Ways to Clean Different Coffee Makers
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Once you have your new coffee maker check with the instructions that came with your coffee maker. It is best to follow the instructions for that coffee maker as different coffee makers require different methods of cleaning coffee makers. Regular cleaning with the method offered on the instruction booklet will give you better tasting coffee. It will also extend the life of your particular coffee maker. Choosing a coffee maker that you can fit your entire hand into may make cleaning easier. Some coffee makers do not offer a place where you can reach into your coffee maker and not all parts are always dishwasher safe.
Over time, your coffee maker may need a new part. Purchasing from a well-known manufacturer will make it easier to find that replacement part or parts. Some manufacturers make new coffee makers that use some of the same parts thus adding a longer period of time to have a replacement part in stock, Most of the replacement parts include new coffee filters, new water filters and a replacement carafe.
Drip coffee makers are easier to clean. The best way is to run the coffee maker like you would regularly with a coffee cleaning solution and without coffee grounds. When this is done, run the coffee maker again with clear water. Last, wipe all the parts of the coffee maker you can reach with a soft towel. You can clean a siphon brewer, also known as a vacuum-style coffee maker, using the same method. Many find that this results in a richer, smoother tasting coffee.
Pod coffee makers force hot water through a pod of ground coffee beans (or tea) at high pressure for a rich and bold tasting cup of coffee. Each pod usually has enough for a single serving. Again, check with your instruction manual that comes with your coffee maker on how to clean your pod coffee maker.
Percolators are a tried and true form of coffee brewing. The portability of this brewer makes it ideal for entertaining. Many percolators are now cordless, programmable, and offer other modern features. Percolators are also very easy to clean. Perk your cleaning solution for the full length of your normal brewing time. Pour the contents down the drain, rinse out the percolator and perk another pot as before with clean water. Wipe out the inside of the coffee maker and then wipe the outside. If the opening is too small for your hand to go inside, put the towel inside and use a long handled spatula to wide the sides.
Stovetop coffee makers are usually an older style of making drip coffee. Many find the style and shape more appealing. These coffee makers can brew up to 8 cups of coffee more, but usually used for just one or two coffee drinkers. Some these coffee makers need special treatment when it comes to cleaning. Some of them are made of aluminum and glass parts. When cleaning an aluminum coffee maker one should never put it in a dishwasher. Use any kind of Cola. Pour a can into the aluminium coffee maker and heat until it boils. Leave the cola in the pot until it is cool, pour out the cola and rinse the coffee pot thoroughly. That’s it. Now your aluminium pot is clean, and without the use of chemicals.
A press pot or a coffee plunger is best known as a French press. This coffee maker allows coffee and water to steep together in the bottom of one container. Push the press down to filter the grounds from the coffee. The top leaves you with a strong tasteful cup of coffee. To clean a French press coffee maker, you can usually use a dishwasher. Simply unscrew the plunger screen and put all the pieces into your dishwasher in the silverware basket to keep them from flying all around the dishwasher. Everything comes out sparkling clean without any soap residue, but you can double check by using a paper towel to check for any remaining residue. If your French press carafe is made of “unbreakable” polycarbonate, baking soda will do a better job of cleaning it than dish soap without leaving any residue.
Remember to clean your coffee maker at least once every two months or more often for better flavor and taste.