How to Descale a Breville Coffee Maker

If your morning starts with the crisp freshness of a hot cup of coffee, or you chug a few mugs of coffee during your day, then descaling your Breville coffee maker every once in a while is absolutely necessary. 

It is important to remember those days we have spent without managing the first cup of coffee in the morning or the cup of coffee that sets in motion the long night of finishing tasks before deadline days arrive too soon.

Learn How to Descale Breville Coffee Maker

Sometimes, the coffee is in a teacup and not your tall mug; other times, it’s not strong enough or too watery, and therefore adding the cleaning and care for your coffee machine to your comprehensive to-do list is crucial.

No matter how well the water you use is ‘filtered’ or if it’s bottled, substances clog up the machine’s pathways and diminish the quality of your coffee consistently over time.

Limescale’ or hard water that evaporates is one of the common substances that form to deform the performance of a Breville coffee machine drastically over time. 

It’s no different from car maintenance and checking that the dishwasher drainage is clear; learning to be proactive with a coffee maker is critical. It helps keep the machine running for longer and offers the same thundering jolt of aromatic coffee every morning. So brace yourselves!


How to Clean a Breville Espresso Machine


These are three cleaning agents you may use to descale your coffee machine: 

  • White Vinegar
  • Citric Acid
  • Artificial descaling agents

White Vinegar

This is an old one in the book and works great for descaling coffee and espresso makers efficiently. The way to derive the best results is to mix the right portions of vinegar with water, and the standard practice is 75% water to 25% vinegar, but you can go up to a half of each.


      • Cheap and accessible at your nearest grocery store


      • Not as effective, according to some

Citric Acid or “Sour Salt”

Yes, it is the acid found in citrus fruits like lemons and oranges, and yes, you can purchase it in powdered form at any departmental store.

Its functionality in all culinary roots is ever-present as a substitute for lime juice or vinegar because ‘pure acid’ is required. It’s simple to use and inexpensive; simply add two tablespoons of the acid to a quart of water for the mixture that descales your coffee machine.


      • Easy to prepare and use
      • Widely available and inexpensive


      • It might leave a different kind of residue over time (but you can tackle this issue by mixing up the descaling routine with other cleaning agents like vinegar)

Artificial Descaling Agents

Every artificial descaling agent comes with its own set of instructions that you must follow A-Z to accomplish the best results. But make sure it is entirely natural. Acids like acetic acid, glycolic acid, phosphoric acid, and hydrochloric acid are all-natural alternatives for descaling your coffee maker.


      • Very effective
      • Made for the specific purpose of descaling


      • Not as widely accessible as other natural solutions like vinegar and citric acid
      • Pricier than other options


The Prep before the Preparation

Before diving into the deep end, you must first decide on the cleaning agent you will pick, and on the basis of your choice, there’ll be an extra step to prepare for descaling the Breville coffee maker. 

cleaning process of Breville Coffee Maker

Assuming this is your first time learning to descale your coffee machine, worry not because you will develop your personally curated routine soon enough. You may pick one or mix it up every month in a calendar year, whatever suits your groove. 

However, whether you pick white vinegar, citric acid, or an artificial product involves that additional prep. For vinegar, you will have to dilute the substance in water; for the citric acid, you stir it up in the water, and lastly, for the artificial descaling agent, READ the instructions. 


Let’s begin: 

The procedure takes half an hour to 40 minutes and should be repeated every month or so;

  1. Firstly, brew out any leftover by pressing the CUP button and rotating the Dial to fill the carafe. Select PRE-GROUND for the STRENGTH Dial.
  2. Make sure the carafe is settled in, and the lid covers the top.
  3. Start the cycle and allow it to complete; pour out any leftover residue.
  4. Pour in the descaling agent of your choice (if vinegar, for instance, pour around 200 ounces or 4 CUPS (as will be indicated on the display of your Breville coffee maker)
  5. Now, add cold water (bottled or filtered will do) until the display indicates twelve cups have been filled
  6. For five seconds, press the STRENGTH button to start the procedure for descaling. Remember, once you start, it cannot pause in the middle without unplugging the power source)
  7. As the procedure finishes, the display will indicate so with a ‘READY’
  8. Dispose of the descaled mess of residue and clean the coffee machine minutely.
  9. Now bring your nose into the thick of things and sniff! The washed-off solvent should smell like water and not the cleaning agent you picked (if it does, clean again). Lastly, ensure the water isn’t foggy because it has to be clear, or you’ll need to descale again.

The last step; if the water smells like water and is apparent to the eye, make yourself your favorite cup of coffee as a reward (you deserve it!). 

Concluding Tips for Long Term Care

Not descaling your coffee maker will only clog up more residue over time across different passages as the water pathway, the heating elements, etc. A constricted pathway reduces water flow and temperature, and hence your coffee comes out tasting too pale or just not right. 

Therefore, now’s the time to begin descaling your Breville coffee maker every month and so (Breville even recommends it). Especially when you’re going off for the holidays or flying out on a business trip, an idle coffee maker forms more residue faster than one regularly used.

Therefore, make it a habit, check the buildup as it decides how often you ought to descale your machine, and treat yourself to another mug of that good old caffeinated excellence.


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