Thoroughly cleaning a pump espresso machine
August 28, 2010 12:02 PM Subscribe
I am borrowing a La Pavoni Europiccola (an Italian pump espresso machine) from someone who is not using it. In fact, it had been sitting in storage for about 5 years with water in the boiler. How can I really thoroughly clean it?
posted by advil to Food & Drink (13 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
I have flushed the system with diluted vinegar several times (as suggested by the internet), and while I'm sure this is doing something, I'm just not feeling a lot of confidence that it is going to make up for the amount of time this has been sitting. It doesn't appear that I can really take apart the boiler to clean it directly (though I do have permission from the owner to do so if this is possible). Additionally the steam wand produces a pretty odd-smelling steam (at wonderfully high pressure), so I'd like to find some way of cleaning this too (the vinegar didn't seem to make a dent here). There's lots of internet resources on this machine but I haven't found much help with this particular problem.
Any suggestions before I give up and return it to the owner?