Are you a coffee lover? Well, that means that you probably use your coffee making equipment a lot. The more you use it, the higher the chances of it becoming dirty are. A recent study showed that most people don’t clean their coffee makers as often as they should. Did you know that your coffee maker is an ideal breeding ground for bacteria and mold? Therefore, dirty coffee making equipment can expose you to a lot of health dangers. To help you out, below are tips on how to clean the different types of coffee making equipment.
What Are The Requirements?
To clean your coffee equipment, there are some things that you should have. Most people usually rinse their equipment a bit and put them back on the shelf. But, this isn’t sufficient. You will need the following to clean your coffee equipment;
- Baking Soda – It is the best alternative because it can be rinsed with ease, unlike soap.
- Dish washing detergent to clean the glass.
- Vinegar – It does a marvelous job in getting rid of mineral deposits that accumulate at the bottom of the carafe.
- A scrubbing brush and washing cloth.
- Any cleaning agent of your choice.
Now that you have all the requirements, you can now thoroughly clean your coffee equipment.
- Drip Coffee Maker
Let’s start with the Drip Coffee Maker. If you own one of these great machines, then you need to clean it on a weekly basis. In most cases, if you take a close look at your drip coffee maker, you will notice mineral deposits at the bottom. The problem with mineral buildup is that it can significantly affect the taste of your brewed coffee.
To remove mineral deposits and dirt, you should clean the carafe once or twice a week. Make sure you do this when the lid is removed. Also, clean the filter basket by soaking it in a mixture of warm water and baking soda. With the aid of a washing cloth, wipe any residue and then rinse it with clean water. Once you are through, you can then wipe the coffee maker on the outside. Don’t forget to wipe the shower head.
- The French Press
The French Press is among one of the most popular coffee makers out there. However, most of its users dread cleaning it because it appears to be a bit tedious. It takes a lot of time and effort to clean it, but once you get used to this, it becomes easier.
To clean this coffee equipment thoroughly, you should first dismantle it into smaller parts. Then soak them in baking soda or soapy water. Allow them to settle for more than fifteen minutes. You can then use the cleaning rug to clean one part at a time. After that, you should rinse the equipment in running water. Failure to do so can lead to the brewing of coffee with a soapy taste. Before reassembling the parts, allow them to dry off first.
- Espresso Machine
For those who are serious about coffee, an espresso machine is the answer. However, other than its exceptional ability to prepare you a tasty cup of coffee, it also requires thorough cleaning. Unlike the above two equipment, an espresso machine requires a special cleaner. You can clean it every three to four times a month.
For you to clean it thoroughly, you will need to run the cleaner as if you are making coffee. That is, you will first have to remove the handle from the espresso machine. Run some warm water to remove any espresso cake that might be inside. You can then pour the cleaner into the filter basket and then begin brewing. Do this at least five to ten times. Once you are done, you can remove the handle and start rinsing with water. With the handle still off, try to do as if you are brewing some coffee so that the inside is thoroughly rinsed.
Once you are satisfied that the inside is as clean as it should be, you can take your brush and begin scrubbing the area around the groove. Rinse it one last time and allow it to dry before you can make yourself some great coffee.
- The Chemex
The Chemex is a bit easier to clean than the others because you can just put it in your dishwasher. But you must first remove the wood and leather corset because it’s not water friendly. You will also need to bend the rack posts so that it fits into the washer without causing any damages. You can also use a brush to clean the inside glass to remove stubborn remnants.
A cleaner coffee equipment guarantees tastier coffee. Cleaning your equipment on the outside is only good for your eyes but not for your health and taste buds. The above are tips on how to clean the different coffee making equipment. Don’t forget to do it at least once every week. Also be gentle while cleaning the equipment to avoid any damages.