Although the exact directions for programming a coffee maker vary according to the machine, the basic steps for using one of them are all the same.
- First, pour your ground coffee into the coffee filter.
- Then add the water to the reservoir.
- Program your machine for the desired time.
Some of the programmable coffee makers allow you to program the machines to a set schedule, which means the machine automatically brews your coffee at a specific time every day. Other programmable makers only allow you to set the brewing time if it falls within the next 24 hours.
Of course, the primary benefit of owning a programmable machine is that you can set the timer to have your coffee ready by the time you wake up. Programmable machines are also usually quick to brew and have a built-in warming plate just in case you sleep in a little longer than you wanted to.
With Bean to Cup programmable machines which are usually domestic, it is imperative when running the decalcification (decalc) cycle not to switch off the current to the coffee maker or interrupt the decalc cycle by pressing a different command.
The sequence of the decalc cycle can last up to 40 minutes, so be patient and don’t interrupt this automatic cycle of your coffee machine. If you do, you’ll confuse the program and your coffee maker may be caught midstream which could result in the brew unit in your coffee machine jamming.