No matter what the general population of America is doing, you can bet that a very good majority of the American population is selling, buying, making, and consuming a good amount of coffee daily. Coffee is a normal and natural part of the American routine, almost so normal and routine that it is similar to brushing our teeth. Its no wonder that with the love we have for coffee that over time our money and pockets would get smaller with the amount of cash we are dishing out daily at coffee shops to get our much needed caffeine in. That is why with the advent and popularity of coffee, comes the advent of numerous amount of fancy coffee machines that we can purchase to make our own perfect cup of joe right in the comfort of our home. These machines decorate the kitchens of almost every American household and has become a staple household appliance. Of course with the many benefits that buying a coffee maker provides for you such as ease, less money, and the ability to personalize your coffee to your own tastes, also comes some cons such as time and this would be most directly correlated to the time you spend cleaning these coffee makers after using them over and over again. Unclean and dirty coffee makers, can over time affect the flavor and tastes of your coffee and can make your coffee taste horrible no matter how expensive and amazing your coffee beans are. Of course though with the constant consumption of coffee also comes the constant need to clean this appliance and that can sometimes be frustrating for the very busy average American. Don´t fret. This article aims to introduce a very cool and effective way of cleaning your coffee maker in a way that gets the job done the right way and is extremely easy to utilize.
Method: Cleaning Your Coffee Maker with Vinegar
This method is probably the most easiest and most effective way to clean your coffee maker. Simply running your coffee maker under water or cleaning it with some dish soap every now and then is not going to produce the best results and get the job done most effectively. You need something a bit more stronger and this is where vinegar comes to play. White vinegar is extremely potent for deep cleaning because it is highly acidic. The high acidity of white vinegar can help to counteract some seriously nasty and dirty buildup that can occur. The acid can aid in dissolving away tough soap scums and brines that can be left behind by hard water. This is exactly the type of potency that coffee makers need because coffee makers are a very moist environment. This is very bad because a moist environment leads to high growth rate of mold and bacteria. Yuck! Our bodies can tolerate a certain amount of mold and bacteria, but past a certain number can cause serious sicknesses. In addition, contrary to popular belief hot water is simply not enough to get those tough bacteria and gunky mold out. This means we need to look for something stronger, and this is where we look to vinegar to solve our issue. Below is an outline of the entirely easy steps you can take to decalcify and clean your coffee maker with white vinegar.
1. First you begin with filling the chamber of your coffee maker with equal parts water and white vinegar. Allow the coffee maker to brew as you use a paper filter. Brew the coffee maker until the chamber is half empty.
2. After you have done this, proceed to turn the coffee maker off and let it sit for about 30 minutes. Then continue brewing until all the water is gone from the chamber.
3. Once all the white vinegar and water mixture is gone from the chamber, use a new coffee filter and brew with new, clean water so that the coffee chamber can get a good rinse. Make sure to do this step twice for a really good and effective rinse as you do not want a vinegar smell or taste to be lingering around.
4. Proceed to fill your coffee maker´s carafe with warm, sudsy water and rice as rice is a gentle abrasive. Swirl the mixture around in the pot and then use a sponge to effectively rub away any gunk or stains. Then let the pot dry after thoroughly rinsing it.
5. Lastly, wipe the outside of the pot and the coffee maker with a damp cloth (you should do this step daily).
As you can see, a method to clean your coffee maker effectively is here and it is extremely easy to do. You should routinely rinse your coffee maker and rub with a damp cloth after every use, but also use the white vinegar method about once a month, to ensure that your coffee maker never causes any sicknesses and runs the best to produce the best tasting coffee that you can enjoy.
Coffee Maker Cleaning Tips
Some tips to clean your coffee maker are here for your ow browsing pleasure!
• For really effective cleaning of a coffee maker try investing in equipment such as espresso machine cleaning brushes. These brushes will speed up the process of cleaning your coffee maker and help to get in those small nooks and crannies that your coffee maker can have. It will work way more effectively then a regular sponge and will get rid of gunk and stains at a quicker rate! The best type of brush for this type of cleaning would be a group head brush that you can purchase for about $7.
• If you don´t have any vinegar in your own home or do not wish to use vinegar (but still need your coffee maker to be deeply cleaned) than try out cleaners such as the Cafiza Espresso Machine Cleaner, for a clean that will be as deep as vinegar cleaning. This powder runs at about $12 a bottle which definitely isn´t bad at all, considering that it means a clean coffee machine and a great cup of joe!
• If you want even more ways of learning how to use and take care of your coffee maker then check out pinterest. Pinterest has a ton of diys and effective ways to clean and keep your coffee maker in mint condition!
• Don´t run through the hassle of handwashing every part of your coffee maker! That takes up way too much time and energy. Pay attention to your coffee maker and what parts are dishwasher safe. For the most part, majority of the elements of a coffee maker are dishwasher safe, saving you a lot of cleaning time!
• Any left over water that is kept in your reservoir or chamber should be dumped out after one week. If you have not touched your coffee maker in a week and have left over water, start new and fill it up with fresh water. Over time dust, debris, and bacteria can fill up in the left over water and those are horrible elements to your morning cup of joe. Plus it will make your coffee taste not that great which is a miserable start to a morning.
• To prevent germs from growing and thriving in a moist environment, keep the top of the coffee maker open after a brew.
• If you want to clean and decalcify your coffee maker less often than attempt to use a specific type of water. Some types of water such as hard water can produce tough stains on your coffee maker which leads to it needing to be cleaned more often. Try using distilled water over tap water. The reason being that distilled water doesn´t have as much minerals as tap water does and this will result in less buildup and stains.
Homemade Coffee MakingTips
Now that you have some serious knowledge and background on how to clean a coffee maker effectively, here are some tips for utilizing the most out of your coffee maker to ensure the best, quality, homemade coffee out there!
Buy High Quality Coffee Beans
The staple of coffee is of course coffee beans. Failure to buy the best coffee beans means a poor tasting cup of joe. Be sure to do your research to find the best coffee beans that suit your taste and use them in your coffee maker. Your coffee maker can only do so much to make your cup of joe the best and unfortunately it is just not possible to have a coffee maker that works so well that it simply can mask the taste of bad coffee beans.
Fresh Coffee is the Best Coffee
Fresh coffee is the way to go when being smart about purchasing your coffee beans. Be wary of the roast date on the bags of coffee beans to ensure that you are buying coffee beans that have been roasted very recently. If coffee is not as fresh, then the taste and well as the benefits it brings you fades, and at that point what is the purpose of even drinking coffee? The answer is there wouldn´t be.
Only grind your beans right before you use them. Do not grind your beans early because doing that will actually degrade the coffee beans rapidly. Be aware and grind your beans only when you are going to use it at that moment, otherwise ground beans that are left in the dust do not produce delicious results.
Be Exact in Your Measurements
The key to amazing and great tasting coffee starts with being completely exact about the amount of water and beans you are using. Maybe in cooking, estimation may not be a big deal, but when it comes to the perfect cup of joe, measuring exactly down to the right amount is crucial. This ensures the best tasting coffee that your own homemade coffee maker can produce. Failure to be exact on the ratio of coffee beans to water is what causes coffee to either be too strong or too watery and leads to a coffee that isn´t paired to your exact preference.
Serve or Drink Your Coffee Immediately
Right after brewing your coffee, it is absolutely imperative that you serve or drink it immediately. Coffee that sits around for more than 15 minutes can instantly start to lose its true flavors. This is due to natural oils (that provide the taste) beginning to break down and evaporate. Your best bet to avoiding such a mess is by instantly pouring your coffee in a carafe or thermos to best preserve all the goodness that the cup of joe has to offer you.
Thing to Consider When Buying a Coffee Maker
Buying a coffee maker is one of the most important appliance buying decision you can make. Coffee makers don’t always come cheap and it is smart that you do your research before throwing yourself out there and buying the first one that you see. Before going out there, take certain factors into consideration such as…
• How often do you drink coffee?
• How small or large do you need it to be?
• How complex must the machine be in its coffee making abilities?
• What kind of coffee are you going for?
• How many cups do you want it to make at once?
Asking yourself simple questions like these are imperative in making an important and logical decision about exactly what coffee maker is best for suiting your individual and personalized coffee making needs.
After reading this article you have now become the coffee maker aficionado. You know all the best tips and tricks for cleaning your handy dandy coffee maker and keeping it in mint condition, and you are in the loop on the to dos and what not to dos when it comes to brewing and crafting your own homemade coffee. Now that you are knowledgeable in the land of homemade coffee making it is now time to put your skills to the test. Go to your kitchen and put what you know to action, to make yourself the best cup of joe that even coffee shops will be jealous about.