If you are a coffee enthusiast, your coffee maker is likely the most frequently used appliance in your home. However, how frequently do you clean it, or do you need to clean it?
Urban Bean Coffee found that 64 percent of adult Americans consume coffee every day, with 79 percent of them preparing it at home. In addition, the survey revealed that the average American consumes 3,1 cups of coffee per day. That’s a lot of coffee-stained single-use, drip, and French press coffee makers.
Observe that your coffee is brewing more slowly? It could be due to mineral accumulation. According to Consumer Reports, a dirty coffee pot will have coffee residue and mineral buildup that can negatively affect the machine, which could impact the flavour of your coffee and cause it to function less efficiently.
Even scarier? If your coffee machine is unclean, it could make you sick. According to The Atlanta Journal Constitution, coffee pots can be a favourable environment for bacteria, yeast, and mould due to their warmth and dampness.
How often should a coffee maker be cleaned?
The answer, according to Lisa McManus, executive tasting and testing editor at America’s Test Kitchen, who spoke with Eat This, Not That!, is daily if you are a daily coffee drinker and want to drink the best-tasting coffee while keeping harmful bacteria, yeast, and mould at bay.
McManus stated that by washing the coffee maker daily, coffee oils that can make fresh coffee taste bitter are removed. She advised using only soap and water to clean it.