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    Danish_Viking
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    Thank you Coffee Snobs!!!

    Gene Cafe Coffee Roaster $850 - Free Beans Free Freight
    Hi all...

    Just joined yesterday. After much lament over my Sunbeam grinder, I found this site and the recommendation of shimming the grinder with shims you can get by calling Sunbeam. Well, low and behold, all the advice was right!!! My shims are shimmying (hmmm!) their way to me right now so Ill be hopefully fixing my grinder woes this weekend.

    I got my Sunbeam 6910 in October and made many a decent coffee up until some time in January when even on 1, the grind was under extracting and basically brown water was coming out. No mouse tails, no crema. So I got the shits.

    So heres hoping its all working wonderfully once its cleaned and shimmed and put back together!

    Now if anyone can give me any tips for cleaning/de-scaling the coffee machine, Id be greatly appreciative.

    Looking forward to much snobbery now that Im a member here. ;)

    Cheers!

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    Re: Thank you Coffee Snobs!!!

    Hi and welcome to the Forum.

    I owned a Sunbeam for several years and it was a great machine - I used the sunbeam tablets to descale and clean mine. There are several products on the market available from the site sponsors. You may want to talk to them to see the alternatives to the sunbeam tablets which are a little expensive. I use Caffetto clean for the weekly clean of the brew head and I also use it to clean the group handle with my new machine and it should work OK for the cleaning cycle on the Sunbeam (only use a 1/4 of a spoon).

    I used the descale tablets from Sunbeam and they worked well for the three years I had the Sunbeam (6910) but I am sure one of the sponsors will have a product that is cheaper.

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    Re: Thank you Coffee Snobs!!!

    only 1 reply? :(

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    Re: Thank you Coffee Snobs!!!

    Quote Originally Posted by 5277787F657E49407F7D7F7871160 link=1336006006/2#2 date=1336092185
    only 1 reply? :(
    OK then.

    Use the manufacturer recommended process and products.

    What is wrong with that?

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    Re: Thank you Coffee Snobs!!!

    Quote Originally Posted by 0F2A25223823141D222022252C4B0 link=1336006006/0#0 date=1336006006
    Now if anyone can give me any tips for cleaning/de-scaling the coffee machine, Id be greatly appreciative.
    Quote Originally Posted by 0F2A25223823141D222022252C4B0 link=1336006006/2#2 date=1336092185
    only 1 reply?
    Mate, use the search facility on the top right to access the wealth of info on this forum.

    As with all forums, regular members get sick of answering the same basic queries over and over.

    Happy coffeesnobbing. :)

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    Re: Thank you Coffee Snobs!!!

    Hi Danish,

    Did you get your grinder sorted out?

    Theres a lot of good info on the forum about this machine and keeping it maintained that a quick search will reveal, though it does take a bit of wading through!

    I decided early on that the Sunbeam cleaning offerings were way too expensive for my cleaning schedule (I chemical backflush every weekend, water backflush cycle in the middle of the week & a manual backflush after cleanup at the end of each session) so emailed cafetto directly to find out what theyd recommend.* I received a very comprehensive reply recommending their S15 tablets or Espresso Clean (which Im currently using and it works surprisingly well with the rubber blind disc) for the backflush cycle, and "Restore" descaler - which Ill use when my current descaler (Cino) is depleted.

    Make sure that before backflushing you first remove the shower screens and give them a wash to remove any grinds before refitting and running the backflush cycle.* When refitting, the screw shouldnt be too tight... Of course, if you find said screw in the filter basket at the completion of the cleaning cycle, it wasnt quite tight enough* :-X.

    And you should also remove the shower screens when doing the descale, cant remember if that is mentioned in the manual, along with removing the anti-calc filter from the water tank.

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    Re: Thank you Coffee Snobs!!!

    Quote Originally Posted by 4B4C594F4254721C1414142D0 link=1336006006/3#3 date=1336094375
    Use the manufacturer recommended process and products.
    Ditto, Ill third that. Your machine is a thermoblock machine. Follow Sunbeams recommendations. Most machines spoken about here are boiler machines and instructions for them are more generic/universal.

    Steve

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    Re: Thank you Coffee Snobs!!!

    my coffee machine has a shower screen? I had a laugh what do you know!

    Andy sent me an email about the coffee expo which i thought was nice so I replied and then got an email saying that emails arent read. sorry for my being confused.


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    Re: Thank you Coffee Snobs!!!

    Asked a few people at the expo but nobody knew who Andy was. Now I think it was just spam.

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    Re: Thank you Coffee Snobs!!!

    I suspect that you received the group email sent to all CS members, which comes from webmaster@coffeesnobs.com.au

    If so, it was not spam.

    Andys email address is cited in his profile (and hes always replied to my emails), and is andy@coffeesnobs. com . au

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    Re: Thank you Coffee Snobs!!!

    Quote Originally Posted by 16333C3B213A0D043B393B3C35520 link=1336006006/8#8 date=1336347977
    Asked a few people at the expo but nobody knew who Andy was. Now I think it was just spam.
    You might have tried stopping by the Coffeesnobs stand at the Expo to talk to the man himself!!
    Im not sure who you were asking, with nearly 20,000 CS members, published articles in industry magazines, years in the industry and string of presentations in such Expos to his credit, a fair few people know who he is ........* ;D ;D ;D

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    Re: Thank you Coffee Snobs!!!

    I think Im a bit too beginner for this website.

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    Re: Thank you Coffee Snobs!!!

    Not at all DV!!!
    Please dont be put off by the robustness of responses.
    Everybody here started in coffee at some time, they werent born that way !* :)
    Look what youve found out to help you already and theres lots more info to help you.
    With a community of nearly 20,000 people who, like you all started somewhere, youll find an answer to almost any conceivable question you may have by using the search feature of the forum.

    Regards,

    Tim

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    Re: Thank you Coffee Snobs!!!

    Agreed - youre in the right place. There are A LOT of 6910 owners (or ex-owners) on this forum and there is a lot of useful info. You do need to do some searching, however, re cleaning ...

    Quote Originally Posted by 4364717E100 link=1336006006/1#1 date=1336031230
    I owned a Sunbeam for several years and it was a great machine - I used the sunbeam tablets to descale and clean mine.* There are several products on the market available from the site sponsors.* You may want to talk to them to see the alternatives to the sunbeam tablets which are a little expensive.* I use Caffetto clean for the weekly clean of the brew head and I also use it to clean the group handle with my new machine and it should work OK for the cleaning cycle on the Sunbeam (only use a 1/4 of a spoon).*

    I used the descale tablets from Sunbeam and they worked well for the three years I had the Sunbeam (6910) but I am sure one of the sponsors will have a product that is cheaper.
    This is good advice. I use Caffetto "espresso clean" as a substitute for the Sunbeam cleaning tablets and cafetto "restore espresso machine de scaler" for de-scaling. I get them form Coffee Parts, but plenty of other suplliers stock the stuff.

    Again, welcome to CS. If you really want good coffee this is a great place for info and support! Have fun and enjoy the journey. :)

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    Re: Thank you Coffee Snobs!!!

    Danish Viking - Do not feel to bad. All of us were beginners at some time and the information available on this forum is a little daunting. But one thing you will find the information is given in the spirit of helping.

    The search function is excellent and there are many threads on the equipment you have. So happy surfing and enjoy the journey.



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