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How To Clean My Coffee Maker

March 4, 2011

We have written the steps here to clean your coffee maker if it is not a super automatic that has automatic cleaning functions.

There are some materials you will need to prepare before cleaning:

    1. Espresso machine cleaner kit. Never use conventional detergent.
    2. Backflush portafilter basket.
    3. Descaler or Citric acid (or any other weak acids, such as vinegar). Never use strong acid like hydrochloric acid.
    4. Clean kitchen towel and dishrag.
    5. Green scrubby of 1’X 1’ size or any similar non-grating materials for scrubbing.
    6. A container of size capable to soak in the portafilter.

You need to clean your espresso machine:

  • After every hot beverage.
  • Daily
  • Weekly
  • Every three to six months

If you clean following these rules, your coffee  maker will shine with glamor and look healthy. Perhaps it may even last longer than its supposed life. The most important thing is, you’ll have great espresso every time! So here are the steps to do it:

Cleaning After Shot
This process is perhaps the simplest and easiest cleaning process.

You will need to clean the milk wand thoroughly using a damp towel and release some steam to expel any milk trapped in the nozzle hole and you are ready for another cup of coffee.

If you are not going to prepare another coffee, you should empty the grounds from filter basket and rinse thoroughly from the group head, then wipe it dry and reinstall it back to the machine. After that, run some water through it from the spout to rinse out any remaining stains.

Cleaning Daily
1. Clean off the residue on your shower screen with a damp towel.
2. Install the backflush portafilter basket into the portafilter.
3. Put water though the group head and jiggle the filter handle to rinse water around the shower screen and parts around the group head. Beware as the water splashed out is hot! Use lower boiler temperature to prevent scalding.
4. Tighten the filter handle and run water into the group head as though you are making espresso.
5. Let the water pressure in the machine build up for 15 seconds then release it along with the stains. This step is known as backflushing.
6. Repeat the backflushing for at least 5 times or until the water released from it is clear.
7. Remove the portafilter and drip tray. You may notice there are small coffee particles and brown tint to the water.
8. Rinse the drip tray (and remove any undissolved detergent if used)
9. Reinstall the portafilter and drip tray after cleaning.

Cleaning Weekly
1. Measure the recommended amount of the detergent as mentioned by the manufacturer then pour it into the backflush portafilter basket.
2. Install the backflush portafilter basket into the portafilter and add the recommended amount of detergent into the portafilter.
3. After that, you just have to follow the steps 3 to steps 9 of the daily routine.


Cleaning  every three  to six months

This routine is dependent on the hardness of water of your water supply as it is meant to remove minerals collected in your machine. The higher the mineral content, the harder the water is. Water test reagent or strips can be used to test hardness of water.

1. Empty the water reservoir and fill it with descaler of appropriate amount or amount as suggested by manufacturer.
2. Initiate the machine for the descaler to enter the boiler and pipes.
3. Run some of the descaling solution through the hot water wand and group head too.
4. Leave the machine switched on for at least half an hour with descaling solution in it.
5. Empty the reservoir and refill it with clean water. Rinse the machine as you did with the descaler.
6. Repeat steps 5 for at least 2 times or until you are satisfied.
7. Use a litmus paper to test the pH of the water to ensure all the descaler has been rinsed out. If the blue litmus paper turns red, repeat the rinsing with clean water again.

Well, I hope the steps are simple enough to follow. Happy cleaning and enjoy your espresso!

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Why Should I Clean My Coffee Maker Often

March 4, 2011

Cleaning a coffee maker daily is boring but if you  run cleaning cycles every week  and descale it every 3 months, your coffee maker life will be longer.

Even the best coffee maker, best grinder and best coffee beans all combined could not make the best espresso, if your coffee maker is sitting in rancid oils and stale milk.

You should know of course that a good crema on the finest espresso comes from the essential oils in the beans.  Logically that mean the oils are also present inside the machine when you make your coffee.

These kind of oils will emulsify over time and hang on to the water screen, the filter basket and portafilter. They will turn bad and develop a smell that will go into your espresso every time you make one.

There will be some milk residue on the steam wand and in the nozzle every time you use it.  If you do nothing, milk turn sour very quickly and will become a sticky layer of white.

That´s the main reason I clean my coffee maker very regularly, but there is another reason as well. Coffee makers, just like any other inventions that man made to make life better, need to be serviced and maintained to preserve its lifespan.

Treat your coffee maker well and it will serve you for many years.

Go to my main page for more guides and recommendations for espresso machines.

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What Can I Make With My Coffee Maker

March 4, 2011

Now you have  bought your coffee maker, and maybe you wonder what you can make besides the regular espresso and cappuccino drinks.

There are many suggestions which will be useful for you:

Americano:

A cup of espresso watered down with about 7 oz of hot water.

Café Breva:

The same as cappuccino, but using half-and-half milk instead of whole milk.

Café Latté:

A cup of espresso with steamed milk at the ratio of 3:1.

Café Macchiato:

A cup of espresso with steamed milk at the ratio of 4:1.

Cappuccino:

Equal parts of espresso, steamed milk and frothed milk. To make it look restaurant-served, you can add whipped cream, chocolate flakes or cinnamon sprinkled on top.

Dry Cappuccino:

A cappuccino with less foam and no steamed milk.

Espresso Con Panna:

Espresso with whipped cream on top.

Frappé:

A cold espresso with ice and milk, just like a coffee milkshake.

Mocha or Mochaccino:

A cappuccino or café latté with added chocolate syrup.

Go to  main page for more coffee maker  tips and guides.

 

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Coffee Makers Home Premium Systems

March 4, 2011
Coffe makers home premium systems have the most capacity than the rest of home system models.
Characteristics
  • Premium metallic brewer color: Twilight Titanium
  • Highest convenience with a Multilingual LCD Display
  • Silent preparation of coffee shop-quality beverages
  • Cupstand light system
  • 6.8 lbs
  • 11″ High x 8″ Wide x 13.25″ Deep
  • Suitable for most mugs, cups and glasses
  • Imported
  • Mavea Water filtration system
  • 61 fl oz water tank
  • $198.00

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    Coffee Makers Home Supreme System

    March 4, 2011
    Coffe makers home supreme systems have more capacity than the home system. This is  a one cup system that works exclusively with a special kind of TASSIMO DISCS (T DISCS).  This type of coffee makers  makes a wide variety of hot beverages very quick and easy.  This technology is unique and new.Each Tassimo disc features a special barcode with information which tell the system the size of the beverage, the amount of water required,  the optimal temperature and how long takes to brew it.  All the brewing happens inside the tassimo disc,  keeping the system clean and ready to use.

    Just insert a T DISC and press a button. The TASSIMO Home Brewing System does the rest.

    Characteristics

  • Black Matte color
  • Adjustable cup stand accommodates various cup sizes.
  • Easy to clean: most of the movable parts are dishwasher safe
  • Capable of customizing the strength of each beverage to your taste by using the manual function.
  • Extra large removable 68 fl oz water tank (no filter)UL Approved
    11″ High x 8″ Wide x 13.25″ Deep
    Weight: 5.6 lbs
    Imported.Note: This system is not suitable for use above altitudes of 6,500 feet.
  • $168.00

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    Coffee Maker Home System

    March 4, 2011
    Coffe makers home systems are a one cup system that works exclusively with a special kind of TASSIMO DISCS (T DISCS).  This type of coffee makers  makes a wide variety of hot beverages very quick and easy.  This technology is unique and new. 

    Each Tassimo disc features a special barcode with information which tell the system the size of the beverage, the amount of water required,  the optimal temperature and how long takes to brew it.  All the brewing happens inside the tassimo disc,  keeping the system clean and ready to use.

    Just insert a T DISC and press a button. The TASSIMO Home Brewing System does the rest.

    Characteristics 

  • Black Matte color
  • Adjustable cup stand accommodates various cup sizes.
  • Easy to clean: most of the movable parts are dishwasher safe
  • Capable of customizing the strength of each beverage to your taste by using the manual function.
  • Extra large removable 68 fl oz water tank (no filter)UL Approved
    11″ High x 8″ Wide x 13.25″ Deep
    Weight: 5.6 lbs
    Imported. 

    Note: This system is not suitable for use above altitudes of 6,500 feet.

  • $135.00

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    Tassimo Coffee Maker Reviews

    March 4, 2011

    Hi everyone. Welcome to my Tassimo Coffee Maker Reviews website. If you plan to buy a new coffee espresso or cappuccino machine and looking for recommendations, you have come to the right place.