Have you ever had the coffee flow on your Capresso or Jura super automatic machine slow down to a dribble? How about having the display telling you to open the “Tap”(steam knob)? If you have, then you understand the stress and panic that can set in when the morning cappuccino is at risk. The sun may be shining with birds singing, but if the espresso machine goes down, its all for naught. The normal first reaction is to go right for the instruction manual, pull out a cleaning tablet, and run the machine through a cleaning cycle. Before you go through this trouble, try cleaning it by hand. This is a simple and quick process that cleans off the shower screen that gets pressed up against the coffee. Every once in a while, coffee can get stuck on this screen and inhibits the proper water flow through the coffee. This slow flow reduces the amount of water that goes through the boiler and causes it to heat up to a higher temperature than it would if the water was flowing through at the normal speed. The machine senses this higher temperature and prompts you to go through the same process that you would when cooling the boiler down from steam temperature to brew temperature. This slow flow combined with the old coffee on the shower screen can also make the espresso bitter.
There are many machines that we are addressing here, and they fall into two different styles. The instructions for cleaning them are the same, but locating the parts you have to clean are a little bit different.
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