Turn on your machine and give it plenty of time to heat up. Depending on the size of your machine, this could take anywhere from 15 to 45 minutes. Don't assume that you're ready to go as soon as you're up to brewing temperature, wait a bit little longer until the entire machine feels nice and warm.
Lock an empty portafilter in the grouphead and run the machine for a few seconds. This brings fresh water to the front and heats up the parts that get closest to your coffee. Then, wipe off the inside of the portafilter and the underside of the grouphead so that they're clean and dry.
Savour and enjoy!
The Forge Coffee Roasters,
Don Road, Sheffield,
S. Yorkshire, S9 2TF