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Cleaning and maintaining an espresso machine

With regular use, coffee residues, oils and minerals can accumulate in the internal parts of an espresso machine. Internal parts of an espresso machine that suffer the most from this are the brewing group and the pipes.

These accumulations can affect the taste of the coffee and result in a bitter or strange aftertaste. In addition, your machine is more likely to malfunction. By cleaning your coffee machine, you will maintain the optimal quality of the coffee, ensure that every cup of coffee is fresh and delicious, and you can enjoy a well-functioning machine for longer.

Follow these steps to clean and maintain an espresso machine:

  1. Daily cleaning:
    • After each use, remove the coffee grounds and rinse the filter holder with water.
    • Clean the steam pipe by passing some steam through it and then wipe it with a damp cloth.
    • Clean the drip tray and waste basket to remove coffee residues and spills.
  2. Weekly cleaning:
    • Clean the filter carrier, filter trays and metal strainers thoroughly with warm water and a soft brush. Make sure no coffee residues are left behind.
    • Remove the shower head (the metal plate above the filter carrier) and clean it thoroughly. If necessary, use a needle to remove any blockages.
  3. Quarterly maintenance:
    • Check rubber seals and gaskets regularly and replace them if necessary. Worn seals can cause leaks.
    • Check the condition of the brewing group and clean it if necessary. Refer to your machine's manual for specific instructions.
    • If your Espresso machine has a water filter, follow the recommended replacement frequency according to the manufacturer's instructions.

Descaling an espresso machine:

  • Espresso machines should be descaled regularly to remove limescale deposits and extend the life of the machine. Consult your specific machine's manual for the recommended descaling procedure and its frequency. 
  • Follow the instructions on the descaling solution and carry out the descaling process according to the recommended procedure.

It is important to consult the manual of your specific espresso machine, as maintenance procedures can vary depending on the make and model. Always follow the manufacturer's instructions for best results and to avoid causing any damage to the machine.