Manual espresso machines are very easy to maintain.
Follow my simple guide below to keep your machine clean and in good shape.
Here is my recommended schedule:
Daily - Flush the group - Wipe the shower screen and flush the group again. Regular flushing to prevent build up of coffee oils is the key to keeping your machine clean.
Weekly - A quick back-flush - Insert the blind basket provided with your coffee machine, pull your extraction lever up to run the machine up to full brew pressure, hold at full brew pressure for 2 seconds, then push the extraction lever down.
Quarterly - Clean the shower screen, the basket and the PF.
Annually (Melbourne) - Descale - Add descaling solution to the water tank then run the solution through the machine.
Squeaks or leaks - Time for a service - If you are handy go onto YouTube, lookup "servicing and E61 group" then grab some tools. If you don't want to do it yourself drop you machine off for a service of book a local tech for a house call.
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