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Jan 14, 2014 05:23 PM

Descaling an espresso machine in edmonton

Does anyone know where I can buy some descaling solution for my home espresso machine? The manual says I should use only its brand of cleaner (Gaggia) but I'd rather not order online and wait a week if I don't have to.

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  1. Buy citric acid at any big or small hardware store. It may also be available at a grocery store. If they have a section that specializes in canning.

    3 Replies
    1. re: poser

      Be sure to buy "food grade" citric acid. And don't use it in an espresso machine with brass parts inside (speaking from an expensive mistake...)!

      1. re: Sandy204

        yes to food grade citric acid

        Absolutely false on your second comment. Although Aluminum can be affected by some chemicals.

        here is a blow by blow tutorial for the OP

        1. re: poser

          "Aluminum can be affected by some chemicals." Yes!

          And I meant to say *aluminum*. Typo re the brass. Thanks for catching that. We have a Rancilio now, which has brass.

      1. Dezcal... You can buy it at Bed Bath and Beyond.

        1. In my Gaggias (Swing Up and PURE machines), i use a citric acid solution. 40 grams of citric acid to one of the machine's water reservoirs (full of warm water to allow for dissolving). Citric acid I've purchased at Amaranth in Calgary; is also perfect for using in the dishwasher every now and then. According to a Chemist at U of C, citric acid has a double action agent offering up superior results! He was impressed with my implementation :)

          1. I usually order from espressotec - based in Vancouver. They have some great descaling products and will ship to your door.