Last Updated: 29th September 2021

How to Clean a Tassimo Machine (Weekly & Monthly Maintenance)

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    Maintenance is key to the success and longevity of your TASSIMO machine. Proper maintenance is also crucial for ensuring consistent brewing and drink quality.

    There are three main cycles of maintenance: weekly, monthly, and descaling. Keep reading to learn how to clean a TASSIMO machine so that it lasts for many years to come!

     

    In short

    • Wipe down your TASSIMO machine once a week. Rinse all removable parts to avoid a buildup of coffee residue.
    • Use the service disc that came with your TASSIMO machine to perform a monthly service cleaning,
    • Descale the machine four times a year to avoid the buildup of limescale and prevent internal rust. Otherwise these unwanted elements will end up in your coffee cup!

     

    How to Clean a TASSIMO Machine: Weekly Maintenance

    Many of the problems occurring within TASSIMO machines are simply because they have not been cleaned properly. Weekly maintenance reduces the buildup of hardened spills, stains, and dust. So taking even 2-3 minutes out of your week will prove invaluable in the long run.

     

    Step 1: Rinsing and Drying Removable Machine Parts

    Unplug your machine and rinse all the removable parts with soap and water. These parts include:

    • the cup platform
    • the pressing device—which you will have to take apart
    • The T DISC—or coffee pod—mount

    tassimo cup platform under running water

    Once rinsed, wipe down all of these parts with a dry towel to make sure they are properly dried.

     

    Step 2: Cleaning the Barcode Reader

    Once you’ve finished cleaning the outer parts, clean the glass—or plastic for some models—platform below the tray that usually holds the T DISC. Ensure that the tray is completely removed so you can clean the platform thoroughly.

    This step is crucial for ensuring that your TASSIMO machine can clearly scan the barcode on the T DISC to receive instructions regarding what to do next. Without these instructions, your machine will be unable to prepare your coffee.

     

    Step 3: Reassembling Your Machine

    Once the screen is clean, return the pressing device and the T DISC mount to their usual positions.

    You will hear a click when returning the pressing device. This means that the pressing device has locked into position.

    Turn your machine back on and you’re good to go!

     

    How to Clean a TASSIMO Machine: Monthly Maintenance

    Wiping down the machine is important, but blockages will still occur without more careful cleaning.

    TASSIMO machines have built-in ‘servicing’ that gives the machine instructions to clean itself, but it still requires some effort on your part as well.

    You should aim to carry out this full cleaning cycle once a month to prevent the machine from blocking up.

     

    Step 1: Rinsing and Drying Removable Machine Parts

    Similar to the weekly maintenance, unplug your machine and rinse all the removable parts with soap and water. These parts include:

    • the cup platform
    • the pressing device—which you will have to take apart
    • The T DISC—or coffee pod—mount

    Once rinsed, wipe down all of these parts with a dry towel to make sure they are properly dried.

     

    Step 2: Reassembling Your Machine

    Return the pressing device and the T DISC mount to their usual positions. You should hear a click after inserting the pressing device—this indicates that it has locked into position.

    Make sure the machine is ready to use before plugging it in. This includes wiping away any droplets on the surface and checking that all removable parts have been returned.

     

    Step 3: Filling up the Water Tank

    Turn on your TASSIMO machine.

    Remove the water tank behind—or at the side for some models—of the machine and wash it.

    Once you have removed all soapy residue and dried the water tank, fill it with clean water all the way up to the maximum mark and place it back into the machine.

    Note: For this cleaning process, some models only require the water tank to be half-full. Check your TASSIMO machine’s instruction manual to be sure. But if you no longer have the manual, then filling the water tank to maximum capacity is the safest way to go about this.

    Returning a filled up TASSIMO machine water tank

     

    Step 4: Placing a Coffee Mug Below the Machine Spout

    Place a clean mug below the spout that usually dispenses your coffee.

    This step is important for catching the hot water used to internally clean your machine so that you can throw it away properly.

     

    Step 5: Using the Service Disc

    Remove the yellow service disc that is stored either under or at the side of your machine. Insert the service disc into the T DISC mount—the same place you would insert your T DISCS in order to brew your coffee.

    Press the Start button.

    Once the machine scans the barcode on the service disc, it will initiate the cleaning cycle. A light will flash and your machine will fall silent once the cleaning cycle is completed.

     

    Step 6: Finishing Up

    Pour away the used water. Replace the contents of the water tank with fresh water.

    Remove the service disc from the T DISC mount. Return it to its original place under or at the side of your machine.

    You’re done!

     

    Descaling Your TASSIMO Machine

    Descaling is the process of removing limescale.

    Limescale is a hard, chalky deposit mainly made up of calcium salts such as calcium carbonate and calcium bicarbonate. It comes from the minerals naturally contained in our drinking water.

    Although these calcium salt deposits are not harmful for human consumption, their buildup puts your TASSIMO machine’s internal parts at risk. Limescale buildup can block working parts and prevent optimal water heating conditions.

    Limescale also erodes metallic surfaces. This causes them to rust. The rust will then filter into your coffee. Rust not only affects your coffee’s flavour, but is also unsafe to ingest.

    So descale your TASSIMO machine four times a year to prevent internal deterioration and to protect yourself.

    Invest in high quality coffee machine descalers.

    If you have a bean-to-cup coffee maker as well as a TASSIMO, then check out our separate guide for descaling it.

     

    Step 1: Filling up Your Water Tank and Using Descaling Tablets

    Fill your water tank with clean water.

    Add two descaling tablets to the water and allow them to dissolve. Return your water tank to its original position.

     

    Step 2: Placing a Coffee Mug Below the Machine Spout

    Place a clean mug below the spout that usually dispenses your coffee.

    This step is important for catching the hot water used to internally clean your machine so that you can throw it away properly.

     

    Step 3: Using the Service Disc

    Remove the yellow service disc that is stored either under or at the side of your machine. Insert the service disc into the T DISC mount—the same place you would insert your T DISCS in order to brew your coffee.

    Hand inserting a yellow service T-Disk into TASSIMO machine.

    Press and hold the Start button for five seconds.

    Once the machine scans the barcode on the service disc, it will initiate the descaling cycle. The descaling process will take approximately 30 minutes to finish.

    A light will flash and your machine will fall silent once the descaling cycle is completed.

     

    Step 4: Flushing out the Descaling Solution (Part 1)

    Empty the mug or cup you used to catch the dispensed descaling solution. Return the cup to its original position under the spout.

    Remove the water tank and empty its contents. Wash as usual to ensure that the descaling solution leaves no residue behind.

    Fill the water tank with fresh, clean water to the maximum level and place it back in the machine.

     

    Step 5: Flushing out the Descaling Solution (Part 2)

    Press the Start button.

    Allow your TASSIMO machine to run through its usual cleaning cycle.

    Repeat the cleaning cycle 3-4 times until the tank is empty and until you’re sure the descaling solution has been completely flushed out.

     

    Step 6: Finishing Up

    Once you’ve completely emptied your water tank, remove the service disc and return it to its original place.

    Refill the water tank up to the maximum level with fresh water before placing it back in your machine.

    Your TASSIMO machine is now ready to brew you another cup!

     

    Is It Time for a New TASSIMO Machine?

    If you’re experiencing issues with your TASSIMO machine, refer to TASSIMO’s official troubleshooting page for TASSIMO.

    But all appliances eventually wear out. So newer models are released with updated aesthetics, additional features, and more efficient abilities.

    There is usually a two-year warranty with TASSIMO machines—and most Bosch appliances.

    If your warranty has expired and your machine continues to experience problems despite regular maintenance, it might be time to buy a new model.

    Bosch charges roughly £100—roughly the same price as some of the higher end TASSIMO models—to officially repair appliances.

    So if you believe it is time for a new model machine, check out our guide to the best TASSIMO machines available right now.

     

    Bosch’s TASSIMOs remain popular amongst coffee lovers due to their sturdy builds and convenient designs. These machines not only provide coffee house favourites with minimal effort, but are also easy to clean.

    You can also drop off used pods for recycling at Collect+ points. This means you can enjoy your favourite drinks while reducing your carbon footprint and doing your bit for the planet.

    Are you curious about more traditional methods of brewing coffee? Then consider buying a French press or a Moka pot!

     

     

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