Accessory Cleaning

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Caution: Detergent below is harmful if swallowed. If ingested, drink large amounts of water. In case of eye contact, flush thoroughly with water. Contact a physician in either case. Avoid excessive skin contact. KEEP OUT OF REACH FROM CHILDREN AND PETS.

Purpose: Remove coffee oils and residues from accessories of a traditional espresso machine. Lack of cleaning coffee oils and residues from your accessories will affect your espresso extraction with bitterness and off-flavors.

Frequency: If machine used greater than once every 3 days, clean every 14 calendar days, or if machine used less than once every 3 days, clean every 7 days.

Machine identity: These instructions are provided for cleaning the accessories of a traditional espresso machine with water reservoir or direct water connection.

Requirements before you start: sink with hot and cold running water and drain, plastic soaking container larger than one liter, plastic soaking container, Ascaso Detergent, large wooden spoon.

  1. If your instruction manual has instructions for accessory cleaning, please use those instructions as the primary instructions, and please use the following as secondary instructions.
  2. In a plastic soaking container, pour in 1/4 ounce of Ascaso Detergent and carefully pour in one (1) liter of hot water. This is your cleaning solution.
  3. Mix the cleaning solution with a large wooden spoon until the Ascaso Detergent is dissolved.
  4. Place your filter basket(s) and portafilter(s) separately into the plastic soaking container. Try to prop up the handles of the portafilter(s) in a vertical position.
  5. Pour in the cleaning solution into the plastic soaking container to just below the plastic or wooden handles of the portafilter(s). The cleaning solution can ruin the plastic / wooden finish.
  6. Discard the remaining cleaning solution from the plastic soaking container and rinse under cold running water in your sink.
  7. Soak for one hour minimum. Overnight soaking is better Scrub inside of portafilters if coffee oils do not come off with soaking only.
  8. Remove your filter basket(s) and portafilter(s) from cleaning solution and thoroughly rinse in cold running water in your sink.
  9. Discard the cleaning solution from the plastic soaking container and rinse under cold running water in your sink.