Tips for great tasting coffee

Did you know that cleaning out your grinder and coffee maker can change the taste of your morning brew? Here are a few tips that will help keep your coffee tasting great and your coffee-related small appliances looking and working their best.

Tips for great tasting coffee

Coffee is an important part of the morning for many people. Here's how to help keep your coffee tasting great and your coffee-related small appliances working like new.

Grinders

  • When you grind your own coffee beans, it's almost impossible to brush all of the residue out of the grinder when you're done — and accumulated residue can make coffee taste bitter. To get rid of the residue, run raw white rice through the grinder once every month. The rice will clean the grinder and sharpen the blades at the same time.
  • If you ever use your coffee grinder to grind spices, be sure to clean all of the remnants out of the grinder before switching back to coffee beans. How to go about it? By grinding two or three slices of cut-up, plain white bread in the machine.

Drip coffee makers

Over time, caffeine will discolour the glass carafe of your automatic coffeemaker, but you can easily make it look like almost like new. Here's how:

  1. Fill a quarter of the carafe with water.
  2. Cut a lemon into four wedges, squeeze the juice of two of them into the water, then drop all four lemon wedges into the carafe.
  3. Add 30 grams (two tablespoons) of salt and swirl the carafe around for two to three minutes.
  4. Empty the carafe and scrub the inside with soapy water.
  5. Rinse and dry and return the crystal-clear carafe to its base.

To clean the rest of your machine, run 500 millilitres (two cups) of vinegar and 250 millilitres (one cup) of water (hold the coffee) through a brewing cycle.

Espresso machine filter screens

If you're a fan of espresso, you're also familiar with how finely ground Italy's favourite coffee is. To keep it from clogging up the filter screen on your espresso maker, scrub the screen gently after each use with a soft toothbrush. If any bits remain, remove them with a straight pin.

These smart tips will help you clean your coffee machine and keep your morning cup tasting great!

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