REMINDER! Time To Clean Your Coffee Brewers

Getting ready to be cleaned

Getting ready to be cleaned

I know there is talk or saying~"Don't clean your coffee maker, it's well seasoned and keeps your coffee tasting great!" Uh....No! In my opinion, that's gross.  

If you don't have an RO system (reverse osmosis) or other filter action system, your coffee brewers/makers will build up a lot of calcium and minerals that will soon ruin your coffee brewer of choice AND makes your coffee start to taste a little yucky. AND...using filtered water WILL build up deposits and minerals too. 

So it's nice to clean them out often to keep your coffee makers brewing great coffee.  

The one I turn to is Distilled White Vinegar. I'm sure you are familiar of the advantages of using Distilled Vingear to decalcify. When you notice your coffee maker not driping as quickly as it used to, it's time to get the vinegar out. 

It's not just for salads.  

It's not just for salads.  

As you know, I have just about every style of coffee brewer from single pour to espresso machine. However, I love this electric Pour Over that Johnny purchased for me. Unfortunately they stopped making them for the US because people complained that it wouldn't fit under there kitchen cabinets. Who cares!!!! I love it because after it brews you can unplug it and carry it by the top handle to your dinning table to serve coffee. Everything stays in place...the coffee carafe never moves as you maneuver through the house. It's super cool.  

Anyway, I will take about half of a small bottle of vinegar and pour up top. Whatever coffee maker you have just add to the reservoir. I usually let that sit for a few minutes just on its own. Then I will turn on the coffee maker and begin brewing through as if I'm making coffee. It's amazing how quick and easy this is. If you feel you need to run it again with vinegar, let your coffee carafe cool and just pour the vinegar back through and start the brewing process again. 

Next, discard the vinegar from your carafe and wash with soapy water. If there are other removable parts, I would suggest you wash those as well. You are now wanting to remove the vinegar from your carafe and coffee parts. 

For espresso machines and use for other coffee accessories

For espresso machines and use for other coffee accessories

Lastly, add water to your coffee reservoir and and run water through the maker a couple of times to remove any residual vinegar. When you think you've run enough water through the machine, I would take a sip of the hot water you just ran through. Make sure it doesn't taste "vinegar-y". I learned the hard way years ago when Johnny had cleaned the coffee maker and maybe ran one cycle of water through. He poured me the first cup of coffee and when. I took a large sip...it was the most vinegar tasting coffee...so horrible I ran to the sink to spit it out. Of course I asked him " How many times did you run plain water through?" His immediate answer to this type of questioning is typically "I don't know!" "Is it bad?" I told him to taste it...he wouldn't. (Wink wink smiley face)  

If you are a serious coffee drinker, you should keep up on all coffee brewers in your home. Be sure to review instructions on your maker to ensure you can add vinegar to clean. I have a commercial espresso machine and I use a product called Cafiza. You can order on Amazon and a little goes a long way. 

Sparkling clean

Sparkling clean

I will take a 1/4 teaspoon of Cafiza and add to my Chemex and French Press with hot water and let it sit for a couple of minutes. Everything comes out sparkling clean. This product works great on some of your coffee accessories to clean up the coffee oils and residue. Again, be sure to check with your manual on best practices of cleaning any coffee maker and especially the semi automatic and automatic espresso machines. Those will have specific instructions on how to properly clean and keep running smoothly so you'll never miss a drop of good tasting java. 

Lolita☕️ 

 

 

 

A Great Way To Clean Your Coffee Equipment & Accessories

I know there are many coffee aficionados around that have there very own espresso machine. Their love and passion of coffee and enjoying the creation of an espresso, macchiato or latte style drink they made themselves at home, can be such a joy. 

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I purchased a Rancilio commercial version for our coffee shop on Highway 28. I still have it and use it everyday. We know that high quality, fresh roasted beans are important and the water is very important too (typically use reverse osmosis in espresso machines so there are no minerals etc) so is keeping your espresso marking clean VERY IMPORTANT!  

But....what about your other coffee makers out there? Your favorite French Press or ceramic pour over or white cups that are stained? What can you use to really clean them?  

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I was told to purchase a product via Amazon called Cafiza. Cafiza (and other espresso machine cleaners) is an espresso machine cleaner powder that is an important and integral part of daily maintenance routine for the busiest of espresso machines in restaurants, coffee shops etc.. If you are not cleaning your espresso machine regularly, the best and freshest coffee will taste stale and awful if you are not properly cleaning your machine....and it can cost an owner a lot of money for service and repair if not cared for properly. 

What I also found out is this product is amazing to use on other coffee accessories AND other coffee brew methods too. Your glass carafes from your drip coffee makers, French Press, Chemex and other pour overs. You can also soak your coffee cups/mugs, tampers and stirrers you use at home for coffee. The product is designed to clean the toughest coffee buildup and stains with the ease of rinsing clean....hence why it is used to clean and back flush espresso machines. 

I have found when I have coffee cups that were stained from lots of "coffee drinking" use, a little Cafiza, some hot water and time...they look brand new. (I know I know...I sound like an infomercial)

Here's an example, I took our vintage Chemex (1950's found at an estate sale) and added a 1/4 teaspoon of the Cafiza powder and then added some hot water. I "swished & swirled" it around and let it sit for a couple of hours. Why not do it after your morning coffee and let it soak in the sink while you're gone all day or you can do it over night. 

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After it's been sitting, I take my sponge or cleaning utensil of choice and gently clean the inside of the Chemex. I pour out and begin rinsing. As I mentioned before, Cafiza rinses easily and you can feel the squeaky clean on the inside. 

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It comes out beautiful and ready for a wonderful brew of Johnny Lolita's Coffee! (shameless plug) 

I purchase the Cafiza on Amazon. For $11.50 you receive a 20 oz bottle. You will have this for quite sometime. Just a little goes a very long way. All of your coffee mugs, espresso shot glasses, pour overs etc will look brand new and your coffee will taste even better. 

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Try some out when you really need to clean some hard tough coffee stains..... 

Lolita 💋 ☕️