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5 Useful Tips For Maintaining Your Coffee Machine

5 Useful Tips For Maintaining Your Coffee Machine

A coffee machine is a device generally used once or several times a day for the purpose of preparing coffee. Due to the frequency of its use, it can wear out very quickly. To prevent this, it is crucial to know how to provide proper maintenance for it. Besides, a well-maintained coffee machine guarantees a good quality drink. Also, if you take good care of your coffee machine, it will always remain like new even after months and saves you the expenses of buying a new one.

Here are few tips to help you take care of your machine:

1. Use coffee machine properly

Since coffee machine wears and deteriorates rapidly, it is important to use it properly. A prime example is using the right amount of water and coffee every time. It is better to overfill the water tank, if there’s not enough water, the pump will draw air into the system. Similarly, for coffee, if you do not put enough, the machine will spin in a vacuum and serve you a thin drink.

2. Study the coffee machine

It is necessary to take the time to read the user manual. You can also use the opportunity to learn about the appropriate place to install a coffee machine. Indeed, many people put theirs next to a stove. But the heat that emanates from the stove can affect some components of coffee machines.

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3. Turn off your machine when not in use

Many coffee machines today turn off automatically after several minutes of inactivity. This function is not just to conserve energy, but it prolongs the life of the device. It decreases the frequency of use of the device and allows it to always run as if it had just come out of the factory.

If you have a coffee machine which is not provided with this feature, it is crucial to manually turn it off when not in use. By doing this, your device will consume less electricity and will stay newer for longer.

4. Always empty your carafe

Many people leave remainders of the coffee in their carafe for too long. This is not only unhealthy, but it promotes the deposition of dark spots and leaves a grimy layer at the bottom of the jug that becomes very difficult to remove.

5. Cleaning through QR codes

You can access cleaning guides from your smartphone or tablet by scanning the QR codes found on the coffee machine, this method is mostly used in offices. The guide provides you with step-by-step screenshot instructions on how to clean your coffee machine.

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In addition to the above recommendations, we must also take certain measures to maintain our coffee maker. This is done by descaling the appliance and also cleaning up some of its components.

Other cleaning information

Why and how to descale a coffee machine?

Most people use tap water in their coffee machine. However, this liquid contains limestone and other particles. Once it begins to boil, all suspended minerals are deposited inside the device. These deposits pose a lot of problems. They undermine the coffee taste and can plug some small ducts.

To get rid of scale, it is necessary to dissolve with white vinegar or other descaling products that can be purchased in any supermarket. To clean your device, you have to mix the descaling agent with water and put them in the tank.

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Having done this, we must turn on the coffee machine to get a cup. Thereafter, you must wait a few minutes before using the coffeemaker to exhaust all the descaling cocktail. To complete the task, it is essential to run the device twice with clean water to completely rinse out all traces of the descaling agent.

Why and how to clean a coffee maker?

The water tank of coffee and other parts of the device are conducive to the development of mold and certain types of bacteria. Certainly, these colonies generally don’t cause disease, but it is more hygienic to dispose of them by cleaning your coffee machine.

You can do this by hand with the use of water and mild detergent. Some coffee machines are provided with removable parts that you can put in a dishwasher. Anyway, the task can be made easier if you choose the right coffee machine.

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How to maintain the coffee machines of today?

The latest models of coffee makers are often provided with a steam nozzle to enable them to prepare cappuccinos. These components of these types of coffee machines need to be specially cleaned. They are used to produce milk froth. However, the milk may curdle and easily clog the nozzle, so we should clean this part regularly.

In short, whatever type of coffee machine you buy, its performance depends largely on its maintenance. To always enjoy a good coffee, you will have to use clean your machine when necessary. If you do this well, you can enjoy your coffee machine for many years.

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Last Updated on February 15, 2019

7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

Now that 2011 is well underway and most people have fallen off the bandwagon when it comes to their New Year’s resolutions (myself included), it’s a good time to step back and take an honest look at our habits and the goals that we want to achieve.

Something that I have learned over the past few years is that if you track something, be it your eating habits, exercise, writing time, work time, etc. you become aware of the reality of the situation. This is why most diet gurus tell you to track what you eat for a week so you have an awareness of the of how you really eat before you start your diet and exercise regimen.

Tracking daily habits and progress towards goals is another way to see reality and create a way for you clearly review what you have accomplished over a set period of time. Tracking helps motivate you too; if I can make a change in my life and do it once a day for a period of time it makes me more apt to keep doing it.

So, if you have some goals and habits in mind that need tracked, all you need is a tracking tool. Today we’ll look at 7 different tools to help you keep track of your habits and goals.

Joe’s Goals

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    Joe’s Goals is a web-based tool that allows users to track their habits and goals in an easy to use interface. Users can add as many goals/habits as they want and also check multiple times per day for those “extra productive days”. Something that is unique about Joe’s Goals is the way that you can keep track of negative habits such as eating out, smoking, etc. This can help you visualize the good things that you are doing as well as the negative things that you are doing in your life.

    Joe’s Goals is free with a subscription version giving you no ads and the “latest version” for $12 a year.

    Daytum

      Daytum

      is an in depth way of counting things that you do during the day and then presenting them to you in many different reports and groups. With Daytum you can add several different items to different custom categories such as work, school, home, etc. to keep track of your habits in each focus area of your life.

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      Daytum is extremely in depth and there are a ton of settings for users to tweak. There is a free version that is pretty standard, but if you want more features and unlimited items and categories you’ll need Daytum Plus which is $4 a month.

      Excel or Numbers

        If you are the spreadsheet number cruncher type and the thought of using someone else’s idea of how you should track your habits turns you off, then creating your own Excel/Numbers/Google spreadsheet is the way to go. Not only do you have pretty much limitless ways to view, enter, and manipulate your goal and habit data, but you have complete control over your stuff and can make it private.

        What’s nice about spreadsheets is you can create reports and can customize your views in any way you see fit. Also, by using Dropbox, you can keep your tracker sheets anywhere you have a connection.

        Evernote

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          I must admit, I am an Evernote junky, mostly because this tool is so ubiquitous. There are several ways you can implement habit/goal tracking with Evernote. You won’t be able to get nifty reports and graphs and such, but you will be able to access your goal tracking anywhere your are, be it iPhone, Android, Mac, PC, or web. With Evernote you pretty much have no excuse for not entering your daily habit and goal information as it is available anywhere.

          Evernote is free with a premium version available.

          Access or Bento

            If you like the idea of creating your own tracker via Excel or Numbers, you may be compelled to get even more creative with database tools like Access for Windows or Bento for Mac. These tools allow you to set up relational databases and even give you the option of setting up custom interfaces to interact with your data. Access is pretty powerful for personal database applications, and using it with other MS products, you can come up with some pretty awesome, in depth analysis and tracking of your habits and goals.

            Bento is extremely powerful and user friendly. Also with Bento you can get the iPhone and iPad app to keep your data anywhere you go.

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            You can check out Access and the Office Suite here and Bento here.

            Analog Bonus: Pen and Paper

            All these digital tools are pretty nifty and have all sorts of bells and whistles, but there are some people out there that still swear by a notebook and pen. Just like using spreadsheets or personal databases, pen and paper gives you ultimate freedom and control when it comes to your set up. It also doesn’t lock you into anyone else’s idea of just how you should track your habits.

            Conclusion

            I can’t necessarily recommend which tool is the best for tracking your personal habits and goals, as all of them have their quirks. What I can do however (yes, it’s a bit of a cop-out) is tell you that the tool to use is whatever works best for you. I personally keep track of my daily habits and personal goals with a combo Evernote for input and then a Google spreadsheet for long-term tracking.

            What this all comes down to is not how or what tool you use, but finding what you are comfortable with and then getting busy with creating lasting habits and accomplishing short- and long-term goals.

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