After Brewing EspressoAfter Steaming MilkDecalcifyingCleaning the Brew Head

Ensuring trouble-free operation for years

Your Breville Die-Cast Espresso Machine is a quality appliance. The best materials were used in making it, and it was carefully engineered to let you enjoy your espressos, cappuccinos, and lattes for years to come.

However, as with any machine, it needs your care in order to operate as it is intended to. Please follow our care tips below.

After Every Use:

After Brewing Espresso

  • Remove the Portafilter from the Brew head and empty the grounds by turning it upside down over a trash bin or the BCB100 Knock Box and tapping gently on the edge. The filters are held firmly in place to help prevent them falling out when emptying the ‘puck’. Do not discard of the grounds in the sink as they can clog up the drain.
  • Rinse the Filter and Portafilter under running water to remove all coffee particles. Turn the Filter upside down and tap it repeatedly on a hard surface such as a cutting board or chopping board to make sure that all coffee particles are loose and out of the Filter holes. Also the fine holes can be cleaned individually with the Cleaning Tool.
  • Wipe the interior of the Brew Head with a damp cloth and periodically run water through the machine with the Portafilter in place but without any ground coffee to clean out any residual coffee particles.

After Steaming Milk

  • Allow the Steam Wand and Froth Enhancer to cool down after use, these will be very hot if the steaming has just been done.
  • Remove the Froth Enhancer and rinse it under warm tap water. Ensure that the fine steam holes on either end are clear, the Cleaning Tool is very helpful with this.
  • Wipe the Steam Wand thoroughly with a damp cloth to remove any residual milk.
  • Direct the Steam Wand back into the Drip Tray and briefly set the Steam Dial to the ‘Steam’ position and press the HOT WATER button. This will clear any residual milk from the inside of the Steam Wand.

Every 3 Months

Over time, mineral deposits from water will build up and crystallize along the inside of the unit. How soon this happens depends on how hard your water is.

We recommend using filtered (not distilled) water in your espresso machine to slow mineral buildup.


1.Mix 1 part of white vinegar with 1 part of water to make about 3 quarts (3 liters) decalcifying solution (50/50).

Remove the Froth Enhancer from the Steam Wand and the Portafilter from the Brew Head. Fill the Water Tank of the machine with your vinegar solution.

Pour the remaining solution into a bowl and soak your Filters and Froth Enhancer in it. Leave to stand for about 8-10 hours. The acidic quality of the vinegar will slowly dissolve any calcification.
2.When they have soaked enough, rinse the Filters and Froth Enhancer thoroughly under running water and dry. Keep these off the machine for the next steps.
3.Turn on the machine, set it to 'Standby,' and wait until it is heated up. Place a large container under both the Brew Head and the Steam Wand.
4.When the brewing temperature is reached, set the Steam Dial to the ‘Espresso’ position and let half the decalcifying solution from the Water Reservoir run through the Brew Head.
5.Next, set the Steam Dial to ‘Steam’ and allow the remaining solution to run through the Steam Wand.

When the solution stops flowing, set the Steam Dial back to the ‘Standby’ position. This will flush the whole inside of the machine with the solution.
6.Rinse the Water Tank and fill it with fresh cold water, and again brew and steam all of it through (as in Steps 4 and 5) to rinse any remaining vinegar from the machine.

Cleaning the Brew Head
1.There is a single screw in the middle of the Brew Head.
2.Remove it and inspect the Steam Ring to ensure that it is still in good shape.
3.Clean the Brew Head with a nylon brush. Replace.