Cleaning is a part of life. You won’t like to get yourself hospitalized because of the unhygienic kitchen environment. Therefore, it is extremely important to regularly clean and descale your coffee machine. Whether you use it daily or not. Where there is food there will be eventually fungus or bacteria.
But considering the parts of the espresso machine, it is not easy to clean them with the same method. In addition, different parts of the machine require different cleaning approach. The portafilter and the steam wand need to be cleaned on a daily basis rather after every use.
How to Clean an Espresso Machine – All About Descaling The Coffee Machines And Cleaning
So, here is the guide for the How to Clean an Espresso Machine.
What You Need And How Often You Should Do The Cleaning Different Parts:
The things that you should use for cleaning the espresso machine are:
- Descaling products; you can easily find them in superstores.
- Citric acid; it will remove every smell and will also disinfect your machine parts.
- Vinegar; easily available at home. It will also remove stains and any odor from the machine.
You can use any of these things as a cleaning agent. Simply put some of it in the hot water and place the metallic parts in it for some time. Let them simmer and brush them after simmering. You will have completely clean and “look like new” parts.
Every part of the machine needs a different level of cleaning. So we will start with the parts that need daily cleaning.
Parts That Need Daily Cleaning:
1. Porta Filter:
Portafilters should be cleaned with warm water after every single use. In addition, if you are using the machine for commercial purposes, then you should go for deep cleaning. For doing so, you will have to follow these easy steps;
- Remove the portafilter and separate the basket, spigot and the handle.
- Put some hot water in a tub and put some cleaning agents in the water.
- Place all the parts in hot water except for the handle. As the hot water will affect its durability.
- Let them sit there for 15 to 20 minutes and wash them with normal water after some brushing.
- Let them dry and place them together again for the next use.
2. Steam Wand:
The steam wand is the most important part that needs daily cleaning. After every single milk steaming or frothing, the wand will be left hot. And because of that, the remaining milk on the wand will start to get burnt. And nobody would like the taste of burned milk in their coffee. Therefore, the steam wand should be keenly cleaned.
Furthermore, cleaning the steam wand isn’t a tough job. Simply take a towel or cloth and damp it with hot water. Cover the steam wand with that damp cloth for 5 to 10 minutes. After that, wipe off the burned milk from the wand easily.
3. Coffee Grinder:
The coffee grinder is also excessively used in office espresso machines and for commercial used machines. If you are using the coffee rig for your personal use, you shouldn’t bother the daily cleaning of the grinder. But if you do not clean the grinder of commercial used machines, it will affect the size of the grounded coffee and thus, the taste.
Cleaning the grinder is also very simple. You just have to wash it off with some pressurized water so that small grains get out. This regular washing of the grinder will maintain the quality of every single espresso shot.
Grouphead also needs to be cleaned regularly because of the direct contact of it with the coffee. For doing so, you will have to open up the group head. As you bend down, you will see a screw at the center of the group head plate.
- Simply unscrew the screw and you will get three parts.
- One will be the screw of course. The second one would be the shower screen that was visible and the third one will be a metal plate.
- As all three parts are metal, you will have to clean them with hot water.
- Fill up the hot water with a cleaning agent.
- Place all the parts in it for 15 minutes and brush them clean.
- Afterward, let them dry and screw them again in the same order.
Weekly Cleaning Parts:
There are also some parts in the espresso machine that need regular cleaning once a week. So here is the detailed cleaning process of these parts.
1. Grinder Opening:
The grinder can be cleaned with simple water but not the internal parts. There will be definitely a coffee ground that is stuck or is clustered at the bottom. Although it won’t seem like a problem in the beginning but after a while, your coffee will taste different. Because the blades won’t work properly. Therefore, you should also brush off the coffee ground that gets settled at unreachable places.
2. Sprouts of The Porta Filter:
Although it might seem like that the daily cleaning of the portafilter will clean it completely. But that is not that case. The internal parts like the sprouts also needs to be cleaned. As, they get some of the remains of coffee and coffee oils in them.
Although unscrewing the machine on a daily basis will be a hassle. Therefore, you should do it once a week. Or once every two weeks for personal used espresso rigs. You will only have to unscrew the porta filter and clean it through following the same method.