Ways to Clean Your Coffee Equipment

  1. Give it a rinse: This is Kitchen 101! In general, you should give everything you use a nice rinse with hot soapy water before and after every use.  No need to go super in-depth with the rinsing–just aim to remove the previous residue.
  2. Start a deep clean regimen: It’s important to plan for a deep clean with lots of elbow grease every so often. Traditional coffee machines should be cleaned out about every 6 months (so every time you flip your mattress, clean your coffee machine afterward!). Espresso machines need to be cleaned more frequently. Once a week is best. This is because espresso machines have so many different components which allow for dirt and grime to build up faster over time.
  3. Brush to rush: If you want to speed up the cleaning process, it may be wise to purchase some equipment. Investing a small amount in a couple of espresso machine cleaning brushes will save you a lot of time. We recommend a group head brush with a solid 90-degree angle so you can clean every nook and cranny of that machine.
  4. Use the power of vinegar: White or distilled vinegar can be used to clean just about anything in your home–including your coffee equipment. A problem many coffee drinkers face is a build-up of scaling minerals from brewing with hard water. Fight that build-up scale with white vinegar. Add 3 oz. of vinegar to 20 oz. of water, and let it run through the machine. Then run about 3-4 times the amount of fresh water through the machine. Good as new!
  5. Find a vinegar alternative: No vinegar? No problem. If you despise vinegar for whatever reason, there are alternatives. We recommend the Cafiza Espresso Machine Cleaner in place of vinegar for use in your espresso machine. This cleaning powder is a miracle in a bottle!
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