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What is the proper method to descale?

Hi, I need to descale my Saeco Vienna machine -- but I'm not sure, do I need to remove the brew group, or run the solution through with the brew group in?

The descaling instructions say that if you have a machine that "works with whole coffee beans (i.e., it contains a grinder), decalcify only the hot water discharge system so that the brewing system is not decalcified." Does this make sense to you?

Or do I just empty the bean hopper, put the solution in the tank, and run it through? The manual is vague on the how-to for descaling...

Thanks!

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  • cglen Nov 10, 2007

    Ok, I've been reading and searching more since I posted...actually, if the bean hopper is empty, the machine won't run (I actually knew that, just forgot). This is a feature of the automatic Vienna, to protect the grinder. I don't think this machine has a by-pass feature for the grinder, so if what I read on partsguru.com is correct, I need to brew normally (it says if I don't have a bypass or pre-ground feature, just to brew a large espresso.) Has anyone descaled this particular machine?

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Yes, you should empty the bean hopper and put the solution in the tank and run it through.

Posted on Nov 10, 2007

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    Lyle Siemens Nov 10, 2007

    I have a similar machine but older, mine works with bean hopper empty but looks like yours needs to be intact for it to run. The chemical components to de-scale should not be harmfull to the internals at all. Full de-scaling would just simply to add the solution to the tank and let it run.

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