How to Clean a Coffee Maker for Optimal Performance

how to clean a coffee maker

To get the optimal performance and natural flavor its important to keep clean your household appliance either it is a refrigerator or a coffee machine. In case of the coffee machine if it is dirty, then you will be deprived from the preferred taste as like you enjoyed before. Therefore it’s necessary to know how to clean a coffee maker by the appropriate process and manufacturer guideline for optimal performance and maintain the coffee test natural.

Many people depressed with their coffee maker when the taste become worse and they claim it to the manufacturer. Most of the time manufacturer takes time to solve the issue, and users become more depressed with their service.

But if you know the real cause why the taste becomes unnatural and the performance decrease compare to earlier then you may take some promote action. Today here I discuss the possible causes of different taste and guide you how to solve it with some traditional cleaning process.

Why coffee taste is different than usual?

There are many possible causes can make the coffee taste different.  But today I discuss how to clean coffee machines to regained the natural test. Before explaining the traditional cleaning process, I recommend you to follow the manufacturer standard first because the different machine has different cleaning process.

Well, here I covered cleaning process of three types of coffee machines,  single serve coffee maker, drip coffee maker, and automatic espresso machine.

How to Clean a Single-Serve Coffee Machine

The Cleaning process of a single serve machine is easier than the others coffee machine such as automatic espresso machines. Due to its less moveable parts and simple functionality, it is not required frequent cleaning.

Regular/Occasional Cleaning

Brewer Exterior: Time to time cleaning of your machine exterior is prevented body color from unwanted moisture. Use a damp, soapy, lint-free, non-abrasive cloth for cleaning the surface.

Drip Tray: most of the single serve coffee maker comes with a removable drip tray for holding overflow waters. Longtime water contains in the drip tray may create mosses and makes the tray dirty. Remove the tray and clean it by the dishwasher or rinse and clean with a damp, soapy, lint-free, non-abrasive cloth occasionally.

Pod or bag Holder: It is the point where holds the pods or bags for extract your cup of coffee or tea. Clean it throughout as per the manufacturer guideline because this part has not exactly the same cleaning process for all coffee makers.

Water Reservoir: This part contains water and can be little slippy ( Inside the reservoir) after few days of usage.  To avoid such things it also required to clean periodically. Remove the reservoir (if it is removable) from the exterior and rinse it through the water.

Also, try to clean the water filter which is fitted bottom of the water reservoir. You may use pressurized water at the time of cleaning it.

Descaling process of a Single serve machine

Descaling is an important process for any coffee machine eighter it is a single serve or automatic espresso machine. Most of the manufacturer recommended to descaling coffee machine  3-6 month interval. Due to longtime water flow inside the machines metallic parts, there is a tendency to bonding calcium deposits or scale. The descaling process removes the calcium deposits, or scale and provides you a best-brewed coffee which you often love to ship.

Step by Step Descaling Process

Step 1. Switch off your coffee machine.

Step 2.  Fill water and white vinegar at a 50/50 ratio to the water reservoir maintaining max level.

Step 3.  Switch on the machine and deactivate auto-off option if any. Now start a large size brew. Before the start, a large size brew makes sure you are using a large mug according to the brew size and don’t use any pod or bag inside the pod holder.

Step  4. Repeat the Step 3 again.

Step 5. After finished the water you filled in the reservoir just keep the coffee machine ON for 3-4 hours.

Step 6. After the time interval refills your water reservoir with fresh water and brew two or three cycles until finished water.

Now the machine is ready to brew your favorite coffee, tea or hot water.

How to clean a drip coffee maker

The cleaning process of drip coffee makers is easier compared to a single serve coffee maker. Drip coffee machine is a simple and easy operatable coffee maker in the industry. The machine is built in with two major parts, the carafe and the exterior with the water reservoir. This post is not about what is a drip coffee maker or how to works the machine, it is about how to clean a drip coffee maker. So let’s move to the topics

Step by step cleaning process of a drip coffee maker

Step 1. At first, fill the water reservoir with a ratio of 50-50 water and white vinegar.

Step 2. Now start the brew and wait until the carafe fills up its max level and stop it If the machine does not have auto stop feature. Do not use any paper filter or at the time of start brewing.

Step 3. Repeated both previous step 1 & step 2 again for getting the better result. In this step, you can use step 2 used brewed vinegar mixed water if you not having more vinegar. But it’s better to use fresh white vinegar.

Step 4. Do not drop the brewed water Keep it just for one hour in the carafe. The machine also keeps ON for one hour.

Step 5.  After one hour later drop carafe contains water and clean it by sponge and as well rinse out the carafe. Now fill the water reservoir with fresh water and start a brew and repeated the same process until the water came out without any vinegar flavor.

Now ready your drip coffee maker for a fresh brew.

 How to clean an automatic espresso machine

More moveable parts mean more cleaning issues. Yes, the automatic espresso machine has more functionality compared to a single serve coffee maker and drip coffee maker. An automatic espresso machine has seven main part, built in grinder, streamer, brewer, milk frother, water reservoir, dreg drawer, and a drip tray.

The automatic espresso machine has many different types of cleaning process such as daily, weekly, monthly and yearly. Considering the importance and step by step clear concept I decided to write a particular post only about automatic espresso machine. If you want to know the details cleaning process of automatic espresso machine then follow my another post about how to clean an automatic espresso machine.

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