Delonghi Eletta Cappuccino coffee tastes bad

Last Updated on October 2, 2023 by Pablo Barrantes

The final flavor of coffee in your preparations can be very susceptible to variations due to fundamental factors that influence it; among the most important ones we can highlight:

  1. The type of coffee used.
  2. The freshness of the coffee used.
  3. The quality of the water used.

The problem: Every time we prepare a coffee with our Delonghi Eletta Cappuccino coffee maker, we perceive a strange and unpleasant taste, even though we frequently clean the machine and have already verified that the coffee grind is the right one, the bad taste persists.

The cause: The water with which we prepare our coffee should always be fresh, with a neutral flavor, and colorless since it represents 98% of the total liquid of this beverage and can easily alter the final flavor of the coffee.

Change the water in the tank regularly and perform frequent descaling of the machine since limescale can also change the taste of the coffee. In addition, ensure that the hardness of the water that the machine registers is indicated since this determines the regularity with which the coffee maker should be descaled.

The solution: Regularly descale your Delonghi Eletta Cappuccino coffee maker.

Once you have decalcified your coffee maker, extract, in a container, a little of the water from the tank and immerse the test strip or indicator paper that comes with the coffee maker. Remove the strip from the water after one minute and shake it; wait another minute, and the water hardness level will appear red. After obtaining this information, you can adjust the coffee maker appropriately.

The level of hardness that will appear highlighted in red will have the following meanings:

  • Very hard water = four red squares
  • Hard water = 3 red squares
  • Slightly hard water = two red squares
  • Soft water = 1 red square

Remember that the coffee maker comes with a standard hardness set to 4. After checking that the hardness is below 4, the machine should be descaled less frequently, and you should adjust the degree of hardness to the corresponding level. Descale the coffee maker if necessary.


Written by Pablo Barrantes
I'm Pablo Barrantes, an industrial engineer, and a proud dad to an 8-year-old princess. I'm also a coffee enthusiast who's truly passionate about all things coffee and coffee makers. My enthusiasm has driven me to uncover the hidden secrets of the coffee world, and I'm committed to sharing this knowledge with everyone through my educational blog. In this blog, you'll find valuable and practical information to enhance your coffee experience. What brings me the most joy is knowing that the tips and solutions you discover here will make your coffee moments even more delightful. When I can help you troubleshoot coffee machine issues, and you can savor your coffee without a hitch, it brings a smile to my face.

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