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The cleanliness of an espresso machine can have a massive impact on the way your coffee tastes. It is surprising the number of commercial espresso machines in cafes, bars, and restaurants that are not cleaned properly and regularly.

By not cleaning your machine regularly you are leaving it open to being clogged up and potentially dirty for your customers as well as giving them a bad taste in their mouth.

Keep your machine clean with our guide below, and provide the tastiest coffee possible to your customers ensuring their return time and time again.

We understand at the end of the day it requires a lot of effort during the closing times to properly clean your espresso machine and it can be overlooked, but the rewards in taste are well worth it and vital to ensuring the extended life of the machine.

  1. When you have stopped operating the machines for the day, remove the baskets from the group. A trick to help get them out is to use a spoon or a blank group to pop them out.
    Scrub the group to remove any oils or dried coffee. If this has not been done for a long time or the oils are hard to remove then, leave the groups soaking overnight in hot water with a small amount of espresso cleaning powder. This will help to break down all the dirt and make it easier to scrub off in the morning.
  2. Insert the blank cleaning basket into your group handle. This is the basket that will have no holes in it and should have been supplied with your machine.
  3. Push the free pour button on your espresso machine. Gently lock and wriggle the group into the machine to help remove any coffee that has got stuck in the group head or the shower plate. Repeat this process until the water coming out is clear and has no coffee grounds in it.
  4. Insert the correct dose of commercial espresso machine cleaner (normally found on the side of the packet) into the blank group and lock it fully into the group head.
    Turn on the free pour button for five seconds and then turn it off for ten seconds. This will flush the cleaner through the pipes and clean away any dirt. Repeat the flush five times.
  5. Once you have finished flushing the machine with chemicals it is important to repeat the process with no chemicals and just water. This will ensure that no chemicals are left in the machine which could affect the taste of the coffee.
  6. Use your brush to scrub any dirt left on the shower plates or seals in the group head.
  7. Check the steam wands are clean. These should not be too dirty as you should be cleaning them after every coffee. If needed give them a wipe with a damp cloth. DO NOT leave your steam wands soaking in a cup of water overnight while still attached to the machine. This will over time suck water up into the boiler and potentially ruin the machine.
  8. Remove the drip tray and all other parts that can be washed and give them a scrub. Be careful not to put groups through the dishwasher as this is not good for them over a long period of time.
  9. Give the machine a good wipe down with some blue roll or microfiber cloth. Some people like to use glass spray but just be careful as it can affect the push buttons.
  10. Reassemble the machine; including putting the correct groups back into the baskets and check everything is clean and ready for the next day’s service.
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