How Often Should You Backflush An Espresso Machine

What is Backflushing?

Backflushing is a specific cleaning word used on professional standard and home espresso machines. Regular backflushing of your espresso machine will not only maintain the quality taste of your espresso machine it can extend the life of your machine and keep away from costly maintenance.


Each and Every day! That’s perfect; you should be adding this into your daily cleaning routine for best results. Home machines normally just need backflushed once per week with plain water, but it won’t harm your machine performing it more often or with cleaners.
Commercial machines should be backflushed at the end of every busy business day. If business was slow that day, plain water may be sufficient to flush with. There are particular backflushing cleaning chemicals made specifically for your espresso machine. 

Always remember to clean the group head thoroughly with clean water after you use any kind of chemical cleaner. Backflushing will ensure your espresso machine is always ready for the next round of espresso! To begin, make sure your coffee machine is powered on and at brewing temperature. Check the amount of water and fill with fresh filtered water if necessary. At this stage you should also ensure that the drip tray is empty.

How to Backflush an Espresso Machine

Backflushing is an important to keep your machine performing at peak condition. 

  • The first thing you need to do is to remove the filter basket from the portafilter and insert a backflush disc. This specialized disc can either be a simple filter basket with no holes or a rubber disc that covers the holes of your machine’s filter basket.
  • Measure about half a tablespoon of backflush cleaner into the backflush disc. After that, put the portafilter back and turn the machine’s pump on.
  • After approximately 20 minutes, the pump will turn quiet because of the pressure forming inside the. Once this happens, turn the pump off.
  • After this, you would hear a whooshing sound that is the indication that the cleaner is being pushed through the three-way valve and starts emptying to the drip tray. Don’t forget to have some sort of container to catch the solvent coming out of the drip to not cause any more mess.
  • On the first run, the liquid would most likely be blurry and muddy looking. You would have to repeat the whole process until the solvent coming out of the drip is clear.
  • To clear the machine of the solvent, run a couple more backflush using water without the cleaner.
  • The last step would need you to remove the handle and turn the machine’s pump on and off a few times in order to totally rinse the insides of the solvent.

We hope this look at normal maintenance is helpful for you! By adhering to a simple schedule like this you can keep your machine running in great shape for many years.

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