Keeping your Caffeine Limited commercial coffee machine clean is absolutely vital. Not only will it keep the coffee you produce tasting fresh, it will keep your machine in good working order. Many of the most common and costly coffee machine issues come down to poor cleaning day-to-day maintenance.
This article will take you step by step through some simple procedures to follow in order to keep your commercial coffee machine clean and in good working order.
Some terms to learn:
Portafilter – the removable handle that holds ground coffee and fits into a ‘group’ on the coffee machine
Basket – part of the portafilter, the basket is the detachable metal basket into which freshly ground coffee is loaded
Group Head – the part of a coffee machine that delivers the hot water used to brew the espresso
Shower Plate – part of each group head it is a metal plate with small holes which allows the water to be distributed evenly across the coffee bed
Group Seal – part of the group head, it is a rubber seal that surrounds the shower plate and provides a watertight connection between the group head and the portafilter
Group Head Brush – a brush used for cleaning coffee grounds from the group head and group seal
Steam Wand – a metal arm that delivers a jet of steam for foaming milk
During service, there are a few basic things to follow in order to keep your coffee machine clean:
Make sure that your steam-wand is wiped clean after every use with a damp cloth that is only used for your steam-wand and is replaced frequently.
Group heads should also be cleaned during quiet periods with a group head cleaning brush to remove any coffee residue, including around the seal.
Use the brush to get rid of any visible coffee grounds around the seal and use it to get right up around the shower plate. This will help to prevent a build up of coffee around the seal which will lead to leaks and to the deterioration of the rubber.
Coffee Planet Corporation (CPC) are one of the largest co-operative coffee companies in Honduras whose aims are to develop coffee growing in the region in a way that is socially, environmentally and economically sustainable.
On the land that CPC grows coffee, they also grow lemongrass and peaches plus they produce honeybees around their crops and fish in the reservoirs. By diversifying their production, CPC is able to protect its producers against shocks in the coffee market through the ability to market and sell other produce that grows well among the coffee plants. Not only does this add to the diversity of the produce, it also improves the environmental diversity of the area allowing the production of the coffee to carry less of an environmental impact.
At least once a week a deeper clean of your coffee machine should be carried out.
Portafilters and baskets should be removed and soaked in Puly Café and hot water. This will remove and coffee oils and dirt that may clog up the holes and lead to an uneven espresso extraction.
The shower plates should also be carefully removed and cleaned with hot water and a cloth.
Use a pin to ensure that the holes in the end of the steam wand are clear.
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