Your coffee maker could kill you. Well, it is if your morning cup of coffee is a matter of life and death and you have a dirty coffee pot. When was the last time you thoroughly cleaned your coffee maker? Washing the pot is important, but cleaning the internal components of a coffee maker is a task that should not be skipped. Did you even know that you should have cleaned it? A clean coffee pot can make the difference between a good cup of coffee and a bad clay cup.
A clean coffee maker really makes a big difference to the taste of your coffee. Remaining coffee oils can accumulate inside the coffee maker. Mineral deposits can also form, especially in areas with hard water. These deposits are called “stairs”. There are two types of scale, limestone and mineral, and you don’t want either. Scale can affect the heating unit and water flow of the coffee maker and reduce its efficiency. The speed with which scale builds up depends on the quality of the drinking water. If you use bottled water to make coffee, limescale probably won’t build up as quickly, but you still have to worry about coffee oil build-up. It is better to play it safe and clean the coffee machine regularly.
Cleaning your coffee machine is not a difficult task to do, and is actually as easy as making coffee. All you need to do is pour a pot with half the vinegar and half the water into the water tank of the coffee maker. It goes without saying that white vinegar should be used. Avoid apple cider vinegar or red wine varieties. Then turn on the normal brew cycle. Your kitchen will likely smell good salad when you make it, which you might like. However, if you are not a fan of salads, remember that it is a small price to pay for a good cup of coffee.
Now rinse the coffee maker using only water this time in the water tank and restarting the brew cycle. You may need to do this a couple more times if it still smells like vinegar.
Another easy way to keep the coffeemaker clean is to place a glass marble in the water chamber. All of the mineral deposits that would normally accumulate inside the coffee pot will build up on the marble. Every now and then just remove the marble, wash it, and then put it back in the room. How much easier could it be?
The best solution would be to clean the coffee maker with vinegar on a monthly basis using the marble method. Change the marble once a week and your coffee maker will be in perfect condition.
If you have an old coffee maker and you are not satisfied with the taste of your beer, try cleaning it. A clean coffee maker will produce better tasting coffee.