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BNP
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Posted Wed Jan 2, 2013, 12:30pm
Subject: baking soda?
 

Am new to this  remarkable website and its forums
Thanks to the advice from PartsGuru I have been able to get my 17 year+ Estro Vapore ( a Saeco model formerly sold by Starbucks) working again.
I read manuals but of course the Saeco manual never mentioned deep soak cleaning the portafilter.
PartsGuru, over the  holiday weekend, no less, wrote back instructing me to use hot water and baking soda soaks, several of them, to cleanse the portafilter
Did that  over the course of New Years Day and , yes, the portafilter now once again allows coffee to come through!

I have read the material on this forum suggesting Oxyclean for similar hot soaking.
Oxyclean cannot be used on all surfaces.

What is your thinking on baking soda?
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Posted Wed Jan 2, 2013, 3:12pm
Subject: Re: baking soda?
 

I have never heard of it damaging anything from contact so I guess it is OK.

There are several products that are designed for cleaning coffee equipment that may work better than baking soda but if it worked, it worked congrats!

 
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Posted Thu Jan 3, 2013, 11:12pm
Subject: Re: baking soda?
 

Thank you and I apologize. Learning how to use the Search function and I see Baking Soda question posted a long time ago :(
With similar response to yours.
Yes, I just purchased some Cafiza ( think that is the name) from Seattle Coffee Gear
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