Posted on 11/11/2006 11:31 PM
Joined: January 16, 2006
I always push the idea of a clean machine, and it's time for me to eat Crow.
People blow out the group gasket on espresso machines, maybe without ever wondering why it went out.
My little Capresso never leaked, but I noticed two troubling things about brewing with it:
1. It always leaves grounds in the vicinity of the gasket seal,
2. Some grounds are always flushed or float on top of the diffuser, and they may stay there from shot to shot- the ultimate over extraction. Gak.
I always thought I was taking good care of it when I wiped out the group and gasket with my Costco washcloth/ rags. They're white, so it's easy to see when they pick up stray coffee grounds or stains. I figured I had it cleaned out when my rag came out clean. It always came clean the last time I'd wipe out the group.
Likewise with the blank bursts I'd run into a white cup- without the PF handle. I just leave the group open to run the pump and flush things out. Then another tour of the group head with the rag to see if I'd loosened anything up. Never came clean until the last one.
Mediocrity marches on-
The Panama Carmen Estate 1.7 - 1.8KM wasn't coming out of the TV with the same luscious flavor and aroma as when I first got the #4 Gold filter just for it. It couldn't be the TV? I've only brewed a couple of hundred pots of coffee, scores of cups of green tea and many bowls of oatmeal since I cleaned it early last year.
Hmmm- Kaftan #2 to the rescue.
Egad. Stentorian flavor and aroma with 70g of beans ground at 50 on Grinder M brewed with 1.25L of water at 187? F. Whoa!
This is an incredibly Rich and Beautiful cuppa. "What's to clean?" I thought, since I never let it get dirty.
The waste brine still tastes like Citric acid. What's good for the TechniVorm is good for the Capresso, but *it won't make any difference.* I clean it after every shot. I thought
Not so Fast. I thought I'd put at least as much effort into the Capresso as I used to on the 72-spoke XKE wheels.
The amount of crud I extracted from the little Capresso that I always keep clean- was Unbelievable!
I thought I'd waste time swabbing the gasket with a Q-tip, just for grins. Waste time? Grins? I got substantial Goo and gunk with every pass!
I dug out more with a fingernail brush, and even got more Gunk and Goo with a spare electric toothbrush. An unusual group cleaner, but it works.
Whooda thunk you actually have to keep coffee brewers clean?
Posted on 11/12/2006 11:25 AM
Joined: November 02, 2006
Ever since I had the same problem, the TV gets disassembled and goes into a sink full of HOT water and dishwashing liquid! It soaks while I do other things. The cotton swabs that have plastic stalks are great for cleaning the fluted filter basket and the funnel tube interior of the carafe top. My sister-in-law got me some of the long wooden-stalk cotton swabs that work even better.
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