Is your coffee machine hygienic?
- March 19, 2020
- Posted by: Cafe Rescue
- Category: Coffee
Who doesn’t love waking up to the smell of freshly made coffee? Especially when it is made within the comfort of your home, with the help of your trusty coffee machine.
But, have you thought about how you could best maintain your coffee machine? Even if it is used to make 2-3 cups of coffee each day, coffee machines, if not cleaned regularly, can encourage the growth of harmful germs and bacteria.
We are quite sure your machine comes with a cleaning and maintenance guide, but here are some cleaning & maintenance tips that you are advised to follow to help you maintain a clean & hygienic machine:
- Capsule Machines
If you own a pod or capsule machine, before you clean it, the first step is to switch it off and let the machine cool down. While the machine is cooling; you can start with dissembling the anti-limescale filter and water tank and proceed with cleaning the removable parts of the machine.Use a soft bristle brush under running water to clean the parts followed by removing any coffee residue. Dry all the washed parts with a clean and dry cloth. Now, if the machine has cooled down you can start to clean the actual machine. Always use the cleaning products that is recommended by the machine manufacturers. Remember to pat your machine dry with a clean and dry cloth after you are done cleaning it.
The above cleaning process must be done every day if you use your machine daily. Additionally, capsule and pod machines have limestone build-ups, so it is advised to decalcify the machine every month using the decalcification tablets recommended by the machine manufacturer.
- Espresso Machine
If you are an owner of an Espresso Machine, you most likely follow certain practices that include cleaning machine as you work. This includes,
- Wiping down the steam wand after every use with a clean and dry cloth. Purging the wand before and after every use for a good 5-10 seconds also helps to release any milk that is stuck in the wand.
- Flushing the group head before each round of espresso helps release any ground coffee or oils that is stuck within.
- Cleaning the portafilters, filter baskets and drip tray after every use with warm water and then wiping them with a clean and dry cloth.These are some great daily practices one always follows, but with a deep-cleaning routine (based on how often your machine is used daily) you can be assured that your machine provides a clean cup of perfectly brewed coffee!
Here are some routine cleaning procedures for your home espresso machine,
- Backflush* your espresso machine
Scrub the group head with a brush to loosen and remove coffee grounds. Then proceed to use the blind filter and coffee machine detergent to ensure that your machine is completely clean. Keep repeating this till the water coming out is clear.*Please note that espresso machines fitted with a 3-way solenoid are able to be backflushed only. If you are unsure if your espresso machine has this feature, please consult the user manual.
- Clean the steam wand
Remove the tip of your steam and immerse it in a mixture of warm water and detergent for at least 25 minutes.
- Water container
It is advised to check on the machine water container and clean it thoroughly before every re-fill.
Coffee machines are an integral part of your morning routine, and with regular maintenance and care, you will not only have a clean cup of coffee every morning, but you will be increasing the longevity of your machine!