The Dirty Truth: Why You Need to Descale

The Dirty Truth: Why You Need to Descale

Descaling your espresso machine is a very important step in machine maintenance. Scale build-up inside the boiler, caused by minerals in your water, can crea…



Alien Xeliose says:

Hi often is to descale ”regularly?” I have a Nespresso Latissima. THANKS´╗┐

puggster says:

in scotland we never need to descale, the water here is very soft, the
descale dip kit with my machine stays the same colour i still add the
solution just to clean the boiler and brew group heads, ­čÖé ´╗┐

cad5359 says:

I recently cleaned out my coffee maker after my mom used it for years. The
water left in the carafe was clover green.´╗┐

William Lim says:

thank you very informative!´╗┐

Boodieman72 says:

If your water is very hard you might want to think about a water softener.´╗┐

Romin Hawk says:

Hi wholelattelove,
Thanks for the great vieos.
Is descaling necessary even if reverse osmosis filtered water is used?



Mr. Desert says:

dang girl your hella hot can we make a baby together´╗┐

pinapplemangobananna says:

How about Keurig?´╗┐

Albinus81 says:

Descaling is unnecessary if your water is marginally acidic. My tank water
has a pH of 6.5 after treatment, in fact on tank water for a week the
shower head unblocks itself just from the mildly acidic conditions. As for
cleaning the group head the active ingredient is sodium percarbonate in
most commercial products. Same as in Napisan. A small dose of this combined
with the marginally acidic water has worked for a very long time for me.´╗┐

libertango says:

Breville recommends using white vinegar (acetic acid) 1:1 water. They say
we should not use other descalers (powder). I used it, cleaned after that
and no vinegar smell remained. I am a bit confused by contradictory
recommendation. Why would Breville ask for cheap vinegar? I guess at that
concentration it does no harmÔÇŽmay be only for calcium deposits´╗┐

Whole Latte Love says:

Why regularly descaling your espresso machine is so important:´╗┐

Whole Latte Love says:

Thank you!

gnoccatore says:

Yes, especially the innards. Scale precipitates when hard water is heated,
and the locus of the heating is the boiler, so that’s Ground Zero for scale.

gnoccatore says:

1. No. By definition, there is no mineral precipitation from mineral-free
water. But there are two caveats. First, machines with automatic boiler
fill have level sensors that require some minerals, or they will overfill
the boiler and likely damage the machine. Second, many authorities,
including the SCAA, recognize that distilled water makes crappy-tasting
coffee. 2. Biofilms will form after some months. Clean it if you can see it
– it’s an aesthetic issue, not a health issue or “danger.”

Ag3nt Kill says:

Very informative video. Great job!

Ed60062 says:

1. If I always use distilled water is there a need to descale? 2. With
water always in the system is there danger of anaerobic mold or slime
forming in the tank or the lines?

Whole Latte Love says:

The Breville Double Boiler cannot be descaled at home. You will need to
send the machine to an authorized Breville service center for professional


How does one descale a Breville Double Boiler?

silenthillvictim says:

I’ve had my Delonghi 15 bar espresso machine for a little less than a year
and I noticed it wasn’t performing NEARLY as well as when I first got it,
so I finally tried to clean it yesterday with vinegar and I ran it like 4
or 5 times and instead of actually helping, the water will barely come out.
The steamer works fine but is still spewing vinegar, because it totally
congealed my milk and the coffee was gross. It’s almost as if theres huge
broken up deposits blocking the water flow now. UGH.

Auntie Triza says:

I regularly descale the grouphead, but do I need to descale the ‘innards’
of my Expobar Office Control? I couldn’t find instructions on this in it’s
user manual. Tks

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