One of the major aspects that determine the quality of coffee you get is the state of the equipment that it’s brewed in. Clean coffee makers tend to bring out better tasting, and smelling coffee than those which aren’t cleaned frequently.
This makes regular cleaning of the machines very important, and also knowing the correct methods of cleaning. Different coffee makers operate differently, because they are built differently.
They have different parts that are put together to make them function well. As such, you need to know the correct procedures to follow to clean them properly. Here are some tips to use for those who don’t have a dishwasher. For details on a Jebana, check out our dedicated post.
French Press Coffee Machines
The first step is removing all of the parts, and placing them separately. You should then soak the different parts in soapy or salty water, depending on the type of machine you have.
Glass machines do well in soapy water, while plastic ones clean well in baking soda water. Leave them in the water for about 15 minutes, then gently scrub them, using a washcloth.
Rinse thoroughly until no soap or baking soda residue is left. Allow the parts to air dry before putting them back together. Ensure that each part dries off completely.
Espresso Coffee Makers
Start by removing the handle, and rinse it properly with warm water. Pour in your cleaning detergent and replace the handle, as if you’re ready to brew.
Brew for a few seconds, then turn it off for a short period. Continue alternating the on/off procedure for a few minutes, then remove the handle again.
Turn the machine, without the handle, in order to clean properly. Rinse with clean water and use the machine brush to scrub around the groove.
Drip Coffee Makers
Begin with removing the plastic lid of the carafe, and soaking the jar in warm soapy water. While it soaks, clean the lid and the filter separately.
While the lid requires gentle scrubbing with a scrub, the filter needs better handling. For that, you have to pour water in your sink, then pour in baking soda.
Use a rag to wipe off any oil residue on the plastic components of the filter basket, then rinse with clean water. Insert a cleaning rag in the carafe, and swirl it around with the soapy water.
Rinse it with baking soda water before rinsing thoroughly with clean water. Insert a wash cloth in the baking soda water, then use it to wipe the coffee maker, concentrating on the head.
Cleaning Coffee Equipment With A Dishwasher
Cleaning a coffee maker with a dishwasher is another convenient way of keeping your machines clean, but it isn’t always recommended.
To use this option, place your coffee machine on the upper rack of the washer. It’s also important to read the manual of the coffee machine, and follow the recommended mode of cleaning.
Cleaning a coffee maker should be done weekly. Remember to clean with a mixture of vinegar and water, or baking soda and clean water.
Using soap only isn’t recommended, since it could lead to a mixture of soap and leftover oil. This can, in turn, lead to a different taste when the machine is used to make coffee.
Vinegar is recommended for the first cleaning after a long time, since it’s stronger. Baking soda, on the other hand, is mild enough to clean properly, without leaving any unwanted taste. Always clean the filters in baking soda, while scrubbing gently.