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Hello guys.

Wanted an old-time sturdy coffee pot that lasts and found this one made of copper and maybe tin too:

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Is it antique or retro? Not sure but it had "6 rubles" writing molded outside on the bottom so it must be of Russian origin...

The concern is safe drinking from it. It had a small fragment of what seemed old newspaper attached on the bottom. I put a teaspoon of lemon acid, water and boiled it. There was no more of that paper fragment but the bottom still looks like it has spots of corrosion or something and rust. I am not sure you can see those well as I took close shots with smartphone's camera:

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What do you guys recommend I do? Is it safe to make coffee in that pot and drink it? Are there other cleaning methods that help ensure safety of drinking from that coffee pot?

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I would first clean it with bicarbonate of soda (about a tablespoonful per pint capacity of the pot) and hot water, be aware that this will froth up and possibly overflow.

Scour it out with a metal pan scourer once it's cooled. If it still looks dirty, do it again.

Then I would use a sterilising solution suitable for a babies feeding bottles, let it soak for a while, and then rinse thoroughly afterwards.

I can't guarantee that this will make it safe, it's just how I'd do it.

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There's this here about coffee pots.
https://www.turkishcoffeeworld.com/category-s/76.htm



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@ayjay You mentioned metal pan scourer which is something article recommends against in a link that @Dave54 posted.


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ugoleaf wrote:
@ayjay You mentioned metal pan scourer which is something article recommends against in a link that @Dave54 posted.


I only said it's how I'd do it, it doesn't mean it's the right way. :mrgreen:

The bicarb will soften anything residing on the pot, a scourer will usually then remove it.

It's my first line of attack with anything like that in the kitchen, (unless it's greasy, and then it's soda crystals).

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The only way to ensure it is safe, is to only drink from it dressed like this :mrgreen:

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Whatever you do will be fine I am sure.


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Has it been tin washed inside? If not you don't wan't to be drinking from it as copper pans are not good for you, especially if boiling acidic coffee inside.


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ayjay wrote:
The bicarb will soften anything residing on the pot, a scourer will usually then remove it.


The problem is that my hand will not fit inside if I wanted to use scourer...

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Has it been tin washed inside? If not you don't wan't to be drinking from it as copper pans are not good for you, especially if boiling acidic coffee inside.


Tin washed? You mean tin-coated?


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ugoleaf wrote:
ayjay wrote:
The bicarb will soften anything residing on the pot, a scourer will usually then remove it.


The problem is that my hand will not fit inside if I wanted to use scourer...

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Has it been tin washed inside? If not you don't wan't to be drinking from it as copper pans are not good for you, especially if boiling acidic coffee inside.


Tin washed? You mean tin-coated?


Yes, I have always heard the process referred to as tin washing, i am not sure what the process is exactly, all I know is that copper cookware that isn't coated with tin shouldnt be used


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Nice thing make a great ornament, but chances are if it is "tinned" with solder it is lead solder. As far as sterilising to remove bugs etc boiling water will do that, but as far as any metallic contamination there is not a lot you can do I would stick to keeping it as a conversation piece myself.


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We used to put steradenttabs in our army bottles to clean them. That may work :thumbright:


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