We believe the only thing more important than a perfect cup of coffee, is a healthy earth to enjoy it on. That’s why we’ve taken the liberty and developed an eco-friendly liquid that helps take care of our customers’ descaling needs. However, eco labelling is pretty vague. So, what exactly is it about the eco descaler that makes it eco-friendly?
A lot of commercial descaler products contain a chemical known as phosphate – a molecule of nitrogen and phosphorous. Phosphates are found in our food, our soaps, and in our cleaning supplies. Phosphates is something people didn’t worry about for a long time. That’s why we’ve grown so dependent on it. But now, researchers have realized that phosphates have a negative effect on the environment.
When we throw phosphate-containing products away or they seep down our drains, the phosphates end up in aquatic ecosystems. These include rivers, lakes, ponds, and even oceans. Mostly, phosphates promote excess growth in algae, which disrupts delicate ecosystems and upsets the predator/prey balance, and lessens water quality. It decreases oxygen in water (which our fish friends need to survive!), and obliterates valuable food resources and animal habitats.
As a result of these changes, we’re seeing outbreaks of illness and death in huge numbers of fish. Humans aren’t immune to these changes either, as the algae in the water can sometimes make the water toxic to us, as well as promote the growth of harmful bacteria that seek to make us sick.
This isn’t an easy problem to solve. Water clean-up across the globe needs to happen continually and remain monitored to make sure that these essential aquatic ecosystems stay healthy and as nature intended. There is one part that all of us can play though, and that’s reducing the amount of phosphate products we use. That’s why our eco descaler is important, and why we’ve made eco-friendliness a priority.
Yes, 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!
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.
Clean 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.
Descaling 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.
Stale 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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