The first time I used Cleancaf, something remarkable happened.  I was dissolving a packet of Cleancaf in a quart of warm water in my coffee maker’s carafe before pouring it into the machine’s reservoir.  As I stirred, I suddenly noticed that a heretofore invisible film was being stripped off the inside surfaces of the carafe.  Small gray sheets and bits of material – that I’d never realized was there – were coming off the walls of the carafe.  After the Cleancaf was dissolved, I dumped the solution into the coffee maker and ran it through a brew cycle.

In addition to a bunch of calcified looking chunks being deposited in the machine’s empty filter, the water which ended up in the carafe was literally GREY.  Here’s a shot of this taken by another Cleancaf user (thanks to Paul Rj Muller) –

It was amazing just how much junk and crud builds up in our Technivorm, and the greyish water that results from using Cleancaf is nothing less than disgusting.

After the initial brew cycle, you run clean water through the unit twice.  A side benefit is the fact that the carafe, water reservoir, – in fact, all the components that brewing coffee touches – look much, much cleaner after Cleancaf – in fact, they look virtually new!

For the record, I had descaled the unit in the past with white vinegar.  It’s abundantly clear (no pun intended) that vinegar did a very poor job by comparison.

Cleancaf is non-toxic and easy to use.  As I write this, three packets cost $5.11 at Amazon. 

  • Coffee and espresso maker cleaner
  • Use for cleaning home coffee makers and espresso machines
  • Has no odor and is non-toxic
  • Enjoy better tasting coffee
  • Box comes with 3 packets

See it here:  Cleancaf Cleaner and Descaler for Home Coffee and Espresso Equipment (3 x 0.33 oz)

I heartily recommend this product; it’s inexpensive and does a fantastic job!  If you’ve been using vinegar to descale your coffee maker, you definitely ought to give Cleancaf a try!

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5 Comments on Cleancaf: The best coffee maker cleaner / descaler

  1. Michael Webber says:

    I wonder if this stuff would clean hydration bladders?


    Kevin Reply:

    I’m sure it would… but I don’t know how effectively. Perhaps if you dissolved it in HOT water.


    Michael W. Reply:

    Some hydration bladders anticipate the problem by having wide necks and bottle brushes, but Platypus, my favorite, has narrow necks and there is no easy brushing approach. I didn’t think my bottles were getting nasty, because there was no visible sign and no taste deterioration, but I felt inside with my finger on one old one and … it was slimy! Yuck.


    Kevin Reply:

    Used it on my stainless steel coffee mug… for best results, you still need to be able to use a brush or sponge. The difference is amazing, though; I just wasn’t able to get at everything, even using a sponge and a pair of tongs.

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