A cup of coffee is the perfect way to start the day for many people. However, you might be doing some things wrong with your coffeepot that are impacting the flavor of your morning brew. In addition, improper care of the coffeepot can even put your health at risk. Research reveals that at least 50 percent of all coffeepots contain yeast and mold.
In this article, we will explore the common mistakes people make with their coffeepots and how to keep them clean so you can safely enjoy your java.
11. Clean the Coffeepot Every Day
It is a common mistake to believe that if you brew hot coffee every day in the coffeepot then it must be clean. You need to clean the coffee carafe every day to get rid of the accumulation of coffee oils that will line the pot’s exterior. The brownish gunk can make your coffee taste rancid and bitter.
Scrub your carafe with soap and water. Rinse it with lukewarm water until all the soap residue is gone and then wipe it dry. You want the carafe to appear completely clean with no discoloration.
10. Descale the Internal Parts of the Coffeepot
Every three months you should take the time to descale the internal parts of the coffee machine. This is especially true if you notice that your pot is brewing at a slower rate. A coffeepot that needs to undergo descaling will also cause the coffee to taste bitter. If neglected for too long, the pot will completely stop brewing.
Minerals from the water start to accumulate on the surface of the machine’s internal mechanisms. This is especially true in areas with hard water. If you descale the machine, then it will strip away the buildup of minerals.
One of the best things that you can use to descale a coffeepot is vinegar. It will lift away hard water stains and remove coffee residue and oils. You can also purchase a commercial descaler that is made for your coffeepots. Unlike vinegar, which can etch the internal mechanisms, the descaler is safe to use to clean the internal parts of the machine.