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Cleaning Your Coffee & Espresso Machine
There are many coffee & espresso machine cleaning products available to help keep your equipment in good condition. Cleaning your equipment will help extend the life of your machine and it will also reduce the number of parts that need to be replaced. Many people think that a regular detergent is all that is needed to clean their machines, but you can't be more wrong.
Your espresso machine uses a boiler to heat water that is then forced through the coffee pot. Hot air is exhausted from the bottom of the pot through the coffee tube where hot coffee is pumped into the espresso cup. This hot air has to be vented out of the espresso cup area otherwise the espresso will seep out into the cup causing it to foul and discolor. Cleaning the machine like this every day will result in your equipment being free of deposits and clogs that will affect its performance over time.
When cleaning the machine, there are two primary areas that need attention. The first is the filter basket. This is the main area for storing your grounds and grinding materials that will be used with your espresso machine. It is important that you properly clean this area once or twice a month to prevent the accumulation of lime scale buildup that will affect your espresso shots. The other area that needs attention is the pump. This is the part that raises and lowers the coffee pot through the grinders so that it can make the shots.
There are a few ways that you can clean your espresso machine. If your machine is brand new, it should come with an easy to follow manual and cleaning product. You may want to invest in one of the coffee machine cleaning products that you can buy online. These cleaning products will generally get the job done very well. Some of these products, such as the Magic Green Delight, can be used with any kind of machine.
To clean your espresso machine, you will want to take some time to actually look at the coffee carafes. You will be able to tell if there has been a lot of coffee spilled on them by the brown stains. This will mean that you will need to purchase new coffee carafes for the machine. If you have a lot of stains, it may be best to just buy new coffee cups instead of spending money on the carafe holders.
When looking at cleaning your espresso machine, you might also want to consider using a good espresso cleaner. You can find these products at almost any office supply store. Most of these cleaners are very inexpensive and can easily be used to keep your espresso machine in great shape. The cleaning agent will generally dissolve any and all soap or grease that might be on the spout of the machine.
Another way to clean your coffee cup is to use hot water and a tablespoon of baking soda. Place the baking soda in the spout and place a cup of hot water in it. Turn the coffee machine on and let it brew for a minute or two. When the brew is done brewing, pour off the grounds and pour the water into the cup with the espresso shot. Make sure to fill the espresso shot with as much water as you can because it will require a lot more to get the coffee to make a good espresso shot.
Keep in mind that you should only clean your coffee & espresso machine if it is brand new and not more than 2 years old. If you find that the coffee maker is getting a bit dirty, you should consider cleaning the machine as well. However, you will want to only use a mild detergent to wash the coffee maker because a strong detergent could potentially damage the plastic parts. Once you have cleaned your coffee maker, you will want to allow it to fully cool before refilling it with coffee or espresso. Following this simple step will help to keep your coffee maker running smoothly and effectively.