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Clean Equipment Makes Tasty Coffee

Posted on April 28 2014

Does your brewer look like this? 

A key element to serving excellent coffee and espresso beverages is to ensure the cleanliness of your brewers and espresso machine. Without taking the daily precautions, your equipment risks damage and expensive repairs.

Coffee leaves behind an oily residue that will give off an acrid odor and an unpleasant taste. No matter the care and precision that is taken from roast to grind, residue left behind as a result of uncleanliness will result in a less than satisfactory final product. Your customers will notice the difference. Coffee residue doesn't stop there. Accumulated residue will clog the tubes and filters that make up your machine resulting in equipment malfunction.

After all of the careful preparation your shop takes to ensure excellent quality beverages, don't let equipment neglect destroy the hard work you've already done. Be sure to properly train your baristas to clean all espresso machines and brewers at the end of the day. Here's what we recommend for daily cleaning:
 

Espresso Machine
  • Use an espresso brush and scrub the screens
  • Soak steam wands in hot water, wipe thoroughly with clean cloth
  • Backflush with detergent for 10 seconds, 5 times
  • Backflush with water (no detergent) for 10 seconds, 5 times
Brewers
  • Rinse brew baskets after every batch and thoroughly at the end of the day
  • Wipe down spray heads with a clean cloth after every batch and thoroughly at the end of the day
  • Rinse airpots/servers after every batch and soak/clean with detergent at the end of the day

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