Maintaining Your Equipment
Regardless of the brew method, all coffee equipment requires regular cleaning. There are several simple ways to keep your brewing device and accessories clean.
Regardless of the brew method you use, all coffee equipment requires regular cleaning. Oils and sediment from coffee are deposited with every use and typically lead to build up that can significantly affect the quality of your brew. There are several very simple ways to keep your brewing devices and coffee accessories clean. These tips will maintain a neutral surface and keep equipment functioning at optimum levels.
Automatic Drip Coffee Brewer
Rinse and clean the filter basket and carafe after each use. Hot, soapy water will do the trick, and baking soda can be helpful in breaking down coffee oils when necessary. Make sure to rinse thoroughly after cleaning to avoid any soapy residue.
Make sure to follow any maintenance or care instructions provided with your machine.
Clean out the water tank and allow it to fully dry. For scale buildup or mineral deposits in the brewer, we recommend using non-toxic, residue-free cleaners from brands like Urnex® or Cafiza®. These products are designed to be used with coffee brewing equipment. With proper use they are specially formulated to have no effect on your coffee flavor.
Be sure to follow the instructions on the packaging from the product you use, and run at least two brew cycles afterwards with fresh water.
Electric Water Kettles
As with all electrical equipment, be sure to follow the maintenance and care instructions included with your kettle. When mineral scale builds up inside your kettle it can affect temperature consistency and slow down heating time. To ensure optimum performance, we recommend descaling the kettle when mineral build-up is visible inside the kettle. This will vary based on the hardness levels of the water you use.
We strongly recommend using a specific descaling solution designed for use in kettles or coffee makers.
Important: Although vinegar is often referred to for common household cleaning, it has a high potential to leave behind an odor or taste that could affect future uses.
Also please note there are often electrical components inside kettles - not just the kettle base, so never put an electric kettle in the dishwasher.
French Press Brewer
The French Press carafe is typically made of glass or plastic, so careful handling is required. We suggest removing the carafe portion of the brewer from the French Press handle frame prior to cleaning. Clean the carafe with soapy water or a coffee cleaning solution. Many French Press carafes are also considered dishwasher safe, but be sure to check your specific model's packaging or instructions to verify prior to dishwasher use.
It’s also important to thoroughly clean the French Press filter as often as possible, which may require a small amount of disassembly. The filter, frame and bar are held together with a screw that is easily turned to separate the three parts. Once separated, thoroughly rinse the components and soak in soapy water or coffee cleaning solution. Allow to dry, then reassemble. Always be sure to follow the instructions included with your brewer.
To clean an hourglass brewer a coffee cleaning product, baking soda, or soapy water soak-and-rinse is perfect for everyday use. However, the narrow part of the brewer can be challenging to fully clean. Common and sanitary household cleaning brushes are helpful. You can also soak the brewer with a cleaning solution for 20-30 minutes, then rinse several times. As always, handle with care.
Normally made of porcelain, ceramic, glass or steel, drippers are easy to rinse and clean as often as necessary. Some pour-over brewers can also be cleaned in the dishwasher but be sure to follow the instructions included with your brewer. If your dripper requires a deeper clean, soak in a container or sink full of cleaning solution water for about 20-30 minutes, then rinse thoroughly.
Because an Aeropress® is made of plastic, we recommend using hot water or a coffee cleaning solution made for use with plastics. Soap will tend to bond to the plastic over time, creating opportunities for residue in your coffee. Rinse your Aeropress® brewer after each use and be sure to soak monthly for a deep cleaning.