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Coffee makers are generally easy to clean, but if you’re the coffee connoisseur who has a complex one, keeping it clean can become a hassle. But don’t worry, no real coffee lover would leave his precious machine dirty. If you’re looking for tips on how to keep your coffee maker clean, here’s an espresso cleaning guide for you. Read on to see 5 tips that you should know in order to keep your coffee machine squeaky clean and in tip top condition:
- Study your coffee machine carefully
Before you buy any appliance for your home, it’s important to know how to use it properly. Know what the different parts of your coffee machine is. Check the manual and study the different functions it has. Some coffee machines have multiple functions that not only allows brewing, but also grinding, and milk frothing. The more functions it has, the more parts you have to maintain. Study the manual and get to know your machine well.
- Know how to disassemble your machine
If you’re operating an espresso machine with multiple parts, then you have to know this. Part of studying how your coffee machine works is by knowing which parts goes where and how to take them off when it’s time to clean. There are several parts of an espresso maker. There’s your water tank, portafilters, grouphead, grinder, steam arm, etc. Not everything requires deep cleaning. Some parts need to be cleaned per shot, like the portafilters, while others can be cleaned after a day’s use.
- Always wash removable parts after use
For regular coffee makers, you just need to wash the filter basket after every use. But for those who own more complex ones, it’s important to know which parts of your machine are washable. Aside from the filter basket, some water reservoirs can be removed too so make sure to wash it carefully as well. For espresso makers, you have more parts to clean. Make sure to wipe the portafilters clean before and after use. It’s also helpful to purge the machine with water between every shot to remove excess grounds from the grouphead. Watch your drip tray and keep it clear of coffee particles that could clog the drain line. But it’s not just the removable parts, the basket lid and the warming plate should also be cleaned because they get dirty with drops and splash of coffee.
- Descale your machine regularly
Scaling happens when the inner workings of your coffee maker accumulates hard water. Because water contains minerals like calcium and magnesium, it’s easy for your machine’s heating element to eventually grow limescale over time. This can be remedied by descaling or decalcifying your coffee maker. Here’s how:
Before starting the cleaning process, make sure to empty your coffee maker. Clean the carafe and make sure the chamber is free from any leftover coffee grounds. Make a cleaning solution by mixing equal parts water and distilled white vinegar. Pour it into the water chamber and fill it up all the way to its full capacity. Turn on your coffee maker and run a full cycle. For especially bad buildup, you can run half a cycle then let it sit for an hour. After which you can resume the cycle and finish it until the water chamber is empty. After the water-vinegar cycle, run a water-only cycle to rinse off the cleaning solution. You may repeat this more times to ensure that the vinegar smell does not linger. Do this at least once a month to ensure your coffee maker is clean on the inside.
- Wipe the body of the machine
When maintaining a coffee machine, you’re not just concerned about it’s internal parts. You also have to make sure that the body is clean. Wipe it regularly to get rid of dust that could mix into your coffee. Sanitize your surroundings and make sure that the surface it’s on is clean and free from dirt. Don’t forget to include the power cord in your cleaning routine because who knows it’s already very sticky with dirt.