Drinking coffee might be heavenly. It is good for your body, and is a busy man’s escape to eating breakfast. But have you ever thought to at least try to clean your coffee maker lately? Or ever wondered if there was a right way of doing it?
Every man needs enough nutrients to keep him in shape for his everyday life. Some may even use supplements to sustain for what he may lack. This is also true for our coffee makers at home, whether it be pour-over or automatic. It needs regular cleaning for it to function at its best.
Cleaning coffee makers might be a task for all of us. But hey, it only needs to be done at least once a month to make sure it provides best tasting coffee. If it is still hard for you to do so, just think of what you can get out of it. (It burns up a few extra calories for a start!) Besides, drinking from a newly-cleaned one is far incomparable to the ones you usually have. Let me give you some tips on how to clean your coffee maker:
1. Cleaning out coffee makers with vinegar is the way to do it. Vinegar not only acts as a cleanser but is also a disinfectant. Just mix one part of vinegar and add two parts of water and let the coffee maker run for about 3 minutes. Pour the solution out and follow it up with lukewarm plain water for the rinsing process. Turn it on for another 3 minutes and rinse thoroughly. To make sure that all of the vinegar solution is completely gone, you can repeat the rinsing once more. Let it cool for 10 – 15 minutes before using it. If you are cleaning a coffee maker that hasn’t been cleaned for awhile, you may repeat the process again.
2. Never use soap to clean your coffee maker for it will combine will oil deposits left by the coffee and will leave a soapy taste behind.
3. Do not place it in the dishwasher. (For the same reason)
4. For hard stains, you can just use a dishtowel (be sure that it is not soapy) and scrub it gently.
5. Always clean new pots before trying to use.
6. For better taste, dust a pinch of salt all over the grounds of the pot before brewing.
But there are some things that we may want to take into consideration before cleaning. There are coffee makers that are automatic and most are pour-over. But basically the main difference is that in an Automatic coffee maker, the brewer is already attached to a waterline meaning the water goes in directly and a Pour-over is not. So, you just have to manually pour water into the latter as well as you 2 parts vinegar for your cleaning process and the rest are all just the same.
Cleaning out a coffee maker might be an added errand but it is very essential to keep that coffee tasting good as well as to prevent from coffee grimes that will eventually affect the taste. Doing it regularly (the right way) will help your coffee makers last longer and provide you those great tasting coffees even longer.
Whether you’re trying to get yourself up in the morning or just trying to unwind with some friends in a lazy, long weekend, coffee can be your best partner and comfort. Restaurant-tasting coffees are hard to top, but for sure one of their secrets into making every coffee a dream experience is cleaning their coffee makers regularly and faithfully.