Nothing beats the taste of freshly brewed coffee from a new bean to cup coffee machine. However, over time, you will notice the taste of your coffee changing. This is a sign that you haven’t been paying much attention to your coffee machine’s cleaning and maintenance.
But do you know how to clean your bean to cup machine effectively? Don’t worry; cleaning your coffee machine is quite simple. Here is a 6-step quick guide to help you get started:
Follow The Instructions Manual
Bean-to-cup machines grind a new batch of beans for every cup of coffee. Although this is incredibly flavorful, your coffee machine demands more maintenance.
Luckily, most quality bean to cup coffee machines come with a cleaning instruction manual that provides detailed guidelines on how to clean your machine. Some machines even have an automatic rinsing function to prevent buildup.
General maintenance will include rinsing your coffee maker at least once a day (if used daily), soaking removable parts to remove residue and dusting the inside of the coffee machine from time to time.
If you live in a location with hard water, your coffee machine may need to undergo descaling from time to time. Hard water can build up limescale inside the system over time, leading to noisy coffee machines, leaky spouts and reduced water flow.
Typically, different coffee machines will have different procedures for descaling. In most cases, you simply use a mix of descaler fluid and water in combination with the machine’s own descaling function. You should have the details of this listed within the instruction/maintenance manual.
Replace The Water Filters
Coffee makers also incorporate water filters that help avoid this limescale buildup and improve the taste of your espresso. If you live in a location with hard water, using a water filter is even more critical. But apart from that, you also need to replace the water filter from time to time.
Most manufacturers offer water filters that will last you 2-3 months before needing replacement. But this depends on how often you use your coffee machine and how hard the water is in your area. Your coffee machine may even have an alert system that notifies you when the water filter needs replacement.
If your coffee maker offers milk frothing with the help of a steam pipe, you will have to pay attention to its frother maintenance. If you aren’t cleaning the steam pipe, it can begin to clog, often leading to the growth of bacteria.
To clean this section, use a dry cloth to clean away the exterior. Then, run steam through the pipe to dislodge any buildup. If the machine comes with removable parts, you will have to clean them manually.
Your machine’s automatic built-in cleaning functions can only do so much. To get the best results, it is recommended to clean your coffee machine manually. This includes taking out the brewing unit and cleaning away any coffee buildup.
When cleaning the brewing compartment, make sure your machine is switched off, then remove the brew unit. Clean it by running it under hot water and rubbing it using a soft, bristled brush or hand. We don’t recommend using any washing liquid or cleaning agents. Allow it to dry completely before replacing it.
Keep A Cleaning Schedule
Our lives are undoubtedly busy. It becomes hard to schedule a coffee machine cleaning session. But even the slightest neglect can lead to poor coffee machine performance down the road. This is why we recommend you create and follow a consistent cleaning schedule.
Your cleaning schedule will depend on how often you make coffee daily. For instance, if you use your machine 2-5 times a day, you should clean its parts weekly. A deeper cleaning should be scheduled every 2-3 weeks for consistently good tasting coffee. Changing your water filter and descaling is recommended every 2 to 3 months.
So, now you know how to clean your coffee maker. Bean-to-cup coffee machines, if cared for properly, will continue to deliver heavenly-tasting espresso every time. If you are not too keen on keeping track of your coffee machine’s maintenance, we recommend using Wake Up Coffee’s Bean to Cup Coffee Machines.
We offer reliable office coffee solutions. Our commercial coffee machines are integrated with our servers, providing us with instant alerts of maintenance needs. If your machine demands maintenance or breaks down, we will promptly be notified and head to your place to handle it!