As much as you want to have a fresh cup of coffee with the crema on it, you can’t enjoy it unless you clean your coffee maker properly.
And some may think just using hot water can keep it clean, well they couldn’t be more wrong than that.
By using the coffee maker for several months, it can get bacteria and oily substance in its tube which cannot be removed by simply washing it by hand.
It’s a fact that limescale can clog your coffee maker on the insides and can cause serious damage. And don’t forget, it can leave you with the horrible taste of your coffee.
So, without further ado, let’s bring out a small amount of time to learn how to clean a coffee maker.
How Often Do You Need To Clean A Coffee Maker?
You should clean your coffee maker after each use, empty the grounds and cleaning the mix bin, cover, and carafe. The more profound cleaning of descaling is to clear minerals stored for an interval of every three months.
If you have a supply of hard water in your household and you use that for the reservoir of your coffee maker, and if you fill it from a rinsed out carafe (not properly washed), then the scale may spread and build up more rapidly.
And as a result you may need to clean your coffee maker more often than you think. Like a month or two.
Some espresso producers have a discernible or unmistakable cleaning sign and that generally goes before a constrained stoppage. You can evade the interruption by being practical with the help.
Different brewers have a tidy cycle set-up, which is typically definite in the manual. Always adhere to the maker’s point by point directions for cleaning.
What You Need To Clean a Coffee Maker?
You can use the simple things which are available at your household. Such as-
- A soft damp cloth
- Coffee filters of papers
- Distilled water
- Dishwashing soap (a fragrance-free, degreasing variety is best)
- Dish brush, bottle brush, or Chemex coffee maker brush or sponge brush
- Small grout brush (optional)
- Optional: Replacement water filter
- Optional: Descaling product or coffee maker cleaning kit
- Baking Soda
How To Clean A Coffee Maker With Soap & Water?
- Take out the Brew Basket And The Filter
Take out the brew basket and get rid of the coffee grounds and the disposable paper filter.
- Run Hot Water
Fill up your sink or suitable container partially with hot water.
- Take A Dishwashing Soap
Get a dishwashing liquid soap of a brand that helps in removing oil extract.
- Clean The Brew Basket And Permanent Filter
Take out the brew basket and permanent filter and place them into the soapy water. Clean and wash-down with a soft cloth or sponge to get rid of the coffee grounds and the oil extracts.
- Clean And Rinse The Carafe
Get rid of the coffee residue and wash and rinse the carafe with warm water. You can use sponge brush adding a little bit of the soapy warm water and clean the insides of the carafe.
- Warm Water Rinse
Wipe the brew basket, permanent filter, and carafe with a soft cloth after rinsing with warm water. Set to dry after the wipe.
- Wipe Down The Coffee Maker
Wipe the inner lid, outer lid, and brewing area to remove any coffee residue or the grounds. Be extra careful, while wiping them.
You can use a soft cloth while dipping it in the soapy water and wipe the lids and brewing area. And use a freshly drenched cloth of water to wipe the soap residues.
- Reassemble The Coffee Maker
After drying the parts of the coffee maker, put the parts of your coffee maker back together.
How To Clean A Coffee Maker With Vinegar?
By using this process, you can descale your coffee maker which can help in getting rid of the calcium and iron mineral buildup.
Now, before getting ready for this process, check whether there are restrictions and recommended method for your coffee maker.
As some coffee maker’s manual does not advise vinegar because of the coffee maker’s metal parts.
- Clean And Remove The Parts
Clear your coffee maker, clean and remove the brew basket, permanent filter and the carafe while washing them with hot soapy water. Put away the water filter and replace the empty carafe and filter basket.
- Mix Vinegar And Water
Add ¼ of vinegar with ¾ of water to the reservoir if you want to be on the safe side. But you can use 50% of vinegar with 50% water and create a descaling solution.
Another way you can do, is that, you can fill half of the reservoir chamber of your coffee maker with vinegar another half of it with water.
If you can’t measure in the chamber then add vinegar and water separately by measuring both in the equal amount.
- Replace Carafe and Fill The Reservoir
Replace the carafe and fill up your reservoir with the vinegar and water solution in the equal amount. If you want you can use the paper filter by placing in the brew basket.
- Run Half Of A Drip Cycle
Run your coffee maker through portion of 1/2 of a drip cycle, halting it so the solution can sit in the tank or supply chamber and the water channel. Enable it to sit for 30 minutes to an hour in both the supply chamber and the carafe.
- Resume Brew Cycle
After an interval of 30 to 60 minutes, restart the brew cycle and the vinegar and water solution should be finished brewing in your coffee maker.
Get rid of the solution of the vinegar and water in the carafe and change the paper filter if you use any that is.
- Use Water Twice While Running Full Brew Cycle
Fill up the reservoir with plain warm water and run it through your coffee maker. Get rid of the brew water and change the paper filter. Repeat a full brew cycle again with water.
- Clean The Brew Basket And The Carafe
Rinse the brew basket, filter basket, permanent filter and the carafe with hot, soapy water. If your brewer consist of removable water filter, then a replacement of it can be a good idea.
With a dry soft cloth, wipe the exterior parts of your coffee maker. Remember to wipe down the soap residue with a dampen cloth soaked in fresh water.
How To Clean A French Press Coffee Maker?
Things you’ll need to clean a French press:
- Long Brush
- Sponge Brush
- Dishwasher Soap
- Baking Soda
- Soft Cloth
Steps for Cleaning:
- Fill up the French press coffee maker with warm water by removing the plunger. Stir the water around so that the left out coffee grounds may come out loose.
- Directly throwing the coffee grounds into the sink can create a dangerous thing to do. Hold a mesh strainer over the sink and pour the ground onto the strainer. This will separate water and the grounds.
- Put away the grounds in a poly bag and throw it to a dustbin, or you can use the grounds as a fertilizer for your garden.
- Sprinkle some baking soda into a brush and dip the parts of your French press into the hot soapy water. Use the brush to scrub away the oils and the coffee residues and stains.
- Wash and rinse thoroughly. Rinse with hot water again to remove the smell of the soap. Wipe away the soap residues with a freshly soaked soft cloth of water.
- Leave it to dry.
Remember to clean your French press coffee maker twice or thrice a week. And if you have to hurry then rinse your French press with hot water both insides and outsides so that stain and oils and coffee residues get out with the water.
How To Clean A Cold Brew Coffee Maker?
The bodies and parts of the cold brew coffee maker comes in several types with regards to its size and shape.
These cold brew coffee makers include multi-cup makers with an option of tapping for dispensing straight from the fridge to single cup makers including the core infusion filter.
Please refer to the user manuals of your cold brew coffee make as it may advise you the specific cleaning process recommended for your coffee maker.
Things you’ll require:
- Dish washing liquid or soap.
- Soft Cloth.
Step For Cleaning:
- First disassemble your coffee maker following the instructions of your user manual.
- Use the dish soap and sponge to wash and rinse the pitcher both in and out. Set it to dry.
- Rinse your filter after every use. If you start to see scalings or buildups that are clogging in the water channel or tube, scrub it with a brush and dish washing soap or you can use vinegar mixing with water and scrubbing down thoroughly.
- Let all the parts dry out before you start to get them together.
To prevent molds and limescale, clean your cold brew coffee maker after every use.
Read Also: How To Fix A Coffee Maker
Wrap it up
It isn’t bothersome to think how you are hoping to maintain the cleaning process.
But, it is a good idea to read the instruction manuals for watching out for the extra guidelines to get to know and understand the best way to clean you own coffee maker.
Though many people may think like “Oh, good lord”, eventually you will start to develop your own cleaning method.
After you have cleaned your coffee maker, brew a coffee, sit down and take a sip of the coffee you made. You will see that all your tiredness has vanished and your efforts bore a fruit.
And thus you got to learn how to clean a coffee maker.
I’m Louis Huynh & I’m the guy behind COFFEE MINISTER. In my blog, I share my expertise and help you with your coffee-struggles. I can read coffee like the back of my hand and brew it like it is in coffee shops.