One of the most widely-used espresso machine cleaners in the industry, Cafiza from Urnex takes the cake when it comes to removing residue that can harm both coffee flavor and machine longevity. See this popular cleaner in action in this video, as Caleb demos backflushing with Urnex Cafiza Cleaning Powder.
Hey, friends. Caleb here, with Prima Coffee. Today, we're taking a look at Cafiza from Urnex. If you're a barista, if you're worked in a coffee shop or a restaurant that serves espresso, you've probably heard of Cafiza, as it is a very popular detergent for cleaning espresso machines. It's very widely used. It's a part of your daily process of cleaning and maintaining your machine. When that's not done, you know, coffee oil and residue can build up in your machine and cause your coffee to taste off, you know, get some rancid, bitter notes in your coffee. It can also build up and have a very negative effect on your machine, possibly break it down. So, the process is very simple. So, we're going to go ahead and just walk through it, just walk through a basic backflushing process.Urnex Cafiza Espresso Machine Cleaning Powder (20oz)
What you do is you're going to add about three grams of Cafiza to the basket to a blind portafilter basket. And then, what you do is just insert it right into the groove head, lock it in place, and then for a manual actuator like this, we're going to turn it on for ten seconds, let it sit for ten seconds, and do that five times. If you have a machine with an automatic cleaning cycle, you're just going to turn it on and let it do its thing. So, we'll turn this on, let it run for about ten seconds. And then, once that's finished, we'll cut it off and you're going to do that a total of five times. And then after that, you remove the portafilter, dump it out, rinse it out, get all the detergent off of there. And then, you're going to do the same exact thing without detergent in there. You're going to lock it in, turn it back on, kind of, get as much of that out there as possible.
One thing to note is that you do have to have an espresso machine with a three wave valve, as it could potentially damage your machine if you don't have that. So, if you don't know if you do or not, check your owner's manual or contact us. We'd love to help you. So, you turn that back off, just empty it out. And then, be sure when you're dialing in, to just discard the first shot, as there might be some leftover detergent in there. Now, Cafiza is not only good for backflushing, you can also use it to soak different parts of your espresso machine. So, your portafilter, your basket, the shower screens, and the screws in there. You can drop it into a bucket, pour one liter of water to six grams of Cafiza, let it sit for 15 to 30 minutes, and you're good to go. Just, kind of, rinse it off afterwards. Cafiza's also good for cleaning batch brewers as well as roasting equipment, so that's kind of interesting. Anyway, so that is the Cafiza from Urnex. Thanks for watching.