For cleaning filter / drip coffee machines, please see our article here:
Why cleaning your espresso machine means better coffee:
Over time, mineral deposits and other impurities will build up on your machine. Along with natural oils left behind by the coffee, this can alter the flavour of your drink.
Regular cleaning removes these and ensures your coffee maker delivers the best possible performance, as well as keeping it clean and hygienic.
Each time you use the machine:
- Discard any coffee grounds and clean the head under running water
- If used, wipe the milk nozzle clean and blast some steam through it to clean out its nozzles
- Make sure no grounds are stuck in any nozzles as these can block the machine up if they get dried on
- Run a clean water cycle through the machine before refilling the filter cup with coffee
- Rinse and clean the overflow tray
- Wash any removable fittings and handles
- Clean the inside of the milk nozzle with a thin bottle or pipe brush
- If your machine is capable of it, perform a backflush cycle at least once a week. The instruction book will give the exact method for your product.
Every few months:
- De-scale your machine using the type of product recommended by your device's manufacturer. If given an option, we recommend citric acid based products as they wash through the machine faster and don't leave a flavour behind
- Always follow the instructions for de-scaling in your device's instruction book and on the cleaning product. This ensures the machine is cleaned properly and no residue remains
Hints and Tips:
- Always follow any specific cleaning instructions in your user guide. Not every coffee machine has the same features and some require special attention
- Run clean water through the machine into a cup after cleaning before you put coffee into the filter. Taste it to make sure the water tastes "clean". If it still has a "flavour", run an additional cleaning cycle
- Only use detergents designed for your type of machine. Other types can detract from your device's performance and lead to less flavourful, aromatic, coffee
- The water you use has a big effect on the taste of your coffee. For the best results, try using cold filtered water.
- The fresher the coffee, the fresher the taste will be. Coffee can go stale so make sure to write down when you've bought it.
- When grinding your coffee, try not to make it too coarse as this can also cause your coffee to taste bitter.