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.

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