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kh99
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Posted Thu Aug 23, 2007, 3:28pm
Subject: Re: What kind of cleaner de-scaler to use on Gaggia Espresso?
 

I don't have any knowledge of what works and what doesn't.  I've been using CleanCaf but I've only had my machine for 8 months so who knows what's going on inside the boiler.  I didn't know about citric acid, but I don't really care either because I only do it once a month and the CleanCaf only costs a dollar or so per use.  Not much in the grand scheme of things.  If I had an aluminum boiler I don't think I'd make the decision entirely on cost.  Since I don't, I may use citric acid when I run out of the CleanCaf I have.

But I do know this: if you are going to buy cleaning chemicals - ***shop around***.  I just checked three different vendor web sites for the heck of it, and found $3.50, $6.95, and $11.00 for the same three-packet box of CleanCaf.  The same goes for any accessory item, actually.  I assume most people already know this, but there are a couple things I paid twice as much for because I assumed the price difference between vendors would be minimal.
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Location: Minnesota.
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Posted Thu Aug 23, 2007, 3:43pm
Subject: Re: What kind of cleaner de-scaler to use on Gaggia Espresso?
 

Heh, Sun in winter is why I'm scrounging for cheap Espresso equipment. :) You can't feel too sorry for me though as I'll be wandering around DisneyWorld with the hubby and kids for about a week in February.  Being in MN I got NO problem with wandering around outside and even eating outside when it's like 50 degrees outside.  Anything over 20 degrees F at that time of year feels warm. :)

Heh last time we did Disney we came home on the COLDEST night of the year -30. :) One gets used to the warmth so fast.

Yeah, I wasn't able to find the citric acid that Tex has a picture of...and I had ordered a tamper from Amazon (I found one for $5.95...
and it's steel and heavy)....and threw in a box of the cleancaf, it was $3.99...so with shipping I think I still got a decent deal.  

Will look for the citric acid though, maybe I'll just order a pound of the stuff...I think one of the amazon retailers have it. Then I can
make my bath bombs and I'll have clean children and a clean espresso machine...what else could one want? :):)
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