Questions tagged [cleaning]

Methods, tips and tricks for cleaning coffee pots, cups, and other brewing or coffee-related materials. Avoid product placements, but general descriptions of generic items are acceptable.

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DIY Blind Filter from Single Baskets

I have recently purchased a Lelit espresso machine that doesn't use the more or less standard 58mm portafilter, but rather 57mm. Since I need a blind filter for backflushing and cleaning the brew head ...
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How should I clean my Wilfa grinder?

I have owned a Wilfa coffee grinder for about 2 years now and use it daily. I was wondering how I should clean it? I noticed you can buy grinder cleaning aids but wanted to check with everyone here ...
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Spots on Moka Pot, I suspect they are mold

I have this Bialetti Moka pot for over a year. I wasn't using it very frequently until a couple of months ago. Now I use it almost every day. I think in last December, I made coffee and forget to ...
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Cleaning a stovetop espresso maker (moka pot) before first use

How should a Moka pot be cleaned before first use and does this depend on what it's made of (aluminium or stainless steel)? Like with most Moka-related things, I'm finding a lot of different ...
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What is this scum in my coffee

Hello, Lately my coffee seems to have a film on the top. The picture makes it look a lot worse then it is. It is more translucent in the cup. This happens once the coffee gets cold. When its hot it ...
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Is it hard to clean an Automated Expresso Machine?

I wonder about the expensive machines where you pour whole beans and water in the top and out of the bottom you get espresso, filtered coffee, or even a latte just by pushing a button. You would need ...
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How do you descale a Breville grind brew machine?

I am getting a message on my coffee maker that it should be descaled. However, I can not figure out how to do it without the manual, which is missing.
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Lavazza Amodo Mio - steams

When I try to make a cup of coffee my Lavazza machine steams and splutters all over the place/through the water vent (not the milk frother). I have tried cleaning it. What else can I do?
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Tap water or bottled water?

What is generally considered better for the perfect cup of filtered coffee. Tap water or bottled water? The water in London, UK is fairly soft but has loads of calcium in it. Bottled water I have ...
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Ignoring Krups instructions re descaling

I was given a very special Krups coffee machine that grinds and makes the coffee, for a big birthday. Can I use citric acid rather than extremely expensive Krups descaling powder?
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Keeping milk frother in shape

We recently got new Milk Frother and I do not intend to it have residue which burns up as described in this question. What are ways to keep it clean after a day of use. I heard everytime you use it, ...
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How can I clean a rusted moka pot?

I got a moka pot about 1 year ago, I used only 2 times. After the first time I used it I cleaned it with soap and let it air dry. I noticed then some oxidation (rust) inside the pot, I tried to soak ...
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Corrosion in espresso filter holder

I have thoroughly cleaned my espresso coffee machine, and found signs of corrosion under the layer of tar inside the filter holder: Judging by the weight of the holder and corrosion type, it's ...
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How do I effectively clean a metal Chemex filter?

I've been using a metal cone filter for a couple months: Able Brewing Kone Coffee Filter It has worked fantastically, but gradually clogged up over time. I've washed it with warm water and dish soap ...
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What can I use to clean my machine as a substitute for original cleaners?

I have access to an automatic bean-to-cup Siemens coffee maker. It has periodic cleaning programs of its own and also its own cleaning materials. Recently, we have difficulties finding these cleaning ...
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thread locker / sealant for espresso machine maintenance

I have started disassembling my Nuova Simonelli Oscar, for descaling and fixing purposes, I have checked all the electrical section and I am about to start with the hydraulics. I have seen that all ...
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Kopi Luwak coffee beans

Kopi Luwak are the most expensive coffee beans, but I was wondering if there is a special taste to these coffee beans. I was also wondering if there is a recommended method of brewing which would ...
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Aluminium moka pot put through dishwasher and then polished - would it alter taste?

Common perceptions on Aluminium moka pots: They need to be kept dry as to prevent aluminium oxidation. Some people reckon you should just rinse the pot and not clean it completely, in order to ...
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After cleaning a bean to cup machine can I reinsert the same filter?

The Melitta Caffeo Gourmet bean to cup machine has built in cleaning and rescaling programmes. During these it is necessary to remove the Claris water filter. Can I put the same filter back in? Or do ...
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Moka pot - oxidization, rust or mold?

I'm using a Tescoma paloma moka pot (aluminium) and after three years (and one mistake made by a friend of mine - tried to clean it with detergent) I noticed a build-up of two things: White spots ...
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How should I clean my burr grinder?

I have a hand-powered Hario burr grinder. I occasionally rinse out the lower chamber with hot water and a sponge as it gets quite dirty over time. Should I clean the rest of it, and if so, how? I'm ...
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Has anyone encountered roughness in moka pot with mold? [duplicate]

I used moka pot (bialetti) for the first time then I rinsed it with tap water and let it on the bench. One week later when I took it to make coffee I saw the botom-most part of the moka pot which was ...
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Consequences of wrongly cleaning espresso machine with vinegar?

I use a small and simple espresso machine (Krups Model 963). Yesterday, I wanted to decalcify it and (being a rather unexperienced "barista") did what I usually do when decalcifying my water boiler: I ...
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Descaling Nespresso with citric acid

Nespresso instructs its customers only to use lactic descaling solution or the guarantee may be void. However lactic acid can be hard to get by and Nespressos own solution is heart-stoppingly ...
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Will Cafetto cleaning tablets work with Sage Dual Boiler machine?

Will this Cafetto cleaning tablets work with my Sage Dual Boiler espresso machine (the "by Heston" range)?
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Oxiclean for cleaning drip machines?

I have a technivorm mochamaster. The carafe browned on the inside as it is prone to do with time. Instead of cleaning the whole machine I dumped in some Oxiclean in the carafe, filed it with water ...
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Used Keurig smells and tastes like cigarettes

I was recently given a used Keurig from a relative. Unfortunately this person was a heavy smoker. I ran vinegar through the machine as well as removed and rinsed the little cup that holds the k-cups, ...
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Get the best from a Gaggia Unica coffee machine

I have a Gaggia Unica bean-to-cup machine and I want to use this machine to get the best quality coffee possible. How should I use and maintain/clean the machine to ensure the highest standard of ...
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Can I substitute Gaggia Descaler for Sage 'the Descaler'?

Having recently replaced a Gaggia Platinum Swing Up with a Sage the Oracle, I have some Gaggia Descaler left over. Is it possible to substitute this for the the Descaler that the Sage machine uses? ...
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Coffee stain in coffee cups

I've noticed that my coffee cups are getting stained. Neither myself nor the dishwasher can get the stains out. Any suggestions? (Other than buying new cups ;)
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What are these spots on the inside of my moka pot? Do I need to remove them?

I've got these spots on the inside the bottom section of my Bialetti Moka Express: They are placed pretty evenly around the ridgy part toward the edge of the bottom of the circle, with a few toward ...
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Keurig Coffee Maker gets clogged and slow

Recently my family passed down the first Keurig we ever got. I'm pretty sure it's the first one. Here's a pic I found from the great Google. Anyways, I have been using it to fill my travelers mug ...
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How should I clean a stainless coffee carafe?

At the office, we have a coffee maker with a stainless steel vacuum carafe similar to this one. It has accumulated coffee residue in it from 5+ years of hard service, whilst receiving in return what I ...
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Home roaster cleaning and/or seasoning

I have a Gene Cafe that I have been using at home for some time. On inital reading of the directions, it recommends washing the roasting chamber: Oils and residual debris remaining from the ...
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How do I keep slime from collecting in my drip tray?

My espresso machine has a pretty impressive drip tray, at just around 1.5 liters in capacity, it holds quite a bit. The problem is, if I empty it only when full, the bottom part of it has this ...
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homemade cleaner for basic drip coffee maker

Is it possible to create a cleaning agent to use on a basic drip coffee maker using household items? If so, what ingredients are needed and in what ratios? I am mostly concerned with cleaning the ...