I apologize in advance because I am sure this topic has already been covered, but I tried to search the forum and I have found information about what to do for properly storing the Gaggia for a long term, nothing related to daily use. The owner manual is not very clear either.
Let's say that I make an espresso (just an espresso, no milk steaming) in the morning and I am not planning on making another one until I came back from work, and I want to turn the machine off.
What is the right procedure in order to minimize the stress on the machine?
Currently, after drinking my espresso, I remove the portafilter and clean it. With the portafilter removed, I use some kitchen paper to to remove residues of coffee from the shower, then I run some water and clean it again with the paper. At that point I tun it off.
Should I do anything different?
For example, after turning the machine off, if I open the steam valve some water comes out of the wand. Should I do it every time I turn the Gaggia off, in order to drop the pressure inside the boiler?
Edit: my Gaggia Classic is the usual US model.