Machine Hygiene – Keep your counter clean but your coffee machine cleaner.

The start of any good cup of coffee is a clean machine. Properly cleaning your machine ensures great tasting coffee and keeps your machine in good working order.

These are some of our top CoffeePro tips to keep the coffee flowing.

Daily Cleaning

Creating a daily routine for your machine will ensure you keep brewing great coffee. See our recommendations below, we have covered the most popular machines.

Espresso Machine:

  • Always dump ground after brewing.
  • Rinse and clean the portafilter, a brush is very helpful here.
  • We strongly recommend using unscented soaps, scented soaps may affect your coffee flavor.
  • Allow all parts to air dry before reassembling.
  • Wipe the exterior of the machine.

Drip Coffee Maker:

  • Discard used grinds after brewing.
  • Rinse the basket thoroughly.
  • Scrub the basket with a brush using unscented soap.
  • If applicable, Wash the carafe with hot water and unscented soap.
  • Allow basket and carafe to fully air-dry before reassembly
  • Wipe down the coffee maker’s exterior.

Weekly Cleaning

Espresso Machine:

  • If your espresso machine has a three-way valve, perform a backflush. To do so, put a half teaspoon of white vinegar or a cleaner into a blind filter (no holes) and put it in the portafilter. Turn the pump on and let it run until it quiets down. Turn the pump off and wait for the cleaner to be forced through the machine and into the drip pan. Repeat this process multiple to flush out all cleaner. Note: If your machine does not have a three-way valve do not attempt this.
  • Soak your portafilter, basket, and steam wand in a mix of white vinegar and water, or cleaners. Rinse thoroughly and let air dry.

Drip Coffee Maker:

  • Drip Coffee machines don’t generally need weekly maintenance if you are keeping up with your daily routine. If you use your machine several times per day though, it is advisable to perform the monthly routine outlined below weekly instead of monthly.

Monthly Cleaning

Espresso Machine:

  • You should decalcify your machine every month. This helps removes hard water and calcium deposits that may build up in your machine. It is best to use decalcifying agents specifically designed for espresso machines.
  • Decalcifying may not be needed if your machine makes use of carbon filters that are changed at proper intervals. Though it still never hurts.

Drip Coffee Maker:

  • Decalcifying is very important in drip coffee machines as well. Each machine will have its specific instructions on how it should be decalcified, many machines have automatic cleaning modes these days that aid in decalcifying, but If you’ve lost your manual the below steps should work.
  • Pour a mix of 1 part vinegar and 2 parts water into the reservoir.
  • Start your drip coffee maker with the basket in place (no filter).
  • Once cooled, pour out the resulting mixture. Rinse carafe thoroughly.
  • Run 2-3 pots of clean water through the machine to remove the vinegar. Repeat as many times as necessary.
  • Vinegar dissolves hard water and calcium build up and also helps remove odors.

These are the basics of keeping your machine clean. Sticking to these procedures will keep your coffee tasting great and ensure the longevity of your machine.

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