Coffee aficionados know that the secret to a gourmet tasting cup of coffee isn't just in the quality of coffee grounds you're using; it's all about regularly cleaning your machine. If you own the Technivorm Moccamaster, then it's essential that you not only upkeep regular Moccamaster cleaning, but you need to descale the device as well. Although this machine is relatively easy to maintain, you need to clean regularly to remove coffee oils and mineral deposit buildup, such as limescale. If you don't do this, your coffee may begin to taste bitter and become tainted from the mineral deposits.
What Is the Technivorm Moccamaster?
Technivorm is a Dutch manufacturer that produces filter coffee makers, according to Technivorm. For more than 50 years, Technivorm has been a leading manufacturer of coffee makers that are hand-assembled in The Netherlands. Many Technivorm Moccamaster models have been developed over the years, and with some research you'll be able to find the cheapest Moccamaster that fits your needs.
If you're looking for the most efficient model, the Moccamaster KBG is the most popular machine out of the line. It comes in a variety of colors, and its glass jug makes cleaning easy.
Moccamaster Cleaning General Tips
Moccamaster cleaning is relatively easy because the Technivorm Moccamaster requires very little maintenance. According to Nord Coffee, consumers should upkeep cleaning of the removable products. For regular cleaning, all you have to do is run a suitable cleaning agent through the machine. Doing this is entirely different from descaling, though.
Running a cleaning agent, such as the Clean Drop Coffee Maker Cleaning Aid or a simple soapy water solution, will remove coffee oil residue from the machine. Removing everyday coffee oil residue is essential if you want to keep drinking quality cups of coffee.
The Technivorm Moccamaster comes in a variety of styles and materials, so you should only clean the outside of the machine with a moist cloth. Make sure you completely dry the machine afterward. These materials are not dishwasher safe, so you should only hand wash the jug, stainless steel thermos and filter holder with a mild detergent.
How to Descale
According to Nord Coffee, you should descale the Technivorm Moccamaster after every 100 brews. Depending on how much coffee you drink, that means you should be descaling your machine about every three months or so. If you're noticing limescale buildup, then you can descale your machine earlier than three months.
According to Syndicate Coffee, limescale is a chalky buildup of calcium carbonate. It develops when water is heated or left standing. The water quality in your area will dictate how much you need to descale your machine. The easiest way to descale the Technivorm Moccamaster is by using a mixture of vinegar and water.
All you have to do is mix 1/2 liter of vinegar with 1/2 liter of water. First, pour this mixture into the water reservoir and start the machine. When the cycle is complete, and the combination is used up, you need to run an additional two cycles of just regular water. This will ensure that the vinegar won't taint the water tank.