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How To Descale a Coffee Maker - How To

How To Descale a Coffee Maker - How To
From The Kitchn - September 22, 2017

We make a lot of coffee in my house. We also have very hard water. So I often brew a pot and return to pour myself a cup, only to find an alarmingly bright-red light on my coffee maker. (Luckily, it still brews the full pot!) It's the sign telling me that it's time to descale my machine. It's always scary to see a red light on my machineespecially when all I want is more coffee! Luckily, it's not all that hard to deal with.

Here's how to descale a coffee maker.

What does it mean to descale a coffee maker?

First, let's talk about hard water. Hard water has a higher mineral content (think: calcium, magnesium, and limestone) compared to soft water. These minerals can build up over time in your coffee maker, in your sink's sprayer, in your dishwasher, and more. It's not a big deal, but it can impact the taste of your coffee and block the holes in your fixtures and appliances. So when you descale something, you are simply removing that buildup.

How do you know it's time to descale a coffee maker?

How To Descale a Coffee Maker

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