How to Clean an Espresso Machine – If your espresso machine starts to produce an odd coffee taste, then it possibly needs cleaning. Some espresso machine models have automatic light rompts when it already requires cleaning while some may be noticeable through producing a little funky taste. Either way, regular cleaning of your espresso machine is essential to maintain a fresh tasting and delicious morning java.
The things that you will need are damp cloth, screw driver, white vinegar, distilled water, espresso cleaner and soft bristle brush.
Here are the important instructions in cleaning espresso machine:
- Turn off the espresso machine and unplug the electrical connection to ensure safety while cleaning.
- Take your time and read the manufacturer’s label about the espresso machine so that you will know how to safely detach other elements for cleaning.
- Wipe the exterior surface of your machine using a damp cloth.
- Some machine requires back flushing. Do the back flush as often as recommended by the manufacturer’s label. Back flushing should be performed at least twice a week.
- Remove the group head by loosening the screws with a screwdriver. Pull out the group head and set it aside.
- Get a small bucket and fill in warm water halfway. Use a soft bristle brush, dip the brush into the bucket with water and gently scrub the group head’s parts including the brass plate and the screen.
- You can also purchase an espresso cleaning solution. Soak the group head’s parts along with the brass dispersion plate and screen in a bucket with the cleaning solution. Allow the solution to sit overnight for deep cleaning.
- Wipe the espresso milk wand using a damp cotton cloth. You can also detach it and immerse with warm water to eliminate milk residue. You can also use a pipe cleaner in removing milk residue onto the wand. A paper clip and a pin also work best in unclogging the espresso steam hole.
- If you want to decalcify the interior of the machine, mix equal amounts of water and white vinegar into the espresso machine and let it run for one cycle.
- After running the vinegar solution into the machine, pour in distilled water and let it run for 2 to 3 times to remove vinegar residue.
- Allow the machine parts to completely dry and reassemble it again.
If you are producing large volume of coffee, routine cleaning should be performed daily to avoid mineral deposits and debris onto the surface of your espresso machine. It is much preferred to use distilled water in cleaning the machine as this can prevent accumulation of mineral deposits.