For many, a good espresso is a way to start the day well and keep up with work. Some drink their intense black coffee, where others prefer it sweet and latter, but everything agrees with the desire for quality. And cleaning the coffee machine as well as the coffee grinder is part of this quality! This prevents the accumulation of deposits that could alter the taste of the coffee. Also, poor maintenance of the device can age prematurely. Don’t you know how to do it? Here are three straightforward tips that will make a difference in the regular maintenance of clogged coffee machines to improve their longevity.
For scaling, you won’t need a lozenge or de-scaling product. Our tips use white vinegar (or white alcohol vinegar) to dissolve the limestone from the cold water container and distance an electric coffee maker in no time. If the tap water is tough and leaves a residue on the tank walls, this antical ingredient will make all the difference. Also, this grandma trick will remove bad odours in the device.
Clean a classic coffee machine
What it takes:
- Dishwashing liquid or liquid soap
- White vinegar
1) Empty the machine and carafe of its water as well as the filter and coffee grounds of the day before that you can recycle in the garden or a beauty mask. Rinse it well.
2) Fill the coffee maker as much as possible with a mixture of water and white vinegar in equal parts. Then start the coffee maker and stop it halfway. Then let it sit for an hour.
3) Restart the coffee maker and let it finish the cycle. Discard the water-vinegar mixture.
4) On three occasions, rinse the coffee maker with clear water without adding anything else, letting it cool a little between each cycle.
5) Meanwhile, clean the outside, carafe and filters with hot soapy water. When everything is clean, and the flow is over, gather. With this very efficient cleaning, your cup of coffee will have incomparable aromas.
Cleaning the coffee machine with pods
What it takes:
- Soapy water
1) Turn off and unplug the machine.
2) Clean the removable parts with soapy water: the water tank, the tank lid, the location for cups and pods (from which coffee can be recovered and recycled). Then dry it all up. Then make the outside with a cloth or sponge and dry everything.
3) Plug in the device. Pour a mixture of equal parts of water and vinegar into the tank. Without adding a pod, pour all the vinegared water until the tank is empty.
4) Fill the tank with clear water and rinse or two (always without a pod). This will remove the traces of vinegar. Good coffee, assured!
Bonus: how to clean the coffee grinder (or spices)
Few people still own this type of device, but do those who have it take good care of it? The coffee clumps produce oil and moisture and sticks over time to become difficult to remove. The quality of the ground coffee can suffer. The ideal is to pass a brushstroke regularly to remove the deposits. Nevertheless, if you’re head in the air, here’s how to clean the coffee grinder. To do this, pour raw rice, bread, baking soda or sugar into the appliance. For the spice grinder, replace sugar with salt. Then start grinding until you get a powder. Finally, empty everything and rub it with a microfiber cloth.