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The Best Cup Of Coffee Every Time!
Maybe you add a pinch of cinnamon to the grounds in the filter before the water passes through. Maybe you’re one of those who likes to go the “bulletproof coffee” route using butter or coconut oil (or both) for added healthy energy through the day. Everybody likes coffee a little bit differently. However, what everyone has in common is the coffee maker.
Whether you’re using a single-cup pour-over press, a general coffee brewing machine of the common variety, or some niche conglomeration of tubes and coffee pots, you’re going to have to maintain the device. How you maintain it will affect coffee flavor and machine longevity. Accordingly, here are five tips to help you most effectively do this.
1. Clean Your Machine At Intervals
General cleaning of your machine, inside and out, using white vinegar and other compounds (such as is advised here), can be a good idea. Many advise such cleaning take place at least once a month. However, it’s worth noting that this isn’t always the method proscribed by coffee aficionados.
2. To Clean The Pot Or Not? It’s Up To You
The coffee maker brews the coffee and deposits it into a coffee pot. However, the pot is not the maker. Except in the event something clogs the receptacle through which pours the coffee, there are coffee people who strongly advise against ever cleaning your coffee pot. That certainly seems unsanitary! Why are this way?
Well, there are a couple of reasons. For one thing, as coffee is conferred to a pot, it leaves a residue which retains some amount of flavor. Many years of that residue can result in a caffeinated brew that has its own unique flavor; one impossible to replicate, and increasingly delicious. For another, getting rid of that residue requires chemical solutions.
White vinegar can be used on the coffee pot as well, but it may slightly alter the flavor of your coffee after the fact. If you’re really interested in retaining flavor, never clean that coffee pot, instead focus on the coffee machine.
3. Explore Resources From Coffee Professionals
Coffee professionals often have forums filled with the thoughts of real experts and purveyors of niche blends. There are general best practices, and then things advised for those who want to take things a little further. At Good Fika, you’ll find a variety of solutions for coffee preparation, and even advice that might help you determine how best to maintain your machine.
The popularity of coffee worldwide is something that likely won’t abate given time. In fact, it’s a multi-generational reality stretching back well over a thousand years, to around 850 AD. There are some methods out there nobody remembers—but the professionals make it their business to find and publicize such techniques.
4. Cleaning Solutions Run Through The Maker Are Advisable
There are certain chemicals you can “cycle through” your coffee maker as you would a regular brew. Doing so cleans the machine; just don’t make the mistake of pouring yourself a cup of the cleaning brew, that’ll likely be bad for you.
5. Dust Using The Same Canned Air Used For Tech Cleaning
There is a sort of “canned air” out there used in technological components. Essentially, because you can’t get technology wet, the only way to get rid of dust is through “wind” energy. Little tubes smaller than stirring straws used with coffee are at the front of the aerosol tube, and those tiny cylinders direct the air to help tech-savvy people clean their device.
Well, you can do the same thing with your coffee maker. This can be a happy medium between totally cleaning away all the flavorful residue, and keeping the device functional.
Getting Everything From Even The Most Humble Coffee Machine
A cheap coffee machine from the “deal” shelf in the department store could last a few weeks, or you could keep that thing running for decades. It all depends on how you maintain it. Dusting, cleaning solutions, seeking professional advice, determining whether you want to clean the pot or not, and interval cleanings with white vinegar are all advisable tips.