Category: coffee

  • Coffee Update #2 : How to clean a French press

    While French press coffee is easy to make, the same cannot be said for its cleaning. Ask anyone who owns a French Press and they will tell you how complicated and grueling it is to clean it. While Filter coffee makers are easy to clean as all you have to do is throw the used Filters and all the grounds, in French Press it is a little messier as all the wet, gritty grounds get accumulated in the bottom of the press.

    But don’t worry, here is a quick way to clean your French Press in no time ensuring that your next pot coffee tastes as amazing as your first.

    • Throw the used grounds

    This is one of the most obvious step and although there are many ways to do this, best way would be to collect your used grounds in a garbage can. If you throw the used grounds in your toilet or sink or garbage, it might get messy and it also might clog your sink or toilet. So make sure that you collect your used grounds in a garbage bag or can and then throw it out.

    How do you get all the used grounds out of the press? This is pretty simple, just tap the bottom of the press and hold it upside down over your garbage can. Most of the grounds will come out easy, but if it doesn’t you can use a spoon or a spatula to scoop it out of it. You can also pour some water into your press and then get all the grounds out of it and collect it in your garbage can.

    Once you have gotten rid of all the used grounds, you can move on to step 2 of cleaning your French Press.

    • Disassemble your French Press and Submerge it

    Now that your French Press is clean of all used grounds, time to remove the press components like plunger, lid, etc. and keep them separately inside a hot, soapy water. You can use either a dish soap or a baking soda to soak your coffee machine and although baking soda ensures that there is no change in the taste of brewed coffee after it is cleaned, there is no harm in using a dish soap too. Just make sure that you rinse your press thoroughly to remove any trace of soap from your press.

    You can also use some coffee machine cleaning powder as these help in removing the coffee oils left behind after each brew.

    • Scrub it completely

    Take a scrub and gently scrub the carafe and plunger and lid to clean them up thoroughly and use baking soda and water to achieve the desired results. Make sure you clean all the press components and scrub them clean for better results.

    • Wipe it dry

    Use a dish towel and wipe all the press components separately. Once you have completely dried them up, you can reassemble them together. You can now use your French Press to make yourself a delicious cup of coffee which will taste as good as your first cup of coffee and will consistently give you the same amazing taste.

  • Coffee Update #1: How to clean your Espresso Machine

    While you enjoy your Espresso coffee every day, it is crucial to keep in mind that your Espresso machine needs a regular clean up to get rid of all the milk and coffee residue which gets accumulated in your machine after every use. Although you might be rinsing your machine after every use, it is much more important to clean it properly every week to dissolve all the debris and residues.

    But how to keep your machine clean? Here are a few tips you should follow to keep your Espresso machine neat and clean.

    1. Clean your Espresso Machine after every use

    One of the most basic steps to follow is to rinse your Espresso machine and its equipment every time before and after you use it. You do not need to use a cleaning solution, just use hot, soapy water for a basic cleaning session.

    Wipe down the machine’s surface and clean any drips or stains near or on it. This will ensure you a clean work space and a somewhat clean machine’s inside too.

    1. Deep-Clean your Espresso Machine once every week

    Make sure that you perform a vigorous cleaning session on your Espresso Machine once in every week. Sometimes oil grease, mineral deposits, milk proteins, etc. get stuck to the machine and might affect the working of your machine. In such cases, it is good to use a cleaning solution to clean your machine properly every week.

    If you leave the deep cleaning for a long time, it would take you double the initial time to completely clean your Espresso Machine. So do perform this activity every week.

    1. Use a scrub or brush

    If you want to make sure that your machine is cleaned properly and quickly, it would be advisable to buy an Espresso machine cleaning brush for the same. These brushes will help you in a vigorous cleaning of the machine and will make the whole process faster.

    You can use a group head brush with a 90-degree angle as this brush will be sure to reach all the cracks and nooks of the machines.

    1. Descale your machine with a vinegar solution

    Sometimes due to the usage of impure water, mineral deposits form on the machine in the form of limescales. These limescales may interrupt the working of your Espresso machine or could clog the coffee output part which would result in the machine not working or providing you with little drips of coffee.

    This deposition has been known to create a lot of problems for your machine and is found best to be removed as soon as possible. You can use a vinegar and hot water solution to remove the limescale and clean your machine. Vinegar has been found effective in dissolving limescale quickly, leaving a smooth surface behind it.

    1. Disassemble all the removable parts and clean them

    When you are cleaning your Espresso machine, make sure you clean and wipe every nook and cranny. Ensure that you detach all the removable parts and clean them separately. Once you have cleaned the machine and its parts, you can fix them back together and start using your machine again.