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How To Descale Your Espresso Machine

All coffee and espresso machines experience calcium, lime and mineral build-up from water exposure. While this is completely normal, it’s important to descale your machine from time to time in order to remove this build-up and keep your coffee tasting great and your machine in good shape. Descaling is the single most important maintenance task to prolong the life of your espresso machine — yet it often gets overlooked. Fortunately, descaling your commercial espresso machine is a simple task you can do in under an hour. Read on to learn how.

Why Descaling Your Espresso Machine Is Important

Overlooking the importance of descaling your espresso machine can cause a slew of problems. One of the biggest problems associated with mineral build- up is inefficient heating of your boiler. This can cause brewing temperature variations, ultimately affecting the flavor of your coffee. In cases of extreme mineral build-up, the build-up can actually break off and clog other areas of your machine, resulting in costly repairs.

Descaling Single Boiler or Thermoblock Espresso Machines

-Start by dissolving a descaling agent into a full water reservoir.
-Pull the solution into the boiler by running roughly one cup of water out of the steam wand.
-Turn the espresso machine off and let sit for 20 to 30 minutes.
-Run a quarter of the water in the reservoir out via the steam wand.
-Run another quarter of the water in the reservoir out via the brew head.
-Turn off the espresso machine and let sit for an additional 20 to 30 minutes.
-Flush any remaining water out of the steam wand and brew head.
-Run a reservoir of clean water through the machine.

Descaling a Superautomatic Espresso Machine

-Start by dissolving a descaling agent into a full water reservoir.
-Pull the solution into the boiler by running roughly one cup of water out of the steam wand.
-Turn the espresso machine off and let sit for 20 to 30 minutes.
-Run a half of the water in the reservoir out via the steam wand.
-Turn off the espresso machine and let sit for an additional 20 to 30 minutes.
-Flush any remaining water out of the steam wand and brew head.
-Run a reservoir of clean water through the machine.

Commercial Cooking Equipment Repair and Service

No matter how well maintained your espresso machine and other commercial cooking equipment is, sometime you’ll need professional help. At Quick Servant, we understand that when your cooking equipment isn’t doing its job, neither are you. That’s why we offer emergency repairs 24 hours a day. If you’re in need of any commercial cooking equipment services, contact us today or schedule service online.

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