Coffee is a favorite drink of many people. Whether it is espresso, coffee, cappuccino, or latte, there are many variations of the perfect drink. People are always looking for new ways to enjoy their coffee!
Knowing how to maintain your coffee machines will ensure that you can make your favorite drinks at home. Thankfully, this is a pretty easy task that only requires a few minutes of your time every few days.
Maintenance can include cleaning the machine, replacing parts if needed, and remembering to fill up the water reservoir. Most machines have lights or alerts that tell you when you need to refill the water tank, so this part is pretty self-taking.
The most important part of maintaining a coffee machine is cleaning it. There are several ways to do this, but we will go over the basics here. First, let’s talk about cleaning the brewing unit or chamber where the coffee is made.
Clean out The Grinds
Once you have decided to make the switch to coffee, it is important to keep up with your coffee machine maintenance. If you do not maintain your coffee machine, it can lead to bad smells when brewing new drinks, or even worse, bacteria growth.
To maintain your coffee machine, you will need to clean it every once in a while. Depending on the model, this can be easy or hard.
The first thing you should do is clean out the grinds that have accumulated in the bin. Most models have a special tool for doing this, so do not try to use something else.
Then, you should wash out the tank and any other removable parts using warm water and soap. Alternatively, you can use a vinegar solution to clean your machine-it all depends on what type of brew your machine makes.
After that, dry all of the parts thoroughly so that no water remains.
Run Water Through It
Once a week, you should run water through your coffee machine to clean out any leftover coffee residue and powder. To do this, you will need to tap into the water supply.
You will want to do this in the beginning of the week so that you have clean water for the rest of the week. It is also a good idea to do this before you go out of town for the week, so that there is no chance of your coffee being less than perfect when you return!
To clean it, first rinse out the reservoir and drip tray, then fill them with warm-to-hot water. Press the brew button and let it cycle through until it dumps out, then repeat until there is no more water coming out. Let it dry off and cool down before using again.
Use a Cleaning Solution
After you have wiped down your coffee machine, it is time to put it to use. The next step is to make a solution to wash your coffee machine with.
You can use warm water alone, but adding some dish soap or a special coffee machine cleaner will increase its cleaning power. These will help remove any leftover residue and grime that are stuck in the parts of the machine.
Make sure you read the instructions for your particular model on how to clean it! Some have very specific ways of cleaning them.
After you have washed it, let it dry completely before using it again.
Bring to A Repair Shop
If you are not comfortable or experienced with fixing things, then the best thing to do is bring it to a professional coffee machine repair shop. There are many online and even local coffee shops that have lists of repair shops.
Many cities even have independent coffee machine repair people that you can find through search engines or word of mouth. These people are great as they love coffee and want to keep people’s machines working!
If you cannot find any listings for repair people in your area, then your best bet is to look up how to take apart your machine, find the problem, and fix it.
Most problems are simple enough that anyone with basic knowledge of taking things apart and putting them back together can do it. The hard part is determining what is wrong and how to fix it.
Have Fresh Water Available
Make sure you have a constant supply of clean, warm water available to your machine. If the machine requires it, make sure to add more water whenever it runs out.
Water is needed to prime the coffee machine, prepare the brew, and clean out the system. If there is not enough water, then there will be no coffee!
Some machines require specific temperatures of water, so make sure you check for that. Most machines require warm water, though some prefer hot or even boiling water.
Making sure your machine has the essentials is an easy way to prevent some problems. If your machine does not have a reservoir for water, then getting a waterproof container is a good replacement.
Do Not Run Water Through with Coffee in It
This may seem like a no-brainer, but too many people do this! You should always make sure that you do not run water through the coffee machine with coffee in it.
Why? Because if you do this, then you must clean the machine according to instructions. And if you do not know how to clean it correctly, then you will need to replace parts due to damage.
Many people try to save time by doing this, but it can seriously damage your machine. The water will also become very bitter due to the coffee residue that was left inside.
Make sure whenever you change the coffee flavor or brand that you run clean water through the machine to avoid this issue.
Wash the Pot with Warm Water and Soap
After you have used your coffee machine, you will need to wash the pot. Most recipes call for just rinsing the pot with water, but that can lead to poor taste in the next cup of coffee.
Coffee oils can stick to the pot and brew into the next cup. These oils may also cause mold if not washed away thoroughly.
To maintain your coffee machine, you should wash the pot with warm water and soap. This will remove any leftover flavor or grease and keep your next cup tasting good!
Also, run a cycle of water through the machine to clear out any remaining residue. Doing this will also help prevent mold or mildew from growing in the machine.
Make sure to dry off and clean inside of the machine regularly to prevent buildup of moisture that may lead to mold or mildew.
Dry All Moisture Properly
Even if you wash your coffee machine right after using it, bacteria can still grow if there is moisture inside. Over time, this can cause a sour smell and flavor in your coffee.
To prevent this, make sure to dry all the internal parts properly. Run a complete cycle with only half a cup of white vinegar as water. This will help remove any residual moisture in the machine.
If you use a pod machine, be sure to check the cartridge area for moisture every time you clean it. If there is any moisture, dry it out completely before using the machine again.
Clogged filters are another source of lingering moisture. Make sure to check these and dry them out if needed!
When cleaning your coffee machine, do not use very strong chemicals. They may damage the internal workings of the machine. A simple soap and water solution is all that is needed.
For coffee-lover Justin, writing for the Cappuccino Oracle magazine is a dream come true. He gets to explore the nuances of different coffee styles and share his insights on the best ways to enjoy them. From a classic espresso to Kenyan beans, Justin knows that each cup holds something special for everyone – connecting them with culture and history, as well as being an invigorating pick-me-up. Through his writing, Justin wants everyone to appreciate their cup of coffee for all its wonders!