Keeping your coffee equipment clean is a chore we are all resigned to doing. It is a requirement to avoid the nasty taste that comes from oily residues leftover from the extraction process, and we typically use espresso cleaning chemicals to do it.
Commercial coffee cleaners are chemical-based and must be flushed completely after being used as they may contain harmful components. Their production is also damaging to the environment.
We’re starting to see environmentally friendly cleaning powder, like these from Biocaf, which eliminate residue and oils from coffee machines, valves, and lines and claim to be greener and safer. They are used in the same way as traditional chemicals to remove coffee stains from batch brewer filter baskets and servers, and to make a soaking solution to clean other equipment, parts, and accessories.
The Biocaf powder is made from biodegradable non-harmful ingredients such as Sodium Bicarbonate, Sodium Carbonate, Sodium Gluconate, Sodium Citrate, Sodium Percarbonate, Sodium Coco-Sulfate, and Alkyl Polyglycosides. They avoid the use of phosphates and are odourless.
We tried buying some Biocaf, but unfortunately, it was not immediately obvious how to purchase it on their website. Amazon didn’t list it either, but they did list another product called Evo, which looked similar. We might give this a try on our equipment and see how well it performs.