Bacteria, yeast and mould in Nespresso coffee machines, and what you can do about it

How hygienic is the inside of your coffee machine? Your pod machine is literally a breeding ground for bacteria and old coffee build-up. Descaling is important for machine maintenance, and removes the lime scale on the boiler of your machine, but it doesn't remove residue and bacteria on the brewing chamber of your machine. 

Cleaning & descaling are different: Make sure you clean correctly to remove mould & bacteria | Nespresso

The dirtiest part of your Nespresso machine

Every time you extract a shot of espresso, a layer of coffee oil stays behind inside the brewing chamber of your machine. The dirtiest part of your capsule machine is not the water tank, or the pipes - it's the washer plate.

Dirty Nespresso machine: Remove bacteria & mould thoroughly by using CaffeNu cleaning pods

The washer plate is a vital part of the brewing process. It has multiple tiny holes in which the coffee is extracted through, then passing through the spout, the nozzle, and finally landing in the witty quote mug that you were gifted last Christmas. When a brewing chamber isn't cleaned regularly, coffee residue begins to block the holes in the washer plate - as well as being the perfect breeding ground for bacteria, this can result in machine damage over time, or even malfunction.

How to throughly clean your Nespresso machine with these easy steps

Time for a Spring clean!

If you want to remove residue and all mould traces from the washer plate and surrounding brewing chamber, we suggest a cleaner with a foaming agent such as CaffeNu cleaning capsules. It takes just 2 minutes for CaffeNu to remove build up, clearing the holes whilst also cleaning the spout and brewing chamber of your machine. This is also the easiest, most effective way to ensure your machine is protected from harmful bacteria at a microscopic level, as well as ensuring the best cup of joe every time you brew.

For the best results, optimal machine maintenance and brew pressure, use one cleaning capsule after every 30 cups (or at least once a month), and do a thorough descale once every three months. Here is to clean, delicious coffee!
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