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 portafilter
Add in a bit of cleaning detergent.
Turn on the coffee machine until you hear the pump start to labour, once this happens turn the pump off, and ...
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 left on the tip of the wand will get sucked up into the machine's water reservoirs by changes in air pressure, where it will stay and become rancid and ruin ...
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 you can fix your Orphan Espresso LIDO on your own, with some handiwork and know-how.
When I received my Lido E, the burrs would contact each other at anything ...
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 single doses as well). Maybe in some manuals it's written that you shouldn't let it run empty on very fine settings, but that's more to avoid warranty claims than ...
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 sits on the metal fine filter where the coffee is pumped through, this is to avoid any residue drying and gunk/mould forming on the seals.
It may depend on your ...
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 material will likely change your roasting time, and the fouled glass will not allow you to monitor your roasts. Glass does not need "seasoning", so it should ...
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 - vinegar will stink up your house and the machine, so I would recommend against it.
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 for filter/drip coffee. I find the outcome to be a little gritty/grainy; more like French press than a regular paper filter.
In general, if your filter is still ...
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 this have only been following their recommendation. I find it works really well.
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-cleaning, others less so. Checking consumer reviews on the usual shopping websites should give you a first idea.
Second, regular cleanup is non-negotiable. If you ...
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 acid as Evan noted. (I assume the percentages are by volume. Nothing noted, though.)
58±2 % citric acid
23±2 % maleic acid
23±2 % sulfamic acid
The grease ...
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 reviews (and it has a very positive review rating).
Urnex also has a cleaning tablet for coffee makers which is probably the equivalent of what you are needing, ...
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 out the whole thread below.
I have an MC2 and recently pulled it out after my newer grinder
breaking down. You can pop the ...
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 not even sandpaper worked.
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 taste and performance at the cost of convenience).
2) Capacity - how much are you brewing and for whom?
3) Adjustability - ability to vary the grind based on ...
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. The Pro was a disaster, but they stood behind it, and after the second repair we asked if they would trade it out for a GS. They did, no questions asked. (We ...
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 sure it meets three requirements:
For drinking water
Can be used with boiling, hot water
Does not harden over time
There is no number one choice. I personally ...
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 several extra rinse cycles to get rid of any lingering traces.
The white particles you are seeing are mineral scale that was loosened but not fully dissolved ...
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 serious engineering problem.
You need to have two very rigid burrs. When you don't have this rigidity, burrs may be damaged under high pressure of stuck coffee ...
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 understand. So, it is normal that there are not any visible parts, as it is magnetic.
So, let's focus on your problem. These kind of levels may broke for some reason ...
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 stuck in the small holes. It could of course be the pump, but then water would definitely flow out if you run it empty and the single basket should be affected ...
Such automatic machines have a mechanism inside that tamps the pre-ground coffee (put through the funnel) and then pulls an espresso automatically.
I cannot say if it really harms the mechanism, but I'd rather don't continue using the machine before removing the beans from the pre-ground coffee funnel. Very probably, the mechanism cannot adequately temp ...
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 be a problem, but I will be honest, I feel like Keurig brewing methods significantly degrade the flavor of your coffee. I will admit that I own one, but I ...
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 on the Keurig Website.
You may be able to use vinegar and water if the instruction for your model state that it's OK.
I've always use the diluted vinegar method and never had any issues, making sure to run a few cycles of fresh water afterwards. I never emptied into the carafe, though; always into another bowl or large cup.
If you cannot see the inside of your machine (alternatively, the hardness of the water source, together with the exact temperature and volume of the water as well as time it stays in the boiler) you can only guess whether you need it or not.
I have o domestic type machine at home and I descale it after every 100 or 200 shots.
I'm pretty sure that your ...
Try putting a glob of coconut oil on the filter and then sprinkle a little baking soda and salt on too. Scrub with a stiff plastic toothbrush/nailbrush followed by a warm vinegar/lemon juice dosing, a final brushing, then a hot water rinse. This works well for ceramic mug coffee stains too :-)