How to Clean Breville Espresso Machine (Ultimate Guide)

The Breville espresso machine is a popular coffee maker that many people enjoy using. If you are one of these people, then you know how important cleanliness is to the quality of your coffee.

You might think it’s okay to clean your breville with just any old dish soap or water, but this isn’t true!

There are lots of different things that can go wrong if you clean your breville espresso machine with incorrect materials – including corrosion and mold growth.

In this blog post, we will cover all the necessary steps for cleaning a breville espresso machine so that you have the cleanest tasting coffee possible!

How to Clean a Breville Espresso Machine

Step One: Turn off the espresso machine and clean out all of the water filters.

Then, clean them with soap and water to remove any leftover coffee grounds or oils that might be stuck on there.

-Turn your breville espresso machine off by pulling up the power cord plug at it’s base.

You’ll want to clean this first so no buttery fingers touch anything after putting in contact with food!

-Remove both side panels from you Breville espresso maker by removing screws and moving hinges away from door frame towards back of unit (or front if looking at it).

There will be a series of different sized tubes connecting various parts below – carefully unscrew these connections one at a time using an adjustable wrench so they can be clean easily.

-Turn the water filters around so they are facing up and clean them off with soap or a sponge to remove any leftover coffee grounds, oils, etc..

Rinse these thoroughly with clean water before you put them back in their respective slots on your espresso machine.


Step Two: Remove all of the parts from the Breville espresso maker that can be removed by unscrewing then using an adjustable wrench (steps may vary depending on make/model).

Clean each part individually once it’s out of its slot – this includes areas like heating plates, drip tray coverings, frothing attachment where milk is made into foam for topping drinks, carafe base area under portafilter handle where hot liquid drips when pouring espresso, and the filter area where coffee grounds are clean.

-There will be a lot of different screws attaching various parts to your Breville espresso maker – use an adjustable wrench to loosen these before pulling them out.

Once they come loose you can remove each part individually by tugging on it gently while holding down a clasp with one hand or using pliers.

-Find all cleanable areas of this individual piece (ex: heating plate) and clean these as best possible with soap, water, etc..

Be sure not to touch any wires! Some seams might also need cleaning so that no grime gets inside when put back together again.

When finished with this step make sure everything is dry before putting in corresponding slot on unit for next clean.


Step Three: Clean the inside of your Breville espresso maker with clean water and soap, then clean it once more to remove any residue that might be left behind.

The hot water will help loosen the grime so you can clean away without scrubbing too hard – but make sure everything is dried completely before putting back in!

-Unscrew all non-removable parts from unit (these are usually on top) using an adjustable wrench and put them aside for now.

-Find a bowl or bucket where you’ll pour clean tap water into, then use this same container to fill up coffee machine also through funnel near front of unit if present.

You want enough clean water coming out at end of process so no leftover residue is left to clean up when done.

-Add a small amount of liquid soap into clean water container and mix before pouring this mixture slowly down the side of the espresso machine case, then wait about five minutes for it to penetrate any built-up grime in crevices on bottom or inside top area (you may need more than one bucket).

-Continue adding clean tap water until you have filled your Breville espresso maker with enough solution so that all surfaces are wet but not overflowing – less will be needed if vessel was larger size.

Wait another few minutes after filling cup level with patience before removing power plug from unit’s base to stop hot water pump from running automatically.

Use an adjustable wrench again to unscrew non-removable parts cleanly as before.

-Remove all removable pieces from your Breville espresso maker that can be removed using an adjustable wrench (parts may vary depending on make/model) and clean these, also making sure to clean the bottom of each part where it will sit when put back into unit in next step.

Pieces with a lot of different screws should have been unscrewed earlier – use pliers instead if any are stuck or not coming out easily!

-Now you’ll need to start putting everything together again so hold onto your cleaning tools for this final task.

Put non-removable pieces first inside empty case then set aside while you clean up anything else left behind after removing their corresponding screw(s).

Check every area of the cleanable part to make sure it’s flawless before putting back in.

-Finally, put clean pieces one by one into empty espresso machine case and tighten screws with adjustable wrench as needed so that every part is snug against other piece(s).

You may need a little elbow grease for this last step but you can use your pliers again if any are holding on too tightly!

***TIP: For better tasting brew when using tap water add a small amount of vinegar (or lemon juice) to clean water container beforehand – boiling hot liquid will help clean out residues left behind from acidic solution.****


Step Four: Clean up the inside of Breville espresso maker with clean water and soap, then clean it once more with clean water and the soap-free cloth.


Step Five: Pour clean water into Breville espresso machine to rinse it out, then pour clean, soapy water through again for good measure.

Rinse with clean water one more time. (Do not use dishwasher detergent!)


Step Six: Dump out the clean, soapy water. Rinse off the outside of Breville espresso machine with clean water and dry with a towel or cloth.

Make sure all surfaces are free from debris before replacing any parts such as the filter holder.


Step Seven: Turn Breville espresso machine on to test that everything is clean, then make another cup of delicious espresso!

– clean up spilled liquid by wiping with a dry paper towel before it soaks in (or use baking soda)

– turn breville espresso maker back on to test if everything is clean.

Make another cup of coffee after ensuring the unit will brew properly and without leaks or overflow troubles. Keep doing this until you’re fully satisfied with your cleaning job!

– Enjoy your clean Breville espresso machine! If all else fails, try reading the manual for more information regarding how to care for your specific model.

You can usually find an owner’s manual on the Breville website.



How do you flush a Breville coffee machine?

Breville espresso machines come with a “self-clean” feature. Simply clean the inside of Breville espresso maker with clean water and soap, then clean again using clean water and a soapy cloth.

Pour clean, soapy water through once more for good measure before emptying it out! Rinse off outside surfaces with clean water after you’re done cleaning (dishwasher detergent can’t be used!).

Make sure everything is dry and free from debris before replacing any parts such as filter holders. Turn your machine on to check if it’s working properly or not leaking

What is the difference between cleaning and descaling?

Cleaners clean the outside of Breville espresso maker.

They clean inside your machine with soap and water, then rinse it off before drying everything out.

Cleaners are intended for a basic clean-up when you’re not looking to deal with more serious problems such as lime scale build up or other mineral deposits from hard water (which require descaling).

Descalers will remove those tough stains that built up over time in the inner workings of Breville espresso machines caused by minerals left behind by untreated tap water.

It’s an important step if you have well water that has higher levels of these compounds

How often should I clean my Breville espresso machine?

Depending on how often you make espresso, clean Breville machines once every six months to a year.

If your machine is in constant use or if it’s been sitting for long periods of time without being used, clean the machine more frequently.

More Things To Keep in Mind

Clean your Breville espresso maker about once per week to prevent buildup from occurring while still making sure that there are no leaks or overflow troubles stemming from any previous cleaning process. Keep doing this until you’re fully satisfied with your cleaning job!

Clean regular house hold items such as dish towels and sponges regularly because they can harbor bacteria which will get transferred back into the clean Breville coffee maker when touched again.

Replace filters periodically (every three months). Filters should also be clean on the outside.

Don’t pour water through espresso machine’s portafilter or ground coffee basket unless you want to clean both at once!

If your Breville espresso maker has a milk steamer, make sure it is cleaned no less than every two weeks for maximum efficiency and freshness. Milk can spoil quickly if left unrefrigerated too long.



And that’s it! You now know how to clean your Breville espresso machine and keep the taste of your coffee fresh.

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