So, you have had your fills of regular espresso shots and other beverages with the help of Espresso machine sitting in your kitchen cabinet and now you are wondering whether its time you should clean it; and if you have to clean it then how are you going to do that; or when is the right time for cleaning your espresso machine; or more importantly what is the right method to clean your espresso machine.
Don’t worry we have answers to all of the above mentioned and whole lot of other questions coming into your mind regarding espresso machine cleaning.
If you have a super automatic espresso machine, then all your worries come to an end as you don’t have to do anything. Your gadget has AUTOMATIC cleaning functions which will relieve you of all the worries regarding espresso machine cleaning.But if you have any of the other ones, you can follow the simple steps given below and get your espresso machine cleaned with no extreme efforts. If you don’t know about differences between super-automatic espresso machine and other types, you can visit this website. Their forum will help you understand the differences.
To begin with you should have the below mentioned items to clean the espresso machine:
- Espresso Machine Cleaner Kit which includes flushing detergent. However, it is very important that you should NOT use any other conventional detergent lying round in your house for the cleaning purpose.
- Citric Acid or Descaler. You can also use some other weak acids such as vinegar etc. The point you should always remember for this part is you should never ever use a strong acid such as Hydrochloric Acid.
- Next is, Backflush Portafilter Basket.
- Clean dishrag and kitchen towel.
- Any non – grating material for scrubbing such as “Green Scrub” of 1 X 1 size.
- Any other normal container having a size big enough for soaking the portafilter.
After you have read about all the materials required for cleaning your espresso machine; next comes the interval after which you need to do that.
The espresso machine should be cleaned after:
- Making Every Shot
- Daily Basis
- Every 3 to 6 months
We will explain this routine in a little while. Meanwhile, you should note that if you clean your espresso machine with this routine, your machine will shine as new always and will run for a longer time interval. Another important benefit of sticking to the routine is that every shot you make with your espresso machine will be fantastic and satisfying as the first one.
So here comes the routine explanation:
After Every Shot:
- Clean the milk wand thoroughly using a damp towel.
- Release some steam to expel any milk sticking round in the nozzle hole. This will make your machine ready for another immediate cup.
- If you don’t need another cup immediately, then empty the filler basket, rinse group head thoroughly, wipe it and reinstall it to the machine.
- Finally, run some water from the spout to cleanse any remaining stains.
- Wipe the shower screen with damp towel.
- Install the backflush portafilter basket in the portafilter.
- Run water from the group head jiggling the filter handle for rinsing.
- Tighten the filter handle and let the water pressure rise for 15 seconds and release.
- Repeat this step which is called as backflushing for 5 times.
- Rinse the drip tray and reinstall the portafilter into the espresso machine.
- Use the detergent to clean the portafilter.
3 to 6 months cleaning:
- Empty down the water reservoir and fill it with descaler.
- Start the machine for descaler to work.
- Run the descaler solution through hot water and group head.
- Leave the machine on for at least half an hour.
- Empty the reservoir and rinse with clean water.
This was a simple and easy guide for cleaning your espresso machine neat and clean. If you still have questions regarding cleaning of espresso machines, you can ask questions at http://coffeegeek.com/forums