How To Clean An Espresso Machine: Daily cleaning procedure

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Daily cleaning will ensure that you continue to brew the finest quality espresso. Without regular cleaning your machine will not provide the drink quality that your customers demand and you will experience technical problems that may result in damage to the machine requiring repair. This could result in you not being able to serve coffee for a period of time resulting in lost sales.

How To Clean Your Machine

Step One:

Remove all the handles from the brewing heads and knock out spent coffee cakes that remain.

Step Two:

With your espresso machine brush in hand, scrub away any remaining coffee grounds from the brewing heads.

Step Three:

Choose a handle, remove the filter with a teaspoon and insert the blank filter into the handle.

Step Four:

Add a level teaspoon of MULCLEAN to the blank filter. Put the handle containing the blank filter and the MULCLEAN into the first brew head, turn on and leave to run for 10 seconds, then switch off. Without removing the handle run the group head for a further 10 seconds and switch off. Run the group for a final 10 seconds, then switch off. Remove the handle from the group head. Run the group into the drip tray for a further 10 seconds to flush out any remaining chemical residue.

Step Five:

Repeat Step Four with each group using the handle fitted with the blank.

Step Six:

Remove the metal drip tray to a sink and clean

Step Seven:

Clean the drain, before returning the drip tray to the machine, you will see a round, black drain. This drain is designed to catch any loose grounds before they get a chance to block the main drain. Coffee grounds can dry like concrete in a drain pipe. Remove the grounds with a teaspoon and flush 2-3 cups of water down the drain to ensure you have flushed away any loose grounds.

Step Eight:

Replace the drip tray. Leave filter handles on the drip tray overnight.

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