Why to clean it: Coffee residue left from habitual use becomes built up acid and bacteria which breaks down the natural oils that give coffee its truly distinctive flavor.
How often to clean it: Every 2-3 months.
Make your choice: vinegar or lemon.
Vinegar works the bad juju out of your coffee pot. Don’t love the strong odor of vinegar? Use one of the least expensive, most naturally effective cleaners available: lemon! What to do with the leftover rinds? Toss them into your garbage disposal and grind for an amazing clean scent!
How to clean with vinegar or lemon:
One, 12 cup coffee pot
8 cups water
4 cups distilled white vinegar or 4 cups of pure or concentrated lemon juice
- Make sure your maker is free of grounds by running a cycle with water only. Fill empty coffee pot with water and vinegar or lemon
- Pour mixture into brewing reservoir
- Place a filter in the filter cabin
- Press start
- Let brew until “ready”
- Turn off pot and let sit for 10 minutes (vinegar) 20 minutes (lemon.) Sitting for this amount of time both breaks down the acids and allows the pitcher to cool so the glass doesn’t break by shock to temperature change.
- Take the same mixture that just poured through and repeat the process with the same filter.
- Hand wash the carafe with lightly soaped** water (soapy water can make the coffee bitter if you are a true purist), or wash with a hot, wet dish towel.
Note: If the vinegar odor is still present after two rinsings, run pure water through coffee maker.
Happy coffee = have a happier day.