In this article, we will discuss how to clean a coffee pot? Mineral deposits (which is also known as scale) from water and coffee residue can accumulate in the components of your coffee pot with regular use. These mineral and coffee residues not only affect the flavor of your coffee, but it can also damage your coffee pot’s efficacy.
Though you can use demineralized water or you can buy mineral deposit removers, or you can use specially formulated coffee maker cleaners, but the most economical and easy method to restore the efficiency of your coffee maker is by using a combination of vinegar and water solution.
However, before you start the cleaning process, you should check your coffee pot manual to be sure that whether cleaning with vinegar is suggested by the manufacturer or not. This is important because some of the coffee maker brands do not advise using it. It may be because of their coffee pots’ metal parts. If this is not the case with your coffee pot, below is the method to clean a coffee pot. Follow the steps as suggested to get the best result.
Steps to Clean a Coffee Pot
There are two types of coffee makers which generally people use. One is Drip coffee maker and the other one is single cup coffee maker. So choose cleaning method according to your coffee pot.
1.) Steps to Clean Drip Coffee Maker
Steps to Follow:
- First, you will need to empty your coffee pot completely. Get rid of any leftover coffee from the pot and also empty the filter of used coffee grounds.
- Now, you will need to add vinegar and water.
- For this, take three cups white vinegar and six cups cold water. Mix it well.
- Now, pour the mixture into your coffee pot’s reservoir. Remember! In case your coffee pot is small, you will need to adjust the white vinegar to water in a ratio of 1:2.
- After pouring the vinegar solution, switch on your coffee pot to start brewing. Let your machine complete one brewing cycle.
- Once it is complete turn off the machine and let the vinegar solution to sit for about fifteen minutes.
- Now drain the vinegar solution.
- Then, you will need to brew again but this time you will only need to add water to the machine. Repeat this process twice to get rid of any leftover vinegar solution. It will also help get rid of any remaining vinegar taste.
- Remember to switch off the coffee machine for about fifteen minutes between each brewing cycle.
- Your machine is ready to serve you again.
2.) Steps to Clean Single Cup Coffee Maker
Steps to Follow:
- First of all you will need to empty the coffee machine to make it free of any leftover coffee ground. Always double-check that there isn’t a pod in the machine.
- Now make a cleansing solution by mixing vinegar and water.
- Fill your coffee pot with a half cup of white vinegar and one cup of cold water. Pour the solution into the coffee pot’s reservoir.
- Now, switch on your coffee maker to brew a cup. Once the brewing cycle is complete, turn off the machine and let the vinegar solution to sit for about fifteen to twenty minutes.
- Drain the vinegar solution later.
- After that, brew your machine with only water for minimum two cycles.
- This will help get rid of any remaining vinegar taste from your coffee pot.
- Remember to switch off the machine for 15 minutes between each brewing cycle.
- Your coffee machine is ready to use again.
- Clean your coffee machine periodically, depending upon the frequency of usage.