This article shows 7 easy cleaning coffee maker steps. When a coffee maker is kept clean it look better, smells better, lasts longer and brews a far tastier cup of coffee. Whether it’s a pour-over/filter style of coffee maker, a pod coffee maker, or a fully automatic coffee machine, all coffee machines need a thorough clean every few dozen cycles.
During everyday use, the oils from coffee and hard minerals from water (even filtered water) build up in a coffee machines pot, filter basket, and internal pipes. This results in poor performance due to a lack of pressure, as well as a tainted, ‘sour’ taste to the coffee.
There are a lot of chemicals on the market to help remove these oils and mineral deposits from a coffee maker. Or for a more environmental option, simply mix equal parts lemon juice/citric acid and boiling water – or one part white vinegar with two parts boiling water.
7 Easy Steps to a Clean Coffee Maker
- Empty out old coffee grinds from the filter basket and rinse out the pot/carafe.
- Fill the coffee maker water reservoir with the prepared cleaning solution. Let sit for a few minutes to soak.
- Turn on the coffee maker and let it run a full cycle. Make sure the filter basket is in place.
- Once the coffee machine has completed the full cycle, let it sit for 20 minutes to allow the cleaning solution to work.
- If the coffee maker has not been cleaned in a while, repeat steps 3 and 4 a second time.
- Tip out the cleaning solution and rinse the coffee pot/carafe and water reservoir with clean how water. Then fill the water reservoir again with fresh, clean water and run one or two full cycles to remove the cleaning solution from the coffee maker’s internal pipes.
- Give the outside of the coffee maker a wipe down (don’t forget the warming plate) and viola… You have a squeaky clean coffee maker!
If these 7 easy coffee maker cleaning steps are followed every few weeks, the life of the coffee maker will be dramatically increased… not to mention the quality of the coffee. Even the best coffee makers still need to be cared for.
A handy tip when cleaning the outside of the coffee machine – wrap a thin cloth around the thin end of a chop stick, and you’ll be able to clean in even the tightest of spaces.
Make the time for regular a coffee maker cleaning program, and your coffee maker – and taste buds will thank you.