Coffee for a lot of us is the sweet nectar that is needed in the mornings. Regardless of whether you had a restful night’s sleep or a not so restful one, it’s a great way to boost our energy levels and help us feel inspired and motivated for the day ahead.
Some like it sweet, some like it black, but one thing we all need to face when it comes to owning a coffee maker is maintaining it. That means having to clean it out properly in order for it not to get damaged over time or hinder the taste of your coffee. Here are some tips on how to clean a coffee maker.
Wash Any Removable Parts Properly
Firstly, it’s a good idea to take any removable parts where possible from the coffee machine and soak them in warm soapy water for 10-15 minutes every time your coffee machine gets used.
Ideally, you should be leaving it for a little longer to lift heavier stains, but if you keep up with regular cleaning, ten or fifteen minutes should suffice. Make sure to leave to air dry and then assemble it back onto the coffee machine when dry. Consult your coffee maker instructional manual to ensure you’ve got each and every detachable piece that needs cleaning.
Descale The Machine
Just like a kitchen kettle, your coffee machine will need descaling every so often. A lot of coffee machines will have a light icon that signals when your machine needs descaling, but you’ll probably be told by the white chalky residue that appears in your pot or in the chamber of the machine where the water is kept.
You can easily create a solution for descaling your coffee machine by mixing equal parts white vinegar to water. Fill the water chamber to capacity and then run through a brew cycle. Stop half-way and let the solution sit inside the machine for about an hour.
Run the rest of it through and then empty the water chamber. Run your machine through a couple of times with just water and the descaling is complete! You should do this every month or so.
Cleaning A Drip Coffee Maker
For general cleaning of your drip coffee maker, it’s a good idea to follow the descaling process that’s mentioned above. For deeper set stains, baking soda can be an ideal solution. Use a soft sponge, a bit of water mixed with baking powder and scrub away.
If the stain remains or the stains themselves are hard to reach, you can always mix two cups of baking soda with four cups of water and let it sit in the coffee pot overnight. If you have a reusable filter or brew basket, consider these as detachable parts that you clean with warm, soapy water.
Cleaning A French Press
For your french cleaning press, it’s important to remember that there are some intricate parts to it that are delicate and can get damaged if you’re using the wrong tools. Avoid using any metal spoons to clean it out and instead use your hands or a soft sponge with soapy water.
Dissemble it from the outer handle for a deeper clean and use baking soda for deep-set stains like mentioned above. Any further stains that aren’t budging can be removed with a mixture of water and vinegar. Let all the parts dry before dissembling, otherwise, if the outer structure is made of metal, it’s likely to rust if any moisture remains on it.
Clean a Pour Over Coffee Maker
Pour over coffee makers can be hard to clean because you’re not likely to be able to get your hand to the bottom, which is where most stains will form. Some items that will help with cleaning it are ice cubes, table salt, lemon juice if you have it, washing up liquid, water and a Chemex coffee maker brush or sponge.
Combine the ice cubes with four teaspoons of salt, one tablespoon of water and a tablespoon of lemon juice. Stir this concoction around, and it should take away the gunk at the bottom. Repeat the process if there are any remaining stains and scrub with the coffee maker brush or sponge to loosen it up.
Cleaning out a coffee maker can be monotonous, but it’s something that’s needed in order to keep your coffee maker in good, working condition. Not only that, but to supply you with fresh and tasty coffee in the mornings. Follow these tips for whatever type of coffee maker you have.