How To Clean Your Espresso Machine With Vinegar (5 Steps)

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How To Clean Your Espresso Machine With Vinegar (5 Steps)

It doesn't matter if you drink coffee every day or just on Sundays. But if your espresso machine needs cleaning, you will need to do it. Cleaning your espresso machine is easy and takes less than 10 minutes.

Only a handful of household items will be required, which you likely already have. You can wash some items in the dishwasher. The water tank, wand, and other parts of the machine can be washed in the dishwasher. The "How to Clean Your Espresso Machine with Vinegar" guide doesn't cover how to flush the espresso machine.

How to clean your espresso machine

  • Vinegar
  • Gentle Sponge
  • Hot water
  • Spray Bottle
  • Dish detergent
  • Teatowel or paper towel
  • 15 minutes

Step by Step: How to Clean Your Espresso Machine with Vinegar

Step 1 - Take apart the espresso machine

First, remove the portafilter. This is what many people refer to as the coffee handle. If you have this, you will need to take it out and put it in the dishwasher. Do not just wash it with warm water and dish soap.

Take out the drip tray, water tank, and milk beakers. Place them in the sink with portafilters to soak in dish soap.

Step 2 - Spraying

Fill your spray bottle with vinegar of about 5 percent and hot water for the rest (don't boil, it will melt the plastic). Salt can be added to the solution if desired. It's not necessary but recommended. You must ensure that the trigger nozzle is securely reattached to the bottle. You don't want the vinegar water to spill over your hands if you leave it open.

Step 3 - Spraying the espresso maker

After you've finished spraying vinegar, spray the espresso machine. Spray the espresso machine liberally from the bottom up. Spray your espresso machine with water. The wetness of the coffee will make it easier for you to clean the machine. Spraying your espresso machine should take only a few minutes. Anything more will cause it to be too messy. The margin of diminishing returns.

Step 4 - Wipe the espresso machine dry

Use a tea towel or paper towel to dry your espresso machine. Repeat step 3 if there is any dirt left on the machine. Keep going with steps 3 and 4 until the machine is clean.

Step 5 - Wash all the bits and pieces

Do you remember the drip tray, portafilter, and milk beakers that are in the sink? These can be washed right away. Do not dry them if you don't want to get stains on the espresso machine equipment. After drying, you can put them back in the espresso machine.

How often should you clean your espresso machine?

  • Milk Beakers, and Wand: After every cup of coffee.
  • The Portafilter - Use it every day, but rinse it off after each cup.
  • Use the drip tray Each day, but clean it after each coffee.
  • Every second day, the espresso machine

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Elizabeth Gilbert By, Elizabeth Gilbert
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