Five Coffee Equipment Maintenance Tips

Your brewing equipment and grinders (and customers!) count on you to make the best brew you can. Coffee equipment maintenance is needed daily and weekly, plus a tune up every 6 months, to assure they run smoothly and turn out the best possible coffee.

#1

Backflush each espresso group head nightly and wipe down your espresso machine so it’s sparkling clean for the next day. Clean brew pots and brewing chambers on your drip brewers.

#2

Clean all removable parts from the espresso machine: soak filter baskets, group handles, group head shower screens, etc. in a solution of one quart hot water + 1 tablespoon of espresso machine detergent for a few hours or overnight. With your coffee brewer, remove and clean the brew head, plate, screen and anything else the instruction manual says can be removed and cleaned. Also, wash removable grinder hoppers with soap and water, drying them completely afterwards

#3

Every six months, replace espresso machine gaskets that wear out from heavy use including the group head, o-rings, steam arm and steam valve gaskets.

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Also, wash removable grinder hoppers with soap and water, drying them completely afterwards.

One of the most commonly overlooked maintenance items is the burrs in espresso and bulk grinders. After grinding 800 to 1,000 pounds of coffee (which happens every 6 to 18 months depending on your volume), burrs become dull, making a shrill sound and grinding coffee very slowly.

The most common reason we hear from store owners or staff for not maintaining grinders is that they “don’t know how.” But once we show them the grinder’s inner workings, they are amazed at how easy it is to pop in some new burrs. Most espresso grinders have just three three screws on each burr that can be removed, so you can install new ones.

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