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Morning Maintenance: CC1 General Maintenance Tips

An espresso machine is a lot like a car. If you keep up on your oil changes and tire rotations, it is going to last a whole lot longer. But don’t worry, you won’t need to bring your espresso machine into a mechanic for the tune up! You can do so in the comfort of your own home.General Maintenance Tips CC1

Below are our general maintenance tips for the Crossland CC1, but a lot of this information can be used on any single boiler machine. Of course it is best to consult your specific machines instruction manual   but feel free to follow along!

The best thing you can do for your machine is to use filtered water. By using filtered water you cut back on the amount of descaling you will need to do, which is good for everyone involved. (It can take a while to go through the whole descaling process!)

Backflushing is another important step to a healthy machine. Coffee has oils, and those oils like to go everywhere! Over time, those oils will build up and can change the flavor of your shots or even create a clog. Watch the video below to see Gail demonstrate how to properly backflush the Crossland CC1.

After each brew session, it is best to wipe down the machine immediately. Especially the steam wand if you steamed some milk. Any milk residue that is left on the wand after steaming will burn, and be very difficult to remove later. In addition to the unsightly burnt milk, the wand can also siphon milk back up and into the boiler as it cools. And milk in the boiler is never a good thing (and can cost a lot to repair)!

Those are our general maintenance tips for the Crossland CC1, be sure to watch the full episode of Morning Maintenance below. If you found this video helpful, subscribe to our YouTube channel for videos just like this!

 

Morning Maintenance: Setting Up The CC1

Congratulations! It looks like you just got yourself a Crossland CC1. We are excited for you (and maybe even a little jealous!)Crossland CC1

The Crossland CC1 is an excellent choice for the home barista. It features a PID system that is built right into the interface. This is a feature you won’t find on any other machine with this price point. One of the biggest complaints espresso enthusiasts have about other machines at this level is the temperature variance. But you won’t need to worry, since you have this PID to keep your temperature under control!

Once you get your CC1 out of the box, all you need to do is program your PID and then brew away! In the Morning Maintenance video below, Gail will go over how to program your PID’s brew temp, pre-infusion time, wait time and brew time. It is an easy process to master, and can result in some delicious espresso!

Watch the full video below!

 

 

Morning Maintenance: Rancilio Silvia General Maintenance

So you have been brewing up some delicious espresso shots with your Rancilio Silvia for a few months now. Your liking the taste and want this investment to last!Silvia General Maintenance

That’s good news! (You came to the right spot). We are here to share with you some tips for Rancilio Silvia General Maintenance. It’s easy to do if you keep up on it!

When it comes to Rancilio SIlvia General Maintenance, you want to hit the big three. What are the big three? We will share.

First, make sure you blow steam out and wipe down your steam wand after frothing milk. This is something you absolutely must do every time, and immediately. Check out this video to see what can happen if you don’t!

Next, you want to backflush your machine. When you backflush, you are forcing a cleaning solution up into the brew screen and back down the solenoid valve.  Coffee is oily stuff! Using a product like Cafiza will help break down those oils, which can cause clogs if left uncleaned.

Finally, give your machine a wipe down. When espresso shots are being pulled, or milk is being frothed, things can get a bit messy! Keeping the exterior clean is just the right thing to do ;)

Watch the video below to see step by step instructions for all these easy general maintenance tips! And be sure to subscribe so you don’t miss and episode!

Morning Maintenance: Rocket Machine Care

Rocket EspressoToday on Morning Maintenance, Gail takes a look at the Rocket Espresso lineup. Each of the machines by Rocket Espresso should be cared for in the same manner. So whether you have an R58 or a Premium Plus model, it is best to follow the following general maintenance tips!

As you can see, a lot of the maintenance is easy to do. All it takes is a little up keep day by day in order to avoid many issues. And remember, its never too late to start good machine care!

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Ask Andrew From Rocket: PID Design

PID DesignBack with another episode of Ask Andrew! This time we decided to ask Andrew his thoughts on the design and use of a PID on an espresso machine.

We all know that Rocket Espresso takes a lot of care when it comes to the design of their machines, both in their aesthetics and  functionality! So we were sure he would have some thoughts around the PID design.

What’s a PID controller you ask? A PID, which stands for proportional-integral-derivative, is a device that is constantly reading  the temperature of the boiler (or wherever a thermometer is placed). It continues to calculate and adjust the boilers heating element so that when you brew you can set and be confident that you are brewing at a specific temperature.

Watch the video below to learn more about the PID design and it’s part in the design of a Rocket Espresso machine!

 

 

Ask Gail: Can I Use Grindz In A Superautomatic?

GrindzWe are always say, the cleaner you keep you espresso machine the longer it will last. And we will continue to say so until the end of time. But sometimes cleaning your machine improperly can cause more damage than just leaving it dirty! Who woulda thought?

Case in point, using Grindz in a superautomatic espresso machine. Running Grindz Cleaner through your burr grinder every few weeks will work wonders  in terms of keeping your grinder clean and keeping your coffee tasting fresh. It also happens to be  all-natural, gluten free and completely food safe. But this is only useful on a stand alone grinder!

If used in a superautomatic, the Grindz will go into the brew unit and expand due to the brewing water. This expansion is really bad for the inside of your superautomatic, and will cause damage.

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Ask Gail: Accidentally Put Oily Beans In A SuperAuto?

oily beansFirst off, don’t panic! Everything is going to be ok. In fact it could be worse, you could think there is nothing wrong with putting oily beans in your brand new super-automatic espresso machine! The horror!

Maybe a friend brought over a bag of the oily stuff, or maybe you “accidentally” grabbed the wrong bag at the store. However the oily beans got there (we aren’t here to judge), here is what you need to do.

Step One: get the beans out of the grinder! Flip the machine over, vacuum them out, whatever you need to do.

Step Two: Put a medium roast into your grinder! Grinding a light or medium roasted bean through your machine will help get rid of those oils.

If you have been using oily beans for a while in your super automatic, you may notice a clog forming. In this case you want to try and clean that clog out with an air compressor or vacuum. Unfortunately you can not use a grinder cleaner on your super automatic, those are designed specifically for stand alone grinders. If the clog is stubborn you will need to have your machine professionally cleaned.

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Ask Andrew From Rocket: Tight Water Tank?

rocket water tankWe had Andrew from Rocket Espresso take over our Ask Gail segment! Since we had a few questions specifically about the Rocket machines we thought it would be best to ask him directly!

On this episode we had Andrew give us an explanation as to why on some of the newer machines the water tank feels more snug. It turns out they changed a rubber gasket to make the water tank more impervious to leaks!

Andrew shows us the change and gives us a few tips for getting the water tank out of the machine. So be sure to check out the video below!

 

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SCG In Portland: Dialing In A Grinder

Dialing In A GrinderWhen pulling espresso there are 4 things that should be on the front of your mind. The beans, the grind, the tamp and the timing. We are going to focus on the grind right now because it can be one of the more difficult things to really nail. Your grind consistency is going to effected by the bean you are using, how fresh that bean is, the humidly in the room, heck, even your mood! So dialing in your grinder so you can pull your shot in the appropriate amount of time is essential!

Let me start out with a word of warning: dialing in a grinder will use up a lot of coffee, especially if your machine is new. So be prepared to grind up to a pound of coffee!

The trick to dialing in a grinder is keeping all your other variables consistent. So your dose, grind distribution and tamp pressure should be exactly the same every time. That way you know that it is just the texture of the grind that is affecting your timing.

Speaking on timing, this is how you will know which direction to adjust your grinder. The goal is to pull a double shot of two ounces in 25-30 seconds. If your shot reaches two ounces in, say, 15 seconds then you know your grind is way too course. A finer grind will slow your extraction time. On the other end, if it takes 35 seconds to reach that two ounce mark, your espresso will be over extracted. Adjusting the grinder to be more course will fix this.

Remember, when adjusting your grinder you should be making small adjustments. Sometimes one step is all it will take! Also be sure to grind at least a double portafilter worth of beans after each adjustment and throw that out. Otherwise you will have grounds from the previous setting muddling up your shot.

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Breville Oracle Advanced Menu

If you are anything like us, and let’s face it you most likely are, you probably like to tweak every setting on your espresso machine! From the steam temperature to adjusting the clock, getting your machine dialed in to you is first on your list when you unpack your new espresso machine. So when you opened your Breville and saw the Oracle Advanced Menu, you were jumping for joy!Oracle Advanced Menu

But wait! Tweaking settings just for the sake of tweaking settings is not always the best course of action. Trust me when I say, you can easily adjust a setting that will put your machine on the fritz and have you calling our Customer Service department in tears. And while on occasion it may feel nice to chat to our wonderful customer service team with a tissue in hand, it’s best to avoid the situation altogether. How you ask? With knowledge!

The Oracle Advanced Menu is just that, an advanced menu. It won’t need to be adjusted regularly, some settings may not ever need to be touched. But knowing what each menu option controls is great way to know what to adjust when the time comes!

We had the pleasure of spending the afternoon with Phil McKnight from Breville and thought he would be the best person to ask when it comes to the Oracle Advanced Menu. So we did!

Watch the in depth tutorial of the Oracle Advanced Menu below and be sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel by clicking here.