Did you know that the average American drinks 2.1 cups of coffee a day? That’s over 700 cups of coffee a year! Though making coffee is an important part of many people’s daily routines, it’s easy to forget that our coffee makers need a little TLC sometimes, too. With spring around the corner, now is the perfect time to spring clean your coffee maker with the tips below.
WHY YOU SHOULD KEEP IT CLEAN
Your next smooth, rich cup of Community® coffee isn’t the only thing that sits in your coffee maker. If you don’t routinely clean your coffee maker, you are giving bacteria the opportunity to grow and spread throughout your machine.
Studies indicate that coffee reservoirs are an excellent environment for bacteria and growth, according to Healthy and Natural World. If you see a slimy substance in the machine, that means there is probably bacteria growing.
Built-in water filters and hot water are not enough to kill the bacteria that is present. You need to thoroughly clean your machine to get rid of germs.
Keeping your coffee appliances in tip-top shape is the best way to ensure a long and happy life for your coffee makers, and to ensure the flavor and taste profile of your coffee is not altered, too.
HOW TO CLEAN AND DESCALE BASED ON YOUR MACHINE
Not every machine can or should be cleaned the same way. Most machines need to be routinely cleaned, but sometimes life gets in the way and buildup can happen.
Check out the breakdown below to find the best cleaning method for your coffee maker.
Drip Coffee Maker
You should clean all removable parts of a drip coffee maker after every use. Despite washing after each use, hard water minerals will eventually accumulate and cause a longer brew cycle.
According to Good House Keeping, you need to remove this mineral buildup—or descale—the machine every month. This will ensure that the machine will not clog. To descale your drip coffee maker, fill the water reservoir with equal parts of white vinegar and water. Place a filter into the machine’s empty basket and turn on the machine to brew as if you were making a normal pot of coffee.
After the solution is brewed halfway, stop the machine and let it rest for 30 minutes. Then, finish the brew cycle. Once the brew cycle is finished, dump the pot of vinegar and water, put in a new filter, and brew a pot of clean water. Repeat this entire process again and your machine will be clean!
Clean your Keurig or Nespresso machine daily by removing the detachable parts and washing them. We recommend using cleaning capsules to descale and clean the nonremovable parts. A Nespresso® machine should be cleaned once a week with a cleaning capsule, while a Keurig® machine should be descaled with a cleaning capsule once every six months. Keurig® and Nespresso® recommend using their own descaling kits for the respective machines.
A French press should be dissembled and washed with soap and water after every use. For a deeper clean, create a 50/50 solution of vinegar and water. Gently scrub the interior and exterior of the container and individual parts of the press with the solution. This will remove hard water build up. Then, rinse the parts and put the machine back together.