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9 Steps to Clean a Coffee Maker
How to Clean a Coffee Maker
Let's face it, we live in a dirty world. Dirt, dust, molds, bacteria...You name it, and it's out there. What's worse is that it's lurking in one of the most treasured, hallowed places on earth: Your Coffee Maker!
Test your coffee maker. Pour a clean pot of water into the reservoir of your coffee maker and 'brew' it.
Now, taste the water. Does it taste like water? Or does it have a strange, 'dirty', old coffee flavor to it?
Ok, so you know your coffee maker is dirty. How do you clean a coffee maker?
Here's a quick and inexpensive way to clean a coffee maker with what you already have (most likely) on-hand: vinegar, soap and water.
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Nine Steps to Clean a Coffee Maker
- Fill your coffee pot with 1 part vinegar and 3 parts water
- Pour the mixture into your coffee maker's reservoir and 'brew' the mixture
- When the brewing is finished, let your coffee maker cool for 10 minutes
- For coffee makers that are exceptionally dirty (you know who you are), repeat steps 2 and 3
- Discard the vinegar mixture
- Now, 'brew' two full pots of clean water letting the coffee maker cool for 10 minutes between
- Wash the coffee pot with dish soap
- Wash the filter basket (the basket comes out of some coffee makers making it easier to clean)
- Finally, clean the outside of the coffee maker
There you have it: Nine Steps to Clean a Coffee Maker and better tasting coffee.
Now, celebrate! Brew a pot of coffee.
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Bodum Chambord Coffee Press
Bodum 1924-16 Chambord French Press Coffee Maker with Metal Lid. 4 cup (2 US cup)
Cuisinart DCC-1200 12-Cup Brew Central Coffee Maker
The Cuisinart automatic 12-cup coffee maker uses the same brewing system found in commercial coffee makers so you can be assured of getting a truly satisfying cup of coffee. With its 12-cup capacity, you can bet the other 11 cups are going to be equally tasty. Easy to clean Gold Filter with easy swing-out basket Brew Pause Color.
Black & Decker DCM2500-PT 12-Cup Programmable Coffee Maker
This is one programmable coffee maker that's actually very easy to program. The touch-pad buttons are intuitive, and the printed directions clear, so there's no excuse for not waking up to the aroma of a freshly brewed pot of java. To prepare for making a pot at any hour, the lid lifts up (hinges in rear), exposing the brew basket: add a flat-bottomed paper filter and the ground coffee of your choice. There's ample pour space for water, the level of which you can view through a convenient window on either side. Simply close the lid and push the On button. Auto/On and the clock buttons set the time for delayed start.
AeroPress Coffee and Espresso Maker
Forget the bitter, acidic coffee you're used to drinking from a standard coffee press The AeroPress from Aerobie takes only 30 seconds, but makes the smoothest, best-tasting coffee that Sunset Magazine, Vogue Magazine, Cooks Junction, and you, have ever tasted. The grounds are totally immersed in the water resulting in rapid yet robust extraction of flavor. Total immersion permits extraction at a moderate temperature, resulting in a smoother brew. Air pressure shortens filtering time to 20 seconds. This avoids the bitterness of long processes such as drip brewing. Laboratory pH testing measured Aeropress brew's acid as less than one fifth that of a regular drip brew Microfilter, which prevents the gritty texture of French-press methods. Makes 1 to 4 cups (1 or 2 mugs) of coffee or espresso.
Keurig B60 Special Edition Gourmet Single-Cup Home-Brewing System
Keurig Special Edition B-60 is a perfect appliance for making single cups of hot beverages. It's so simple and easy! No Grinding, No Clean Up and No Hassle! It uses pre-measured portions called a K-Cup and K-Cups are available with many different kinds of coffee, tea, or cocoa. The Keurig Special Edition B60 also includes a generous 48 oz. removable water reservoir and gives you a choice of 3 different cup sizes, including a 9.25 ounce serving for a travel cup.