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    I am looking at buying an em3600 espresso machine and an em0450 grinder as recommended by fellow Coffee Snobs and was wondering what kind of cleaning and maintaining I would need to do. I would probably make a coffee for myself in the morning as well as one for my dad and/or mum. I would also probably make one for myself in the afternoon. How often would I need to clean?

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    Re: Cleaning and maintaining a machine

    Hi,

    I make a couple of coffees a day in the Rancilio. I think it is good to get into the habit of cleaning it each time you use it.
    Typically I switch off the steam switch wipe off the steam wand straight after use, then turn on the knob to run the pressure down before switching on the water to flush out anything in the wand.
    Then I empty the filter and flush out any grinds using the shower head water. Then clean the shower head with a brush or cloth before re-attaching the group and flushing out any further grinds. Then emptying the tray and wiping up any water is a quick clean.

    Occasionally, additional cleaning like back flushing (not on your machine) and pulling off the shower head for a clean and if calcium in your water an occasional descale.

    I have a small brush for cleaning out the group and steaming wand as well.

    This morning I tried one of those "magic erasers" you can get from the supermarket. It is fantastic. You can wipe the filter cup with it and it cleans it up like new. Use it everywhere, no chemicals but pulls off all the dark stains brilliantly.

    Good luck

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      Re: Cleaning and maintaining a machine

      Originally posted by 777770737D6D7070741F0 link=1326233800/0#0 date=1326233800
      I am looking at buying an em3600 espresso machine and an em0450 grinder as recommended by fellow Coffee Snobs and was wondering what kind of cleaning and maintaining I would need to do. I would probably make a coffee for myself in the morning as well as one for my dad and/or mum. I would also probably make one for myself in the afternoon. How often would I need to clean?
      Barastajnr
      I forgot to talk about the EM480. I use this machine, and find it is a little tricky to clean. Perhaps if you are grinding for the em3600 it will be a little coarser (and easier), but you still end up with a full dose of grinds left in the machine so you need to clean it out after each use, or you will have stale grinds next time.
      Remove and clean the top (including the top burr) and remove the rubber mat.
      I use the little brush supplied, and push the grinds down the hole from the top (past the lower burr) cleaning the burr and sweeping the grinds to the outlet spout. Pushing the brush up the spout also allows the grinds to fall out. I thump the machine on the bench. My aim is to catch the grinds on the base and put them in the container. You should be able to collect about 14 grams.
      I let the grinds fall on to the base, so they are easily swept into the container. When I have collected all the grinds I can, I turn the machine upside-down over the sink and give it a thump, and blow out anything else that is left.
      A little bit of messing around, but I normally only grind about once or twice a week.

      Cheers
      Nutfarmer

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        Re: Cleaning and maintaining a machine

        Hey guys,

        Good luck with the purchase barisatjnr, from what i understand it is a great entry into the world of home espresso. A quick read through the forum will provide you with some basic principles to keep in mind that should have your producing great coffee at home.

        Always ensure that you are buying quiality beans, aim for a week or two after roast, and buy small qauntities so you are able to get through them while they are still fresh.

        Quick question for nutfamer, when you say you only grind once or twice a week, how much are you grinding at a time? and for what purpose?

        All the best folk, and happy brewing

        Kez

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