Clean Your Espresso Machine with Citric Acid

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How I clean my espresso machine with citric acid – a cheap and all natural cleaner. Citric acid is much stronger than vinegar.


René Solis says:

Mr. Coffe old version is brass or alumn reservoir?

Moshe Ernst says:

Most Citric acid is manufactured from distillilng oil, and is not a natural
product. You have to specify cirtic acid from natural products eg lemons My
problem is the filter in which place the coffee is blocked – how do I clean

depatricio says:

i like when he says “…citric acid is found in many soda pops, so is
totally natural ( like soda pops are)…” and…one liter if you are
anywhere in the rest of the world! not just canada LOL

Toucan DIY says:

@flashyshoe011 – at least put my videos up on your video page when you put
such an obvious plug for your site on my comments page!

beletteturbo says:

Thank you! Simple and safe…

kingdarko says:

i drink a heaped tea spoon of citric acid AKA vitamin C daily 😀

markpianoman says:

@nablus0is0nablus It could be that your stomach ache is from the caffeine
in the coffee. Caffeine is hard on the stomach. Would be much better if you
drank cappuccino or espresso…because it has far less caffeine.

Toucan DIY says:

@robotmotor – that’s the lawyers talking. Cirtic acid is the stuff in kid’s
sour candies and fake fruit juices – it really can’t hurt you. (Now I
suppose if you made a super strong solution of it and left your hand in it
for 6 hours you might get a rash.) Just put it trhough your Breville as if
you are making espresso – no backflushing invloved.

aurae69 says:

FYI, citric acid /is/ a chemical, everything is. Citric acid is citric
acid, whether it comes from natural sources or chemically synthesised, it
is the same. Whether something is good/bad for your health has nothing to
do with whether it comes from natural sources or not. PhD in biochemistry.

amufe1 says:

where can i get the citric acid?

ibrahim alalaty says:

@toucandiy thank you

michaeldeibert1 says:

Use Durgol Swiss Espresso Cleaner! You can use citric acid a dozen times
and it won’t work as well as 1 use of Durgol! Its worth the cost. Bottom
line it works!

kingdarko says:

@robphippen yup my bad i got them mixed up, not the first time i’ve done
that haha 😀

Gabbi Watsana says:

Cheers for that.. I will for sure use this method..

E Aguilar says:

Thanks a lot for this information. Very useful. keep up the good work. I
will have to try it.

depatricio says:

i like when he says “…citric acid is found in many soda pops, so is
totally natural ( like soda pops are)…” and…one liter if you are
anywhere in the rest of the world! not just canada LOL

Rob Phippen says:

@kingdarko Vitamin C is ascorbic acid, not citric acid.

axiom5000 says:

While descaling the water in your machine should be as COLD AS POSSIBLE,
i.e. switch it off after flusing the citric acid through the boiler.
Otherwise, insoluble calcium citrate could get stuck in your boiler.

ibrahim alalaty says:


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Sean McIntire says:

@KUKEN222A im assuming that alof of the cheaper models wont recomend this
because the internals are made of mostly plastic tubing and probably not a
brass boiler. chem reactions might deteriate the boiler….and the plastic
tubing might harden and become brittle. just a guess though im no scientist

markpianoman says:

Hey, thanks for that video. I have the same machine and was wondering
whether I should order some of those commercial espresso machine cleaners,
but now I know how to do it much more cheaply. Thanks!

gushhnet says:

The “blueish” tint water is actually suspended cupric chloride, which is
being formed from leeched off copper from your brass boiler. You are
etching it away ever so slightly on every clean up.

Snob Dobbler says:

don’t know if you see this, but for anyone else stumbling in here. I got
mine in the spice/baking aisle of my local supermarket

Sugar & Spice Soaps says:

Awesome as a soap and bath bomb maker I already have this ingredient 🙂
Thanks for sharing 🙂 Mariella

oopartuk says:

i used calgon (for the dishwasher)…stuck a tab in the reservoir, let it
dissolve, pumped a bit through the system and left it for half an hour,
then pumped a bit more water through….my machine wasnt allowing any water
through, and i was in need of a cup – seemed like the most sensible item in
my cupboard was the calgon, we live in a chalk grassland area so the scale
is uber bad…just pumped a bit more water through it and it seems to have
worked a treat,,,,few more pumpings and coffee time!

FourDollaRacing says:

If you need a better example…I’d be happy to take a dump in your espresso
machine before you clean it!

Christopher Wilhelm says:

Thanks for the tutorial! I’ll try it soon.

Carl Rhodes says:

Good presentation, it was very helpful. Thank!

_Hawk_ says:

thanks man

lp92dk1 says:

Thank you, Mark. I have used your advise several times. Works perfect. I
have a question. My Siemens Espresso machine TK76209RW EQ7 tells me to
descale (done with the citric acid) and sometimes to clean with cleaning
tablets. The cleaning tablets is made of 15-30% phosphates, 15-30%
oxygen-based bleaching agent, sodium carbonate. Have you any suggestion
what to use instead of these tablets as they are rather expensive.

markpianoman says:

@nablus0is0nablus Water sentiment and calk…just like if you boiled water
in a pot, the inside of the pot would eventually turn white with calk. The
calk can also hinder the flow of water through the steam wand.

flashyshoe011 says:

Since I got some pointers from coffeeloverstipsandtricks (.) com I’ve saved
so muuch money

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