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Service | Brew Group Maintenance

Keep your espresso machine's brew group squeaky clean. This increases the life expectancy of your machine and improves shot taste. It's like a well-deserved spa day for your espresso machine.

We don't mean to scare you, but you could have some very undesirable ickiness colonizing your machine internals. Stay ever vigilant! A few minutes a week is all it takes to stay on top of the situation.

Here are some basic guidelines on how to clean this part of your machine. In all cases, please refer to your user manual for details on the style of your machine and instructions on removing or replacing these parts. If you are not comfortable with DIY brew group maintenance then send it in for annual service. Brew group maintenance is not optional!

 

Superautomatic Espresso Machine with Removable Brew Group

Maintenance - Superautomatic Espresso Machine with Removable Brew Group

 

 

  1. Remove the brew group from inside the machine.
  2. Rinse it with warm water about 2 times per week.
  3. Older models may have a screen that needs to be removed and rinsed on a regular basis as well.
  4. Watch Parts Guru Brendan perform Saeco superauto maintenance.

Superautomatic Espresso Machine with Fixed/Internal Brew Group

Maintenance - Superautomatic Espresso Machine with Fixed/Internal Brew Group

 

 

 

  1. Your machine will alert you when the cleaning cycle should be initiated.
  2. Use manufacturer-approved cleaning tablets.
  3. Follow the machine's prompts as it goes through the cleaning cycle, insert a cleaning tablet in when asked.

Semi-Automatic Espresso Machine without Brew Pressure Release Valve (3 way valve)

Maintenance - Semi-Automatic without Brew Pressure Release Valve

 

  1. Clean the gasket with a brew head cleaning brush.
  2. Remove center filter screen and rinse.
  3. Optional: Use cleaning agent such as Cafiza or Joe Glo to clean your filter screen, portafilter and portafilter baskets to keep them shiny and new.
  4. Over time, you will need to replace the gasket around the filter, as it will become brittle. This is a fairly simple thing to do on your own.

Semi-Automatic Espresso Machine with Brew Pressure Release Valve (3 way valve)

Maintenance - Semi-Automatic with Brew Pressure Release Valve

 

  1. Clean the gasket with a brew head cleaning brush.
  2. Backflush the valve system: Using a 'blind' basket or universal basket stopper, place about 1/2 teaspoon of a detergent such as Cafiza or Joe Glo in the portafilter and insert it into the brew group. Initiate a shot, wait for 5 seconds, and then shut it off. Repeat this process until the water flowing back out the valve is clear and suds-free.
  3. Rinse out the 'blind' basket and then follow the same process as in step two, backflushing with no suds to ensure a complete rinse.
  4. Clean the portafilter and filter baskets with a cleaning agent such as Cafiza or Joe Glow.
  5. You will need to replace the gasket over time, once it gets too brittle to maintain a seal.