If you are like the average person, your coffee maker has never been cleaned beyond when you first bought it. Although the water that passes through a coffee maker is hot enough to kill most germs, it still presents an environment for certain microbes to thrive in. An unclean coffee maker can create an off putting taste into your coffee and pose a health hazard.
High Quality Beans Matter for Taste
Using high-quality coffee beans, such as the ones sourced at Lavie Coffee, will make all the difference in your cup of coffee. You are doomed to a bitter-tasting cup of coffee if you start with poor-quality beans. Lavie Coffee roasts all our beans to order, so none of our roasted beans sit on a shelf waiting for you to place your order. This ensures that the highest quality beans make it to your doorstep. However, if your cup of coffee still tastes off even when using Lavie Coffee beans, it may be time to clean your coffee maker.
How Often Should a Coffee Maker Be Cleaned?
If you brew approximately one pot per day, most coffee makers recommend cleaning their machines once every 3 to 6 months. When a coffee maker goes uncleaned, it can develop a buildup of minerals and coffee oils that will alter the flavor profile of your cup of coffee. Not only will the taste be altered, but an uncleaned coffee maker also presents an ideal environment for mold and bacteria to grow. Nobody likes keeping a science experiment alive in their kitchen, especially in your coffee maker.
How to Clean a Coffee Maker
Every machine has a specific cleaning method recommended by the manufacturer. Refer to your owner’s manual for the exact steps on how to clean your coffee maker. For most coffee makers, you will need vinegar to complete the cleaning process. The vinegar needs to be mixed with one part vinegar to one part water and poured into the water chamber. You will start a brewing cycle and allow the vinegar solution to permeate into the coffee maker. Once the coffee cycle is finished with the vinegar water, you will need to run one to two additional coffee cycles to flush the remainder of the vinegar out of the system.
Start with High Quality Coffee Beans
Creating a brew with high quality coffee beans will consistently net you a great tasting cup of coffee. View our full selection of ethically sourced coffee beans at Lavie Coffee.