Who likes the taste of bad or burnt coffee especially when you come back home after a long tiring day? One of the main reasons for your coffee tasting bad is because your coffee maker is dirty and has not been cleaned properly in a long time. By this we do not mean some stench at the bottom of the machine or a rotten smell coming from it. It could be worse than this. You do not need to deep clean your coffee maker almost every day but a regular cleaning is a must, if you enjoy making coffee in your coffee maker almost everyday.
If your coffee maker has not been having its regular cleanup, chances of yeast, mold and coliform bacteria growing inside them is quite high. Doesn’t the very thought of it disgusts you? If your coffee maker has not been scrubbed well for weeks or even months – it’s about time you prepare yourself for some rigorous cleanup session with your coffee brewing machine to show it some love. Ready?
What Are The Types Of Coffee Makers?
Everybody has their favourite style of brewing coffee and for the same purpose there are different types of coffee makers in the market that have their own cleaning method, which we will be discussing in great detail in this article:
- Espresso Machine
- French Press
- Glass Pour Over
- Drip Coffee Maker
- Cold Brewer
How To Clean an Espresso Machine?
When you clean your espresso machine daily it will make sure to give you the finest quality of coffee for you to brew. Not cleaning it regularly could pose serious technical issues and later on lead to huge damages in the future. This will mean that you will not be able to prepare coffee for quite some time.
If you want to learn how to clean your espresso machine we suggest these eight steps that you need to consider:
- Make sure to remove the leftover coffee grounds and clean the handles well.
- Use a brush to remove the coffee deposits from the brewing heads.
- Remove the filter with a spoon or hook and put the filter back only after you have cleaned it well.
- The blank filter should be cleaned again with a spoon full of muclean. Clean it with a muclean and leave it for 10 seconds and then put it back.
- The tray should also be cleaned to ensure that you remove all the leftover chemical residue.
- If you are still not satisfied you can repeat the above two steps twice.
- The drain should also be cleaned once you are done cleaning the drip tray of the espresso machine.
- The drain has been designed in a way that it could leave deposits and clog the main drain, so make sure to keep it clean and wash off all the deposits well.
How to Clean a French Press?
Cleaning a French Press can be quite a task but if you keep it clean, be rest assured that you will enjoy good tasting coffee from it. If you are the kind who clean the bottom of the coffee maker with a spoon you are doing it completely wrong. You need to stop doing that! We will suggest you what to do in the right way to clean your French Press. Here are a few things you would need for it: a long brush, baking soda, dish soap, mesh strainer, a piece of soft cloth.
- To start with, remove the plunger from the inside of your French Press and then fill up the inside of the machine with lukewarm water.
- Now shake the French Press to ensure that the coffee grounds on the bottom of the maker start to loosen out.
- Take a mesh strainer and place it near the sink of your kitchen or pantry and pour the water on the inside of the French Press over it. You will notice how the loose grounds will also come out with them, emptying your French Press.
- Now take a brush with some dish soap and lukewarm water and scrub it on the inside of the French Press to remove all residue such as coffee stains or oil stuck up in it.
- Now sprinkle some baking soda over the brush and again scrub the maker as a whole.
- You can rinse off with water to make sure no soap stain is stuck on the inside of the French Press.
- Now dry the machine with a piece of soft cloth.
How To Clean Glass Pour Over?
Since pour over coffee maker are mostly sleek in their built up, one issue with it is that you won’t be able to put your hand inside it when you clean it up. However that does not mean you let the Pour Over contain all those dirty coffee stains in them to avoid the pain of cleaning it. Here are a few things you will need to clean up a pour over coffee maker: salt, ice cubes, lemon juice, dish soap, brush.
If you want to learn how to clean your pour over coffee maker, we suggest these eight steps that you need to consider:
- Fill in the pour over coffee maker partially with ice cubes (a cup of ice cubes), depending on the size of the machine.
- Now add four full spoons of salt in it, and a spoon of lemon juice in it.
- Shake and mix the items inside the machine. The salt and ice cubes will ensure that all dry coffee stains will loosen and come off.
- Now throw the water out of the pour over coffee maker and the sticky substance on the inside will also come out of it.
- If you feel there is more residue left in it, you could repeat the process again until you feel the machine is clean. You could use a long brush with dish soap on it to scrub the inside of the pour over maker.
How To Clean A Drip Coffee Maker?
Cleaning a drip coffee maker could be quite a tedious task. Here are a few things you would need for the process of cleaning a drip coffee maker: lukewarm water, white vinegar, dish soap, brush, damp cloth.
Here are seven steps you need to consider to clean up your drip coffee maker:
- Clean the inside of the machine with a damp cloth first to get rid of all the residues in it. You could use a long brush for spaces where your hands can’t reach.
- Now fill up half of the coffee maker with white vinegar and the rest of it with water.
- Turn on the drip coffee maker and brew the vinegar and water mixture for sometime and turn off the machine.
- Leave the vinegar mixture inside the coffee maker for 20-30 minutes.
- Now turn the coffee maker on again and brew the vinegar mixture again.
- Pour the mixture out of the machine and use some lukewarm and some dish soap on it to scrub the inside of the machine thoroughly.
- Now clean the outside of the drip coffee maker with the damp cloth to remove all stains or oils in it that have build up over the period of time.
How To Clean A Cold Brewer?
Cleaning a cold brewer mainly requires you to focus on the core filter which holds most of the residue of the coffee maker. Here are the few basics that you will require to clean a cold brewer maker: dish soap, lukewarm water, and a brush (a sponge would also do).
If you want to learn how to clean your cold brewer maker, we suggest these five steps that you need to consider:
- To start with, disassemble the cold brewer according to the instruction’s on the manual.
- Take some dish soap on a brush or a sponge and scrub and rinse the pitcher of the cold brewer thoroughly inside and out.
- Wait till it dries out completely.
- If you see more residue in the filter, clean it with the brush and dish soap and then flush it with lukewarm water.
- Once it dries out, reassemble the parts.
How To Clean A Percolator?
Percolators are an easy to use, low maintenance and eco-friendly coffee makers that can provide you with good tasting coffee. If you keep your percolator clean, you are assured of good coffee regularly. Here are a few essentials you would need to clean a percolator: brush, water, white vinegar, baking soda.
Here are eight steps you need to consider to clean up your percolator:
- Fill up the filter inside the percolator with lukewarm water.
- Add three full spoons of baking soda in it.
- Now turn on the percolator, and let it brew for a while.
- Turn off the percolator and let the water cool down.
- Now scrub the inside of the machine with a brush.
- Pour the water out thoroughly.
- Now fill half of the percolator with white vinegar and half of it with water and then shake it and discard the mixture.
- Fill up the whole percolator with water to ensure whatever loose residue is left inside will come off.
Tools, Grinder And Other Accessories
Now that you have gone through the complete guide to cleaning up different types of coffee makers, you must be thinking the task is over. Well, not entirely. Just cleaning the coffee maker is not enough – you also need to keep the accessories that come with it such as grinders after regular use. Of course they don’t require such intensive cleaning. You could do with a scrubber and dish soap as well.
Don’t Forget The Accessories
Your coffee maker isn’t the only thing that affects the taste of your brew. Be sure to clean all your tools, such as grinders, after every use. Keeping your coffee maker and their accessories clean will ensure that you enjoy a good cup of coffee every time you brew in the machine.