February 25, 2005, Newsletter Issue #41: Cleaning Your Espresso Maker

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HOW TO CLEAN YOUR ESPRESSO MAKER

As with any machine that has water running through it, an espresso machine needs cleaning from time to time.

You can clean the outside with whichever kitchen surface cleaner you have handy.

If the interior needs cleaning, you can either use a commercial espresso machine cleaner or use vinegar and water. The vinegar helps decalcify the inside of the machine. How often you need to do this will depend on the hardness of your local water supply.

To decalcify using vinegar, add 3 oz. of vinegar to 20 oz. of water, and let it run through the machine. Then rinse 3-4 times with fresh water.

If you can take apart the frothing wand, do so and get the wand clean. That steamed milk can build up and create a very unattractive mess around the tip.


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