If you recently bought a new coffee maker and wonder why it’s not keeping its coffee hot, you’re not alone!
On the 1st of January, the European Union has introduced new rules to target energy consumption of new coffee machines, as well as other household devices such as Internet routers and gas ovens.
According to the new legislation, when the brewing cycle of a drip-filter coffee machines ends, it must switch off after 40 minutes. They say that any longer is simply a waste of energy as they claim the coffee is undrinkable after 40 minutes.
The rules vary for different types of coffee machines. Drip-filter coffee machines with an insulated jug must switch off within 5 minutes of the brewing cycle ending, but in this case, it makes sense since these don’t have a hotplate.
Espresso machines must switch off 30 minutes after use, so those who like to keep their coffee cups warm sitting on the machine will be in for a nasty surprise.