How to Clean an Espresso Machine | Perfect Coffee




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My name is Mike Jones, and I’m a barista at Third Rail Coffee right by Washington Square Park in New York City. I’m going to teach you some basic coffee-making skills.

I’m going to show you how to clean an espresso machine. Now, the basic thing that you do is a process called “backflushing”. Now what this is, is instead of using this basket here in the portafilter which has holes in the bottom for the espresso to go through, you use a blank one right here which is solid on the base. You can pop it out and see. And so what you do is you put it in the machine, same as if you were extracting espresso, but pull shots at 5 seconds intervals. And I’ll show you that a little bit more. First thing you want to do is scrub the screen. This is a pretty standard espresso brush. And as you’re running some water, you can just scrub the base. Now if you’re doing this at the end of the night at a busy cafe, you would actually take the screen of. But to give it a good clean, this is sufficient. Put the portafilter in. Ran it for 5 seconds and then stopped. And then dump out the dirty water. And then you’re going to repeat that between 5 and 10 times. So assuming we’ve done that, the final step is to run the water and then wiggle the portafilter around. This cleans out around the edges up in the grouphead. So at the end of the night, you’re going to want to do that same backflushing process but this time with chemicals. The common ones are from Urnex. And they’re either called Cafiza, Full Circle, and there’s a whole range of them but pretty much every coffee shop is using the chemical from that company. So you just use a small amount about the size of a dime, and place it right in that basket there. And then you just go through that process of running 5 seconds intervals and then at the end wiggling it around. You might want to give this one a more thorough wipe with the rag at the end so there’s no excess chemicals. And that’s the basics of cleaning the espresso machine.

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7 Comments

  1. Russell Suender
    November 29, 2013
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    Gotta clean my Ariete espresso machine.Lots of build-up of that crap that comes in our water.Need the right equipment and directions how.The simple,budget machine just need a flush of vinegar or lemon juice,then a good flushing of water.This machine is a EXPENSIVE version obviously but my machine is the same type,just a $2000 cheaper.LOL

  2. Courtney Brown
    May 13, 2015
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    where would i generally find and how would i clean the water filter ?? sorry this is for school

  3. Mastergfunk Deniro
    October 26, 2015
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    trust me i won t repeat the cleaning for up to 3 or 4 times cause by the end of the night you wanna go home cause you had a busy day . sorry mate

  4. McGarvie MTB
    June 29, 2016
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    Should the water be hot or cold for cleaning?

  5. Roselle Regene
    September 20, 2016
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    hi I have a question,the place I'm working at has very little crowds so we usually just use one side of the machine. so example I'm only using the left side the whole day so during closing do I still need to clean the right side even though I didn't use it ?

  6. lucky bebe
    September 22, 2016
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    fucking this guy, not finish process of cleaning

  7. gpelite
    May 29, 2017
    Reply

    Who…? MIKE JONES

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