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    Question How do you clean group head?

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    I bought Sunbeam EM7000 last month. So far so good. Very impressed how easy to operate. I want to know how people clean the group head. Should I use a cleaning brush like this? https://www.coffeeparts.com.au/acces...-machine-brush

    Thanks in advance.

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    G'day Annapurna,
    I use either a tea towel and/or doing a blind portafilter wiggle and I don't have a problem with ground coffee being stuck in the seal. I got one of those angled brushes and I found it to be a pain to use, but horses for courses though.
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    A couple of well timed deliberate "sneezes" will get most of the loose stuff out at the end of a session, and then it's just a quick wipe around as suggested by Lovey above.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Annapurna View Post
    Hi
    I bought Sunbeam EM7000 last month. So far so good. Very impressed how easy to operate. I want to know how people clean the group head. Should I use a cleaning brush like this? https://www.coffeeparts.com.au/acces...-machine-brush

    Thanks in advance.
    G'day Annapurna

    Both of the above posters are (almost certainly) assuming you are undoing the screw holding the showerscreens in and cleaning them thoroughly as well. I only posted this to be 100% sure, as coffee will always become lodged between the screens. The group & seal above that rarely need attention unless your technique is poor / and you allow grounds to work their way onto the seal.

    Enjoy your cuppa.


    TampIt
    PS: Annapurna is the name of one of Perth's best restaurants - unfortunately for me, Indian food is now off my menu...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lovey View Post
    G'day Annapurna,
    I use either a tea towel and/or doing a blind portafilter wiggle and I don't have a problem with ground coffee being stuck in the seal. I got one of those angled brushes and I found it to be a pain to use, but horses for courses though.
    I was given a tip about using the dual walled filter basket instead of the blind, seems to work well too. Just adding in second crack of useless knowledge!

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    Quote Originally Posted by TampIt View Post
    Both of the above posters are (almost certainly) assuming you are undoing the screw holding the showerscreens in and cleaning them thoroughly as well.
    Nope...

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    After use for the morning/afternoon, I run a clean double shot of water through, to force any coffee residue out of the double walled basket that the boss lady uses. It also unsticks any grinds from the upper screens, without me having to do any work. Mine's an EM6910.

    Then to get the coffee staining off the group heads, screens, seal and filters, every month I load the sink with almost boiling water, and add a scoop of napisan. Leave that for an hour, and the sodium percarbonate (active ingredient) will clean everything, inside and out. Afterwards, run a few empty shots through, to clean the percarbonate out of the filters.

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    I'm a portafilter jiggle/wiggle person, the combination of this and a weekly back flush with Cafetto EVO keeps everything sparkling.

    After, or during a session, sit the portafilter lightly in place, turn on the brew switch, lever or whatever, then when water begins to flow jiggle the portafilter from light lock to unlock rapidly for a few seconds, works even better with a blind filter.

    This is quite a good video explaining the back flush process. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k1Vkfj83uyg

    And here's the jiggle. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZfkwW4GgAiU
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    blind portafilter wiggle and a brush works for me.

    When I remove the showerscreen for cleaning I will use a cloth to get in there and give everything a good wipe out. There rarely is any coffee grounds stuck up there.
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    Goes without saying, don't over dose the filter basket with a highed dose than what will fit under the showerscreen.
    That removes probably 70 -80% of the cleaning requirement right there.

    * Search 5cent test on here

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    Quote Originally Posted by TampIt View Post
    G'day Annapurna

    Both of the above posters are (almost certainly) assuming you are undoing the screw holding the showerscreens in and cleaning them thoroughly as well. I only posted this to be 100% sure, as coffee will always become lodged between the screens. The group & seal above that rarely need attention unless your technique is poor / and you allow grounds to work their way onto the seal...
    I just took the shower screen out of mine. Its previously been too tight to get the screw out. So tip him over and hit it with the clutch setting on the cordless drill. OMG! The garbage that came out of there!
    Clear water on the of warming flush now.

    Thanks

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