Descaling how often Breville Barista Express?

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BaristaMan

#1: Post by BaristaMan »

Hello,
How do I know when to descale the breville barista express?

BaristaMan (original poster)

#2: Post by BaristaMan (original poster) »

Can you answer?

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slipchuck

#3: Post by slipchuck »

When I owned one I descaled it around 3 times a year
Or when I noticed a decrease in the amount of steam output


Randy
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BaristaMan (original poster)

#4: Post by BaristaMan (original poster) » replying to slipchuck »

Thanks,
Did you use dezcal solution?
Also do you think I need water filter if I buy bottled mineral water?

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slipchuck

#5: Post by slipchuck » replying to BaristaMan »

Breville recommends vinager and water. I think if you descale regularly you should be alright. Filter would not hurt


Randy
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BaristaMan (original poster)

#6: Post by BaristaMan (original poster) » replying to slipchuck »

Thanks, can you send an amazon link to water filter?
There are a lot of fakes out there.

pcrussell50

#7: Post by pcrussell50 »

In answer to the OP's question, I would advise to never descale. I do what La Marzocco recommends and what they do in high end espresso shops and feed my machine water that does not form scale. NOT distilled or RO though.

-Peter
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slipchuck

#8: Post by slipchuck »

BaristaMan wrote:Thanks, can you send an amazon link to water filter?
There are a lot of fakes out there.
The only ones I know of are through Breville


Randy
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pcrussell50

#9: Post by pcrussell50 »

I don't know how much the Breville softeners cost because I never even unwrapped mine. I use a comparatively gigantic softening filter that is $55 to replace, about once a year. And it has a carbon block too.

This one: https://www.klearwaterstore.com/3m-esp ... XIQAvD_BwE

I bought mine from a dealer on ebay

Coupled with a proper hardness testing kit and good to go. I wouldn't do without a proper hardness testing kit unless I mixed my own water starting from distilled. Then you wouldn't need a kit because you would know that you only have water and whatever buffer you add (bicarbonate of potassium or sodium).

-Peter
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Nunas
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#10: Post by Nunas »

Also do you think I need water filter if I buy bottled mineral water?
Probably. Mineral waters are not all the same. The label should give the contents. Mineral water is not the same as distilled or RO water. If you are buying water anyway, I suggest buying distilled water and adding to it, as suggested by others. If you do a search here on water you'll find dozens of favourite recipes for suitable water. If you do not add too much hardness to the distilled water you'll never or only rarely need to descale. Your machine although technically a thermoblock is actually a thermocoil, as the water path through the block is stainless tubing. When you descale just be sure your chem is fine for stainless. Breville recommends vinegar...cheap, easy to get and it won't hurt stainless. The only down side to vinegar is it needs a bit more flushing than some other chemicals, to get rid of the vinegar taste.