There is nothing more fulfilling to a coffee lover than a freshly brewed pot of the nectar each morning. Essentially other than your life partner, your coffee makes it the one other things that make your day tolerable. It takes care of you, keeps you caffeinated and ensures that you start off your day with a positive attitude and the right amount of energy to tackle your challenges. But most people fail to return this favor. Some forget to clean out their coffee makers, leaving them carriers of germs and disease while others simply do a partial shoddy job. One of the things that people neglect to remove from their coffee machines is scale, which is caused by the repeated use of hard water in brewing coffee. This usually reduces the performance of your coffee maker, alters the taste of the coffee with each brewing cycle and eventually cause it to get damaged. There is however a way to remove this scale from your machine, hence the name descaling.
Before we get off to the ‘cure’ mechanisms, let us first consider a preventive measure. Most people simply fetch water from their taps and load it into the coffee maker, assuming that the action of heat will purify it and produce some sweet, healthy, safe to drink coffee. This point is not in dispute. However, the water from taps is usually hard water, and it is what cause the scaling to your coffee maker. The best preventive measure is to use distilled water when making your coffee. This is water that has been made soft the action of either heating or chemicals and as such does not produce scale when heated. It will ensure that your machine does not get affected as it brews your coffee for you.
Descaling should be done first thing in the morning, before the coffee maker has been used. This is because it is essential for the machine to be at room temperature at the beginning of the process. Insert a new filer in the machine then fill it halfway with a solution of distilled water and white vinegar. Allow the mixture an adequate amount of time to brew then pour it out. Do this process twice over then allow the machine to cool. Replace the filter with another one then brew a single cycle of distilled water through the coffee maker then pour the liquids out. Repeat the process at least twice more to ensure that all the vinegar is removed from your coffee maker. You can make a pot of two of coffee to be discarded, this is simply to wipe out the taste of vinegar from your coffee maker. After this, your machine should be able to adequately produce some really good tasting coffee!
There are a couple of things to observe during this exercise. The first is to ensure that you stick to the guidelines within your manual that dictate the terms of your machine’s warranty. The other is to ensure that your vinegar solution does not exceed 50% as this will cause a near permeant taste in your coffee maker and thus your coffee. Descaling should be done every three months to ensure that your device remains in perfect condition and your coffee tastes just how you like it.