In this blog, as a follow-up to my blog “Semi Automatics – Essential Accessories”, I will provide some assistance on helpful accessories for super or fully automatic espresso machines. Many of the products recommended in the semi-automatic blog are also useful for super automatics. For instance, it is still a good idea to have accessories such as frothing pitchers, frothing thermometers, shot glasses and cups. Whether you have a semi-automatic or super automatic, these accessories will be useful.
As far as accessories are concerned, the main difference between a super automatic and a semi automatic is the way they are cleaned and maintained. I cannot stress enough how important it is for the life expectancy of your machine to maintain a regular cleaning program. You would never neglect changing your car oil for two years; the same applies to descaling your espresso machine. Since we have a repair shop, we have first-hand experience with what happens to espresso machines when they are not properly maintained. That being said, properly maintaining your machine is not a hard thing to do at all.
Like a semi-automatic, you will want to descale your super automatic machine every three months or so. Many machines have indicator lights or display messages that notifies you when it is time to descale your machine. Products to use are Urnex Cleancaf and Durgol Swiss Espresso Descaler . Jura Capresso also has a descaling tablet they recommend for their machine. For a more potent solution you can use Urnex Dezcal . We recommend to that you use dezcal once a year for machines that use water with normal water quality or twice a year when hard water or well water is being used. Many super-automatic machines have a descaling program that you can run. Refer to your user’s manual on how to properly descale your machine or give us a call if further assistance is needed.
It is a good idea to also run a cleaning cycle periodically. The cleaning cycle uses a detergent that removes the oils from your brew group and brew spout as well as any chambers in between. Your machine will need to have a chamber that bypasses the grinder when brewing coffee. This feature is commonly referred to as a bypass doser or preground coffee funnel. You simply drop one of these tablets in this funnel and run the cleaning cycle. You should use the Urnex cafiza super auto cleaning tab for this purpose. Jura Capresso has their own version of this product that they recommend using for their machines called Jura Cleaning Tabs .
Aside from maintaining a regular descaling cycle, it is always a good idea to filter the water that you put in your machine. You can purchase filters that fit directly in the water reservoir and operate similar to a Brita filter system. Jura has several varieties of filters
that can be used in their machines. The aqua prima water filters can be used in most Gaggia and Saeco semi automatic machines. These filters can be found in the parts and care section of our site. Please refer to your user’s manual when choosing the proper filter for your machine or contact us so we can assist.
To sum up the essential accessories for a super automatic machine, you will need a descaling product, a brew group cleaning product and a water filter. As mentioned in my semi-automatic blog, it is also good to have accessories such as frothing pitchers and shot glasses and, of course, cups and coffee. As always feel free to give our staff a call should you need further assistance in choosing the proper accessories for your machine.