How to Clean a Gaggia Espresso Machine

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How to Clean a Gaggia Espresso Machine
The Gaggia espresso machine lets you make the strong beverage in your own home. (Jacob Snavely/Photodisc/Getty Images)

The Italian company Gaggia has been making coffee makers for more than 50 years. The company offers consumers a fully automated espresso machine which operates by the simple touch of a button. Protect your investment in a state-of-the-art espresso machine by performing regular cleaning per the manufacturer's directions.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Cloths
  • Needle
  • Dish soap

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Instructions

    Steam Nozzle

  1. 1

    Wipe the exterior of the steam pipe with a damp cloth.

  2. 2

    Run steam through the jet by turning the valve knob counterclockwise to release steam.

  3. 3

    Insert a needle upward into the nozzle to make sure there are no blockages.

    Rest of the Machine

  1. 1

    Rinse the filter and filter holder in warm water.

  2. 2

    Clean the machine's body with a damp cloth when needed.

  3. 3

    Immerse the drip tray and plate in a sink of warm, soapy water. Wipe clean with a cloth, and then rinse with water. Allow to dry before use.

  4. 4

    Wipe the brew head seal with a damp cloth.

  5. 5

    Unscrew the shower disc and rinse it periodically. Allow to dry before screwing it back into the machine.

  6. 6

    Fill the tank with fresh water, and then turn the "Hot Water/Coffee" knob to "1" if the machine hasn't been used for a while. This will remove stale water from the reservoir.

Tips and warnings

  • Descale the Gaggia espresso maker every two months, following instructions on the machine descaler package.

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