Lattissima an orange light on the button will alert you, and the VertuoPlus will shine half green, half orange.

It’s okay If your machine does not alert you. Most manufacturers recommend that you descale your machine every 3-6 months to keep the heating components in tip-top condition. The recommended usage also depends on the water hardness in your area.

You can find out if your water is hard with a simple and easy DIY test. You will need a clean and clear empty bottle with a cap, and some pure liquid soap.

Fill the bottle one-third full of tap water, add a few drops of liquid soap and shake well for a few seconds. If there is a lack of foamy bubbles and the water appears cloudy and/or milky, your water is likely hard.

How to Descale your Coffee Machine

First check your machine manufacturer’s instruction manual for descaling and rinsing procedures.

  1. Pour 100 ml (single dose) of Caffenu® Descaler into the water tank of your machine, with 500 ml of water to make the descaling solution.
  2. Place a large container under the brew spout and run a brewing cycle to dispense approximately 200 ml of the solution into container.
  3. If your machine has a steam wand, then run an additional 200 ml of the solution through it, into the container.
  4. Repeat steps 2 & 3 until all the solution has been dispensed, allowing the machine to sit for 5 minutes between each cycle.
  5. Rinse the tank then fill it with clean water and repeat steps 2 & 3 with clean water. Once done, wipe the machine and surface around it with a damp cloth.

Sanitize and keeping it clean, that is now more important than ever. You have probably seen this white build-up at the bottom of your kettle before?

This comes from the high concentration of calcium in the water we use. In order to test the efficiency of sanitizing products, we took this old kettle with an impressive build-up of limescale and decided to put our Caffenu® Eco Descaler to the test!

The results were overwhelming (all the white stuff is gone!): a limescale-free, sanitized kettle. Now just think about this: The surface of your kettle is visible, you can actually see the build-up, but what about the inside of your coffee machine? There are places we simply can’t see, where heat and moisture are present. Those places build up that exact limescale, as well as coffee residues and bacteria.

It isn’t a fun thing to consider, but coffee machines do build up some foul mess, and that’s why it is essential to give your coffee machine a thorough cleaning every now and then, too; to avoid the potentially harmful substances that build up in your precious machine, and ensure you always get a perfect cup of coffee!

Please remember, also use a cleaning capsule on your machine (if available) or a cleaning tablet, as it is just as important as descaling. Here is a complete guide on how to clean which specific coffee machine.

Please, keep it clean!

We are so excited to tell you about this one! If you have a Keurig® K-Cup® coffee brewer, surely you have heard some of these bad news. Dirty and blocked brewing chambers, dangerous bacteria lingering inside the spout, lime scale in the pipes of the machine, all that stuff you do not want in your next freshly brewed cup of coffee.

The only way to ensure a fresh cup of coffee is to have a strict cleaning regime for your brewer. The problem though is, most parts of the machine are completely inaccessible without you taking your machine apart. Well, some invention was necessary to come up with an easy way to clean where you cannot reach.

The Caffenu Complete Maintenance Kit was specifically invented to clean the inside of Keurig® K-Cup® brewer.

Cleaning Procedure: To clean your machine, simply insert one of the cleaning pods into the pod holder of your machine. Simply run the pod the same as a coffee capsule. It releases a unique foaming action which removes old coffee-oils and bacteria from all the nooks and crannies all at the press of a button. We recommend to use a cleaning pod after every 30 cups of coffee made, or at least once a month.

Descaling Procedure: Now take the second part of the Kit, the eco descaler, and clean the pipes and boiler of your brewer to remove lime scale and mineral build-up (that white stuff you can see in kettles). This is a longer process, but very efficient as it makes sure that your heating element and pump of your machine can function correctly, meaning you get hot coffee. You only need to descale every 3 months, depending on the water hardness in your area. The harder the water, the more often we recommend that you descale.

One thing we know for sure. Cleaning & Descaling are two very different, but important procedures to follow to make sure that your machine lasts longer, and that your coffee is the freshest it can be. Only a clean machine makes the perfect coffee.

The Caffenu Complete Maintenance Kit is suitable for all Keurig® K-Cup® brewers including Keurig® 2.0.

From Zero to Hero: Our Caffenu® cleaning capsule is 1 year old today!

 

What a year it has been! We officially launched our newest invention, the Caffenu® cleaning capsule, in November 2015 – the first capsule ever world-wide that specifically cleans Nespresso® coffee machines.

The Caffenu® cleaning capsule is now being sold in 24 countries, from New Zealand to South Africa, from Taiwan to Tottenham, you have the cleanest machines on the entire planet!

Thanks to our amazing partners, we were featured at the Spring Fair, Ambiente and Toronto Home Shows 2016.


We took part in several promotions chatting to customers and educating them about the need to clean their machines.

Caffenu® was featured in multiple media publications, print as well as online.

We created our own YouTube Channel and produced 5 video commercials already that help our distributors to sell on their online channels.

The huge success we had so far would not have been possible without our trusted partners, distributors, and resellers. We would like to thank each and every single one of you for trusting in us and our innovative product!

The Caffenu® Team is looking forward to even more success in 2017! We wish all of you a wonderful holiday season over December!

Here is to fresh coffee!

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