If you're a coffee lover who enjoys the convenience of a super automatic espresso machine, you know how important it is to keep it in excellent working condition.

Regular maintenance not only ensures the machine consistently produces delicious coffee, but it also extends its lifespan. In this blog, we'll provide you with essential tips and tricks to help you maintain your super automatic espresso machine, ensuring you can continue to enjoy a perfect cup of coffee every day.

  1. Read the Manual:
        • Before diving into maintenance routines, make sure you thoroughly read and understand the manufacturer's manual. Different machines may have specific cleaning instructions or recommendations, so familiarize yourself with the guidelines provided by the manufacturer. - In case you don't have access to a physical copy of your machine's manual, we have compiled a list of links to assist you in finding a digital version of the manual, you'll find it at the end of the page.


Delonghi La Specialista Arte Manual

   2. Clean the Brew Group:

        • The brew group is a critical component responsible for the extraction of coffee. Regular cleaning prevents the accumulation of coffee residues and oils, ensuring optimal performance. Refer to the manual for specific instructions on how to remove and clean the brew group. Typically, it involves rinsing it under warm water, wiping with a soft cloth, and in some models, periodically using a coffee machine cleaning tablet to remove stubborn residues.


Delonghi Super Automatic espresso machine brew unit diffuser.

Descale Regularly:

        • Over time, mineral deposits from the water you use can build up inside your machine, affecting the taste and functionality. Descaling is essential to remove these deposits and maintain optimal performance. Follow the manufacturer's instructions on when and how to descale your super automatic espresso machine. This involves running a descaling solution, followed by several rinses with clean water.


Gaggia Velasca with descaler

Clean the Milk Frother:

        • If your machine has a milk frother, proper cleaning is crucial to prevent the growth of bacteria and maintain its functionality. After each use, remove the milk frother attachment and rinse it with warm water. If it's dishwasher safe, you can also place it in the dishwasher. Additionally, make sure to purge any remaining milk from the system by running a cleaning cycle with water after each use. In some models periodically using a milk circuit cleaner can help to sanitize and remove residues from all components.


Delonghi dinamica with milk cleaner and carafe.


Wipe the Exterior:

        • To keep your espresso machine looking great, wipe the exterior regularly with a damp cloth. This helps remove any spills, coffee grounds, or fingerprints. Avoid using abrasive cleaners or harsh chemicals that could damage the surface of the machine.
Gaggia Classic Pro with cleaner and cleaning cloth.


Check and Replace Filters:

        • Some super automatic espresso machines have water filters to improve the taste and quality of your coffee by removing impurities. Check the manufacturer's recommendations regarding filter replacement intervals. Regularly replacing filters ensures the water flowing through your machine remains clean and does not affect the taste or performance of your espresso.


Delonghi dinamica and water filter.


Use High-Quality Coffee Beans:

        • The quality of the coffee beans you use has a significant impact on the overall maintenance of your super automatic espresso machine. Low-quality beans can leave behind more residue and oils, leading to clogs and potentially damaging your machine. Opt for freshly roasted, high-quality beans to ensure the best results and minimal maintenance requirements.


Gaggia anima with cortese coffee beans pouring into the grinder.

Maintaining your super automatic espresso machine is vital for both the taste of your coffee and the longevity of the machine. Regular cleaning, descaling, and proper care of various components will keep your machine running smoothly, providing you with delicious coffee day after day. By following the tips outlined in this guide and referring to the manufacturer's manual, you can ensure that your super automatic espresso machine remains in excellent condition for years to come. So, go ahead and enjoy that perfect cup of espresso every morning, knowing that you're taking the right steps to care for your beloved coffee companion.


Manuals and specific details:

You can locate helpful advice and specific details about each model in the manual that accompanies your equipment.

Delonghi provides their manuals directly on their website, and you can find them easily under the section labeled "INSTRUCTION MANUALS."

Similarly, for Gaggia machines, there is a dedicated section titled "CLEANING AND MAINTENANCE" under the description of each machine. This section offers further information about the maintenance of each specific model.

In the case of Saeco we suggest visiting their website and checking out the "MANUALS" section to find specific instructions for your machine.