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The Best Way to Clean your Espresso Machine

clean your espresso machine

Today’s article is a guest post from Chad Rubin of Think Crucial – an online retailer specializing in filters, batteries, and various other accessories for your home appliances, cars, and even your pets.


An espresso machine doesn’t work very well if it’s not cleaned regularly, now does it? Even though it might seem you won’t have any work around it and that it’s simple and easy to maintain, you’ll still have to take care of it, so it doesn’t lose its effectiveness.

Additionally, a well-kept and clean espresso machine will last longer for you and will produce even tastier espresso.

Here are some tips you should follow if you want to keep your espresso machine nice and clean:

A Deep Clean Regiment

You might think that cleaning an espresso machine inside-and-out is difficult and tedious. The truth is, all you need to do is add a cleaning solution to the hot water.

Don’t forget to insert a filter called the ‘blind filter’ into the portafilter. You should run the machine for around 5 seconds by letting hot water flow. Fill the portafilter with a cleaning solution that won’t damage the machine and repeat the same process.

After you’re done the cleaning, pour fresh water in so it rinses out all the detergent from the machine.

Clean your Espresso Machine with Vinegar

Vinegar is a great cleaning solution to use when you’re working with an espresso machine as it’s cheaper than commercial ones and only slightly less effective. In fact, vinegar can easily be used to clean every part of your machine as it will break down encrusted bits.

Prepare the Descaling Solution

Through constant use, mineral deposits will start to form because of the water build up. This part doesn’t have to be done too often (every 3-4 months should be enough), but it’s a vital step in keeping your machine clean.

Fill the machine’s water reservoir with fresh water and add the descaling solution. It should dissolve completely. You should also read the instructions on the descaling cleaner package.

Cleaning the Steam Wand

This step comes after you’ve prepared the descaling solution. Make sure to use a container and catch all the solution (one cup should be enough). This solution contains citric acid which can cause damage to your machine’s exterior if it’s not collected (hence the container).

Scrub the Portafilter and Basket

Now for some scrubbing! Remove the little basket from the machine’s portafilter. A scrubby pad or a nylon brush should do the trick when it comes to removing grounds from the basket and portafilter.

After doing this, rinse the portafilter and basket and let them dry. You could also use a towel to wipe them.

Backwashing your Machine

Before choosing backwash your machine, you’ll need to make sure that the manufacturer approves of this cleaning method. If yes, this is what you do:

  1. Insert blind disk (basket with no holes) into the portafilter
  2. Lock the portafilter
  3. Turn the group on and leave it to run for around 12 seconds
  4. Take away the portafilter, empty all the water, and repeat the entire process once more

Following the above steps you can ensure that you have a clean espresso machine and a great cup of coffee every time.

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Think Crucial an online retailer specializing in filters, batteries, and various other accessories for your home appliances, cars, and even your pets. Check out their online store for great deals.

More about Chad Rubin:


Chad Rubin (E-commerce Renegade) builds e-commerce businesses. Fresh out of college and Wall Street, he took his family vacuum business online and built his own direct to consumer e-commerce business called Crucial Vacuum (later Think Crucial). He grew it from 0 a $20 million dollar valuation in just 7 years. He also happens to be a top 250 Amazon seller. He co-founded Skubana with DJ Kunovac and built one of e-commerce’s hottest operational softwares.



  1. This is really helpful, thanks.

    • Scrubbi
      scrubbi Reply

      Thanks Marietta!

  2. It works really well for me

  3. This is truly useful, thanks.

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