The key to consistently making the best coffee from your Caffitaly coffee machine each time you come to use it is to care for and maintain your coffee machine and keep it in a clean condition.
One of the greatest issues that all coffee machines have whether it is a traditional coffee machine, a bean-to-cup machine or a capsule machine supplied by any coffee machine manufacturer is the build-up of lime-scale within the coffee machine’s boiler from the use of “hard” water (lime-scale - the “fur” found around the element in your kettle in a “hard” water areas).
Told this fact, many people “ditch” tap water and turn to bottled water thinking “problem solved” but unfortunately, most of these mountain spring waters contain just as much if not more calcium and other minerals dissolved in them so your machine will still clog up with lime-scale. The best water to use in “hard” water areas is filtered tap water which would then have most of the lime-scale etc. filtered out.
Another way to keep water flowing through your coffee machine in hard water areas is to carry out regular descaling of your machine using one of the pre-prepared products on the market. You must, however, make sure that it is one that is classed as “food grade” as once you have used the product to descale your machine and then run fresh water through the machine, you are going to prepare a coffee you will drink and so any minute trace of chemical must not be harmful to people. You also need to make sure that you do not use one of the harsher “household” descalers on the market as they can damage your machine. The main damage caused can include the inner surface of the boiler being compromised and small particles of metal starting to flake off and the surface becoming pitted. Boilers damaged in this way cannot be repaired and have to be replaced which is costly, and unnecessary if the correct type of descaler had been used in the first place. With this in mind, we would recommend the Caffitaly descaler we sell on our website on the accessories page. Please follow the instructions on the bottle as to how to use it.
Used capsules should be emptied out of the container every few days even if the container is not full, as the wet coffee grounds inside the capsule will soon start to grow mold.The emptied container can then be rinsed in running tap water to wash away any coffee drips to keep it clean.
For those machines which have a frothing “wand”, steam should be run through the wand straight away after frothing milk, thus cleaning the inside of the wand of any remaining milk residue, and the outside of the wand should also be wiped clean with a cloth before it dries. This will stop the build-up of milk residue on the inside of the wand which, without cleaning, will eventually block the wand and you won’t be able to froth your milk for a cappuccino or any other milk based drinks. A minute or two spent cleaning the wand after each use will save time in trying to unblock it yourself later or having to have the machine serviced to make it work again.
For the carafe model follow the instructions on how to keep the tubes and mechanism clean and prevent the labour intensive job of unblocking dried up milk.