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  • How often do you clean your portafilter --- Poll.

    Just wondering how frequently people remove the basket from the PF and give the inside as well as the bottom of the basket a good clean?

    Bugger, made the poll question too long, hope you get the drift.
    44
    Daily
    56.82%
    25
    Weekly
    29.55%
    13
    Monthly
    13.64%
    6
    annually
    0.00%
    0
    I hire a jackhammer every couple of years to break the crust out.
    0.00%
    0

    The poll is expired.


  • #2
    Every session. Weekly would be use a scourer on the base of the handle if it looks brown at all, but the handle and filter both get rinsed every time I use them and the filter gets a wipe after each session. Those coffee oils get harder to clean the longer they are on there.

    So I ticked Daily...

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    • #3
      I always rinse & wipe the portafilters thoroughly after every puck, and at the end of the day I backflush with the blind. I usually soak the group in the cleaning solution after backflushing with the blind. sometimes, if I'm in a hurry, I will separately do it twice a week sometimes once - it depends on how many coffees per day I am making. and since it's less than 5 most days, I think the regime is sensible without being overkill. I have 4 portafilters and one naked portafilter, so it's not like I need to do all of them every day.

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      • #4
        I rinse my basket every shot. No need to wipe the bottom of the PF though, as it hasnt got one

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        • #5
          Originally posted by MrJack View Post
          I rinse my basket every shot. No need to wipe the bottom of the PF though, as it hasnt got one

          I'm with MrJack.

          Greg

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          • #6
            Like many of the others, I polled for daily. I rinse my filter with water between shots and dry with a tissue. I also back flush after each session and clean with machine cleaning powder about once a week.

            Barry

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            • #7
              Used to do it after every string of shots.

              Naked PF now, basket hasn't been removed since I got it.

              After every shot I whack the puck out (funny that), rinse both sides under hot water then stick it back in the machine, then it gets a wipe with a towel when I've ground and am about to dose. Seems to have kept it pretty clean.

              6-10 coffees a day.

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              • #8
                I use naked so the PF itself is not really a problem, probably should clean my baskets more often than I do though... I rinse the basket after every shot but that's as far as I go with cleaning.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by MrJack View Post
                  I rinse my basket every shot. No need to wipe the bottom of the PF though, as it hasnt got one
                  Ditto.

                  (Apparently I need a minimum of 10 characters to post.)

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                  • #10
                    I make one a day so weekly for me, sometimes a bit more often

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                    • #11
                      After every shot / session. Rinse under tap, flush for a few seconds. If I'm too lazy to go for the sink and the puck drops out with only a few grains of coffee powder left, I'll rinse it under the shower head and dry it with a microfibre.
                      Once weekly I use cleaning powder when backflushing, the solution ends up in drip tray, pour this in to tupperware container, soak baskets and handles in it for 10 minutes, and they are like new. I see above mention of a scourer ????. If you use proper cleaner, then any remaining gunk wipes off with a soft cloth or soft brush. If somebody uses a scourer near any of my coffee gear - I'll return the favour and polish their car with sandpaper.
                      If you want to get real cheap, soak in hot sodium bicarbonate (baking soda) - a tablespoon or so in a litre of hot water - it's reasonably effective on filters/handles, but not as good as the proprietary powders, which are based on trisodium phosphate but also contain a powder surfactant. They just work. A $10 pack of cleaning powder will last about a year.

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                      • #12
                        A 2:1 mix of sodium percarbonate/sodium metasilicate is what I use to clean the PF, backflush etc. A diluted solution for soaking, a small amount of the powder in the blind filter for backflushing.

                        Backflush with no cleaner every few days, once a week use above cleaner to backflush.

                        Monthly I soak the PF, shower screens, filters etc in the cleaner.

                        Cleaner is also good for the dishwasher and in the brewery/winery.

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                        • #13
                          I clean daily - and soak the group handle, basket in espresso clean make sure you rinse thoroughly !

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Bobrob View Post
                            ...I see above mention of a scourer ????. If you use proper cleaner, then any remaining gunk wipes off with a soft cloth or soft brush. If somebody uses a scourer near any of my coffee gear - I'll return the favour and polish their car with sandpaper...
                            *grins* The scourer I use is one of those green fibre ones - I doubt there's much chance of it affecting the metal. Mind you, since I went naked and also got my VST's I just use the kitchen brush to ensure all holes are clear as I rinse under the hot water.

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                            • #15
                              I'm with Mr Jack too

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