Do you need to descale an espresso machine? A tasty cup of coffee

It is important to descale your espresso machine regularly. Depending on its use, the recommendation is to clean your espresso machine at least 4 times a year. The water used by the espresso machine to make a cup of coffee, produces scale. The scale bonds to various elements of the espresso machine, such as the water reservoir and the pipes. This means the taste of the espresso deteriorates. Descaling your espresso can be done in various ways, but which is the right one? Use the steps of this plan and enjoy a good cup of coffee.

Descale an espresso machine for a longer lifespan


Cleaning your espresso machine is important. Descaling an espresso machine produces various benefits: 

  1. Coffee tastes better.
  2. Longer lifespan of the machine. 
  3. Prevent damage and unnecessary repair costs. 
  4. The espresso machine produces less noise after descaling.

Descale your espresso machine in 6 steps

descale espresso machine Consult the manual of your espresso. Some machines have a special programme for descaling the espresso machine . If your machine does not have a special programme? Try the steps below from the internet. You descale your espresso machine quickly and reliably with HG descaler for espresso & pod-coffee machines.

  1. Empty the water reservoir and remove the water filter (if there is one). 
  2. Fill the water reservoir with water and a dash of cola, vinegar of lemon juice.
  3. Put an empty bowl around the machine. 
  4. Press the start button to descale the espresso machine. 
  5. Repeat steps 2-4 a number of times.
  6. Rinse with water to rinse away the cola, vinegar or lemon juice.

Convenient descaling with HG

descaling espressoAre you looking for safe and reliable and for a descaler that was developed specifically? HG has two products for effortless descaling: HG quick descaler and HG descaler for espresso & pod-coffee machines 

HG descaler for espresso & pod-coffee machines works safely and quickly; it is odour-free and fully biodegradable. Even after descaling your espresso machine your espresso continues to taste good and the machine stays in good condition. 

How do you use the HG descaler for espresso & pod-coffee machines:

  1. Pour 75 ml HG descaler in the water reservoir of the machine.
  2. Top up with 750 ml water (10 x diluted).
  3. Leave this solution to work for 10 minutes.
  4. Switch the machine on and let half of the liquid run through.
  5. Switch the machine off and leave the liquid to work for 10 minutes.
  6. Let the rest of the liquid run through until the reservoir is completely empty.
  7. Rinse the machine at least 3 times with clean tap water.
    • For a pod-coffee machine, you can place a holder with a used coffee pod in the machine to capture any scale. This prevents any blockages in the outflow. HG has also collected some convenient tips for descaling your senseo or coffee maker. Read the tips on these pages and keep your machine in optimum condition for the most delicious cups of coffee.

A tip to prevent scale

Descaling an espresso machine is essential and cannot be avoided. Do you live in an area with hard water? You will have more scale in your water. You can install a water softener to solve the problem. The filter produces ‘soft’ water, and you have less scale in your machine.

Frequently Asked Questions about how to descale an espresso machine

Why should I descale my espresso machine?

Cleaning your espresso machine is important. Descaling an espresso machine produces various benefits: 

  1. Coffee tastes better.
  2. Longer lifespan of the machine. 
  3. Prevent damage and unnecessary repair costs. 
  4. The espresso machine produces less noise after descaling.

How often should I descale my espresso machine?

Depending on its use, the recommendation is to clean your espresso machine at least 4 times a year.

How can I descale my espresso machine?

Consult the manual of your appliance. Some machines have a special programme for descaling the espresso machine . If your machine does not have a special programme? Try the steps below from the internet. You can descale an espresso machine in just 6 steps: 

  1. Empty the water reservoir and remove the water filter (if there is one). 
  2. Fill the water reservoir with water and a dash of cola, vinegar of lemon juice.
  3. Put an empty bowl around the machine. 
  4. Press the start button to descale the espresso machine. 
  5. Repeat steps 2-4 a number of times.
  6. Rinse with water to rinse away the cola, vinegar or lemon juice.

Which HG product do I use to descale my espresso machine?

HG has two products for descaling your espresso: HG quick descaler and HG descaler for espresso & pod-coffee machines.


HG descaler for espresso & pod-coffee machines

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