I really thought my shot-to-shot cleanup was good enough. "Maybe the green
beans do have an expiration date prior to 18 months - two years..."
I was wishing I had taken my friend's offer of the 4 or 6 group espresso
bar. Upgrade, Upgrade!
(I always push the idea of a clean machine, and now it's time for me to eat
People blow out the group gasket on espresso machines, maybe without ever
wondering why it went.
My little Capresso never leaked, but I noticed two troubling things about
brewing with it:
1. It always leaves grounds in the vicinity of the gasket seal, even
with the puck intact-
2. Some grounds always flush or float on top of the diffuser, and they
may stay there from shot to shot- the ultimate over extraction. Gak.
I always thought I was taking good care of it when I wiped out the group
and gasket with my Costco washcloth/ rags. They're white, so it's easy to
see when they pick up stray coffee grounds or stains. I figured I had it
cleaned out when my rag came out clean. It always came clean the last time
I'd wipe out the group...
Likewise with the blank bursts I'd run into a white bowl- without the PF
handle. I just leave the group open to run the pump and flush things out.
Then another tour of the group head with the rag to see if I'd loosened
anything up. Never came clean until the last one.
Mediocrity marches on-
The PCE 1.7 – 1.8KM wasn't coming out of the TV with the same luscious
flavor and aroma as when I first got the #4 Gold filter just for it. It
couldn't be the TV… I've only brewed a couple of hundred pots of coffee,
scores of cups of green tea and many bowls of oatmeal since I cleaned it
early last year.
Hmmm- Kaftan #2 to the rescue.
Egad. Stentorian flavor and aroma with 70g of beans ground at 50 on Grinde=
M brewed with 1.25L of water at 187° F. Whoa! This is an incredibly Rich =
Beautiful cuppa. "What's to clean?" I thought, since I never let it get
dirty. Hypothesis vs fact.
The waste brine out of the TV still tastes like Citric acid. What's good
for the TechniVorm is good for the Capresso, but it won't make any
difference. I cleaned it after every shot.
Not so Fast. I thought I'd put at least as much effort into the Capresso as
I used to on the 72-spoke XKE wheels.
The amount of crap and corruption I extracted from the little Capresso [tha=
I always kept clean] was Unbelievable!
Terrycloth and Q-Tips
Fingernail brush and Electric toothbrush
I thought I'd waste time swabbing the gasket with a Q-tip, just for grins.
Waste time? Grins? I got substantial Goo and gunk with every pass!
I dug out more with a fingernail brush, and even got more Gunk and Goo with
a spare electric toothbrush. An unusual group cleaner, but it works.
And Wow! The fabulous PCE 1.7 - 1.8KM is ALL BACK!
I'm sure I've said it before, but the rainbow should taste so good. 1st sho=
out of the clean odd-looking Capresso.
Upgrade unnecessary except for the Grinder. Everybody should upgrade their
grinder and scour out their brewers for the new year. Do it now- enjoy the
Cheers -RayO, aka Opa!
"The great tragedy of Science - the slaying of a beautiful hypothesis by an
ugly fact." - -Thomas Huxley