How to Properly Clean Your Coffee Maker for Better Tasting Coffee

Published Friday, September 16, 2011 1:52 PM

Drip coffee makers are great, they are convenient and a fast way of making coffee. However, if you don't clean your coffee maker properly your coffee will come out tasting bitter and just plain bad. Because of the design of most drip coffee makers, cleaning individual parts is impossible. So I submit the following tips to keep your coffee maker clean and your coffee tasting great.

Use Commercial Cleaners
There are plenty of commercial cleaners out there that will do a great job of cleaning your coffee maker. They are specifically designed to clean well without leaving an aftertaste or residue. This is pretty important considering how much contact your coffee has with your coffee maker. I would recommend Cafiza by Urnex not because I have tried all the others and this one works the best, but because when I worked at Starbucks this is what we used. It worked like gangbusters and and Urnex is a pretty trusted brand in coffee cleaning supplies. They even have a natural cleaner that is renewable, sustainable, and naturally occurring something not common among coffee cleaning products.

Natural Cleaners

If you don't want to purchase a coffee cleaner you can just use Vinegar. Yeah I know the thought of putting vinegar through your beloved coffee maker is awful but it works. All you have to do is use a 1 to 1 mixture of vinegar and water and run it through the machine. You can do it several times with the same water and rinse with regular water and you coffee maker will be as good as new.  

Cleaning Mugs and Carafes
I also came across a tip for cleaning coffee rings out of mugs and carafes using Baking Soda, something I had never tried. I tried it on a mug of mine that always had feint coffee stains in it and to my surprise it did an awesome job at cleaning it out. All you have to do is throw some baking soda into your mug, with just enough water to make a paste, and scrub. You will be shocked with what it can remove that just soap and water can not.

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