How to Clean Your Espresso Machine Under 10 Minutes

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Step by Step Instructions to Clean Your Espresso Maker

If you clean your espresso machine about once a week, it will last you 3-10 years.

If you clean it several times a week, it will last you 1-3 years.

If you never clean it, it will need to be replaced after a few months.

The grind is the most important factor in making good espresso. The standard grind is about 10-20 micrometers in size.

The beans should be ground at about 8 oz. of coffee for every 6 oz. of water used (this may need to be adjusted slightly to your exact coffee and water preferences).

Coffee is ground in two ways:

  • Blades
  • Stone

Blades grind the coffee bean into a very small fine powder. It is best to use it for items like coffee makers which tend to overheat the grounds. It also clogs up your espresso maker too fast. Many people use coarse ground coffee with a higher amount of fines and it tends to go through a coffee maker like syrup.

A stone coffee grinder tends to make a medium coarse grind. It is the best grind for a good espresso. A stone grinder won't clog up an espresso machine and gives a nice slow flow of grounds into the group head.

If you don't have an espresso machine but you want to try making some espresso like drinks, here are some steps to follow. You will need a french press pot.

Unscrew the basket and the filter

The first step in cleaning your espresso machine is to empty the basket and the filter holder of any grinds or used coffee pods. To do this, unscrew the convenient handle on the top of the basket and pull out the basket and filter holder. Dump any used grounds and pods into the trash.

This is the perfect time to wipe down the filter holder and basket with a soft, damp rag. Cleaning the filter holder and basket is especially important because they hold the coffee grounds. Keeping the filter holder and basket clean helps to keep the ground coffee from seeping into the inside of your espresso machine.

You can also remove the tamper. The tamper does double-duty. In addition to being able to tamp down the coffee grounds, the tamper also helps to extract enough grounds. To remove the tamper, press the tamper handle down until it clicks. Pull it up and out of the machine.

Proceed to scrub the seal

Er within the coffee maker. You could use a mixture of baking soda and water for this. You'll see that the sealer becomes darker when you apply some baking soda in it. This is the right reaction. You should wash it thoroughly with a clean piece of cloth while it is still dark.

Along with the sealer, you should also clean the walls of the coffee maker. It's a good practice to clean the walls of the coffee maker at the end of every day. Make sure that you clean any coffee particles, which are stuck on the walls.

You need to rub the cloth onto the wall and then clean it using clean water. Making sure that you rub the wall with the cloth in a circular motion and then rinse the cloth.

After cleaning the walls, you should clean the bottom surface of the coffee maker. Make sure that you clean the cord of the coffee maker separately.

Remove the small sieve

And screen and place them in the sink. Run hot water over them.

Put everything together as it was

When you received your espresso machine.

Clean the steam wand

The steam wand is good to clean every time you change out the crema unit because it fits over the steam wand. Remove the crema unit and slide the steam wand apart starting from the bottom pulling the steam wand out of the unit. Clean the steam wand with any cleaning method posted online.

Wipe the entire machine with a clean towel

Make sure you wipe the side handles and the handle of your espresso machine. Remove and wipe the drip tray to remove coffee grinds and odors. Wipe the steam wand and lid assembly to remove steamed milk and odors. For external use, wipe the exterior and side panels of your espresso machine with a moist rag. Add water to the water reservoir and run through two to four cleaning cycles to thoroughly expel any old stale grinds and oils that may have settled inside the machine … preferably with clean water.

Clean the grinder heads. Remove and wipe down the grinder heads. If you can do it, remove the grinder heads and clean them with the brush provided with the machine or a clean toothbrush and warm water.

Clean the parts that will not get wet. If you have an espresso machine with a water tank, switch off the water line, or, if the machine has an inline water filter, be sure to turn the lever to the OFF position. Clean the parts that won’t get wet, such as the control panel and dials. For removable parts, place them in a small plastic bag or airtight Tupperware container and wash them with a mild dish soap and water mix.