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glennk
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Posted Sun Feb 7, 2010, 4:00pm
Subject: Best way to clean  swiss gold, filter basket, caraffe?
 

Was just washing out filter basket and noticed what looked like an oil slick floating in the middle of the water. I've been using Dawn dish soap with a brush I only use for the coffee stuff.
   No amount of rinsing totally removed it, though it did lessen after about a zillion rinses.
   I'm assuming this is the soap. It doesn't appear in a glass out of the dishwasher.  Is it enough to impart an off flavor?
   I brew three pots a day so I can't just toss the stuff in the dishwasher. Plus, my TV has a thermal caraffe that can't go in.
   
   Have read mixed opinions in my research.
   What's the best or "proper" way to wash everything ?

   Once again, this newbe is relying on you guys' advice.

   Thanks,
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Posted Sun Feb 7, 2010, 4:31pm
Subject: Re: Best way to clean  swiss gold, filter basket, caraffe?
 

Scratch the soap... look to coffee specific cleaners.
For internal components be sure to descale the machine every 1-3 months (depending on frequency of use and water quality).  Use a quality descaling product such as CleanCaf, Dezcal, etc.  These can also be used for residue but it would get expensive.
So for daily cleaning look to commercial coffee/espresso machine cleaning products such as PuroCaffe, PulyCaffe, Urinex, etc.  These cleaners are specifically designed to dissolve coffee residue.  Be sure to rinse well with VERY hot water.
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Posted Sun Feb 7, 2010, 11:17pm
Subject: Re: Best way to clean  swiss gold, filter basket, caraffe?
 

Thanks for the info. Just so I'm clear; I'm supposed to use one of these products  on my filter, basket, and caraffe after every pot I brew( 3 a day)?
   Sounds a little more expensive and possibly more inconvenient depending on how these products are used. But I'm game if it's the best way.
   
   Is this what most of you guys do? Any other methods, tips or products?

   Thanks,
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Posted Mon Feb 8, 2010, 1:19am
Subject: Re: Best way to clean  swiss gold, filter basket, caraffe?
 

Hi Glenn,

No, daily cleaning isn't necessary, unless you are a café churning out tones of coffee.  I good regular clean is pretty important though.  The build of coffee oils can clog things up, and the hard minerals from your water - even if its filtered - will do the same.  Both will also change the taste of your coffee.

There are a lot of cleaners on the market. A lot of these are pretty harsh chemicals, and can be costly.

Check out this post on using vinegar to clean you coffee maker, coffee caraffe and filter.

Hope this clears things up for you...

 
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Posted Mon Feb 8, 2010, 9:58am
Subject: Re: Best way to clean  swiss gold, filter basket, caraffe?
 

Thermal carafe - every few days a spoon of "oxiclean" (or equivalent in your country) which is very very cheap, plus very hot water and left for a few minutes then rinsed out. Not every day - a quick rinse and a nylon brush will be fine in between times. Failing an oxiclean equivalent, something like pulycaf, but that's a bit more expensive.

Swissgold and filter holder - rinsed out thoroughly, and re-used during the day.  Dishwasher at end of day.

That's what I do anyway - seems to work fine (although the Melitta carafe is a glass lined vacuum rather than a stainless steel inner, but can't see S/S and oxiclean being a problem.)
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Posted Mon Feb 8, 2010, 10:57am
Subject: Re: Best way to clean  swiss gold, filter basket, caraffe?
 

Appreciate the input.

   To be clear, what do you guys do to your caraffe, filter, and basket between every pot?
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Posted Mon Feb 8, 2010, 11:23am
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Throughout the day I simply rinse immediately with very hot water.
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Posted Mon Feb 8, 2010, 8:42pm
Subject: Re: Best way to clean  swiss gold, filter basket, caraffe?
 

Annually I scrub my SwissGold with a thick paste consisting of baking soda and water in order to remove the buildup of oils.
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Posted Sun Jun 13, 2010, 11:39am
Subject: Re: Best way to clean  swiss gold, filter basket, caraffe?
 

glennk Said:

Appreciate the input.

   To be clear, what do you guys do to your caraffe, filter, and basket between every pot?

Posted February 8, 2010 link

EspressoAmore Said:

Throughout the day I simply rinse immediately with very hot water.

Posted February 8, 2010 link

Wow, are we only supposed to use hot water?  Like the OP, I use dish soap and hot water between every pot too.  I haven't seen any soap residue as I rinse with very hot water.  Is it bad to use regular dish soap for everyday cleaning?

Thanks.
~christine

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