Gaggia Anima/cleaning and maintenance

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Gaggia Anima

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On Descaling

To keep your super-automatic in tip top shape, it's important to perform regular cleaning and maintenance functions, and descaling is a majorly important one to ensure any machine has a long life slinging your favorite brews. Check your manual for machine-specific descaling info, and watch the video on the right to learn more about why it's important to avoid scale build-up.


Quick Tip: Why Descale?

Lubricate the Brew Unit

The brew unit brews, as the name suggests, but, just as importantly, it's also responsible for tamping ground coffee into a consistent puck. Inside the unit are two tracks which should be lubricated every six months or so for best results in the cup. Watch the video on the right to get the low down on food safe lubricant and how to keep the brew unit functioning smoothly.

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Espresso Machine Maintenance -- How To Lubricate A Brew Unit

Cleaning and Technical Servicing

A Empty the dregs drawer When indicated
B Empty the drip tray As necessary
C Clean the water tank Weekly
D Clean the coffee bean hopper As necessary
E Clean the casing As necessary
F Clean the brewing unit Every time the coffee bean hopper is filled or weekly
G Lubricate the brewing unit After 500 dispensing cycles or when the grease is no longer present on the brewing unit
H Clean the unit housing Weekly
I Descaling When indicated

Descaling Cycle Frequency

Hardness Water Hardness Without Water Filter With Water Filter
1 Soft water (up to 7°dH) Approx. every 6 months / 240 litres Approx. every 12 months / 480 litres
2 Medium water (7° - 14°dH) Approx. every 3 months / 120 litres Approx. every 6 months / 240 litres
3 Hard water (15° - 21°dH) Approx. every 6 weeks or 60 litres Approx. every 3 months / 120 litres
4 Very hard water (over 21°dH) Approx. every 4 weeks or 30 litres Approx. every 6 weeks or 60 litres

The default water hardness level is 3. Each litre of water corresponds to approximately 2,000 pulses