You may already know that a very easy way to help you brew better coffee and extend the life of your coffee brewer is by descaling. 

Proper care will ensure years of service from your brewer, and that includes keeping your equipment clean and descaling when necessary. In hard water, scale from limestone content in the water may build up in your brewer. When this happens, it can affect the performance of your brewer and the taste of your brew. Here, we share the tell-tale signs of mineral scale build-up, and that it might be time to descale your brewer.

What is the best way to descale your coffee brewer? Contrary to popular belief, vinegar may not be your best bet in cleaning or descaling your brewer. Here are the reasons why.

Vinegar may not effectively remove mineral buildup

Vinegar is a weak and mild acid that is not as effective in removing limescale or rust. Descalers are specifically designed to break down limestone mineral buildup inside your brewer to ensure great coffee and consistent functionality. 

Vinegar can affect internal parts of the machine

If you use a too concentrated vinegar solution or use vinegar regularly to clean, it may adversely affect the rubber seals, gaskets and other parts of the machine. This may, in turn, limit its life. Descalers are formulated with a synergistic blend of acids that are safe for your machine, and do not cause corrosion within the machine.

It may leave behind an odor that can impact the flavor of your coffee

Finally, vinegar can be difficult to rinse thoroughly especially through porous materials like rubber which can retain vinegar’s flavor. Descalers leave no harmful residues, and are completely odorless and tasteless.

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