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Topic: cleaning thermoses and other coffee stuff (12 msgs / 225 lines)
1) From: Zara Haimo
The last order I placed for beans, I also ordered a jar of Joe Glo Espresso 
Machine Cleaner to backflush my Giotto.  When I got it, the instructions 
said it could be used for other things and I started using it on all my 
coffee stuff.  I had a 10+ year old thermos that smelled of stale coffee no 
matter what I used to clean it - baking soda, oxyclean, etc.  One brief soak 
in a solution of Joe Glo and it had absolutely no coffee odor at all. 
Sweetmarias carries the stuff - definitely good for getting out the old 
coffee smell and it leaves all my coffee stuff shiny clean too.

2) From: raymanowen
I got some JGlo with my latest order, hoping the tombstone Capresso can be
fooled into backflushing, but the PF is not really the problem. I get
incredible amounts random grounds and bilge water from the "group," on blank
shots. Faint brown is not the way for a blank.
I suppose I'll have to remove the diffuser disc all the time. What a pain.
Cheers, Mabuhay -RayO, aka Opa!
Got Grinder?
On Nov 6, 2007 12:28 AM, Zara Haimo  wrote:
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3) From: Sean Cary
how does it work on plastic - the swiss gold and the holder on my
Preto never smell - "clean" even with oxyclean...does it remove that
hardcore, nothing else works stuff?
Sean
88!
On Nov 11, 2007 9:12 AM,   wrote:
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4) From: raymanowen
The instructions say that it works *FAST, *so just a quick *dip* is the
order of the day. At the worst, it might cost you a filter- then it wouldn't
smell. The Presto holder should be fine.
When an amateur radio operator sends "88" in Morse Code, do you know what
greeting he/she's sending?
Cheers, Mabuhay -RayO, aka Opa!
Got Grinder?
On Nov 10, 2007 11:16 PM, Sean Cary  wrote:
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5) From: Sean Cary
Best Regards...  But that is my countdown - 88 to GO!  So Best Regards
until I GO!
Sean
87.75?  Sort of good regards?
On Nov 11, 2007 10:12 AM,   wrote:
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6) From: Zara Haimo
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The 10+ year old insulated mug I cleaned using JoeGlo is mostly stainless 
inside, but the lid is plastic and there is a seal that is some sort of soft 
plastic material.  The whole mug had a stale coffee smell that I never got 
out with any other cleaner including Oxyclean.  A brief soak (maybe a minute 
or so) in a JoeGlo solution completely eliminated the smell.

7) From: Aaron
given a swiss gold is . well...gold, the chemicals shouldn't fubar it 
too much.   I throw mine in an ultrasonic cleaner once every few weeks, 
works wonders.....    anyways......  do NOT use bleach... it will eat 
the plastic of the SG after a little bit, then it gets sticky, and 
well... nuff said.....
any cleaner, oxygen or whatever based shold work well... give it a try 
if you eat your filter ill get you a new one, call it a christmas 
present or whatever....
Aaron

8) From: Alex Garant
I also bought some Joe Glo with my recent Sweet Marias coffee purchase. I 
used in on my iRoast roasting chamber - glass and metal. The dark brown 
baked on coffee residue that I could hardly see through wiped away easily. 
Before this, I had tried to clean it with several ineffective cleaners and 
never got it totally clean no matter how hard I scrubbed. Joe Glo really 
works. As for plastic, I was a bit apprehensive, but decided to soak the lid 
of my iRoast (just the top part with mesh screen) in a solution of hot water 
and Joe Glo. I had noticed that the screen was beginning to clog up with 
roasting residue to a point that airflow was not what it used to be. I 
soaked the lid for an hour or so (I know it says it works fast, but this lid 
was a mess) I didn't get quite the same miracle results this time but with a 
toothbrush, most of the buildup came off and the airflow was much better. As 
half of the lid is plastic, I was initially worried about coming back to see 
a disintegrated blob where my lid had been, but I in fact saw no evidence of 
pitting or etching. You might try a test on the item you want to clean. Make 
a solution of Joe Glo and put a drop or two on an unnoticable area of thing 
you want to clean and leave it sit for a while, then dry and examine 
closely. So far my experience is - Joe Glo is magic... oh and it worked 
great on my Izzo Alex espresso machine too!
Alex.

9) From: Jerry Procopio
Is Joe Glo any different than Cafiza?  Is it any better?  I have gotten 
incredible results with Cafiza cleaning all kinds of coffee stained things.
Thanks,
Jerry
Zara Haimo wrote:
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10) From: raymanowen
"I have gotten incredible results with Cafiza cleaning all kinds of coffee
stained things."
So, why change success?
Following miKe's suggestion for cleaning the bloody Capresso after a
Gorgeous L-A shot, I found there is no blank filter. Now there is- McGuyver
said to make one, using a bike inner tube to supply a rubber disc to block a
filter.
There is also an unmarked position on the valve control that relieves
pressure separately from the top of the coffee puck. Worked like a charm
this morning. Totally dry puck after brewing a Hellacious couple of doubles.
I must have run it in the ground sometime back, when I ground too fine and
packed too tightly, so that it stalled. "El Cheapo machine-" I thought the
pump pressure was inadequate for shot brewing, and I could never get it
completely cleaned out after that.
I have to backflush the thing three complete times to rid all of the grounds
and the bilge water residual "volunteer" brew so that the next shot will be
made with only hot water and fresh grounds. Egad, it works like a charm!- I
love it.
When the Eagle returns, I could get a second one so I can enjoy the shot
without worrying about cleaning up right away.
Cheers, Mabuhay -RayO, aka Opa!
If one is good, two are better...
On Nov 14, 2007 12:14 AM, Jerry Procopio  wrote:
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11) From: Zara Haimo
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I don't know.  I don't happen to have any Cafiza now, so I can't compare 
labels or the actual stuff.  On the Sweet Maria's site, Tom describes both 
as detergents.  He says not to use Cafiza on aluminum, but doesn't mention 
that for Joe Glo which doesn't mean that it isn't also bad for aluminum.  He 
says Joe Glo deodorizes, but doesn't say the same about Cafiza which doesn't 
mean it doesn't do it.

12) From: Jerry Procopio
Zara,
I was just cleaning out e-mails when I realized that I asked a question 
and you had answered.  Thanks.  I'll probably get some Joe Glo when SM 
reopens.
Jerry
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