As you know, we love espresso, especially our iced lattes made from our Breville Espresso Machine. If you are also a lover yourself, you already know the delights of sipping on a perfectly brewed cup of espresso. However, to consistently get that perfect shot, maintaining and cleaning your machine is crucial. Cleaning not only ensures the longevity of your appliance but also guarantees that every cup tastes as fresh as the first.
Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to clean a Breville Espresso Machine and keep it in pristine condition:
1. Daily Cleaning Tasks
Empty the Drip Tray: Always ensure that the drip tray is emptied daily. If it gets too full, it can spill over and make a mess.
Clean the Portafilter and Basket: Remove the basket from the portafilter and rinse both under hot water. Use a scrubbing brush if there’s any residual coffee ground.
Clean the Steam Wand: If you’ve used the steam wand, always purge it by turning it on for a few seconds. This releases any milk trapped inside. Wipe it down with a damp cloth.
Weekly Cleaning Tasks
Clean the Water Tank: Empty any leftover water and rinse the tank with warm water. Let it air dry before refilling.
Clean the Shower Screen: With the portafilter removed, run a water cycle. This helps in rinsing the shower screen. You can also gently scrub it using a cleaning brush.
3. Monthly Cleaning Tasks
Descaling: Depending on the water hardness in your area, you might need to descale your machine. Descaling removes mineral buildup from the internal parts of the machine. Use Breville’s descaling solution or any other suitable descaler. Follow the instructions given in the user manual.
Replace the Water Filter: For optimum taste, replace the water filter every month. This also depends on the water quality in your area.
Clean the Group Head: Insert a blank filter in the portafilter and add the recommended amount of cleaning tablet. Lock the portafilter into the group head and run a cleaning cycle as per your machine’s manual.
4. Periodic Maintenance
Inspect Seals and Gaskets: Over time, the rubber seals and gaskets might wear out. Inspect them periodically for any signs of wear and replace as necessary.
Tips for Keeping Your Breville Espresso Machine Clean:
- Use Filtered Water: This can reduce the need for frequent descaling.
- Avoid Using Dark Roasts: Oily beans can clog your machine more quickly.
- Always Purge the Steam Wand: This prevents milk buildup which can affect the taste of your milk-based drinks.
Your Breville Espresso Machine is an investment in your daily pleasure. Although it seems like it is a lot of extra work, it is so worth it to have an espresso machine in the comfort of your own home. With consistent cleaning and maintenance, it will serve you impeccably for years. Remember, a clean machine not only enhances the lifespan of your appliance but also ensures that every espresso shot is perfect every time.