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  1. My Melitta Varianza is telling me "descaling needed". 1. I'm confused as to why this is, I used the supplied water hardness test and it barely even registered on the softest water setting. Also, I know we have ultra soft water as the technician (when installing our instrument autoclaves) said we don't need any sort of filter as the water in Aberdeen is very soft. 2. What should I use for descaling purposes now? 3. What do I do now to prevent the need for descaling in the future?
  2. I've searched and found the below thread.... http://coffeeforums.co.uk/showthread.php?1672-How-to-descale-a-Gaggia-Classic just wanted to check that this is still the best approach. With regards to back flushing: - is there a guide - should it be done / is it necessary? thanks Paul
  3. Hi everyone, my R58 is coming up for some descaling. Would any kind soul like to talk me through the process and recommend the product I should use? I have so far just used tap water, but think I'll revert to volvic which seems to be the mineral water of choice, so as to minimise having to do the descaling process! As always, thanks for any advice offered.
  4. Hi All, Switched on my Dream tonight and found that the temp gauge only went up slightly, I tested the temperature of the water when the "coffee ready" light went out and it was approx 75 C ,and on the steam setting it seemed to make adequate steam, the gauge only moving slightly higher. I wondered if anyone could advise me of what the temperature at the grouphead should be and if it it sounds like a faulty gauge or something more serious. Mike
  5. Hi At the weekend I descaled my Gaggia Classic as it was coming up for 3 months since last time. I've had the machine from new for about four years and regularly descale. However, after this last time I am now no longer getting anywhere near the pressure I need for it to push a cup of coffee through. Does anyone know what might be the problem? Just to note, a few days previously I removed the piece you remove with an Allen key to clean it and it worked fine after that so I don't THINK it has to do with that. Would really appreciate any help or advice to get my little machi
  6. I have a Jura A9 automatic. Yes I know, but it's the perfect balance between ease and coffee which tastes great to me. I've owned it for a month now and it's time to give it a clean and descale. Jura obviously recommend their own (costly) cleaning tablet, descaling tablets and milk cleaner solution. Do I have to use their products? Or is there a cheaper recommended brand which will be just as effective and unlikely to be found voiding any warranties?
  7. Hi, I just descaled my Gaggia new Baby '06 with a bottle of Gaggia descaler. Now, unfortunately, I can't steam any more. There's plenty of hot water coming through, but absolutely no steam. The steam button on the front panel isn't working properly any more either: it pops out when pressed but the light stays on. I guess this indicates that the steam function should be working. What does one do when there's apparently no repair service anywhere in the country you're living in? I sincerely hope that one of you can help me out :-)
  8. Hi folks, I recently descaled my Delonghi using a product made by Oust (said it was all-purpose and could be used with coffee machines). I followed the instructions in the manual and all seemed well. The machine works fine apart from one thing. After a shot has been pulled, the water used to drip out of the filter basket, leaving a solid puck which would come out in one lump. Not so now, doesn't matter how long I leave it I'm left with a soggy cow pat to deal with afterwards. I'm not sure which was right, I'm assuming it should be fairly solid. The coffee is perfectly okay, no c
  9. I recently bought a new Fracino Heavenly I gave it a quick clean and then filled it (it's a hand-fill machine) I have used pre-ground stuff*, and ground fresh beans (*I know this is undesirable - but it's Illy stuff, fresh and kept in an air-tight, freezer-based, tin...) I regularly wipe the various components and run water through the head/portafilter to keep it clean, I have also backflushed (is that what you call it?) with water on a fairly regular basis... BUT... There's a weird taste to the espresso, it's a sort of bitter taste with the smell of stale coffee (but
  10. I've bought some Puly "Cleaner/Descaler" to descale my Gaggia Classic. Bought it from Happy Donkey, who sell it as "Puly Baby" and sells is as "not a citrus based descaler". However, the ingredients are: "citric acid, malic acid, sodium citrate". Does anyone have long-term experience whether this causes problems with the aluminium boiler? Would Gaggia own-brand descaler be better? (recommended by the instructions booklet; no surprise) Does anyone know whether that is essentially the same thing as the Puly, or is it based on different chemicals? Thanks
  11. Hi, I have a ~2003 Gaggia Baby. I've just hit a problem whereby no water (or very little most of time) is coming out of the group head. I've removed the shower screen and plate. The steam wand IS working, and when switched on the pump vibrates, and seems to suck water up, but then push it back down an "overflow" on the RHS of the machine back into the water receptacle. The shower plate/screen was last cleared a week ago, along with my first backflush. The machine has never (!) been descaled, but nor have I noticed issues with the machine being used 1-4 times per day, every day.
  12. Hi all, my first post here. On the subject of descaling process, the Gaggia manual suggests running the pump for 15 seconds, wait for the descaler to work for 20 minutes and run through the rest of the solution. However, the instructions on Puly cleaner/descaler suggest running the solution through all at once, without pause for the descaler to work. Opinions on the forum seem equally divided judging by comments left on old posts. I appreciate that the Gaggia descaler is not the same as the Puly, the latter being probably harsher than the former. What do you do on your do
  13. Sorry if this is a stupid question. Do I need to buy 2 different products, 1 to clean my espresso machine and 1 to de-scale my machine, or does one product do both jobs? From reading, it appears that I need 2 different products (eg. Puly Caff (cleaning) and Puly Baby (de-scaling)). Am i correct? Thanks guys Andy
  14. I had been interested in an alexia evo but on checking the manual the company do not encourage or give instructions for descaling and I suspect it would invalidate the warranty They suggest using softened water and you shouldn’t need to descale. what do others do? do you use volvic or alternative or use water filters or just descale regardless? Am thinking of moving from a bean to cup to a fairly future proof machine and thought the alexia looked a good option Thanks for any advice on this
  15. hi all People on here were super helpful with problems a couple of years back, so posting again.. I recently descaled my Gaggia Baby (after leaving it a bit too long for a hard water area). It was fine before the descaling. The descaling went fine, but now I have an issue with almost no water flow through the filter holder apparatus. It will just about make a coffee, but takes about 5 minutes instead of 5 seconds, and I'm worried it will give up altogether. Water seems to be escaping back into the water reservoir, as you can see bubbling in it as the machine is straining to prod
  16. Hi, I've been looking into buying a Piccino, but could someone please advise on how easy (or more likely difficult) these machines are to clean and maintain? So far from reading, there is no difinitive answer on how to descale Fracino machines, other than sending them back to manufacturer. And as a complete novice, how do I properly look at a second hand machine before buying to see that it has been properly cleaned and cared for? Thanks in advance!
  17. I have a Sage Dual Boiler BES920UK and it needs descaling. I have run through the process up to opening the 2 valves at the front to let the water drain from the boilers. But when I tighten those screws back up again and press Manual, I get the valv error message. I can't seem to get past this. When starting this descaling process, the machine was cold, if that makes any difference. Any ideas? Thanks, Jon
  18. Could someone explain how to descale the R58 please without the faff of disconnecting the water level thingy. I understand part of the process ie mix citric acid fill water reservoir with descaling solution run hot water tap on machine and group head to get solution into the machine. My problem is the steam wand if you switch the machine on with the steam valve open it doesn't produce any water just steam as the boiler heats up. Hoping someone can help, thanks.
  19. I live in a very hard water area - TDS of 312 when measured just now with a TDS meter. That level of water hardness would kill an espresso machine without very regular - too regular - descaling. I've been using different makes of bottled water - Volvic (TDS of about 110) and I've settled on Asda Eden Falls which has a TDS of about 80. I've measured and confirmed the label TDS measurements with a TDS meter. A TDS of 80 is not soft and will lead to scale build up although with gentle descaling (? citric acid) I'm hoping its not too bad. I'm putting the bottled water through a
  20. I'm after a bit of advice please. Living in Essex the water is so hard I have to chisel it out of the tap. As a consequence I Brita filter and frequently descale my machine. If I follow the instructions on the Seattle Coffee Gear site it takes me 8 hours to descale my Rocket. Frankly - Life is to short!!!! I think I'm going to plumb in my machine and I am giving serious consideration to installing an Everpure ES06 cartridge ( http://www.omniwash.co.uk/warewashing/product/Everpure-ES06-Cartridge/902/32/). I have 2 questions.... Firstly, if I install this how frequently should I
  21. Hi peeps, Got lots of useful info from posting on here when choosing my machine, just thought I'd ask a couple of (probably obvious questions) that I should know the answers to. Firstly, which is the descaler of choise on here? I see the liquid Gaggia 350ml bottle is approx. £8-9, or there's the powdered "Puly head cleaner" 900g for £15.99. If using 30g per clean, the Puly powder should last a while (30 cleans). How much liquid is used when using the Gaggia stuff? Also, if the coffee is coming out a little slower is that a sign that the machine needs to be descaled? I'm s
  22. Just switched from my trusty Gaggia Synchony Logic to the Siemens - well pleased with it so far. Descaling, though? Always used Oust All-Purpose descaler up to now (based on Lactic Acid, I gather) but does anyone know if it's suitable for the Siemens? Siemens want to sell you their 310967 descaling tablets at £7.99 (+ postage) for 6, but that's ridiculous. The delightfully named Puly Baby Cleaner's another option. Anyone have any thoughts on descalers and the Siemens, please?
  23. 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!
  24. It seems to me there's a new post every day with new and older members alike asking if their water will scale up their machine. I'm one of the few members who respond to these questions and it seems somewhere the answers (usually detailed) and links to resources are being lost. So I've decided to make a new thread to supply a spreadsheet that can be used to calculate scaling potential of water. Technically the LI also calculates corrosion potential but there are other factors to consider that the formula can't take into account. Link to calculator/spreadsheet. You can use
  25. I contacted Fracino and was told I never have to descale my machine. I find this hard to believe. Has anyone descaled their retro and how did you go about this?
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