Your coffee machine is something of a modern miracle. With just a few scoops of coffee grounds, some water and the push of a button, you’re reveling in a cup (or four) of fresh, hot coffee in minutes. Without this indispensable kitchen staple, we’d all be living in a gloomier, more sluggish world.
But for all that our coffee makers give us every day, we’re not always so good at giving our machines the attention they need. Even the most devout coffee fanatics might go weeks, months, or even years without properly taking care of their coffee machines. But understanding the difference between two essential methods to maintaining your coffee machine, cleaning and descaling, is the first step to enjoying the best tasting coffee possible and keeping your drip coffee maker, delonghi coffee maker or Nespresso machine running at peak performance for years to come.