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Monday
Jan162012

Clean your Pot

When was the last time you cleaned your coffee maker? Last month? Last year? Never? If you never have, or can't remember when, a cleaning is most likely past due.

The build up on your coffee maker - limescale, mineral deposits and leftover coffee oils - corrupts the way your morning brew tastes. Cleaning a coffee maker is easy to do, leaving you with an improved taste in your next cup of coffee.

There’s many ways to clean a coffee maker.  One is using white vinegar - it is inexpensive, effective, eco-friendly and you most likely have it in your cupboard.

  • Start by filling your coffee pot with one third vinegar and two thirds cold water.
  • Put a filter in your coffee maker.
  • Pour the water/vinegar mixture into your coffee maker. Turn it on and let it go through the normal brewing cycle. 
  • Depending on how much sediment was in your coffee maker, you will be able to see sediments and minerals caught in the filter.
  • Let the coffee maker sit and cool for 10-15 minutes.
  • Rinse the coffee pot.
  • Depending on how long it's been since you've cleaned it, you may need to repeat the steps again.
  • Once your done with the vinegar, repeat the process twice more with just cold water to get rid any remaining odor. If it still smells like vinegar, you can run cool water through it as many time as you need.

Depending on the quality of your water, it's best to clean your coffee maker anywhere from once a week to once a month for the best tasting coffee.

If you don’t want to use vinegar, there are several other alternatives.

  • Two denture cleaning tablets, just make sure they dissolve before you put them into the coffee maker.
  • Citric acid mixed with four cups of hot water and four cups of cold water.
  • Coffee maker cleaning solutions that you can buy.

Another method to try is putting a glass marble in the water chamber. It attracts mineral deposits in harder water and then you only have to wash the marble once a week, instead of the whole coffee maker.

It's best if you to not use soap to clean your coffee pot. The soap attaches to the oils deposited by the coffee and can leave the taste behind.

To clean your coffee pot, use ice cubes with a little bit of water. Swirl the ice and water around your coffee pot. If you have some really tough stains, try adding table salt. 

Do you have any tips, tricks or methods that you use to clean your coffee maker you would like to share?

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