A good quality espresso machine decalcifier is an important investment to make if you own an espresso maker. Over time, the tap water you use will cause lime deposits to form, as most tap water contains minerals such as calcium and magnesium that get deposited when water heats.
If left unchecked, this buildup can create a less functional espresso maker and reduced espresso quality. In the most extreme cases, the interior of your machine can corrode causing permanent damage. Avoid these unnecessary problems by regularly decalcifying your espresso machine.
But will any decalcifying agent work?
No. It is important to use a proper espresso machine decalcifier. Ensure that you buy one that is designed for espresso makers to avoid any unnecessary damage to your machine. In particular, avoid using vinegar or citric acid which can have long-term effects on your machine. Vinegar produces an unpleasant smell which can be absorbed by the plastic in your machine causing an objectionable taste in the espresso you brew. Citric acid can form a residue that can clog the lines and valves of your machine and can even seal in lime deposits further.
Always ensure that the decalcifier you buy is one which is made for espresso makers.
There are a range of espresso machine decalcifiers available, each with different qualities and effectiveness. The effectiveness of a decalcifier is strongly related to the acid component in the decalcifier. The ones with the appropriate dosage provide fast and thorough decalcification while simultaneously providing a heightened protection of your machine’s components.
With all these considerations to make, it is important to make an informed decision before purchasing an espresso machine decalcifier.
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