G'day fellow snobs... just joined up a couple of weeks ago, been reading your great advice and tips for about a year now and I thought I'd put my two cents worth in for your interest.
I've been making my perfect short blacks for about 20 years and never had any flash gear.... just the humble domestic models from Sunbeam and Breville.
My latest machine is a Breville BES840 infuser and the grinder is a Sunbeam EMO480.... both bought just a year ago. With tips gleaned from Coffee Snobs, I'm getting the best out of theses machines and without bragging, I reckon I make the best coffee in my neck of the woods. (I had a laugh)
One issue with the Breville BES840 is the cleaning tablets.... yeah, I know, maybe just a gimmick but I suppose that it doesn't hurt to do some form of backflushing when there's no other way to do so with this machine. The price of their tablets is a tad steep at $20 for a packet of 8 tablets.
My way of beating this price rip-off is to use denture cleaning tablets that can be bought just about anywhere, from pharmacies, supermarkets and so on.
Brands such as "Polident" or "Steradent" denture tablets sell for around the 5 or 6 dollar mark for a packet of 36 tablets. Completely safe to use on dentures with stainless steel metal clips, so to me, that means it's safe to use on the Breville coffee machine.
Of course Mister Breville will jump up and down and say, "No !... you can't use them.... it'll damage your machine and void your warranty.
I say crap !.... been using them for the past year... my machine is now out of warranty and never had a problem, it's running so sweetly !
I also use filtered water from a drip-filter urn with a ceramic like filter cone.... not to sure if that's the right way to go but it works for me. Keep the machine clean and maintained well and perfect coffee making is a breeze !
cheers for now !
Hey! My father-in-law has Polident - I'm going to pinch some and run it through the ECAM23.45
You can look at the Material Safety Data Sheet here:
Polident has multiple active ingredients, but the main one is citric acid, C6H8O7 (see source link).
Citric acid - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
I use the Office works ones. $22.50 for 60 tablets. commercial link removed per http://coffeesnobs.com.au/general-ne...icy-rules.html Cafetto S15 Cleaning Tablets Pk60 | Officeworks
Originally Posted by terrawarra
Last edited by Javaphile; 12th September 2014 at 03:35 PM.
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I'm definitely going to try this tip.
I have some cleaning tablets not the Breville ones, but a slightly cheaper version. Went to use one the other day and for some reason most of them had melted together, complete waste of money :-(
Instead of using cleaning tablets I use an espresso machine cleaner in powder form on my Breville BES900. I recently bought some from Di Bartoli at Bondi Junction. You can also get it from Coffee Parts.
Barry is correct, the powdered cleaner is much cheaper, will last much longer and is just as affective as the tablets.
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