maintenance

  • New Machine Maintenance Tips

    Did you receive or purchase some sweet new coffee gear over the holidays? One key to keeping it in top shape is to keep it well maintained! Today we’re looking at a few common bits of maintenance you should perform on your new coffee equipment. For the most accurate info on maintaining your new gear, refer to the owner’s manual!

    Grinder Maintenance

    Your grinder should be cleaned once every week or two (depending on use) with Grindz cleaner if it’s used daily. For less frequently used grinders, once a month should be fine. We also recommend wiping down or washing your hopper with dish soap in between refills if you leave coffee in the hopper.

    Every 3-6 months you should open up your grinder to clean the burrs, though on some grinders this doesn’t require removing the full burr set. It’s also important to regularly clean catch bins for brew grinders!

    Pour Over Equipment

    Descaling your kettles and carafes is worth doing one to two times per year. It’s also important to keep your scale clean! Drippers and carafes should also be cleaned regularly with dish detergent and warm water to remove coffee oils.

    Drip Brewers

    You should descale and clean your drip brewer every 3-6 months to keep your coffee fresh. This can be done with a vinegar solution or a product like Cleancaf. You should also clean your carafe regularly with similar cleaning products a little more regularly than you clean the entire brewer. Finally, make sure you rinse, wash, and dry your filter basket with regularity to avoid molding!

    Semi-Automatic Espresso

    Semi-automatic espresso machines should be backflushed anywhere from weekly to monthly depending on use. You can use a product like Cafiza to backflush, and you should follow your user’s manual for guidance on frequency.

    Semi-automatics also need to be descaled once every year or so, again, your user’s manual will help you decide when. The important thing to note is that some machines, such as those with E61 groupheads, should only be descaled by a professional. For this reason it’s important to closely follow guidelines from the manufacturer when descaling.

    Superautomatic Espresso

    Sueprautomatic machines have pretty well outlined cleaning guidelines which differ from machine to machine. Most superautos even tell you when they need cleaning and descaling on their interfaces. Many also have proprietary cleaning products that are the best fit for their processes. Finally, if your machine uses a water filter, it’s important to follow your manual’s guidelines on when to change it and what to replace it with.

    One extra thing you can do for your superauto is use SuperGrindz every month or two to keep the grinder clean. This can help reduce coffee oil buildup and prolong the life of your machine.

    We hope these quick tips will help you yo keep your new gear in tip top shape!

  • Video Roundup: 6/5/20

    Hello Coffee fans!

    It's been another week here at Seattle Coffee Gear and we've got some videos to share!

    Allie and I sat down to talk about some things to keep in mind about choosing an espresso machine:

    Next up, we've got a look at the E61 Tune Up Kit from Allie:

    And finally, a good ol' Crew Comparison between the Eureka Notte and Baratza Sette 30 AP:

    That's all for now, we'll see you next week!

  • Tune Up For What: DeLonghi Magnifica ESAM3300 Espresso Machine Water Light Issue

    We’ve heard from new owners of the DeLonghi Magnifica ESAM3300 Espresso Machine that there is an issue with the machine registering the water in the tank. We’ve tested it out and figured out the problem for you!

    Turns out, most of the time it’s a little problem with the wiring in the back (don’t worry, it’s an easy fix). Grab a screwdriver and flat head and watch this quick and easy guide on how to fix the DeLonghi Magnifica!

    For more videos on tuning your machines, subscribe to our YouTube channel!

    If you're experiencing problems with your machine, feel free to contact our support team:

    • Hours: Monday - Friday, 7am - 6pm | Saturday - Sunday, 9am - 6pm (pacific)
    • Phone: toll free - 866-372-4734 | 206-774-3164
    • Email: support@seattlecoffeegear.com
  • Morning Maintenance: Saeco Brew Unit Care

    Saeco Brew UnitThe superautomatic. Espresso at the touch of a button. But what is doing all the work? How does this machine keep spitting out delicious espresso?!  The brew unit of course! Each brand has it's own design, but they all do the same thing (make you coffee!).

    The Saeco Brew Unit is easy to care for if you know what to do. So in this Morning Maintenance video, we asked Gail to show us how to properly clean the Saeco Brew Unit off of a Exprelia Evo. But these tips are good for any Saeco Superautomatic espresso machine!

    As with any espresso machine, the best form of maintenance is preventative. By cleaning and tuning up your machine as needed you will find your machine will work better, longer! Which of course means more coffee and who can say no to that?!

    Watch the Morning Maintenance video below to see the best tips and tricks in caring for your Saeco Brew Unit. Have any questions? Leave them in the comment section on YouTube!

     

     

  • Morning Maintenance: CC1 General Maintenance Tips

    An espresso machine is a lot like a car. If you keep up on your oil changes and tire rotations, it is going to last a whole lot longer. But don't worry, you won't need to bring your espresso machine into a mechanic for the tune up! You can do so in the comfort of your own home.General Maintenance Tips CC1

    Below are our general maintenance tips for the Crossland CC1, but a lot of this information can be used on any single boiler machine. Of course it is best to consult your specific machines instruction manual   but feel free to follow along!

    The best thing you can do for your machine is to use filtered water. By using filtered water you cut back on the amount of descaling you will need to do, which is good for everyone involved. (It can take a while to go through the whole descaling process!)

    Backflushing is another important step to a healthy machine. Coffee has oils, and those oils like to go everywhere! Over time, those oils will build up and can change the flavor of your shots or even create a clog. Watch the video below to see Gail demonstrate how to properly backflush the Crossland CC1.

    After each brew session, it is best to wipe down the machine immediately. Especially the steam wand if you steamed some milk. Any milk residue that is left on the wand after steaming will burn, and be very difficult to remove later. In addition to the unsightly burnt milk, the wand can also siphon milk back up and into the boiler as it cools. And milk in the boiler is never a good thing (and can cost a lot to repair)!

    Those are our general maintenance tips for the Crossland CC1, be sure to watch the full episode of Morning Maintenance below. If you found this video helpful, subscribe to our YouTube channel for videos just like this!

     

  • Morning Maintenance: Rocket Machine Care

    Rocket EspressoToday on Morning Maintenance, Gail takes a look at the Rocket Espresso lineup. Each of the machines by Rocket Espresso should be cared for in the same manner. So whether you have an R58 or a Premium Plus model, it is best to follow the following general maintenance tips!

    As you can see, a lot of the maintenance is easy to do. All it takes is a little up keep day by day in order to avoid many issues. And remember, its never too late to start good machine care!

    Have you subscribed to our YouTube channel yet? You can do so by clicking here. By subscribing you will continue to get all of these informative videos!

  • Morning Maintenance: How To Descale A Rancilio Silvia

    Descale SilviaIf you own an espresso machine you have probably heard that you
    need to descale your machine. But what is descaling and how do you do it?

    Descaling is the process of removing deposit build up from the inside of your espresso machine. This deposit build up is caused by minerals in your water supply. All water has tiny amounts of minerals and over time they attach and build up. Much like cholesterol plaques build up inside arteries!

    So the first step to descaling begins before the scale can build up! Using filtered water in your espresso machine is key, as you don't want to be descaling all the time. But when the time comes, following the steps demonstrated by Gail will have your machine up and running in no time.

    Watch the full Morning Maintenance video below to find out how to descale your Rancilio Silvia.

    Did you find this video helpful? Yes? Then you should subscribe to our YouTube channel for more of our videos!

  • Crew Review: Jura Cleaning Products

    Jura Cleaning ProductsI clean. You clean. We all clean our Jura Machine! Thank you, thank you, I will show myself out now.

    If you can't tell already, I am here today to talk to you about the Jura cleaning products! Because we all know that dirty espresso machines make bad espresso, and we won't have that! All of Jura's machines conveniently use their cleaning products, which makes the cleaning process easy to handle.

    First up on the maintenance tasks is going to be replacing the water filter. It is best to do this every couple of months or more frequently if your water is particularly hard. To find the proper replacement all you need to do is match the color of the cap, either clearyl blue or white. You can learn more about this process in the Ask Gail video found here.

    You will also need to clean your milk frother regularly to insure freshly frothed milk and zero clogs! Using the Milk Frother Cleaning Liquid is easy, just dilute and soak your equipment overnight. The cleaner is designed to eat up all the milk proteins leaving you with a squeaky clean frothing system.

    Descaling is also something you will need to do in order to keep your machine in tip top shape. Scale is essentially a mineral build up, much like plaque in an artery. Using the Decal Tablets will rid your machine of the build up and add life to your machine.

    Watch the video below to learn more about how to use these products!

     

     

  • Ask Gail: Superautomatic Espresso Machine Care

    Superautomatic espresso machine careWe all love our superautomatic espresso machines. And why wouldn't we? They make us our espresso drinks with just a push of a button and for that we are grateful. Superautomatics are so good at what they do that we sometimes forget that they too need a little love and attention every so often.

    So we asked Gail to give us a run down on what we should be doing to keep the espresso flowing morning after morning.

    Watch this new installment of Ask Gail to find out the steps to proper superautomatic espresso machine care.

     

     

     

  • Tech Tips: How to Replace the Bean Hopper on a Rancilio Rocky

    Rancilio RockyCoffee enthusiasts will rejoice when they discover how much control they can have over their grind when they use the Rancilio Rocky coffee grinder. It is no wonder that this machine is one of the most recognized names in the industry. In addition, the Rocky won’t look bad on your counter and it is made to last. However, just as with any other coffee equipment, if you don’t take good care of your grinder and keep up on its maintenance, your Rocky won’t stay looking beautiful forever. If you do make the mistake of falling behind on your machine’s maintenance and your bean hopper starts looking more green than blue, you do have the option of replacing it. In case your wondering, the reason your hopper has changed color isn’t a trick, it is because coffee oils and residue have built up on the plastic and stained the hopper. Discoloration is not the only reason for replacing your hopper. You may also want to replace your hopper if it is really old or has gotten damaged during shipping.

    Once you’ve decided to replace your bean hopper on your grinder, the process isn’t overly complicated, but it does involve a couple of steps. Keep in mind that while you’re replacing the bean hopper on your Rancilio Rocky is also a great time to complete a grinder service on the inside of your machine. This will allow you to clean up any stale coffee grounds and residue that have built up inside your grinder that can cause your coffee to taste off or even damage your machine.

    While the replacement hopper does come in a kit that includes directions for installation, a stopper, screws and a sticker, the instructions are not incredibly clear, so we have broken them down to make them a bit easier to consume. Better yet, you can use this process to replace the bean hopper on both the doser and doserless versions of the machine, so it doesn’t matter which model of the machine you own.

    Watch as Jeremiah guides Brendan through the process step by step. If you’re still feeling nervous, just know that this was also Brendan’s first time completing this swap, and he completed the task without any major hang-ups. If Brendan can replace the bean hopper on a Ranicilo Rocky grinder, so can you!

    Tech Tips: How to Replace the Bean Hopper on a Rancilio Rocky

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