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11 years 8 months ago #2926 by cappuccino1
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Hi,

Decided on trying dehydrated citric acid powder for descaling my Silvia as Colin recommended,instead of using Cleancaf. Common sense must always prevail and Colin seems to have a lot of it.
I went to my local health food store and the lady said that they did not sell citric acid powder and that they only sold Calcium ascorbate powder and vitamin C crystals.
She also said that I would have a hard time finding it which I find very hard to believe. Nevertheless I will not give up- I will go to every single health food store starting with the biggeast and most likely ones.


By the way, with reference to an earlier e-mail I am not Roman R,nor have I ever met or ever known a Roman R.

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11 years 8 months ago #2928 by colin
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cappuccino1 wrote:

Hi,

Decided on trying dehydrated citric acid powder for descaling my Silvia as Colin recommended,instead of using Cleancaf. Common sense must always prevail and Colin seems to have a lot of it.
I went to my local health food store and the lady said that they did not sell citric acid powder and that they only sold Calcium ascorbate powder and vitamin C crystals.
She also said that I would have a hard time finding it which I find very hard to believe.


It is the primary ingredient in \"Bath Bombs\" - many craft stores, health food stores, druggists carry it.

Here is one of HUNDREDS of google links to Citric Acid -- again, which is NO more than dehydrated lemon juice. You can use it for cleaning (descaling) espresso machines and coffee urns. And it is 1/100th the price of cleaning powder you buy from coffee retailers -

Sample Link to Citric acid.

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11 years 8 months ago #2929 by colin
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And if Steve does not see the irony of this link, I will eat several Number-4 coffee filters.
I did not know this, but the link I provided is in the Toronto area!

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11 years 7 months ago #3002 by Setting it straight
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No, citric acid is NOT \"just dehydrated lemon juice\". While it is a fairly innocuous ingredient, it is made from fermented bacteria, similarly to how the cultures in yogurt are made. It is not a bad-for-you product, but it is in no way made from lemon juice when you buy it in powder form, as producers haven't been able to afford the actual citrus source of it like that for decades. Making it from fermented (safe) bacteria is much cheaper for them, and so that is where it comes from when purchased as a powder.

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9 years 3 months ago #4376 by bikerbob
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I AM NEW TO THIS FORUM. A FEW MONTHS AGO I PURCHASED A SOLIS SL70 ESPRESSO MACHINE AND NOW FEEL IT IS TIME TO DESCALE.
CAN SOME ONE PROVIDE THE AMOUNT OF CITRIC ACID TO BE ADDED TO A GIVEN QUANTITY OF WATER?
ALSO CAN YOU PROVIDE THE PROPER PROCEDURE FOR DESCALING SINCE THIS MACHINE DOES NOT BACKFLUSH?
THANKS
BIKERBOB

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9 years 3 months ago - 9 years 2 months ago #4377 by colin
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1 tablespoon of citric acid to 1L of water.

Add citric acid to the reservoir once a month -
Run half of this through the unit in sequential
"empty portafilter" brew sequences with the
power on obviously.

Power the unit OFF and let the machine sit
with its boiler full of the water / citric acid mix.

Leave for 1 hour.

Power up.

Also run water and steam through the steam wand with this mix.
Finish flushing with the acid water mix.

Refill with fresh water and repeat.
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