How to Descale Breville Espresso Machine – 7 Easy Steps for Beginners

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Breville espresso machines are known for their sleek design and espresso beverages.

But did you know that descaling your espresso machine is just as important to keep it running smoothly?

Descaling your espresso machine will remove mineral deposits, or scale, from the system’s water passages.

This post outlines 7 easy steps on how to descale a Breville espresso machine!

But first off….

What is Descaling?

Descaling is the process of removing mineral deposits, or scale, from espresso machine water passages.

Fortunately for espresso fanatics everywhere, descaling your espresso machine is an easy and quick task that will keep it running smoothly!

But what does this look like?

In order to ensure you are on track with descaling a Breville espresso machine follow these simple steps:

How to Descale a Breville Espresso Machine

Step One: First, you need to fill the espresso machine’s reservoir with a gallon of fresh water.

-Run tap water through the espresso machine until it is full.

Fill your pitcher or other container with one quart (32 oz) of fresh cold filtered water and pour into the reservoir.

Do not use boiling hot or warm/hot tap water as this will cause scale buildup on heating elements.

The descaling process could take up to 12 hours so make sure you have enough time available before starting!

The espresso machine must be turned off during this whole process – don’t forget that step!

*Note: You may also want to add some white vinegar and dish soap at this point if there are mineral deposits visible in the espresso machine’s water reservoir.

 

Step Two: After you have filled the espresso machine with fresh cold filtered water, it is time to flush out any remaining clean tap water from the lines.

Fill your pitcher or other container with one quart (32 oz) of fresh cold filtered water and pour into a separate portafilter that can be held by hand while still in place on top of espresso machine group head.

Push the handle down so that this second stream of descaling fluid runs through all three parts of the espresso-making process–shower screen, filter basket and brewing tube–and then back over these surfaces again before running down to collection container below.

This flushing should take less than two minutes! Make sure not to fill espresso machine’s reservoir with this water as descaling process is already in progress!

 

Step Three: To start the descaler, turn espresso machine on to its lowest setting and wait for a few minutes.

The descalation cycle should now be set so that it runs automatically every day until completed (approximately 12 hours).

If you don’t want your espresso maker to run continuously 24/hr during this time period, just press “off” button twice within ten seconds before turning off espresso machine.

 

Step Four: After the descaling process is complete, turn espresso machine off and then back on to reset for next cycle.

You’ll need to wait a few minutes before starting this step in order for water from previous descaling cycle to run through espresso maker’s pipes!

Add one quart (32 oz) of fresh cold filtered water into reservoir after turning espresso machine on again.

Run tap water through espresso maker until it fills up and turns out clear – about two pitchers or so.

This will flush any residue left over by the descalation process and prepare your espresso machine for regular use once more!

 

Step Five: Clean filter basket with dish soap and warm-to-hot running tap water while still connected under group head–then rinse with cold running tap water.

*Note: This is an optional step but will help keep espresso machine clean and reduce the risk of mineral buildup in future descaling cycles.

 

Step Six: Clean espresso machine’s shower screen

Grab espresso machine cleaning brush and clean out the shower screen (metal filter that sits under group head).

This should take about two minutes to complete, starting from one side of the metal disk and working your way around in a circular motion until all edges are clear.

Rinse off any residue with tap water before storing away for next descaling cycle!

-Fill your pitcher or other container with one quart (32 oz) of fresh cold filtered water and pour into espresso machine reservoir again as this step is an essential part of every descaling process–cleaning will not only keep espresso maker looking good but also free it up for future use by removing buildup from previous descalation cycles.

 

Step Seven: Disconnect espresso machine from power and wipe down any surfaces with a clean cloth.

Lastly, take some time to give your espresso maker a good cleaning–this will remove any dirt or residue left behind after descaling process is complete.

You can use soapy water in this step for easier cleanup but make sure to dry espresso machine completely before storing away!

Take care of your espresso machine and it will treat you well by providing delicious espresso every day! 🙂

FAQs

What do you use to descale a Breville espresso machine?

The espresso machine should be descaled with fresh cold filtered water. It is highly recommended to also use white vinegar and dish soap (if there are visible mineral deposits) as descaling agents.

Can I use vinegar to descale my Breville espresso machine?

Yes. You should use vinegar as an addition to descaling the espresso machine with filtered water (and white dish soap).

How do you deep clean a Breville espresso machine?

The espresso machine should be cleaned with filtered water and dish soap. This is an optional step but will help keep espresso machine clean and reduce the risk of mineral buildup in future descaling cycles. It is recommended to use vinegar as a descaler agent (once every week) if there are visible mineral deposits or white vinegar when descaling cycle has been completed.

How often should espresso machines be descaled?

The espresso machine should be descaled once every six months (in addition to a weekly vinegar/dish soap cleaning). The espresso maker will need to run continuously for approximately 12 hours to complete the process. If you don’t want your espresso maker running this long, just press “off” button twice within ten seconds before turning espresso maker off.

How much water do I need to descale my Breville espresso machine?

You should use one quart (32 oz) of fresh cold filtered water into reservoir after turning espresso machine on again. Run tap water through espresso maker until it fills up and turns out clear – about two pitchers or so. This will flush any residue left over by the descaling process and prepare espresso machine for regular use once more!

How do you clean a Breville espresso machine filter basket? (Optional)

After running espresso through it, take off filter from base of espresso maker and remove all leftover coffee grounds with fingers. Rinse espresso machine filter basket with dish soap and warm-to-hot running tap water then rinse under cold, running tap water.

How often should I descale my Breville espresso machine?

The espresso machine should be descaled once every six months (in addition to a weekly vinegar/dish soap cleaning). The espresso maker will need to run continuously for approximately 12 hours to complete the process. If you don’t want espresso maker running this long, just press “off” button twice within ten seconds before turning espresso maker off.

How do you reset a Breville espresso machine after cleaning?

To reset espresso maker after cleaning, press “off” button twice within ten seconds before turning espresso maker off.

What happens if you don t descale your coffee machine?

If the espresso maker is not descaled, mineral deposits will build up and clog water lines. This can result in decreased espresso quality and potentially lead to more frequent maintenance. If espresso machine is not descaled for six months (in addition to a weekly vinegar/dish soap cleaning), it should be cleaned with filtered water and dish soap.

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