You woke up. So that’s a start. You’re definitely happy that you are above ground and yet, you’re not so ready to face the world. In fact, you can’t talk without your coffee. Better still…you can’t even mumble three words before having that first cup of coffee.
And that cup of coffee had better be good. What’s more discouraging than smelling the coffee when you wake up, not waiting to take the first gulp, only to find it has a bitter taste. How fast can you make another cup? Another pot? And so you do, deciding that this would fix everything and there it is… a fresh pot of coffee tasting like metal once again.
Everything is now rushing through your mind. How far is the nearest Starbucks? Where can you get a quick cup and finally; what happened to your coffee maker?. Every morning you have the most satisfying cup of coffee and today you woke up to a bitter metallic tasting cup. When did things change?
There’s a very good answer to that question. It’s called bacteria or a moist bed for mold. It really is! Who would believe that your coffee machine is one of the germ-filled spots in your kitchen? Bet you’d never believe it, right? But, a study in 2011 found just that. Surprisingly, your coffee maker is a hotbed for bacteria. Its reservoir is said to have a higher germ count than your own bathroom…ick.
So, how do you keep your coffee machine clean which in turn will make that morning coffee of yours taste like coffee instead of metal?
The following is a sure fire way to clean a traditional carafe coffee maker as well as the single pod machines to get the taste you want:
Each and every time you use your coffee machine, take all the removable parts and clean out the grinds, coffee and oil. The pieces are usually dishwasher safe, however you can easily hand wash them with warm and soapy water. On the outside, make sure you wipe it down as well as the warming plate where coffee spills and burns.
Another way to avoid germs is to leave the reservoir’s lid open. This way it can dry out thoroughly. Mold, germs and bacteria love moisture.
Once a month:
Have you ever seen the way hard water builds up on your glasses or shower? It’s a dry white film that is extremely difficult to remove. Hard water is not an uncommon problem. Actually, statistics say that it affects more than eighty-five percent of the country. It’s when minerals, magnesium, manganese and calcium dissolve. When this happens, you see it in dishwashers, glasses, sinks and tubs.
If you see it there, you will also see it in your coffee machine’s reservoir. It can also build up inside the machine itself. Eventually, you will begin to notice that it is taking longer and longer for your coffee to drip.
It’s time to get things back to normal. Back in shape. It’s time to cleanse your machine and that’s known as decalcifying. And it’s usually done with good ole’ white vinegar.
Here’s how you do it: With equal parts of water and vinegar, fill your coffee maker’s reservoir. For a machine with a carafe, place a paper filter inside the basket of the coffee maker. Place the pot on the burner and press brew. Stop the machine after half of the solution is gone. Let it sit for about thirty minutes and then you can begin brewing the rest of the vinegar and water. When the brewing is complete, toss out the vinegar and water and brew a full pot of clean solution-free water. You may want to do this a couple more times.
If your pot is also stained with hard water, fill it with a little rice and warm sudsy water. Swirl to loosen any debris, and then you can sponge-clean it and rinse well.
Single serve machines (pod):
To most coffee drinkers, coffee is like a big warm hug. It’s a comfort drink, and for some reason, it makes people more friendly and caring. Happiness is that perfect cup of coffee, many of us believe. Imagine…if it does all that, then that’s all the more reason for it to be a delicious brew in our favorite cup.