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[Amazon.ca] Cino Cleano Espresso Machine Cleaning Tablets (8 count for $14.98, 12% off)

Being looking at a sale at those cleaning tablets for espresso backflush, not descaling. Came up today, not much, 12% but figure I'll pick one up. Thought I'd share as many probably have new espresso machines and hitting those 200 cycles soon. : )

I see Cafiza cleaning tablets are far cheaper at $0.18 each... but I figure I won't need it so often I'll just stick with the one suggested by Breville here.

Here is a good read on what backflush is:
https://www.wholelattelove.com/blogs/ho ... so-machine
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If you want to DIY, looks like it's just baking soda with a little dish soap and bleach.
Make sure you thoroughly rinse with fresh water after.
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Is an "Expresso" machine a new kind of device? :P

But in all seriousness, I find most of these kinds of products are overpriced as you can do the same thing with household products. Like engineered said, a baking soda solution would likely produce similar results.

I used to use a vinegar or lemon-based solution, but this is only good if your machine uses exclusively metal parts as the acidic properties can damage plastic parts.
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dhomas wrote: Is an "Expresso" machine a new kind of device? :P

But in all seriousness, I find most of these kinds of products are overpriced as you can do the same thing with household products. Like engineered said, a baking soda solution would likely produce similar results.

I used to use a vinegar or lemon-based solution, but this is only good if your machine uses exclusively metal parts as the acidic properties can damage plastic parts.
Yea, I normally just use vinegar to rinse it out. Maybe I'll do a baking soda mix after that. Vinegar also works great as a rinse aide in your dishwasher.
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Your have to be careful with the cleaning solution you use in your machine. If you use too harsh a treatment for your machine it can damage the machine and you can void your warranty. Don't use vinegar or bleach; most machines recommend lactic or citric acid.
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engineered wrote: Yea, I normally just use vinegar to rinse it out. Maybe I'll do a baking soda mix after that. Vinegar also works great as a rinse aide in your dishwasher.
I stopped using vinegar as a rinse agent. Though it was effective, it can damage the (plastic) insides of your dishwasher, even if you own a metal tub dishwasher.

The baking soda mix seems like a much safer option for an espresso machine.
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dhomas wrote: Is an "Expresso" machine a new kind of device? :P
lol oh boy. Senior moment there... thx : )
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Those tablets are used for backflushing the group heat with a blank disk, not for descaling (those are two very different maintenance procedures)
In order to backflush your machine, you need one with a 3 way solenoid valve
And please, don't use bleach anywhere near your espresso machine...
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maliken7576 wrote: Can this be used for Nespresso machines?
No, as @guillaume019 mentioned above, "Those tablets are used for backflushing the group heat with a blank disk". For Nespresso, assuming you meant descaling, you'd use the descaling solution.
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You should check your machine's instructions for proper cleaning procedure. For me, I use 2 different types of cleaning products :

1) descaler - these are mild acid solutions meant to remove calcium water deposits in the machine. Calcium deposits (esp in areas with hard water) can clog up fine orifices in the boiler and impede water flow/pressure in the group head. you can use watered down vinegar (acetic acid) to do this. However, vinegar has a foul smell. So, another alternative is to use citric acid.
2) cleaner - espresso beans contain oil. This is what gives the nice espresso flavour. But oil will cause fine coffee grinds to collect and block the group head and porta filter. So you will need a slightly caustic solution to dissolve the oil. Dish soap works. But is tough to wash off afterwards and leaves smell. You can also use baking soda which is scentless.

Dissolve these cleaners in water and run it through the machine, both the steam wand and group head. And if you have one of those pressurized porta filters, the porta filter too. Afterwards, run clean water through the machine to flush out the chemicals.

Automatic machines have their own special cleaning procedures and may depend on special $$$ cleaners. Manual machines can generally be cleaned with the above 2 products.
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eelfliw wrote: you can use watered down vinegar (acetic acid) to do this. However, vinegar has a foul smell. So, another alternative is to use citric acid
Vinegar will react with some metals and eat them (eg aluminum). I would not do this unless you are certain it's supported by your machine.
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Buy a bag of citric acid powder, and you're set for a long time.
I use it for my kettle and hot water dispenser too.
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Are these any different than buying philips cleaning tabs?
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I’m wondering the same. I can’t seem to find the Philips tablets lately.
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stovetop wrote: What size do I need for the Breville Barista Express BES870XL?
I use the e16 (first link) on the barista.
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