Yorkshire Coffee Roaster since 2008 - Ethically Sourced Coffee
Find us    Email us     01274 911 419
Find us    Email us     01274 911 419
Limini Coffee
How to run a coffee shop course
How to look after your espresso coffee machine

La Spaziale S40 Suprema

Espresso coffee machines are usually pretty robust pieces of equipment. Especially our La Spaziale espresso machines as they are built with quality parts and put together carefully.

That said, you do need to look after them the best way possible. The biggest problem for espresso machines is the water quality. Water can cause scale and scale is the enemy! Scale on probes causes problems as an espresso coffee machine relies on them to feedback the right information.

Scale on a water level probe inside a boiler for example can cause the machine to think that the boiler needs filling. The water level probe tells the machine how much water is inside the boiler. If the probe is covered in scale then it might signal to the machine that the boiler needs filling - this can cause the boiler to overfill causing water damage!

It is therefore VITAL that you treat water before it enters the espresso machine. Normally you have a water softener connected to the espresso machine which softens the water. The water softener will help to prevent scale but it is worth mentioning that they are not 100% accurate. Scale can always build up slowly over time so it is therefore really important that you have the machine serviced at regular intervals.

We recommend to service your espresso machine at least every six months. It is good practise to call out your local engineer to ensure the machine is working correctly. Your engineer can then check the efficiency of the water softener and advise whether you need to replace the current softener.

How often do I have to service and/or replace my water softener?

How often you have to service your machine and replace your water softener does depend a lot on the usage and on the hardness of the water in your area. Some areas have very good and soft water, others have very hard water causing lots of scale. Normally we would recommend at least every six months. It also depends very much on how you work your espresso machine. The more water you run through the softener the quicker it will need replacing.

Should I leave my espresso machine on or off overnight?

We would recommend to turn it off unless the machine has an overfill protection such as the La Spaziale S40 Seletron.

If the machine is left on overnight and the water level probe for some reason tells the machine to fill then it could in theory overfill your boiler. So to be safe, it is a good idea to turn off the machine.

Some people even isolate the water to the machine overnight.

How often does it need cleaning?

You need to back-flush your espresso machine every night. Please note that lever espresso machines do not need back-flushing.

Back-flushing is done to clean the shower plates, the shower block and the solenoid valves in the groups. It clears out any coffee oils and coffee residue.

If you have a dripping group head then this often the cause of a dirty group or a damaged solenoid valve (it could be something else as well).

La Spaziale Pump Guage
Adjusting the pump pressure

a little guide

La Spaziale Heat Exchange
Are La Spaziale Single Boiler Machines?

the patented design

Coffee grinder
Grind by Weight Grinders

and why you want one

Coffee grinder burrs
When to change your burrs

and why you should

Vostok lever machine
Vostok - The Future of Espresso Machines

Check out this dream machine!

La Spaziale ITC explained

We explain what the ITC feature is on the La Spaziale espresso machines

Cold brew coffee
A guide to cold brew coffee

The origins of cold brew coffee and how to make it.

Oils on coffee beans
Oils on coffee beans

Oils on coffee beans? Good or bad, what is the deal?

Coffee for the office
Guide to office coffee machines

The different types and options for your office and your team.

Greener coffee
Greener coffee shops

Tips on how you can make your coffee shop greener.

Flushing of group head
Flushing of the group head

Why the need for flushing the group head should be an important part of your routine.

The resting of coffee
Fresh is best...or is it?

Is the freshest coffee always the best coffee...

Serving filter coffee
How to serve filter coffee

An article about the various methods of how to serve filter coffee in a busy coffee shop.

Understanding milk
Understanding milk

An insight into different types of milk and their latte art.


A simply enough looking drink that has a lot more to it than you might think.

Water quality
Water quality

How important is water quality to the taste of our brewed coffee?

Fresh is best
What is that smell?

You walk through the doors into your beautiful coffee shop and you smell the wonders of coffee.

Fresh is best
Fresh is best!

How fresh is the coffee that you drink and how can you tell?

No more espressos...

A different concept for serving espresso based drinks.You can be different and serve coffees with a different base.

Latte macchiato
Latte, cappuccino, macchiato.... what?

A simple explanation of many of the amazing names that the coffee world has come up with over the years.

Benefits of multiple grinders

Why we think having more than one grinder is so important.


Learn more about why tamping is actually so important. It is a skill owned by the barista and it does make a difference.

Compact vs normal size machines

What really is the difference between a compact and a standard size machine.


Not sure what crema is? Then this is a must read.

Espresso machine
Guide to espresso equipment

Our comprehensive guide on choosing the correct equipment for your espresso drinks.

Backflushing your espresso machine

Learn about why you need to backflush an espresso machine and how it works.

Filter coffee
Filter coffee

Filter coffee is beautiful and here we will introduce you to some of the more popular methods.

Loose leaf tea
How to create 'theatre' in your coffee shop

Instead of just serving coffee, serve something that get people talking about you.

Bean to cup
Difference between an espresso machine and a bean to cup

Why we here prefer traditional espresso coffee machines.


The Roastery
Unit 6 Luddite Way Business Park
Rawfolds Way
BD19 5DQ
West Yorkshire
United Kingdom

Coffee roaster

Get in touch

call us for a chat on 01274 911 419

Monday - Friday | 09:00 - 16:30
Closed bank holidays

Terms and conditions | Privacy policy | Website settings

By continuing to browse you agree to our use of cookies.

Copyright © 2008-2024 Limini Coffee Services Limited. All Rights Reserved