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How do I backflush my espresso machine?

Backflushing is a fairly straightforward procedure. You only need two things: a backflushing disc coffee machine detergent The procedure needs repeating a few times (3-4): Install the disc in the ...
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What happens if you fail to clean a steam wand after frothing milk?

Word on the street is that: The milk residue will get "baked on" by the heat of the steam wand, making it even more difficult to clean than if you'd just done it when the milk was still wet. Any milk ...
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How to fix burr contact/alignment issues on an OE LIDO hand grinder on fine grinds?

For the LIDO grinders, burr drag, grinding, or touching is likely due to misalignment. Misalignment is more likely an assembly issue than a manufacturing issue since the burrs are machined. This means ...
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Running an empty grinder

No it's not a problem. Producers know that people at home often single dose their coffee, so I assume they consider that when producing a grinder (in fact most coffee shops that do pour over grind ...
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Espresso machine fish tank smell

You've got colonies (of bacteria, and perhaps algae.) I'd be looking for something a bit stronger than vinegar or citric acid in the sanitizing line, though either of those might be a good place to ...
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How can I prepare an espresso machine for long-term storage

If you live in a hard water area then clean using a citric acid solution and make sure that the pumps are then empty of water. You could if it's easy remove the gasket seal (if there is one) which ...
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Home roaster cleaning and/or seasoning

The roasting chamber of your Gene Cafe is made of Pyrex (heat-resistant tempered glass), and leaving the old oils to accumulate and burn will cause the the inside of the drum to turn black. The darker ...
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Consequences of wrongly cleaning espresso machine with vinegar?

I'll answer as a chemist and not as a coffee expert, but occasional exposure to vinegar won't substantially damage a piece of aluminum. Also ingesting traces of aluminum isn't toxic.
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What can I use to clean my machine as a substitute for original cleaners?

In case you're still searching for alternative cleaning materials, I would recommend citric acid. You can easily find it pretty cheap on Amazon. Its the same concept as vinegar, but without the smell -...
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What are low-maintenance and plastic-free options for making coffee?

A French Press lasts forever. Or until you drop it, whichever comes first. I have a stainless steel thermos French Press which is bullet proof and keeps coffee warm for hours. Or you could be a ...
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What can I use to clean my machine as a substitute for original cleaners?

I have had multiple Breville products, and according to their recommendations, a good substitute is half white vinegar and half water. I've been using my current espresso machine for 2+ years, and ...
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Do I need to clean my drip brew coffee maker's filter every time?

Looks like a standard metal mesh reusable filter! The mesh is probably stainless steel, perhaps with a gold-tinted coating, sandwiched between a plastic frame. They're alternatives to paper filters ...
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What can I use to clean my machine as a substitute for original cleaners?

After a while, I have managed to receive the products themselves. Therefore, it is better to mention what sits inside these products, directly reading from the packages. The descaler is mostly citric ...
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What are important factors to consider for a bean-to-cup machine?

Some major factors for consideration: 1) Manufacturer and warranty - with more integrated parts I've had to return or replace my fair share of these (and finally moved to separate machines for better ...
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What happens if you fail to clean a steam wand after frothing milk?

I cant speak for this particular machine, but i failed to clean the steam frother on my old machine and residual milk caked on to the (aluminum) wand! I tried everything to get the residue off but ...
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What can I use to clean my machine as a substitute for original cleaners?

I'm not sure on the cleaning tablets, but I've heard Urnex Dezcal mentioned for a good descaler on multiple forums and it looks like a lot of people are using it for coffee machines based on Amazon ...
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How to clean an Iberital MC2/Challenge grinder that is stuck?

A couple useful posts found in a thread linked below. Text below is two user posts. LeeWardles post seems to have been accepted by the original poster as being correct information, but you can check ...
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Is it hard to clean an Automated Expresso Machine?

The clear answer: It depends. First, not all fully automatic models are constructed in the same way. Which also means the required effort varies between brands and models. Some are pretty self-...
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thread locker / sealant for espresso machine maintenance

You can use pretty much every kind of drinking water sealant that you would use in home installations. You DIY–/ Homework–market (I do not know the English word), normally has such stuff. Just make ...
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How to verify grinder switch works

By checking if it grinds. Let's think about the mechanism of a grinder. Why grinders may get damaged if you adjust them when the burrs are not rotating? A perfect coffee grinder design is a very ...
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Keurig K155 intermittent water level detection failure

Most coffee machines use magnetic water level sensors. I do not see a reason why Keurig does not have. You may see the basic idea on this page, I copy the animation here to make it easier to ...
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My home machine is broke. The single basket works but the double basket doesn't. Can baskets be broken/worn out?

It's basically impossible for us to know what exactly causes the problem, but it does seem to me as if the basket is clogged with something. Probably built up residues of the coffee and fiber that's ...
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Consequences of wrongly cleaning espresso machine with vinegar?

Diluted vinegar will not damage the boiler or hoses in your espresso machine. The reason that most commercial cleaners use citric acid is that vinegar has a penetrating taste and odor, so it will take ...
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What are important factors to consider for a bean-to-cup machine?

You should also consider the manufacturer. We have had excellent support from Capresso. Our CoffeeTeam GS died after 12 years of daily operation and we purchased an CoffeeTeam Pro from Sur La Table. ...
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What are low-maintenance and plastic-free options for making coffee?

What nobody has mentioned so far is a simple pour-over setup. Basically like the drip machine, just without the automatic and plastic parts. Assuming that you have an electric or stovetop kettle (or ...
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Espresso machine fish tank smell

I personally would check the brewchamber to see if there is any old water buildup that could possibly be getting moldy. I know nothing of the Expobar Office Pulse machine, but if a water intake is ...
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Espresso machine fish tank smell

Are you able to go the diluted vinegar route, and cleaning ever available surface on the device with the same solution? Afterwards, flushing it with fresh water for awhile should rid it of that smell....
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How can I solve the filling problems of my Keurig?

I typically clean with vinegar and water but may I make a suggestion... ditch the Keurig!! I have heard that if you overfill custom k-cups grounds can get pulled into the water supply lines that may ...
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How can I solve the filling problems of my Keurig?

You need to descale the entire path of the water takes. Our office Keurig suffers the same symptoms occasionally. When they occur, we use the Keurig descaling solution and the instructions located ...
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