Vinegar is an incredibly versatile product and has become a household staple as it is cheap, widely available, and can be used for just about anything. One misconception about vinegar is that it is a good way to clean and descale coffee machines. While it may sound self-serving, here’s why it is a bad idea to use vinegar: 1. The vinegar leaves a strong odor (as everyone knows) that can co-mingle with coffee oil, turning your fresh brew into a “fresh ew.” 2. It does not clean! While vinegar might be able to gently break down some hard water deposits, it does not effectively clean your coffee machine or remove oils. 3. It takes forever to rinse: our tests show that vinegar takes 3.5 times longer to rinse out of a drip brewer or capsule machine than does Dezcal,Full Circle Descaler, or other Urnex Brands, Inc. products. There you have it: vinegar is great for almost anything. Rather than waste water trying to rinse out your semi-cleaned and now-smelly coffee machine, use a professionally formulated coffee machine cleaner or descaler. And to prove that we at Urnex do not hate vinegar, here are a few of our favorite places to use vinegar (just some of the 1,001 ways to use vinegar): 1. Wacky cake—quick rise cake made without yeast, eggs, butter, or milk 2. Easter eggs—vinegar is an important component for coloring! 3. Window cleaner—simply combine vinegar, water, and some elbow grease! 4. Salad dressing—it’s as easy as olive oil and vinegar! 5. Pickling—come on, who doesn’t love pickles?
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Urnex Cafiza is a formulated powder to remove residue, rancid coffee oils and lime scale deposits from your espresso machine. This product is used to backflush semi-commercial and commercial espresso machines as well as cleaning any metal parts such as screens and filter baskets. This product is not a decalcifier and should not be dissolved in a reservoir or put through a boiler. The 20 oz bottle should last you more than a year.
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Cafiza Espresso Machine Cleaner is a must have to keep your espresso machine running smoothly. This concentrated formula is designed for daily backflushing. It provides maximum solubility and cleaning power and rinses away easily.
- Special formula thoroughly cleans group heads, valves and lines
- NSF certified for metal compatibility and safety
- Designed for use with a variety of espresso machines
- Can also be used to clean screens, filter baskets and portafilters by soaking these components in a solution of Cafiza Cleaner and water.
Do I need a solid portofilter to use this product?
I am taking a stab at what is meant by a solid portafilter. You would need a backflush disc for the portafilter to use this product.
(Backflush Disc- Basket without holes)
Do you need a closed portofilter to backflush with Caffiza? I have a single shot for a Gazzia RED.
Yes you need to get a backflush disk like this one -[ http://www.wholelattelove.com/Rancilio/rancilio-espresso-machine-blind-filter-basket-and-backflush-disc.cfm?. You alos need to be sure to read this as well. http://www.wholelattelove.com/articles/backflushing_an_espresso_machine.cfm
Is this cleaner recommended for the Gaggia Classic? Is backflush actually recommended for the Classic?
While Gaggia does not recommend backflushing the classic, the 3-way solenoid it uses allows this to be done. Should you want to backflush the machine, Cafiza is the right product for the job!