how to get the best coffee flavour

  • Improved coffee flavour with filtered water

    It wasn’t until I started working in the business, that I became aware of all the intricate details that make up coffee flavour, resulting in a great tasting coffee. Ever wonder why you can’t get that same result as shown when purchasing your coffee machine or attending a barista class. The truth is, it’s not just in the way you make coffee it’s in the water you use.

    Given the amount of water that goes into making a coffee approx. 98% it’s no wonder a bad cup can be the result of bad water. If you have gone to all the effort and investment in brewing the best possible espresso you don’t want to then skip on the water quality and maintenance of your coffee machine.

    What water filters to use for best coffee flavour results

    Water has a big impact on your coffee flavour and this is why you need to use bottled or filtered water. Using these filters will improve the taste of your coffee by removing harmful chemicals, such as chlorine and bad odor. Consider the difference in taste, from drinking water which has gone through a sediment and carbon filter to the water that comes directly from your tap unfiltered.

    A number of automatic coffee machine brands supply their own filters which fit directly into the machine's water tank. Jura for example, have a range of filters for their coffee machines both commercial grade and domestic.

    If you don’t have a specific filter for your brand of coffee machine and manually fill the water tank, I recommend buying bottled water that has already been filtered. This will help keep your machine healthy and improve the taste of your coffee.

    If you have filtered tap water such as an under the sink filtration system, then you can use this water and directly pour it into your coffee machine water tank.

    Water filter systems protect your coffee machine

    Using both carbon and sediment filter systems protect your appliance and improve coffee aroma. This works by improving the taste through removing the chemicals from your water but also removes any sediment found in the water helping to protect your appliances. Combine this with a water softener system to reduce the lime, calcium and scale build-up, that damages your automatic machine.

    By using water filtration systems, you will increase the lifespan of your coffee machine and enjoy great tasting coffee. There are a number of companies that  install water filtration in your home or office place, ask at the time of purchasing your coffee machine as many suppliers will provide this service also.

    The best water filters for Plumbed coffee machines

    If you have a plumbed coffee machine which plugs directly into your water mains, you still need water filtration. This will not only protect your coffee machine from harmful chemicals and limescale building up, it will ensure you have a perfect cup of coffee each time.

    Café Corporate not only sell coffee machines but also supply the filtration and installation. If you follow these steps from the start you will enjoy great tasting coffee and ensure your coffee machine lasts for many years.

     

  • Quick guide to cleaning your automatic coffee machine

    I get asked a lot about looking after your coffee machine: Is it easy to clean? Does it take long? It is for the office so it needs to be easy to maintain.

    Brands such as: WMF, Frankie and Jura all have automatic cleaning cycles making them perfect for the commercial market, while at home Jura and Delonghi provide domestic coffee machines with automatic cycles.

    Steps to Cleaning Your Automatic Coffee Machine

    What does automatic cleaning mean?

    Most of the machine brands I have mentioned will run an automatic rinse cycle, this means the machine if not used within a certain period of time will automatically rinse water through the system to clean out coffee residue;

    It is important to note that it will not rinse the milk hose and milk steam functions of your coffee machine or give it a full clean with a tablet (much like using a dish tab in your dishwasher). The Machine will prompt you when a tablet or milk clean is required and although the machine will manage the clean cycle’s there are still a few steps to take as I have listed below.

    cleaning your coffee machine milk line

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    How often do I need to clean the milk hose with milk steam cleaner?

    Answer: Everyday Old milk sitting in the milk hose and in the machine can clog up the coffee machine and prevent it from functioning properly. This is why it’s important you clean the milk hose every day to prevent milk blockages.

    Tip: Simply add 30ml of milk steam cleaner or cappuccino cleaner to 200mls of water, (this creates your clean solution). Remove the milk hose from the milk container and place it into your clean solution then press (P) or program mode button, your coffee machine will have a clean the milk system function, simply follow the prompts.

    Another way to clean the milk hose, is to just click on the milk portion and milk foam functions to pull the liquid through the milk hose and machine. Repeat this step with fresh water.

    How often do I need to use cleaning tablets?

    changing your coffee machine filter

    Answer: Around every 250/300 cups or when your coffee machine prompts you to. All coffee machines need to be rinsed with a cleaning tablet to ensure the inner workings of the coffee machine are flushed out and coffee residue is removed.

    Tip: Check your machine or ask the manufacturer where the tablet should be used, for Jura coffee machines the tablet is placed in the top of the machine, in the ground decaf coffee compartment. Your machine will prompt you to confirm you have placed a tablet in the system before completing its clean cycle.

    Do I need to use a filter?

    Answer: Yes if you are filling your water tank manually, for example if it is not connected directly to your water mains and they have a water filter applied already, you need to use a filter in your coffee machine tank.

    How often should I change my filter?

    Answer: Your machine should prompt you to do so. It is usually with every 50 litres of water used or around every 1-2 months depending on how often you are using your coffee machine.

    Tip: Not all machines take the same filter so be sure to check the machine model when purchasing a new one. The filter is placed in your water tank.

    By taking the time to run these quick maintenance checks and clean your automatic machines milkhose and milk steam functions each day, you will have a healthy coffee machine that will not only produce better-tasting coffee, it will last longer too.

    Psst... don't forget to add great tasting fresh coffee beans!

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