Sometimes things can be much easier than you think. Recently I noticed that my Senseo coffee machine started having issues. The coffee was not as hot as it used too and I also had the impression that the cups weren’t as full as they should be. At first I descaled the machine. This didn’t work. In fact things even got worse. The next time I tried to brew coffee, there was almost no water coming out of the machine and the noises it made were horrifying! I already saw myself having to buy a new coffee machine again. But there was a pretty easy solution to the problem.
The coffee pod (or pad as they are known in some languages) holder has a small sieve in it that tends to clog. Over time coffee residues and hard water deposits clog the sieve, so less and less water comes through. For some reason it never occured to me to regularly clean the pod holder. But after realizing that it was probably the culprit, I used descaling agent and boiling hot water to thoroughly clean the pod holder. Lo and behold, after that procedure my coffee maker worked as if it was new!
If you own a Senseo machine yourself, make sure you regularly clean the pod holders. I am sure a lot of Senseo owners threw their fully working machines into the trash just because these nastly little sieves in the pod holders were clogged.