Just what are espresso machine cleaning tablets and why do you need them? The answer is simple. The tablets are cleaners designed to remove the sticky, oily coffee residue that builds up in and on your espresso maker. Why do you care? Because your coffee will taste better!!
How do I know when to use them?
The best part is that your espresso machine will tell you when it’s time to use the tablets. Most of them will anyway. You don’t even have to think about it, your machine will read “cleaning needed” or something similar. If you ‘re not certain how your individual espresso machine works, check your user manual and you can learn more.
You’ve spent a fair amount of money on your espresso maker, regular maintenance is an important part of keeping it looking and working great. And we’ve seen that knowing when it’s time to clean the machine is easy, so just do it and keep your espresso brewing brilliantly.
So, how exactly does this work?
The first and most important thing is to check your owners manual. Many machines operate slightly differently, and you need to make sure you don’t do anything to damage your espresso maker.
Most work something like this:
There is a chute, an area to put the tablet in. Of course, first the machine tells you it’s time to clean. Put the espresso cleaning tablet in the chute, or the water basin, or wherever your manual says to put it. Then, run the machine. Wow, that’s hard. Not really. Be certain to run the machine long enough to clear the tablet through the system.
Next, run a rinse cycle. Again, how you do this this may vary by machine, but all of them end in the same result: you clear the tablet out of the machine and rinse the internal parts of your espresso maker.
Extra Credit. It’s also a good idea to take a tab and dissolve it in a bowl or small tub of water. You can put your drip tray, dredge box, or any other easily removable part and clean those as well! Let them sit for 10-15 minutes, and soak, then rinse them off. If there is still gunk or oils, go ahead and let them soak a little longer. Go ahead and stare in amazement at how shiny they are again! 🙂
So, you’ve run a tablet through the cycle, cleaned the removable parts. Now what do you do? Put it all back together and enjoy a fantastic cup of fresh espresso. I love this stuff. You may notice that your machine is much more fluid and more like it was when it was new. Now, this maintenance stuff isn’t so bad after all, is it?
The most important thing with espresso machine cleaning tablets is to make sure you have them available when you need them. Your machine probably came with a couple cleaning tablets to start, but you need to order more tabs and have them ready after you utilize the ones that came with the machine. On option you can choose is to find your brand on the following page for espresso machine cleaning tablets.
Order your espresso cleaning tabs in advance, have them on hand, and when your espresso machine tells you it’s time to clean, you are ready to roll!