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 Full Circle™ Coffee Grinder Cleaning Tablets are the way to clean your coffee grinder without using any water. Cleaning a grinder is a challenge because water cannot be used on the burrs or around electric motors. The process of opening or disassembling a grinder can be intimidating due to the small parts and electrics inside the machine.
When ground through your coffee grinder, the Urnex Full Circle patented, food safe grinder cleaning tablets are an easy way to remove the coffee residue and oil that lead to bitter tasting coffee. And you do it without removing any parts of your machine!
It is recommended to use Full Circle™ coffee grinder cleaning tablets once a month or when switching between flavored, decaffeinated, and regular beans.
Urnex Full Circle™ represents the first environmentally responsible and effective portfolio of coffee equipment cleaning products. The line is void of any ingredients derived from petroleum and phosphates.
- All ingredients are found in food or derived from plants.
- Labels printed digitally to reduce emissions.
- 100% recyclable packaging
- All ingredients are listed openly on the package.
- Each product label shares characteristics about the ingredients.
Is there any utility in using the Urnex Full Circle Coffee Grinder cleaning tablets on my Saeco Xelsis? I've had the machine for a 18 months, clean it regularly, but NEVER cleaned the built in grinder. Please advise.
Thank you for your question. I do not suggest running these tablets through the machine. While they will not harm anything, they are really only meant for standalone burr grinders. The only way to run them through on the Xelsis would be to grind them up and brew them. You would have to grind many times, each time the cleaning product would also brew. This is going to leave residues from the cleaning product behind. While the grinder tablets are non toxic and safe to consume, they are going to leave calcium deposits in the brew circuit of the machine, and this will affect the flavor of the coffee brewed. The best way to clean the grinder in this machine is to scoop out all of the beans, and then take a vacuum and vacuum out the bean hopper as thoroughly as possible.
Thank you for your reply. The advice is much appreciated.
Among the features listed here are: "All ingredients are listed openly on the package" Can someone please list them here, so I can see them before purchasing the product? Thank you
I found a link that may interest you about this product. It's the Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS). If you look in the second section, you will see something quite interesting about the ingredients in this cleaner. In a good way, of course!