Descaling a fully automatic coffee machine: how do you do it?

Hoe moet ik mijn koffiemachine ontkalken?

A fully automatic espresso machine or coffee machine can easily be descaled if you use the right cleaning products and actions. Please note: it may differ slightly per device, we use the espresso machine from Hipresso as an example.

Equipment for descaling the coffee machine

To descale the coffee machine you need the following parts:

- Descaling tablets or liquid
- Cleaning cloth
- Drip tray (with fully automatic machines you can often use the drip tray for coffee grounds)

How do you descale the device?

1. Empty the water container and make sure the water container is clean. There may be residue left here from the water (or during filling).

2. Fill the water tank to the amount that fits.

3. Let the descaler (tablet or liquid) dissolve in the water in the reservoir.

4. Place the drip tray under the appliance outlet. This prevents other places from getting dirty or flooding.

4. Select the descaling program from the settings menu. It can differ per coffee machine how you start the descaling program.

5. During the program the machine may ask to empty the drip tray, keep an eye on this.

6. When the program is completely over, rinse the water reservoir with water and let the coffee machine run through it once so that all descaling residues have been removed from the machine.

7. Your machine can be used again!

I have a water softener, do I have to descale my coffee machine?

Even if you have a water softener, we recommend descaling your coffee machine. During the descaling of a device, not only lime is removed, but also other dirt. This dirt enters the coffee machine during the brewing process.

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Descale the Hipresso coffee machine

Below you can see step by step how to descale your coffee machine. If you have any questions, you can always contact us.

The message will appear that the coffee machine needs to be descaled. Click this message away and make sure you grab all the parts that are needed to descale the coffee machine.

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Place the residue container under the outlet. This means you don't have to empty the coffee machine water container every time. It is also useful to take the descaler with you.

Choose the 'menu' button under the options.

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When you are in the menu, choose the option 'Descaling' under the heading 'Cleaning'.

Empty the water reservoir completely and rinse it twice with tap water. The entire bottle of Durgal descaler can then be emptied into the water container. Fill the same bottle of Durgal with water and add this to the water bowl as well.

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The coffee machine starts up. Descaling takes about 30 minutes.

How do you descale a coffee machine

Depending on the amount of coffee you drink and where you live, your coffee machine needs to be descaled about once every one and a half to two months. Your coffee machine will indicate itself when it needs to be descaled.

However, if you experience problems with the flow of your coffee or milk, we always advise you to descale your coffee machine. Many problems are caused by a dirty coffee machine!

Your coffee machine can be descaled with all types of descalers, but we recommend using agents that are intended for a coffee machine. Descalers for coffee machines are made to be used for this purpose and will be more targeted.

We use Durgol. Descaling a coffee machine is important and we therefore recommend that you use well-known brands that are known to work. This way your coffee machine will continue to work well in the long term!

Even if you have a water softener at home, it is important to descale your coffee machine. In addition to the lime build-up in your coffee machine, coffee residues also remain in the machine. The milk system of the coffee machine is also cleaned during descaling.

When you use our Durgol coffee machine descaler, you descale 1 bottle at a time. You mix this by adding the same bottle of water once.

We recommend the Durgol descaler for coffee machines. Click here to view it.

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