|Ask the Experts|
Q. I love my superautomatic espresso machine, but would like to be able to easily clean the grinder. Can I use Grindz or another type of product to do this?
A. We really, really, really wish we could say yes to this. Promise! But we've seen far too many damaged brew groups to recommend this in good conscience.
While Grindz is an excellent product for standalone grinders, these wheat-based pellets can expand when they come into contact with water. If you use them in your superauto, it will grind the pellets and dose them down into the brew group, tamp them and then quickly add hot water in order to provide you an 'extraction.' At this point, you run the risk of the 'puck' expanding and breaking the housing on the brew group.
So what's the best way to clean your superauto's grinder? Our best recommendation is to take it to a trusted espresso machine repair technician.
If you want more detail, you can watch Gail break it down for us in this video.