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Setting Up Your New Espresso Machine

Posted: 06/12/06

Setting up your brand new espresso machine is an exciting time, but as with any new gadget, you should take a moment to read the instructions before you begin operating your machine. All of the machines we sell are virtually ready to brew when they arrive, but to ensure that first cup lives up to your expectations, you should follow these easy guidelines that will have your machine pumping out great tasting espresso in no time.

Setting Up Your Machine - Quick Links:

  1. General Assembly
  2. Quick Installation Tips
  3. Water Filtration System
  4. Priming
  5. Keeping it Clean

General Assembly
Setting up your new espresso machine.
Though most machines come with little assembly required, removable parts like the drip tray and water reservoir may need to be put into place upon arrival. Also, when you unpack your new machine, check to see if any accessories have been stored in the empty reservoir for shipping purposes and remove them for installation. Keep in mind that it’s a good idea to rinse out your reservoir to get rid of particles that may have accumulated in the packaging.

Quick Installation Tips

Though setting up your espresso machine is a fairly simple process, there may be a few small features you won’t want to overlook. Machines with a 3-prong power plug should be connected to a compatible electrical outlet to ensure proper grounding. Also, be aware that many espresso machines have a master power switch somewhere on the back or side of the machine that must be turned on for the machine to function. For super automatics, once you’ve ensured your machine is hooked up properly it’s time to fill up the bean hopper with your favorite coffee.

Water Filtration System

If your machine comes with a water filter or softener, be sure to consult your product manual on how to set it up. Usually you’ll have to soak it in clean water for a short period of time before installing it, and many super automatics also include a water hardness test strip to help you accurately program your machine’s water settings. Properly preparing and maintaining your water filter or softener is the best way to protect your boiler against buildup and ensure your espresso will always taste great.

Priming your Espresso MachinePriming

Because espresso machines are shipped without water in the boiler, it’s important to prime your machine to prepare it for the first shot. Priming involves pulling water into the boiler when you first turn on your machine in order to prevent excessive stress on your heating components and pump. Since priming is a procedure that varies greatly between brands, you should follow the specific guidelines found in the owner’s manual. If you need priming instructions for your machine, email us to request a copy.

Keeping it Clean

For most machines, you’ll be ready to make that coveted first shot after following these easy startup steps, and as a new owner you may want to read more about how to keep your machine running smoothly in the future. It’s a lot of fun getting to know a brand new espresso machine, and whether you’ve purchased a super automatic, semi-automatic or manual machine, you’ll want to follow a regular cleaning schedule to guarantee you’ll get the best tasting espresso for years to come.