Keep your machine fresh!
Learn how to keep your La Specialista Prestigio in great working condition with regular cleaning and proper maintaining. This video includes guides for cleaning the brew head, the grinder, the bean container, the automatic tamping station, the machine exterior and the milk steam wand. It's important to regularly clean all parts of the machine, and there are a few tricks so please watch the video below
Cleaning The Grinder Chute
We wanted to make a special mention on cleaning the grinder chute! The grinder chute should be cleaned daily - or at least twice a week. This will ensure there is no build up of coffee (although ground coffee looks and feels dry, it's quite oily and sticky), if you ever notice that your machine sounds like its grinding but no coffee is coming it, it's very likely that the Grinder Chute is blocked.
Using the wire brush tool provided, lift the small rectangular flap on the top of machine (this is located in front of the grinder, press down on the left-hand side first) and insert the wire brush down the chute ~10cm. You might see old coffee grounds drop out of the group head.
Cleaning a Blocked Filter Basket
From time to time, the filter baskets can get blocked with regular use. If minimal or no coffee liquid is being dispensed, it may be because the portafilter is blocked (the basket that the coffee sits in). To remedy this, remove the filter sieve from the portafilter, and soak in descaling solution and warm water for ~5mins. Alternatively use a pin/needle to unblock the hole in the centre. The below video may have further tips to help you trouble shoot.
A Note on Dishwashers
Please don't put the Bean Container, filter holder or baskets in the dishwasher as this may affect the coffee taste. The drip tray, however, is dishwasher safe!