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  1. Might be suitable for an occasional machine treat Came up while looking for another that contains sulphamic acid. It's interesting to see how the thermoblock machine is descaled - via the hot water outlet. I'd assume to keep it away from any aluminium in the group head. John -
  2. We’ve recently had a Krups EA9000 set up for our work coffee machine. It’s a fully auto self-cleaning bean to cup (not my choice, but it’s a step in the right direction). Rather than using the Krups stuff does anyone know what would be the best de-scaler for this would be? I know that citric acid can damage some boiler types and I haven’t been able to find out type of boiler this krups machine has? Any suggestions? Baby Puly descaler or Citric Acid.
  3. tenbears10


    Just found the forum and looks like a lot of great information. On my second Gaggia machine at home. I have a jet boil for when I'm camping and I never drink coffee at work because instant is the only option. I would love to learn more about different beans and roasting as I just use supermarket beans at the moment. I live in Dorset and have big problems with limescale build up in the gaggia so I could do with some tips on that if anyone has any. Thanks Bill
  4. Is it advisable to backflush a domestic espresso machine? I've not seen anything in domestic user manuals to do this when cleaning and wondered if it was necessary or harmful to the machine.
  5. Has anyone used any of these descalers ? Would like to know which is best for coffee machines
  6. Is there anything wrong with using normal household appliance descaler in espresso machines, rather than the more expensive brands sold by specialist coffee machine resalers?
  7. I need to de-scale my Gaggia Classic, I've read a lot of posts on how to do this, but I'm more confused about what de-scaler to buy. Has anyone got recommendations on this? thank you!
  8. Hi all, Just bought the Sage DTP last night and got it set up. Just thinking down the line and wondering what advice people have on cleaning products and filters? I don't think mine came with a descaler, although apparently they usually do so might double check the box when I get home. Do people recommend using the sage descaler only, or are there cheaper/better alternatives? I've heard a lot of people mention Puly, and I know some people just use citric acid? second thing I'm wondering about is the water filter - it recommends changing every 3 months. the filter type on the machine we got is this Claris type: https://www.sageappliances.com/uk/en/parts-accessories/accessories/ses008wht0neu1.html £13.95! seems expensive for a 3 month replacement cycle - does anyone know if you can get away with less frequent changes? We are going to use bottled water only (ashbeck from Tesco being the general recommendation). I've looked around online and that seems to be the cheapest you can get these for. similar questions about the brands/frequency of the cleaning tablets (got two with the machine). Lastly - just wondering if it's normal for the portafilter to be a pretty tight fit at first and just needs loosening up? Finding I really have to give it a push to get it in place, and is very tight. although once there seems to work fine. Waiting on delivery of a eureka mignon specialita tomorrow now, and then going to have a proper play at the weekend!
  9. Clearing my coffee bench drawers in anticipation of new arrival. 2 x 4 pkts of the official Sage descaler . They cost nearly £13 each from Sage or JL Will sell for £8 each or £15 for both packets delivered.
  10. From the different posts on here I am trying to determine which cleaning method/product I should be using for my machine. It is a Gaggia Coffee without a solenoid so I am unsure whether this should be backflushed or not. Should I be just using a descaler or the whole works?
  11. I ordered descaler a month ago from Gaggia uk, and even though they have charged my Credit Card, they have not delivered any descaler. I have emailed and phoned numerous times, but to no effect. Ok ... in order for me to get the correct replacement stuff (from an alternative source), can anyone tell me what would be suitable and where to go? TIA
  12. Hi all, I just bought a brand new De'Longhi coffee machine after my old one died on me. I always had problems descaling that one. What's the best way to do it in your opinion? Do you have any recommendations?I'd appreciate your tips!
  13. Greetings, my first post . I have just recently purchased my first gaggia classic coffee machine. It is 16 years old and after reading all the numerous posts online I have managed to replace the pump and set the pressure using a gauge to 9.5 bar. However after reading that citric acid as a descaler could cause pitting in the aluminium boiler I decided to do some research online for what could be a suitable cleaner. After some research I have discovered that large scale aluminium boilers used for heating in applications such as schools or offices are treated with tannin which apparently coats the aluminium and creates a much more effective heating surface. More research discovers that tannin is contained in green tea or black tea and that tannic acid has a weak acidity ph of around 6. https://www.researchgate.net/publication/259540033_Tannic_acid_as_corrosion_inhibitor_for_metals_and_alloys https://www.waterworld.com/articles/iww/print/volume-14/issue-1/features/active-additives-a-solution-for-aluminum-boiler-scaling-and-corrosion.html If others on the forum would like to read the information provided in the above links I would appreciate feedback on whether they think that green or black tea would be a feasible descaling solution.... to be drawn into the Gaga classic aluminium boiler possibly as a descaler but also after descaling with citric acid I could then put a green tea solution through the machine that would coat the aluminium and make it safe from further pitting, improve it's heat exchange abilities and thereby also make it more safe for the consumer in keeping any aluminium compounds out of the coffee. Regards Ian Morison
  14. destiny

    Phos Descaler

    Hi, I'm after ~1L or so of Phos Descaler by Clover Chemicals. Like this It normally comes in 5L bottles but I have no need for this kind of quantity and £20 sounds like a bit of an overkill for that kind of volume.. Anyone can help out? Cheers
  15. I have now got some descaler for my new baby, I have come across this video on Youtube which clearly explains how to descale, but people digress, saying nothing is being flushed through the group. It looks to me like everything is done correctly and I just want to be able to get it over with. God knows when the previous owner last cleaned the machine. Here is the link. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4SPkjWJzUJQ Also came across this one which does not seem awfully different, so I would be inclined to copy the first. No time like the present to use water from the steam wand. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HSXC3zuHbNU Regards Garry
  16. If and when I decide to plumb my machine in what's best to use on the water mains, a water softener or descaler. Both look like they do the same job to me but the softener seems to be a lot more money ?
  17. Alreet guys n gals Ive drank and loved drinking coffee for years most notably on my many spanish holiday trips, but recently thought I'd like to have a go myself and set about getting some gear (on a meagre budget!). Like many others I guess, I have gone for what appears to be a decent entry level machine - the Gaggia Classic. I got it for 89 quid off ebay and I'm (impatiently) waiting for DHL to deliver it through all the snow we have in Durham. Its got a plastic steam wand but I really want it for espresso, although our lass will like it with milk. Ive also scored for a grinder bought off a local cafe which was selling its equipment off - I bought a Cunill Space (branded Fracino) for £80. Its a doser and aye its got static but I can live with that. Its also got a huge hopper (which is too big for me so Im not planning on using it - grinding only when needed seems best). Finally, I'm also waiting for a delivery from happydonkey with a couple of measured shot glasses, tamper, descaler, general machine cleaner (for backflushing), blank PF basket, and new head gasket. From reading the forums, including this one which has been really helpful, I will probably need most of this to get me going. The question is what should I do when the machine eventually arrives or what would you check on a machine for which you have no idea about its history? Also what is your advice about buying beans, little and often, buy local, online, storing them etc...? Any help would be great as I really dont know much about this game yet! Cheers Scott
  18. Hello all, Afraid I'm very new to this, but I have a Gaggia Evolution that over the last few weeks has produced less and less water, to the extent where I'm down to drips. However, the pump seems to be working fine as water will come out quite happily from the steam wand. I've been looking around on the internet to try and work out the problem - so far I've removed the showerscreen and the bit underneath (held in by the allen bolts) and given them a clean up, as well as attempting to run descaler through the machine back when it was actually moving water through, albeit slowly. Could anyone (to my eternal gratitude) point me in the direction of what to do next? Many thanks, Mark
  19. Hi, I had a quick search of the forum but got no hits, so I thought it best to warn members. I bought some Astonish Descaler recently, it says it is suitable for espresso machines. But when I used it as directed for my Gaggia Baby it started to MELT the white plastic filter in the water tank!! You could see 'strings' of white plastic rising from the filter in the tank! Horrified I immediately removed and rinsed and flushed through and thankfully it seems to have done no lasting damage but if I had not seen it as quickly as I did who knows what it might have done to the internals! Beware of ASTONISH descaler, do not use it!
  20. Sorry for asking such a daft question. I'll be performing my first descaling and would rather not buy Sage's overpriced descaler. Out of these 3 what are people using and recommending ? Dezcal, Durgol or Puly Descaler ? Thanks
  21. SOLD (on [e]bay) For sale 2 x bottles of Saeco descaler for Gaggia expresso machines (will work with many other espresso machines too) Saeco are Philips and Philips own Gaggia, so it's the same product as the Gaggia one. 100% genuine, bought from amazon. £10 posted in UK. Selling due to completely changing my coffee making methods and equipment.
  22. Hi folks - just a simple question for once! Can anyone recommend a descaler for Gaggia Classic. I've used Gaggia's own (fairly pricey?), but see that others are available...
  23. Used my last packet of descaler so went surfing for some more, I commented to Sadie about the cost of brand name descalers. She said why not buy the chemicals it`ll be cheaper. So the result of that comment is that I found out that a typical espresso descaler is citric acid powder which is used in a concentration of 10 - 20 mg per litre of water, On to Ebay 900g of food grade citric acid powder is £5.25 delivered (the descaler itself was only £2.40), at 30mg per descale for arguments sake thats 17.5p. Now to find other fun uses for citric acid - bath bomb manufacture? wool dyeing, oh I know how to live. Hmm should have bought 10Kg. Don
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