Coffee Machine Maintenance

One of the great things about Italian coffee machines is that they are very simple to maintain.

Follow my schedule below to keep your machine in great shape.

  • Every session - flush the group, wipe the shower screen and flush the group again.

    • This regular flushing prevents the build up of coffee oils and keeps your machine clean.

  • Monthly - back flush the group.

    • Insert a blind basket into your portafilter, add 1g of Cleaning Powder, insert the portafilter, start the pump, hold at full pressure for 3 seconds, then stop the pump.

    • Repeat 3 times.

    • Do the above one more time without cleaning powder, then flush the group to give it a rinse.

    • Do not over-clean as the cleaning powder dissolves lubricating grease as well as coffee oils. Without the lubricating grease your group will soon start squeaking.

  • Quarterly - flush the boiler/s.

    • Flush water through the group and through the hot water wand to freshen up the water in the boiler/s.

  • Quarterly - Clean the shower screen, basket and portafilter

    • Soak overnight in a solution of water and Cleaning Powder to remove coffee oils.

  • Annually - Replace the Group Gasket

  • Annually - grinder cleaning (optional)

    • There is no need to disassemble your grinder to clean it. Simply run grinder cleaning granules through to dislodge particles and oils from the burrs and the grinder chamber.

  • As required - servicing & repairs

    • Squeaks, leaks and changes to performance are signs that your coffee machine may need a service or a repair.

    • Most servicing and repairs are simple so if you are willing and qualified (electrical) you can go online to find numerous do-it-yourself guides and videos.

    • If you are not keen to do-it-yourself you can take it to your local coffee machine technician or you can book an in-home service.

    • For advice on recommended technicians in your local area please get in Contact

  • As required - descaling

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