How To Clean Breville Espresso Machine?

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For some people cleaning is considered to be a holy act. All those talks about cleanliness being next to godliness are preached almost everywhere.

However, when it comes to actually clean something, we start to get lazy.

Personally, I’m not a great fan of cleaning, and I prefer light cleaning over heavy scrubbing.

If you have enough money to buy a Breville espresso coffee machine, you would know that it is essential to clean it regularly.

Otherwise, all you are getting in your shot of espresso is heavy metals, burnt coffee beans, and charred remains of milk and coffee.

Many people complain that they are not getting the perfect cup of coffee from the Breville espresso machine, and the taste is bitter.

They do not realize that they need to clean the machines regularly, and the buildup of waste inside the parts of the machine affects the taste of your coffee.

Let us look at some of the methods to clean the espresso machine and the various secrets of keeping your taste buds in nirvana with every sip of coffee from the machine.

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How To Clean Breville Espresso Machine?

How to clean Breville espresso machine

To answer it in one sentence, the machine should be cleaned regularly and care should be taken for every part.

The espresso machine is like any other machine that we use in our day-to-day lives.

Let me first enlist the things that you would need for cleaning your coffee machine. They are as follows:-

  • A soft bristle brush.
  • Some pins to scrape out charred remains.
  • Cleaning tablets and discs/cleaning powders.
  • Wrench and other tools for opening the machine.
  • Soft paper towels and wet cloth towels.
  • Hard bristle brush to scrape.

Most of the time, you would get cleaning tablets/cleaning powders inside the package of the Breville espresso.

You would only need to gather the remaining essentials. Please resist the urge to throw the parts directly into the dishwasher, as it would destroy the optimum working conditions of these parts.

How often do you clean the Breville espresso machine?

If you love cleaning, and you use the machine more than 7 to 8 times a day, it is better that you clean it every day.

Just take out all the parts, and rub them with an alcohol-based washing liquid. However, if you are someone like me, and you make about 3 to 4 cups a day, the case is entirely different.

Usually, espresso machines come with an indicator that lights up after 40 to 60 days, depending upon the buildup of waste inside.

If you live around the UK, USA, or other parts of Europe or America, you would have hard water at home.

Even if you are using filtered water, it does have minerals such as calcium that accumulate over the filter.

To avoid the band and bitter taste of your coffee, it is better that you clean your machine after every 20 days or so.

You won’t have to scrub dried milk and charred coffee then, and even the cleaning process would be a lot easier.

How do you do a clean cycle on a Breville espresso machine?

Run Clean Cycle on Breville Espresso

Before we go on to start the clean cycle of the Sage espresso machine, there are some things that you need to understand.

Descaling is a completely different method as compared to a clean cycle, and you should not mix the two.

The indicator light for the clean cycle lights up every 60 days, but there is an exception here as well.

If you are someone that turns off the main switch which is attached to the wall socket of the Sage espresso machine, then the indicator lights won’t work.

It would restart every time you turn on the espresso machine, and it would not give you proper readings.

Steps to start a clean cycle:

  • First of all, to avoid any electrical shocks, turn off the power button of the espresso, but do not turn off the main switch.
  • Fill the water tank up to the maximum level.
  • Take your cleaning disk and attach it to the filter, and if you have a hole in the cleaning disk, make sure that you keep a container below the hole.
  • Now attach the portafilter to the desk just like you are making a coffee.
  • Press and hold both the buttons of single and double cups, and turn on the machine, while holding the buttons.
  • Let go until you see clear water running into your container or in the dump tray.
  • Please note that the clean me light would not turn off until you complete the flush back cycle.

If you have just got your espresso machine, you would have cleaning tablets and cleaning powders included in your package.

However, if you do not want to use the cleaning tablets, and you are opting for something more natural and homemade, then you need to go for the traditional method.

There are two methods that you can choose to clean an espresso machine. One method is using tablets and cleaning powders to clean the machine.

The other methods include lemon, vinegar, baking soda, and other household ingredients. Let us learn about these methods in detail.

How To Clean a Breville Espresso Machine With Tablets?

Cleaning tablets are available online on Amazon and other shopping websites. If you do not have cleaning tablets, you can also purchase cleaning powders for espresso machines.

Cleaning tablets are actually included in the package only, and you don’t need to buy them separately.

If you search the package, you would find them included exclusively in the booklet part. Cleaning with tablets has its own advantages, where you won’t have to worry about making your own cleaning solution.

The advantage of using cleaning tablets is that they clean very easily, as they are designed for this specific purpose.

The main reason why people do not go for cleaning tablets is that they are a pollutant to the environment.

The steps to clean the espresso machine with cleaning tablets are as follows:

  • Take some water and start your brewing cycle.
  • Make sure that the water that comes out of the machine is crystal clear, and the more brownish the water would be, the more dirty the filter is.
  • Use the pin that is provided with the machine to clean the filters, one by one. (I know it is a grueling and tiresome job, but be patient and remember the nirvana that you feel when you take the first sip of coffee in the morning).
  • Once you have cleaned the filter, change the water filter if you can, or soak it in vinegar water.
  • Take the hard bristle brush and rub roughly on the grinder. Please do not use soap and water here, as it would cause the grinder to rust.
  • Once you have used the hard bristle, use the soft bristled brush and repetitively rub it on the grinder.

Now that you are done with the cleaning of the different parts of the machine, let’s run a clean cycle with the tablet.

  • The cleaning cycle that is mentioned in the article, is used to clean using tablets as well.
  • Attach the cleaning tablet in the center of the cleaning disc, and make sure that you press and hold both the buttons, and make your shot of cleaning espresso.
  • One thing to note here is that you should always run the cleaning cycle with water again so that it does not taste funny, after you make the first cup after cleaning. 

How do Breville cleaning tablets work?

For your amusement, let us understand how a cleaning tablet works. Cleaning tablets are compressed powders that are made by mixing cleaning solutions, baking powders, and effervescent materials.

When a cleaning tablet comes in contact with the flushing cycle, the water that goes back into the internals of the machine takes the tablet with it.

This tablet has very recent materials that make it bubbly inside the machine. These bubbles then shoot the particles of baking soda, baking powder, acetate, and other cleaning materials within the internals of the machine.

Mixed with water, these cleaning materials then remove any type of pollutant from the machine.

How To Clean a Breville Espresso Machine Without Tablets?

Let us use the process of descaling to clean espresso machines without tablets.

The process is as follows-

  • Keep your machine in stand-by mode and remove the electrical plug from the outlet.
  • Fill up the water tank with 50% water and 50% vinegar, up to the brim.
  • Place a container to catch the vinegar-water mixture from the machine.
  • Plug the machine, and wait for the temperature signal to turn orange.
  • Once it has turned orange, it is time to start brewing.
  • Select the “Espresso” mode and turn on the machine.
  • Let the machine brew the mixture that we just poured inside the water tank.
  • Also, turn on the steam, and let the steam of water and vinegar run for about 30 seconds.
  • You would see that all the dirt and the buildup of grime inside the machine would start dripping. Make sure that you are getting clear water before stopping the process.
  • Repeat the process for about 2 to 3 times, to make sure that the machine is absolutely clean from the inside.


The Breville espresso coffee machine, or the Sage espresso machine (it is known as the Sage in the UK, and it is the same thing), is one of the best espresso machines available in the market.

Regular cleaning of your machine helps you to get the perfect taste of your coffee beans. The charred beans and the grime inside the machine make your coffee smell horrid and taste bitter.

It is always advisable to use cleaning tablets so that everything is cleaned properly, but if you are very conscious about the environment, and you don’t want to add chemicals inside your machine, the homemade method is tailor-made for you.

You can also add lime juice, baking soda, honey, and a little bit of ginger inside the descaling mix, and the vinegar would work beautifully with all these ingredients.

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