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How to Clean and Maintain Your Coffee Machine or Maker 

Our in-depth guide explains how to keep your coffee machines, cafetieres and moka pots clean for an increased lifespan and better tasting coffee.

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An at-home coffee maker opens your world, allowing you to brew coffee within your own kitchen. But owning a coffee machine is much more than being able to pop in a coffee capsule or brew ground coffee in a cafetiere - regular cleaning and maintenance is essential if you want your coffee machine to continue brewing delicious coffee.

Whether you enjoy your coffee from a capsule coffee maker, cafetiere or moka pot, our guide offers step-by-step advice on how you can clean and descale your chosen coffee maker. Read on for tips on how to clean a coffee machine. 

Keeping your coffee maker and machine clean is essential. Not only does a clean coffee machine produce better tasting coffee, but it can also protect your health from germs and bacteria that naturally grow inside your coffee machine. After all, coffee machines and coffee makers promote a warm, damp environment, which can be a breeding ground for bacteria.

As well as protecting your health, taking the time to care for your coffee machine can also increase the machine's longevity, helping your machine run smoother. Proper maintenance reduces the chance of issues arising and potentially harming the mechanics of your coffee maker. Taking the time to care for and clean your coffee maker is a great investment and can save you money in the long run.

Signs You Need to Clean Your Coffee Maker

Besides your coffee maker or coffee machine looking visibly unclean, several other signs point towards your coffee maker needing some extra love and care. 

  • Your coffee has an odd taste to it
  • Your coffee has an unusual smell
  • It takes longer for your coffee to brew
  • Your coffee machine or coffee maker is louder than usual and making unusual noises
  • Your coffee maker leaks coffee everywhere

How Often Should I Clean my Coffee Maker?

To continue making delicious coffee, you will want to make a habit of cleaning your coffee maker. By having a schedule and learning the best ways to clean a coffee maker, you can streamline the process.

Daily: Get in the habit of cleaning your coffee maker every day / when it has been used. Do not let your used coffee maker sit on the side of your kitchen worktop, unwashed for long periods of time as this allows time for minerals to build up.

Ideally, you will want to wash your coffee maker after every use, although it does not have to be immediate (enjoy your coffee first!). If you've used a cafetiere, you'll want to take the coffee device apart and wash the individual bits and pieces in warm, soapy water. Rinse away the soap and leave to dry once cleaned. If you have used a coffee capsule machine, then you will want to remove the empty coffee capsule, empty the water tank and wipe away any spilt coffee.

The best way to keep your coffee maker in the best condition possible is to do a monthly deep clean that may include a commercial descaler or cleaning with vinegar or baking soda. A deep clean can help remove any mineral build-up that can drastically hinder your coffee maker's performance and the quality of coffee it brews.

Why Cleaning Your Coffee Maker is Important

How to Clean a Cafetiere 

A cafetiere (or French Press) is a great way to brew single cups of coffee or pour multiple cups of coffee for a large gathering of friends and family. With its plunger and filtering system, a cafetiere may look intimidating to use and clean, but it's a lot easier than you may expect.

Here???s how to clean a cafetiere:

  1. Allow the cafetiere to cool. Once you've made your coffee, make sure to drink and enjoy it! Your cafetiere will be too warm to clean, so give it a few minutes to cool down to a reasonable temperature.
  2. Empty the grounds. Avoid using metal utensils as this could damage the cafetiere glass. Rather, use a spatula or hold the cafetiere upside down and lightly tap the bottom of the cafetiere - the coffee grounds may simply fall out.
  3. Clean with soapy water. Simple washing up liquid is good enough, so simply add a few drops to the carafe and add water. Use the plunger to slowly plunge up and down until the water starts to bubble. 
  4. Rinse out the soapy water, scrub the carafe with a sponge, and then rinse again. Repeat until the water runs clean and there isn't a single ground coffee grain in sight.
  5. Leave your cafetiere to air dry (or dry by hand) and then reassemble before putting it away.

If Your Cafetiere is in Need of a Deeper Clean

Disassemble the plunger for a deeper clean. Add a small amount of baking soda to your cafetiere and enough water to make a paste. Use your sponge to clean the plunger and carafe with the baking soda paste. Rinse thoroughly once you are done.

For hard water build-up, make a 50/50 solution of vinegar and water, then use the solution to scrub the interior and exterior of the carafe. You can tell if you have hard water build-up because a chalky white residue will appear.

TIP: If you are unsure on how to make the best tasting coffee with a cafetiere, read our guide on How to Use a Cafetiere.


How to Clean a Moka Pot

A moka pot (otherwise known as a stovetop espresso maker) is a firm favourite amongst coffee enthusiasts when it comes to making espresso coffee. Therefore, if you love your coffee, a moka pot is a great coffee brewing device to invest in.

If you are yet to use a moka pot, why not read our guide on How to Use a Moka Pot? Much like with any coffee maker, learning how to clean your moka pot can improve the quality of coffee you make and reduce the risk of your moka pot needing to be prematurely replaced.

For everyday cleaning, you can simply disassemble your moka pot and remove the filter basket. Toss the used coffee grounds into the bin (or compost, as they make for great fertiliser) and thoroughly rinse the filter basket. Dry your moka pot, and to be extra safe, wipe the filter basket and seal with a paper towel so that you can catch any stubborn coffee grounds. If you have an aluminium moka pot, you will want to ensure that it is completely dry before storing to avoid rust developing.

However, when deep cleaning and descaling your moka pot, you will want to consider the following steps:

  1. Fill the lower chamber with water until the line hits the coffee filter basket.
  2. Add 1 teaspoon of baking soda into the water, assemble your moka pot and place it on the stove as if you were making a coffee. The baking soda is an excellent cleaner and will also deodorise your moka pot.
  3. Rinse out your moka pot once done. Before making coffee, boil water in your moka pot without coffee beforehand, just in case there's any lingering baking soda.

TIP: Do not scrub your moka pot with an abrasive sponge as this will scratch and remove the coating typically found on aluminium moka pots. This coating is designed to keep your coffee from absorbing and taking on a metallic taste. What's more, you should never put your moka pot in a dishwasher as this can damage it. 

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Everyday upkeep of your coffee machine is quite simple. Most capsule coffee machines have a built-in cleaning process that simply requires you to push a button, but now and then, you'll have to clean the inside of your coffee machine by hand.

To clean the exterior of your coffee machine, wipe the outside with a microfibre cloth. Pull out the drip tray and capsule holder and wash by hand, or if the instructions say so, place them in the dishwasher. You will also want to regularly wash out the water basin and always use fresh water whenever you wish to make yourself a coffee.

When it comes to cleaning your coffee machine, always check the manufacturer's instruction as they often specify a particular coffee machine descaler to be used exclusively. We also offer a coffee machine buying guide, which can help you choose the right coffee machine for you and your lifestyle.

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How to Clean a Milk Frother

A handheld milk frother is a great way to create barista-style coffee at home, but failing to keep your milk frother clean can impact its efficiency and extend the life of the tool. Luckily, cleaning your milk frother can be quite simple.

  1. Fill up a cup with warm water and add a small amount of washing up liquid.
  2. Place the milk frother's head into the water and switch on, leaving it to run for 10-15 seconds. Switch off the milk frother and remove.
  3. Empty the glass and rinse until the soap is completely gone before refilling with clean water. Place the milk frother in the glass and turn on for 10-15 seconds again and remove. By doing this, you remove any soap residue, but make sure to rise your milk frother under a tap just in case.

TIP: It is always best to clean your milk frother sooner rather than later, as milk is not only difficult to remove once it has dried on, but it can also go off quickly and cause an unpleasant smell and encourage bacterial growth. We have plenty of cleaning products designed to help you clean all your kitchen equipment. 

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