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Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Editor’s Choice: Cleancaf

Here on the Fancy Food blog, we’ve written a lot about our love of tea and a semi-regular habit of taking tea breaks in the afternoon. Based on the blog, you’d think we had banished coffee from the premises, but making coffee each and every morning while discussing the day’s work plans is our preferred way to get the creative juices going.

I’ve always paid as little attention as possible to the cleanliness or lack thereof of the office coffee maker, but in the back of my mind there’s always been a voice telling me to clean it out. Turns out, I’m not the only one. When I showed fellow editor Ashley Trent the sample of Cleancaf I got in the mail her first response was “Awesome, let’s use it tomorrow and write about it for our blog.”

Just as Cleancaf has promised, I wouldn’t know how much better my coffee would taste before cleaning it. The easy-to-follow directions instructed me to dissolve the powder in water and run the coffee maker a few times to make sure the cleaning solution is gone. The new batch of coffee was lighter and fresher than anything we’ve had in the office. I honestly can’t remember the coffee tasting this delicious.

Cleancaf, made by Urnex, is an odorless, nonacid scale inhibitor and detergent. With just one run through (the company suggests using Cleancaf at least every month), the bitter taste was gone. The cleaner also stops mineral deposits for a longer clean. Cleancaf can also be used on espresso makers and to clean a French press.

For even more coffee-cleaning solutions, Urnex makes Dezcal Activated Descaler that decalcifies brewers, espresso makers and pod and capsule machines. Grindz cleans coffee bean grinders, and Cafiza is a tablet that works on a home automatic espresso machine.

For more details about Cleancaf and Urnex’s other coffee-related cleaners, visit