Cafetto helps coffee industry maintain hygiene and cleaning practices

Cafetto has developed a broad portfolio of products suited to different equipment and requirements to help the coffee industry maintain safe hygiene and cleaning practices.

“At this crazy time, everyone’s concern is that they don’t want to get or spread the coronavirus,” Cafetto General Manager Christine Song says. “Cleaning surfaces and equipment as much as you can has always been good practice, but the current pandemic shows just how important it really is.”

Cafetto’s traditional Espresso Clean tablets and powder are designed to clean a group head through a simple backflushing process with a blind portafilter. When mixed with water, Espresso Clean produces a foamy solution that removes built-up coffee oils and residue. After rinsing, the group head is ready for use.

“Regularly cleaning a machine will make its lifespan longer, require less maintenance, and keep the quality higher,” Christine says.

Through discussions with manufacturers, Cafetto learned of the issue scaling presents to the boiler of an espresso machine and developed a descaler in response.

“If scaling builds up, there is less room for water and it becomes difficult to create good steam,” Christine says. “We support descaling as often as the manufacturer recommends. It is important to keep on top of because many manufacturers don’t provide warranty if descaling isn’t performed.”

On the outside of a coffee machine, the steam wand can be soaked in Cafetto Milk Frother Cleaner to remove milk residue, needing only a wipe down and purge afterwards.

Different products are also available for other types of brewing equipment. Cafetto Brew Clean is compatible with a wide range of coffee brewers, such as Bunn, Marco, Moccamaster, Breville, and larger batch brewing units. Christine says hot water alone isn’t enough to remove coffee oils and stains from these brewers.

A missing piece in Cafetto’s product portfolio that was recently filled was a solution for cold brewing equipment. Cafetto Polar Clean can be used to clean blenders and cold brew systems, including Toddy, Brewista, and nitro units.

“Most cleaning products need to be used with warm to hot water, but you don’t typically want to expose this equipment to high temperatures,” Christine says.

“Polar Clean works similarly to our other brewing cleaning products, but was designed to clean and sanitise with cold water.”

Another niche Cafetto has filled with the grain-based Grinder Clean is the need for an easy-to-use grinder cleaner that doesn’t necessitate disassembling the unit.

“When the pellets run through a grinder, they break apart and take coffee with them as they pass through the burrs,” Christine says.

“You don’t want to use water to clean the internal parts of a grinder, so a very special kind of product was required to clean grinders.”

The naturally produced Grinder Clean is part of Cafetto’s commitment to providing the coffee industry with sustainable cleaning alternatives. This is further embodied by the Cafetto organic range.

Each product in the range contains sustainably sourced ingredients free from genetically modified organisms and phosphates. They are biodegradable and received several certifications for use in organic systems.

“This range was really made with people using organic green beans in mind. It completes the process of being green,” Christine says.

“We use ingredients like tartaric acid, which are produced from food items, plants, and minerals. It’s less harmful to the environment. We want to do what we can to improve coffee’s sustainability.”

Cafetto has developed its cleaning products in consultation with the coffee industry, ensuring they cater to new demands as they arise.

“We don’t ignore existing or potential customers when they’re having problems cleaning their equipment. We always look at what people need and how we can provide a solution,” Christine says.

“Our research and development team carry out many projects where a customised solution is required to solve a customer’s problem. That’s how we went from one product to a full range that cleans different types of equipment.”

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