Several years ago, the National Foundation conducted a study to challenge perceptions of cleanliness. The research found that kitchens — not bathrooms — are the most germ-ridden areas. One of the chief realms of germs and junk? Your coffee maker.
But having a coffee maker of germs isn’t just a matter of hygiene. According to Erika Vonie, Director of Coffee at Trade, it translates to better tasting brew. “You want each coffee to have a chance to shine every time you brew it, so having a clean starting point every day is a great way to do that,” she says. Here are three areas on your coffee maker that need the most love.