How to Clean and Maintain a Home Espresso Machine
Scale is a concentrated buildup of minerals, like lime, inside your espresso maker. The buildup inside the brewing passages of your machine can affect the function of your machine particularly the boiler along with the taste of your coffee.
In order to properly maintain your espresso machine, particularly in areas with hard water, it is strongly recommended to descale your espresso maker anywhere from once a month to once a year.
This depends on the hardness of your water, how often you use the machine and how often the water is allowed to sit in the machine for lengthy periods of time.
To learn how to descale your espresso machine, keep on reading this article.
Cool Down the Machine
First, turn off the machine and allow it to cool completely which is essential because a hot machine can be dangerous and can reduce the efficacy of the descaling solution.
Combine Lemon and Water
Even though some users recommend using vinegar, it is not generally good for the mechanics or the interior of your coffee machine.
You can make a citric solution with lemon and water, or you can just purchase a commercial descaling solution, which is specifically designed for use with espresso machines.
Popular commercial brands include brands such as Durgol, Saeco, and CLR. Most high-end espresso machine manufacturers sell their own brands of decalcifying or descaling solutions as well as recommend a commercial brand.
Run the Machine
First of all, put the descaling solution into the machine’s water reservoir.
After that, turn on your espresso maker and pump water through your steam nozzle for approximately 15 – 30 seconds. Afterwards, turn the machine off.
Now that you have completed the machine you should have a cold machine with descaling solution running in all the parts of it that hold and run water.
After 10 minutes, you can add the scale and allow it to dissolve.
When you’re done with the treatment, first turn the machine on and pump the water through again for 30 to 90 seconds, and then turn it off.
It is suggested that you repeat the above process about 5 times. The process should take you one hour to one and a half hours.
Clean out the Machine
Unfortunately, descaling solution can leave a bitter and unpleasant taste in your espresso machine . This is due to the solution residue. To get rid of it, rinse out your water reservoir and refill it. Use clean water to run the machine through its process at least two to three times.
Make a Pot of Coffee
First, make one pot of coffee or shot of espresso and throw it out. This step will ensure that the descaling solution will be removed from inside.
Finally, you can make a pot or shot for yourself and enjoy the taste!