What is the rinse function and how does it work?

Wofür ist die Spülfunktion und wie funktioniert sie?

As you might be aware, the BRU Maker One has a rinse function, also referred to as the self-cleaning or auto-cleaning function. 

With every cup of tea that you make, after it has been dispensed into your cup,  the machine will send a little bit of water to the brewing chamber to rinse it. This means that no tea residue will build up in your brewing chamber, so that you don’t have to clean it after every cup of tea you make.  


What happens with this water after?  

You have two options (you can change this with the rinse setting): 

  • Recommended option: you can dispense the rinse water to your cup. This means that after your tea is dispensed, the small amount of rinse water will be added to it shortly after. No worries, as this water will only been in the same places your tea has just been, it is all completely hygienic and safe. The amount of water is also that small that your tea will not taste cooled down. 
  • The second option is that the rinse will be dispensed to the drip tray. This means that after you take your cup away from the drip tray, the rinse water will be dispensed. This also means that after a few rinses you will have to empty your drip tray. 

Lastly, you can also turn the rinse function off. Then you will have to clean the glass brewing chamber by hand or in the dish washer.  

NOTE: even with the rinse function on, you will have to clean the glass brewing chamber regularly, we recommend once a week. You can find more information on cleaning the glass brewing chamber and other parts of the machine here 


Rinse intensity 

The rinse function has also 3 different intensities, which you can change in your settings 

Normal rinse: this is the normal rinse intensity that works with most teas. 

Intense rinse: If you feel like your glass brewing chamber does not get rinsed well enough, which can happen for example with very fine or heavy tea leaves like rooibos, you can choose the intense rinse. Your brewing chamber will be rinsed for a bit longer, with a bit more water. 

Short rinse: if you want to minimize the rinse time or amount, you can go for a short rinse. For many teas this will work just fine. 


Rinse delay time 

The last thing you should know about is the rinse delay time, which is another setting. 

The rinse delay time determines at what point after your cup of tea is dispensed, your rinse will be performed. The number on the screen indicates how many seconds after brewing the rinse will be done. Usually the rinse delay is set to 0, which means it will happen immediately after.  

The only reason to change the intensity is when you find that your glass brewing chamber is not completely clean after the rinse, even when the highest rinse intensity is selected. This happens usually when you are using a very fine tea, because then the serving of the tea might be slower, as finer tea might make it more difficult for water to drain from the tea sieve fast. This might result in the rinse already starting before the tea has completely been served, and as such its cleaning effect is nullified. This is where the rinse delay comes in. Set the rinse delay to a higher number than 0, and heighten this number until the glass brewing chamber is clean after the rinse. 

If you have set the rinse delay to the maximum of 60 seconds, and the glass brewing chamber still has tea deposits in it after rinsing, there might be another root problem, please contact customer services.


Additional info about the rinse function 

If you have not used the machine for longer than a week, we suggest you perform a rinse cycle before using it again. This can be easily done by pushing and holding the main button for longer than 3 seconds. It will then do a single rinse. Dispose of this rinse water, and then you can brew again! 

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