A coffee machine is one of the greatest investments for every coffee lover or business owner out there. Not only does it make your mornings hassle-free, but it also ensures that you get the drink that aligns with your tastes. This is why choosing a model which works for you is an important decision. Out of the many coffee machines available, Breville Espresso Machines are one of the most widely-owned ones. So, for investments such as this to last until the longest time possible, it requires constant maintenance, cleaning, and care.
Just like any machine, your coffee machine also contains various parts that need to be cleaned thoroughly. If you’re reading this, you are probably looking for answers on how to clean a Breville Espresso machine. In this article, all those questions will be answered and explained.
How to Clean the Outer Housing of Your Espresso Machine
To clean the exterior part of your machine, all you have to do is use a damp or a microfiber cloth. Keep in mind that the surface of your machine can easily be scratched, so refrain from using strong cleaners or pads.
Cleaning the Portafilter
This is one of the most manageable parts of your machine to clean. The only thing you need to do is let the water run through the machine with the portafilter in place without coffee. Then, make sure to rinse out any residual coffee particles. Repeat until there is no more residue left.
How to Clean the Water Drip Tray
The drip tray refers to the part of your machine where excess coffee, water, and other liquids drip down. It is also where condensation accumulates from the pipe at the back of your machine. You can tell if it’s time to clean your water drip tray once you notice the “empty me” sign pop up from the front of your tray.
First, pull the tray towards you by holding the handle at the bottom. This action will automatically drag another tray (the back tray) of your espresso machine. Be careful when pulling because hot condensation will drop down and might burn you. Once you have done this, you can now pour the accumulated water into the sink and wipe the pieces that make up your water drip tray.
Note: A tip for ensuring that your tray doesn’t get dirty or become filled quickly is to keep a piece of cloth or microfiber on it. Doing this will help lessen coffee or water from splashing too much.
Cleaning the steam wand (milk frother)
One of the parts of your machine which requires regular cleaning is the steam wand. This is because milk tends to dry on this part, which can cause a sticky problem and other complications if left unclean. For sticky situations such as this to be avoided, the best option is to clean right after steaming the milk.
However, if you forgot to clean it right away, there’s no need to worry. In this situation, all you need to do is point the wand over the hole in the drip tray and then activate the steam for about 30 seconds. Keep in mind that the steam will take some time to build up, so wait until the steam starts to come out before doing anything. After that, you can now wipe the softened milk off with your cloth.
How to Run the Flush-back (“Clean Me”) Cycle
The Flush-back or Clean Me cycle pertains to making arrangements for your Breville Espresso machine to clean its internal parts. The recommended indicator to perform this cycle is after every 200 cups of coffee. It works by building up pressurized water, which will work its way towards the parts of your machine. This action can be done through these simple steps:
Step 1: Make sure that your machine is turned off but not unplugged.
Step 2: Check if the machine’s water tank is full.
Step 3: Insert the cleaning disk into a small single filter basket
Note: If your cleaning disk has a hole in it, you need to put a container under the portahead to stop liquid from spilling out. However, if your disk has no hole, the drip tray will take care of liquids that will drip down.
Step 4: Add a cleaning tablet into the cleaning disk and insert the portafilter into your machine.
Step 5: Simultaneously press and hold the single and dual cup buttons. Turn on your machine.
Step 6: Wait until the machine beeps and starts up.
Step 7: Release the buttons.
How to Perform the Descaling Cycle
The Descaling Cycle involves using a specific descaling chemical which strips, softens, and cleans the lime that has accumulated inside your espresso machine. Similar to the Flush-Back Cycle, the internal parts will also be cleaned. It is recommended that you descale your coffee machine every 60 – 90 days. Checking the water hardness can also help you determine how often you should do it. For example:
- If your water hardness is 4, descale every 90 days (3 months).
- If your water hardness is 6, descale every 60 days (2 months)
You can descale your espresso machine by following these simple steps:
Step 1: Empty any remaining water into the sink and remove the water filter from the tank.
Step 2: Add the descaling chemical into the water according to the instructions.
Step 3: Fill the water tank and re-attach the tank.
Step 4: Turn the machine on and press and hold the 1 cup button. Wait until about one-third (⅓) of the water has poured out from the tank.
Step 5: Turn the water on/off switch to let it flow from the direct water pipe.
Step 6: Submerge the steam wand into the drip tray and use the remaining water to rinse it.
Step 7: Pour any remaining water into the sink.
Step 8: Wash the water tank to get rid of any chemical residues
Storing Your Machine
There will come a time when you have to store your Breville Espresso Machine for a while. In doing this, you must ensure that it is clean, inside and out. Aside from unplugging your machine, you also need to remove unused coffee beans and empty the water tank and drip tray. And that’s how to clean a Breville Espresso Machine. Remember that if you take care of things, they will last.