Mornings can be rough, and a great cup of coffee can smoothen them and ease you up. This means the last thing you want in the morning is to sip on odd-tasting coffee. Weird-tasting coffee is usually caused by stale coffee or a dirty coffee pot.
With stale coffee, you change the coffee. But how about a coffee pot? How to clean a coffee pot properly?
The best method to clean a coffee pot is to scrub it every day with warm, soapy water and then dry it. You can also perform a more thorough cleaning every month. Soak the coffee pot to a 1:1 warm water and white vinegar mixture before cleaning with soap water.
This article explores how you can clean a coffee pot well to ensure a smooth and great cup of joe every morning.
Why Should You Clean Your Coffee Pot?
Cleaning a coffee pot helps you to get a great taste out of your coffee, and your coffee pot works well and looks great. Cleaning your coffee pots regularly also ensures they are free from mold and bacteria, as they can cause digestion issues.
Good Operation & Aesthetics
In many cases, coffee pots are part of a machine that makes coffee, usually a drip coffee machine. However, you can also consider regular pots that you pour your coffee into, a Moka pot, or even a French press as some coffee pot.
If you clean your coffee pot regularly, you ensure that these pots operate well and produce great coffee. A clean pot is also aesthetically pleasing, meaning you are more likely to enjoy your coffee.
Ensure Good Taste
Good coffee is not the cheapest thing out there, and excellent coffee can be expensive on the wallet. This means if you are to get good coffee, you want to ensure you brew the best coffee out of it.
A clean pot ensures that no other odd or weird taste seeps into the coffee brewing inside the pot. As a result, you get a proper, high-quality taste out of your coffee.
Eliminate Mold And Bacteria
If there is one thing about coffee pots, they are warm and moist, and some may have parts that do not get much lighting. This means they are excellent places for mold and bacteria to grow.
We do not know what kind of mold or bacteria may be growing inside, so we may be alright drinking them or getting the worst diarrhea of our lives.
Regular cleaning takes this away. Eliminating mold and bacteria ensures your pot looks good and your coffee tastes great.
How To Clean A Coffee Pot?
Coffee pots require daily and also a more thorough cleaning on a monthly basis. Daily cleaning is best done with warm water and some soap. For monthly cleaning, soak the coffee pot in 1:1 water and white vinegar solution, and wash with soap and warm water.
For daily cleaning, consider washing them with warm, soapy water every time you have made your coffee. Use a scrub if you have to.
This helps to remove coffee, grinds, and oil that may have remained inside the pot. Sometimes, when making coffee, some coffee may have spilled out and dried itself on the outer surface of the pot as well.
In many cases, your coffee pot is dishwasher safe, especially if they are made of glass, plastic, or metal. However, you may want to check with the maker to see if the pot is machine washable, as some pots have electronic parts. These electronic parts may tell the temperature or control the volume of coffee inside the pot.
Once washed, open up the lid of the pot, and allow it to air dry. If you use a dishwasher, the regular drying process should be able to dry it. Make sure you place your pot into the dishwasher with the lid open.
Daily cleaning may help ensure the coffee pot remains in good operating condition. Still, over time, the inner surface of the pot may form some tougher coffee stains. Minerals may also cake up on the inner surface of the pot and form hard stains.
These may not be removable using only soap and water. You will need a more aggressive cleaning solution.
Mix up a solution of 1:1 white vinegar and warm water, and pour the mix into the pot. Swirl the solution in the pot for a bit, and then leave the pot to soak in the solution for up to 15 minutes.
After that, come back and scrub at the stains. They should come out easily. If not, keep soaking and scrubbing until the pot is clear of stains.
Rinse the pot with warm, soapy water, ensuring the vinegar smell has gone. Then air dries the pot, and you should be able to use it again to make a great cup of joe.
Remember that taking the time to properly clean your coffee pot can have a positive effect on the flavor and enjoyment of your coffee.
By following a few simple steps and using the right tools, you can make the process less time-consuming and messy. With a clean coffee pot, you can look forward to enjoying a delicious cup of coffee every time.
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Alex is a self confessed coffee addict – but he takes his love of caffeine seriously in a completely responsible way. He loves trying new coffees and testing the latest machines and is not usually fan of one button pod machines. Alex is happiest when he is tinkering with settings and milk temperatures to create the perfect cup. When not obsessing over coffee, Alex is a keen musician and plays weddings and other social events (usually fuelled by… yes, you guessed it… coffee).