Discussion in 'Geek Food' started by Goobers, May 9, 2011.
What descaler do you guys recommend?
I like cafetto-restore-descaler because it works and doesn't smell toxic like some cleaners. https://www.coffeeparts.com.au/cafetto-restore-descaler
I also use cafetto evo for backflushing (if you have a machine with a 3 way valve that allows backflushing) or you can use it to soak baskets and portafilters https://www.coffeeparts.com.au/cafetto-evo-organic-espresso-clean-1kg
can't you just use citric acid?
I just use vinegar and water at 35:65 (ish) ratio
I've always done the same, at least I did when I ran out of the descaler solution that I bought with my old machine.
The couple of manuals/articles that I've read all say not to, as it can theoretically degrade seals/pump diaphragm/tubing.
But I'm pretty sure that is just your typical "shampoo bottle instructions" type of advice, aimed at the kind of people who would dump straight vinegar into the tank, run it through, then forget or not bother to rinse with clean water and just leave it sitting in the lines.
Proper commercial descalers definitely tend to be easier and more effective in my experience though, based on the amount of flushed out particulates that collect in the container.
I live in Melbourne - we don't descale because our water is soft AF (overly soft for espresso in fact).
Yes we have soft water. We also use filtered water and our coffee machine has a filter in the water tank. Thanks all.
My new setup..............
edit - how much was it all?
Reported for posting porn, enjoy your ban.
Ha ha is this the hipster version it's not much but it's mine!
I'll see myself out.
The perfect home grinder, enjoy!
That is some rig you got there son.
Also impressed with the Tower o' Spice seen in the background of your first pic. Good food and good coffee.
Is that you....?
Edit: here we go, contributing some content instead of just a shitpost...
Lashed out a tenner at Withams Coffee in Hornsby to top up my little Aeropress filter holder.
I would have gone ahead and bought one of the Rocket or Profitec machines they had on display, but the Lambo's due for a service.
Had an opportunity to inherit a relatively modern and good-knick Aldi Expressi pod machine last week.
I was extremely tempted to say yes, but my greenie ponytail forced me to say no.
At least I can rinse the Aeropress filters and reuse them a couple of times, then compost them along with the grounds when they get too dirty.
(Bleached paper probably not ideal to go in compost, but I figure it's better than chucking them in the bin).
New toy finally arrived after a year of trying to get one!
Damn, extremely good/versatile bit of kit; can be used for espresso and pour over. Enjoy!
Erm, what is it?
(Yes guys, I know I could JFGI but I'm giving cbwolf an opportunity to puff here... pretty sure the missus is already sick of hearing about it... )
From memory, they do sell a reusable stainless steel filter for it.