No matter if it is an espresso coffee machine or a regular coffee maker, lack of cleaning would lead to rancid oil, clog parts and of course lousy coffee.
If you followed the instruction given in the manual, you would not need to read this article. But, some of us are just so lazy to read 100 over pages of instruction, or if you purchased your espresso maker from ebay that does not comes with any instruction, then this article would help.
The basic thing about cleaning an espresso machine is to remove the filter basket, knock out the spent grounds, rinse the basket with water. The wipe it with a damp cloth.
Learn about these methods and more (such as coffee cupping) in our free coffee classes.
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After that , replace the empty filter basket on the group head, run water through it to remove any left over coffee stuck in the sprout. This is the general washing procedures.
Then, if you use your espresso coffee machine regularly, you should definitely be doing the back flushing. First, you would insert the blind filter into the portafilter handle, and put it on the group head.
After that, run water through the group head to rinse off the seal and shower screen. Try jiggling the handle, to better the process.
Then, tighten down the filter handle, and run water through the portafilter handle. Lastly, release the pressure.
You have to repeat the water running and the pressure release three or four more times to really clean it.
Another thing that would improves the efficiency of your espresso machine is to do descaling every 3 to 6 months. Even if you are using soft water, it would leaves behind some minerals and if you do not descaled it, there would also be clogging and foul taste.
I would not attempt to highlight any instruction here as you would definitely need to purchase a descaling solution that is suitable for your espresso coffee machine and that would come with its own set of instruction.
Well, that is all to getting the most out of your espresso machine, it might not sound like much, but you would be surprised how many people are not doing this, and is wondering why they cannot produce great espresso like the pros!
OCM (OnCoffeeMakers.com) was started in 2007 with the first webpage about coffee machines. And for a number of years, we focused on helping people find their desired coffee machine (we still are helping folks with that! So, if you are looking for coffee machines for office or restaurants - check out the link).
In 2010, we started getting enquiries on restaurant marketing and we start to help food and beverage brands with their marketing. Below are campaigns and events that we have done over the years:
OCM's campaigns: F&B Marketing Ideas by OCM
OCM's Events: F&B Industry events by or with OCM
Check out this restaurant marketing guide to learn more about the many campaigns and companies we have worked with.
Since then, we have also created many marketing workshops and classes for the F&B industry. Many of these modules are still running in tertiary institutions such as Temasek Polytechnic Skillsfuture Academy and also ITE College East COC classes, below are some snippets of our lectures and workshops:
OCM’s F&B workshops: Food and Beverage Marketing Lectures | Workshops - click to watch classes on customer journey map, JTBD and more.
So, if you are looking for industry practitioners to help you scale your coffee or F&B businesses, do drop us a message or book an appointment. Do also check out our various social media platforms on regular F&B and coffee market updates:
For regular coffee (F&B) related videos: OCM Youtube
For Daily Coffee Inspiration (fun coffee content): OCM IG
For insights into the coffee (F&B) industry: OCM LinkedIN
PS: For the coffee lovers, we continue to share coffee articles (and videos) and have also started a free coffee class section (with free online coffee training supported by coffee partners).
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