Coffee machines are designed to make your life easier by providing you with fresh coffee without you having to do any of the hard work. They also enable you to drink cafe-quality coffee that is freshly made in your own kitchen.
In order for your coffee machine to run smoothly, you have to clean it regularly to keep it maintained. This also helps to keep it hygienic and makes sure that your coffee tastes fresh rather than stale and bitter.
But what do you need to do in order to keep your Breville coffee machine clean? It might seem like a daunting task, but all it takes is a few simple steps and you will be able to have a nice clean coffee machine that makes great coffee every time.
We have put together this useful Commercial Cleaning guide to help you follow the necessary steps to maintain your coffee machine.
How Often Do You Need To Clean Your Breville Coffee Machine?
If you use your Breville coffee machine every day then you should give it a basic daily clean after you have made your last cup of coffee. You will also need to complete a deep clean once a month or every 200 espressos- whichever comes first.
This deep clean must include descaling as this is very important when it comes to the flavour of your coffee. If minerals build up in the coffee machine this will affect the flow of the liquid through the machine and can prevent the coffee from getting to the right temperature.
If old coffee gets stuck in your machine then it could make it taste bitter rather than fresh, ruining your cups of coffee. This is why it is so important to carry out regular cleaning and maintenance of your Breville coffee machine.
What Do You Need To Clean Your Breville Coffee Machine?
Before you begin cleaning your Breville coffee machine you should make sure that you have all of the necessary items ready. You will need a cleaning brush, cleaning tablets, a cleaning disc, an Allen key, a nylon scrubbing brush, a soft cloth, and a large container to collect the water from the cleaning cycles.
Once you have gathered all of these things you will be ready to begin.
What Is Included In The Daily Cleaning Routine?
There are certain things you should do as part of a daily cleaning routine to keep your coffee machine hygienic and in good working order.
Start by cleaning the steam wand. This part of the cleaning process is very important as the steam wand comes into contact with milk and milk substitutes. These ingredients can spoil and become dangerous if ingested once they are too old, so there needs to be no milk residue left on the wand.
Direct the tip of the wand towards the drip tray and turn it on, letting it run to clear out the tube. Wipe the steam wand with a cloth to finish off. If the steam wand is still dirty, you might need to use the cleaning tools that come with the coffee machine to remove any dried milk.
The next thing to focus on is the drip tray. Use the pop-up button to release it and slide it out, then wipe it with a damp cloth to remove any dirt and prevent the buildup of mold and mildew.
Then you move on to the coffee grind in the small bucket that collects the used coffee grounds after the espresso has been poured. Empty the bucket and rinse it out. The final part of the daily clean is the filter basket.
Make sure it is empty by tapping it over a bin or your compost, then rinse it carefully to remove any coffee grounds. This helps to prevent blockages and keeps your coffee tasting fresh. If the basket seems to be clogged, use a cleaning brush to complete a more thorough cleaning.
As a final optional step, you can wipe down the exterior of the coffee machine to remove any splashes of coffee and prevent it from collecting dust.
What Is Included In The Monthly Deep Clean?
If you keep on top of your daily cleaning routine then this will make your monthly cleaning a lot easier.
The first step is to run water through the coffee machine with the portafilter in place but without any coffee in the machine. This dislodges any trapped coffee and removes it. You can also use the pin-cleaning tool to clear any blocked filter holes.
Next, you need to clean the water filter by removing it, rinsing it out, and then soaking it for five minutes. Dry it off then put it back in the coffee machine.
Then you can move on to the bean grinder. When the grinder is empty, turn it on to dislodge any coffee beans from the blades. Give the bean grinder a rinse to remove any minerals that have built up, as this could affect the taste of your coffee.
How Do You Use Espresso Machine Cleaning Tablets And Cleaning Discs?
Breville has made it easier for you to keep your coffee machine clean by providing cleaning discs and cleaning tablets. What you need to do is place a cleaning tablet into the cleaning disc, then press the current button. This will put the coffee machine into a cleaning cycle using the tablet, which helps to descale the machine.
What Else Can You Use To Descale The Coffee Machine?
If you don’t want to use the cleaning disc and cleaning tablet, there are alternatives. You can use a descaling liquid to clean the water tank, then run a cleaning cycle to clean the machine as well. You can also make your own descaling liquid.
Make a mixture of equal parts of water and distilled vinegar to put into the water tank. Run the water through the machine to descale and clean it. Whichever method you use to descale the machine, make sure you do it at least once a month.