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Breville Espresso Machine Cleaning [2020] – Ultimate & Excellent Guide

Breville Espresso Machine Cleaning
Breville Espresso Machine Cleaning

Having a Breville Espresso Machine allows you to have coffee 24/7, giving you the energy boost you need! But of course, you need to learn how to clean and maintain it well to ensure your unit will provide quality coffee for years to come. Take note though, Breville Espresso Machine cleaning is no walk in the park!

Sure, there are espresso cleaning tablets and kits you can use, but how exactly do you use them?

If you want to learn all about cleaning your unit’s baskets and other parts, as well as the different ways how to, read on! I created the ultimate guide to cleaning your Breville Coffee Machine to help you out. 

The Importance of Cleaning My Espresso Machine 

Breville products are one of the top units that offer that much-needed kick! They are known for their strong construction and excellent performance when brewing espresso. With that said, why do we need to clean it regularly and does it need to take that much effort?

YES, it does! You need to make sure to clean your Breville Espresso Machine regularly because:

  • Did you know that mold and bacteria can grow in your Breville products? This can make you sick with allergies AND cause mold exposure. Cleaning your espresso machine regularly kills any mold and bacteria that have and may grow in the machine.
  • Dirty Breville products ruin the taste of your coffee, wasting your beans. Once you remove the gunk and any residues inside, it guarantees the best espresso the machine can provide.
  • You wouldn’t want to spend hundreds to thousands of dollars on nothing! If you neglect your Breville products, you do just that, with its lifespan shortening from lack of cleaning. With regular cleaning and maintenance, you can extend its lifespan and get your money’s worth
  • That’s why you need to learn the RIGHT way on how to clean Breville coffee machine products to avoid any problems with your espresso and unit.

Breville Espresso Machine Cleaning Guide – The Different Ways to Clean Your Breville

You must clean your unit at appropriate times. Here is the general cleaning guide to ensure that your Breville espresso machine is free from any dirt and grime. We are going to explain all the methods for cleaning espresso machine Breville that you can follow.

Regular Cleaning

This should be cleaned at least thrice a week, depending on the frequency you use your machine. 

  • Remove your filter holder from the unit after brewing
  • Empty your coffee grounds, rinsing the filter/shower screen and filter holder with warm water. If there are coffee grounds in the filter, clean it using a nylon scrub brush
  • Place the empty filter and filter holder back to the unit. Brew plain water in a cup for up to ten seconds, then dispose of the hot water
  • Pull out the froth enhancer from the steam wand right after using it. Rinse the wand with warm water
  • Switch on the selector tool in front of your machine to the steam position. Let it run for three seconds, which blows out any milk from the wand
  • Choose the Stand By option in the selector control, then unplug your espresso machine. Allow the machine to cool down before continuing the cleaning process
  • Clean the steam wand’s opening with the pin of your cleaning tool, which comes with the machine. If ever the wand’s tip is blocked or dirty, twist off the opening in the tool’s tip, soaking it in hot water so clogs are removed
  • Remove your drip tray under the machine, then empty all residue to the sink
  • Wash the drip tray’s parts using dial soap and warm water. Rinse out the items then dry them completely before placing them back to place
  • Using a damp cloth, wipe down the exterior of your unit. Then you’re done!

Check out this how-to clean Breville products video for more visual instructions:

Breville Espresso Machine Cleaning Tablets

This is an easy way to clean your unit, as Breville cleaning tablets are made to remove any residue and coffee oils. Follow these steps when using coffee machine cleaning tablets Breville:

  • There is a function that allows for espresso cleaning tablets to clean the machine easily. But when placing espresso cleaning tablets, some of the liquids in the portafilter will be pulled to one area in the group head. The liquid will be filled with coffee oils, risking clogs

    After a few espresso shots, the CLEAN ME light illuminates, which signifies that it needs to be flushed. That’s where cleaning disc and Breville coffee machine cleaning tablets come along to help with the cycle
  • Place one cup of Dual Wall flyer to the portafilter, pressing it down securely. Then, place a cleaning disc to the filter/shower screen, pressing it in. Then, add a cleaning tablet packet to the center of your cleaning disc, locking the filter to its group head. Make sure that the tablet is placed correctly to prevent it from messing up certain parts
  • Switch on the power button, turning it off. Then, press and hold both “1 CUP” and “2 CUP” buttons simultaneously, press the power button for ten seconds or so
  • The Clean My Cycle will begin, which lasts for around five minutes and removes dirty coffee oils and residue. You’ll know it’s done after you hear two beeps
  • Remove your portafilter and check to see that the tablet is completely dissolved. The espresso cleaning tablets should have already disappeared and begun its work in the unit. Rinse out the portafilter and the cleaning disc, running it under cool water
  • Let it dry and place the portafilter back. And that’s how you use espresso cleaning tablets for your unit!

Using Vinegar

Besides using espresso cleaning tablets, you can also use vinegar to clean out your unit, which is a great way to deep clean it. Follow these steps:

  • Place your Breville products to Stand By mode then unplug it from your electrical outlet
  • Fill your tank or baskets with two parts water and one part white vinegar. If your household has hard water, then use one part water and one part white vinegar, which can remove mineral buildup in your unit
  • Place a container to the drip pan, catching any water and vinegar mix
  • Plug your unit and switch it on. Wait for the unit’s orange temperature light to stop. This indicates that the water is at the right temperature to brew
  • Switch on your selector control to “Espresso,” which will have half the water and vinegar mix to run through its brewing head, into the container
  • Position your steam wand over your container and switch your selector control to “Steam.” The remaining mixture will then flow out of your steam wand
  • Fill up your tank with cold and clean water, repeating steps three to six, rinsing your unit

Breville Coffee Machine Cleaning Kit

If you want something a bit easier and with all cleaning products included (like the tablet), there is a Breville Barista Express Cleaning Kit available. These kits include espresso cleaning tablets packet, water filters, as well as filters, brushes, and small cleaning tools required. 

These are also easy to use, as there are manufacturer’s instructions included. These kits come exclusively from the Breville cleaner shops, so you have a kit designed for your specific unit model. I love these kits because you are assured quality espresso cleaning tablets and tools from Breville themselves!

If you want to learn more about the various cleaning methods, here is a “how do you clean a Breville espresso” video to help you further:

Frequently Asked Questions 

Now that you know the different ways of cleaning your unit and how to do so, are there more things to learn about the process? Here is the frequency asked questions readers and users have wondered about:

How often should I clean my Breville espresso machines?

To descale or decalcifying your unit is one of the most crucial parts of cleaning operations. Because of its importance, you need to do this about ice a month. Descaling Breville coffee machine will prevent any mineral deposits from building into your unit internally.

This is because such build-ups can clog your unit, which causes water to no longer flow from your group head, along with its steam wand and hot water spout. And the longer your water sits inside the unit, the more minerals will build up.

Furthermore, such build-ups cause heat to stop transferring, which makes it colder than normal, causing a lack of flavoring in your espresso shots. It also clogs your pump, particularly when you don’t use your unit often. 

So make sure you stick to decalcifying or descaling your product once a month or so, never less.

As for general cleaning of your Breville product, I highly recommend that you do so weekly, or after every 200 shots of coffee, whichever comes first. You can use whatever method you prefer when cleaning, whether vinegar or espresso cleaning tablets.

How often should I backflush my espresso machines?

The frequency of backlashing your espresso machine depends on how often you use it. In general, you will need to backflush your Breville product daily, or after every use. This is to prevent any serious limescale buildup and ensures that you have quality espresso.

What happens if you don’t descale your coffee machine?

Descaling is a metal cleaning process, which would remove any limescale buildup. That’s the hard and off-white chalky deposit which negatively affects the operating of some of your unit’s parts. 

If you don’t descale your espresso machine, then chances are it will affect your espresso quality. Not only that, but it will also force your unit to work harder, which then increases electricity consumption.

This heightens your energy bills AND may cause units to malfunction, which shortens your unit’s lifespan as well.

With proper descaling, you’re able to ensure that your unit will work well and produce the high-quality espresso you expect from a Breville. Just make sure that you do it properly and that you also follow it up with espresso cleaning tablets for a fully functional unit.

How do you unclog an espresso filter? 

It’s important to unclog your filter (or shower screen) to ensure that quality coffee comes out. Unclog your Breville product by following these steps:

1. Open your filter holder, emptying any grounds of it. Lift the filter basket, taking it out and rinsing it thoroughly. Place it back in the espresso machine.

2. Loosen the screw which holds your steam valve in place, pulling it down to remove its sleeve. Remove the sleeve and watch it with warm and soapy water, using a cleaning sponge to wash off any debris. Rinse and dry with a clean towel.

3. Fill a cup with water, immersing the steam wand in the brother. Set the option to STEAM and allow the water to froth for a few seconds. If it doesn’t steam, switch off the steam selector, using a straight pin to get rid of any dried milk.

4. Remove the waste unit from the unit, holding down the new unit handle. Press down its release button, pulling the unit out and clean it using warm water and sponge. Clean the permanent filter/shower screen using a damp sponge, getting rid of any coffee grounds.

5. Dry all the parts then place the funnel and brew unit back in the original position and you’re done!

How do you reset a Breville espresso machine?

You can reset your Breville product by setting the unit on STANDBY and unplug it from the electrical outlet, plugging it back in after a few minutes.

You can also reset its default settings by holding the PROGRAM button, waiting until it beeps three times. Release the button and it will go back to its original default settings.

How do you change a Breville water filter?

A water filter (also known as shower screen) can help prevent scale build-up on various inner functioning parts. You will need to replace the water filter every two months, which reduces the need for you to decalcify your Breville product.

However, if you have hard water, you need to change your water filter more. To replace your water filter, simply remove and discard your old water filter from the machine’s filter holder. Afterward, get your new water filter and follow these steps:

1. Soak your water filter in a cup of clean water for five minutes. Rinse it under cool running water.

2. Wash your water filter holder using cold water, taking care to rinse its stainless steel mesh.

3. Place the new water filter in the two parts of your water filter holder.

4. Set the date dial to two months ahead to signify when you need to replace it again.

5. Install your now-assembled water filter in the water tank or baskets, and align its base of your filter holder, using the adapter in the water tank. Push it down to secure it in place.

6. Slide your product’s water tank back to the position at the back. Make sure you push it down completely again, locking it in place.

How do you drain a Breville espresso machine? 

Before draining your Breville product, make sure that the unit is heated and at its normal steaming temperature. Follow these steps:

1. Plug your unit, bringing it to the normal brewing temperature. Place a container under the steam wand and then open the steam valve. 

2. As the unit is steaming, remove its water reservoir and allow it to pour out steam and water. Once nothing pours out anymore, close its steam valve.

3. Switch off the steam button and power switch. Your unit has now been drained and can be kept for storage or transport.

How do you descale a Breville coffee maker? 

Follow these steps to properly descale your Breville product. This is a similar process to deep cleaning, as I mentioned above. Take note that your water tank or baskets should NEVER be completely emptied or removed during the process:

1. Remove your portafilter and pour a 1:1 mature of white vinegar, lemon juice, or citric acid with cold water to your water tank. You can also use a commercially-produced descaled, whichever works best for your machine. I’ll be showing you the steps when using a descaler product.

2. Place a container under the steam want and group head, then switch on your espresso machine. Once the brewing temperature reaches the optimum level, press the 1 CUP button, which will begin a manual pour.

3. When half the tank is poured out, then release the button. Empty your container right after.

4. Set the dial to HOT WATER, allowing the rest of the mixture to flow for half a minute. Set to STANDBY option right after, then let it STEAM. Allow it to run through your steam wand for up to two minutes.

5. After two minutes, turn to STANDBY mode again and repeat the process if you have hard water. If done, remove your water tank, rinsing it with fresh and clean water well.

6. Refill the water tank using fresh water, replacing it in your machine and following the steps again. This will then flush any descaling solution left over. 

Why does my Breville “clean my light” or “clean descale light” stay on?

Your clean me light or descale light switches on when it’s time for you to clean your espresso machine. However, it sometimes switches on even right after cleaning or without even using the product yet.

Fortunately, it’s fixable and may be due to certain reasons. It may stay on because the process wasn’t properly engaged, or some parts weren’t secured after cleaning. Or, one of your espresso cleaning tablets wasn’t dissolved properly!

Make sure that the reservoir is filled with water and that it has been drained properly before doing so. If the light stays on, you can reset your product and see if that works. Check your reservoir and areas where espresso cleaning tablets or other residue may be stuck in the unit.

If the problem persists, you may want to contact Breville to see if your unit has a problem even after cleaning and resetting it.

Wrapping It Up

There are many ways you can clean your Breville product properly, from natural ingredients to cleaning kits. Whatever method you choose, make sure that you follow the right steps and do it regularly, according to what’s recommended. When doing so, you can enjoy a lot of espressos and get your money’s worth from Breville!

I hope that my guide to cleaning your Breville Espresso Machine helped you out! So don’t wait any longer and begin cleaning your product the right way NOW, whether with espresso cleaning tablets, vinegar, or other Breville cleaning products!

Do you have any questions or want to share your tips and experiences on cleaning your Breville product? Share it in the comments section below, all your thoughts are much appreciated!


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