Cold brew coffee is one of life’s best kept secrets. Brewing coffee with cold water does seem to be a bit of a contradiction, and while preparing it can be a bit tricky, the results can be well worth the effort. Recently we were lucky to get our hands on some excellent sample coffees from Parisi and received a tip that we should try to prepare one of them as a cold brew. With that in mind we busted out our Hunter Cold Brew Coffee Maker from Yama and gave it a spin. So, before going too much further I’d like to say that my experience with cold brewing is limited to dabbling for the most part. Now, I love to drink cold brew, but making it isn’t necessarily my forte. In any case I grabbed one of our salespeople Erik and headed to the kitchen for some experimenting. Cold brewing with ice can seem a bit intimidating at first if you’re not used to it, but the trick is knowing that the weight of liquid water and the weight of ice is the same. So, if you know the ratios you want you can either measure out your water ahead of time before you freeze it or you can do some conversions. FYI, 1 gram converts to 0.0338140225589 fluid ounces... A more useful bit of information would be that 30 grams converts to approximately 1 fluid ounce, so keep that in mind if you want to measure your ice with a scale. As a student of the scientific method I decided to use the quantifiably correct ratio of two “scoops” of coffee to three “trays” of ice cubes. Based on the results of our experiment I’ve come up with a few suggestions for those of you looking to take the plunge with the Hunter: Do it at night: While this may seem obvious it’s actually really good advice. I wanna say that it was probably 6ish when I started brewing last night. If you didn’t know, a globe full of ice actually melts pretty slowly at air-conditioned room temperature. If you’re as impatient as me you should start brewing at night. Alternatively you can also use a mixture of ice and cold water to cut down on your extraction time. Pre-wet your coffee: This might not be the first thing you think to do but it definitely helps. If you’re using just ice to brew, you’re going to start with just tiny drips of water passing through dry coffee. Most likely what’ll happen is that by the time you’re done brewing you’ll have a good bit of water suspended in the grounds that never makes it into your carafe. By pre-wetting the grounds just a little bit you can avoid this issue and ensure that you get the most out of your efforts. Use a lighter roasted coffee: If you’re looking to extract the more floral or fruity notes of the coffee that you’re brewing, you’re better off using a lighter roast. The darker your coffee the more you taste roast and the less you taste of the coffee itself. In our experience, we achieved good results with lighter roasted coffee. Do it in public: Okay, so this last one isn’t necessary, but I’ve had some fun people watching as my co-workers have “oohed” and “ahhed” at the lengthy process. Suggested Brewing Ratios Here are a few different proportions - all using the about same coffee to water ratio - that can serve as a starting point for your brew recipe depending on your preferred system of measurement and your vessel: - 140 grams (just over 1¼ cups) of coffee per liter of water or - about 5 Tbsp coffee per 8 oz (1 cup) of water or - roughly double the amount of coffee you normally use for the same amount of water
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A cleaning agent used to clean espresso machines or coffee machines, including glass carafes. Each box contains 3 packets.
Please Note: Urnex Cleancaf is an alkaline based cleaner and is not safe for use in machines with aluminum boilers.
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With Urnex Cleancaf, you can take care of 2 problems at once: hard water mineral deposits and coffee residue that can make your coffee taste bitter and stale, as well as blocking holes on your sprayhead. Great for use on both coffee brewers and espresso machines, Urnex Cleancaf can be poured into your water reservoir and easily run through the machine, meaning little downtime to take care of critical maintenance. Cleancaf can also be used in a solution to clean frequently used espresso machine components, such as portafilters and baskets.
Urnex Cleancaf is sold in cases of 12 boxes containing 3 single packs each.
Hello ... I have a Saeco Intellia and I am wondering if the Cleancaf descaler and Cafiza Home Espresso Machine Cleaning Tablets would be appropriate for my machine. Thanks so much. Mark
Thank you for the question. I would suggest using Durgol Swiss Espresso Descaler, Saeco Liquid Descaler, Gaggia Liquid Descaler. These work the best for your machine. The super auto cleaning tablets by Cafiza work well for cleaning the brew group and coffee circuit.
Hello, In the video she is using Cleancaf on a Gaggia Clasic, but just below the video there is this note: Please Note: Urnex Cleancaf is an alkaline based cleaner and is not safe for use in machines with aluminum boilers. As I understand Gaggia uses aluminum boilers. Can you please confirm this advise. Thks
You would want to use a descaling product like the Durgol Swiss Espresso Cleaner or the Gaggia Decalcifier rather than the Cleancaf-Urnex let us know very recently that their product is not suitable for use in aluminum boiler machines.
Is this safe to use on a Rocket R58 (copper boilers)? Thank you.
It would be safe to use, but it also is complicated descaling a double boiler machine. You may want to call our technical support team. They will be able to help you determine if it is something you may want to attempt yourself.
Is this safe to use on a Rocket R58 (copper boilers)? Thank you.
Yes this is actually safe for any of our espresso machines that we sell.
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?