How to Properly Clean and Maintain Your Bean to Cup Coffee Machine?

Clean and Maintain Your Bean to Cup Coffee Machine

They say that owning a bean to cup coffee machine comes with a burden of responsibility.

That’s right.

Not everyone gets to own this luxurious piece of equipment in their home or office. No wonder coffee-house coffee is so damn expensive.

If you are one of the lucky ones who own a bean to cup coffee maker in your home or office, then take it as a privilege and follow the maintenance procedures like a religion.

Cleaning this machine can be pretty easy for you if you are accustomed to following simple instructions, which I’m assuming most of us do.

It takes four major cleaning schedules to maintain your bean to cup coffee machine in tiptop condition. These include:

  • Cleaning the milk frothing system
  • Washing the brew group
  • Cleaning the drip tray and grounds container and
  • De-calcifying

This article will share a detailed procedure on how to go about each of the four cleaning schedules to ensure that your bean to cup coffee machine gives you the yummiest coffee for a long time.

Cleaning the Milk Frothing System

This is arguably the most essential step in cleaning the bean to cup coffee machine. Residues of milk will inevitably remain in the milk system and dry overnight to create some crusts which can damage the milk circuit. The milk system in your bean to cup coffee machine could either be an integrated pipe or a milk carafe. If yours is the former, ensure that it is cleaned at least once per day. This will help to prevent milk residues from crusting and damaging the milk system. Use piping hot soapy water to thoroughly clean all the removable parts and ensure that they are properly rinsed. If, on the other hand, the machine you have uses a milk carafe, ensure that you clean the canister and all the removable parts thoroughly in hot soapy water.

Washing the Brew Group

It is worth noting that most modern bean to cup coffee machines has a self-cleaning function that automatically cleans the brew group. However, for those that don’t, the process is pretty simple. All you need to do is take out all the ground coffee from the brew group and run it under hot water until all the residue is gone. You are not supposed to use any soap to clean the brew group because it might leave behind sticky residue that could affect the quality and taste of the coffee.

Cleaning the Drip Tray and Grounds Container

Although it looks like a negligible job to do, cleaning the drip tray and grounds container is very important if you want to avoid minor inconveniences when serving your coffee.

The process is as simple as taking the filled drip tray and tipping out the contents.

Sometimes the tray may have some milk and coffee products that spilled inside, in which case you may need to rinse it in hot water quickly. 

AS for the grounds container, cleaning is also not very complicated because you only need to tip out the ground coffee and then rinse it in hot water until it is clean.

Cleaning the Drip Tray


This is an integral part of the cleaning process because it helps to get rid of the calcium buildup that could potentially affect the quality and taste of your coffee. Decalcifying can be done using either tablets or a liquid. Make sure you know which of the two types to use because using the wrong one could damage your bean to cup coffee machine. Whichever decalcifying method you choose, make sure you rinse the water tank thoroughly thereafter.

Finally if you think all this cleaning would be a breeze, but you don't yet own one, check out the best bean to cup coffee machine.

About the Author Harry Thompson

Gaining a BSc Honours in building/ property maintenance at the University of Portsmouth Harry went into the field of renovating properties. Along the journey, he has developed a wide variety of home & garden DIY skills such as installing new kitchens and landscaping gardens.