If you’re like me you know that lots of people use vinegar to descale a coffee maker but understand that coffee maker descaling products are usually a bit better.
Unlike the natural acidic nature of vinegar or lemon juice a descaler works is formulated specifically to break down buildup in your coffee maker systems and components. Instead of relying on a small amount of acid to keep things clean descalers actually clean what is already dirty – this is an important distinction.
The Best Descaler for Your Coffee Maker
What I do advocate however is a limited use of descalers. If you run vinegar through your machine from time to time it will keep things in good shape but every six months or so a descaler (a good descaler) will actually clean out grime and deposits that a basic vinegar rinse leaves behind. In short a good descaler is a good way to keep a coffee maker working well for a long time but you don’t need to use these products ore than every 3-6 months or so.
I also tend to think that although vinegar is simple and readily available… and cheap a proper descaler is only barely more expensive. Especially if you’ve spent hundreds (or thousands) of dollars on your coffee equipment a very inexpensive pack of descalers are just a drop in the bucket and only serve to preserve your initial investment in equipment. It’s the least you can do after all.
There are a few very highly rated coffee pot descalers for sale today. You can usually find them in basic home good stores in and around your town and certainly on Amazon but of them all I think the Cleancaf Cleaner and Descaler is about as good as it gets. It’s super cheap, has some of the highest reviews of all related products, but it’s non-toxic, has no odor, and no taste, meaning you don’t have to worry about removing the vinegar taste and smell from your coffee pot and kitchen every time you clean the machine.
It’s also a great product because the Cleancaf descaler works equally well in everything from high end espresso machines to low end coffee pots. It’s about as simple as it gets and you can actually see the sludge removed. Just about the only thing I wouldn’t use it on would probably be a stovetop moka pot.
If you have a superautomatic espresso maker then make sure to check out Basin Espresso for more tips on using your espresso maker and especially keeping it clean between descaling sessions as this makes descaling even less necessary.
Before you check out or choose to go with vinegar right off the bat I recommend checking out the product page on Amazon and reading many of the reviews. You can see those reviews on the product page for the Clean Caf here.