January 19, 2007, Newsletter Issue #92: How Do I Care For My Coffee Machine?

Tip of the Week

For optimal brewing, it is important to keep your coffee maker clean.

The manuals of coffee makers recommend regular cleaning of the brew basket and carafe. For KitchenAid coffee makers, the recommendation is daily cleaning.

Some new machines come with cleaning needed indicators that alert you that it is time for descaling.

Descaling removes the calcium deposits, or scale, from water can build up in your coffee makers heat pump and can affect the quality of your coffee. Cleaning indicators sense the build up of scale.

To descale your coffee maker, KitchenAid says to ensure the brew basket is empty and then remove the water filter. See manual for instructions.

Run coffee maker through a brewing cycle using a full carafe of a descaling solution or a vinegar/water solution.

If your machine has an indicator, repeat this process until the light goes off.

Rinse the coffee maker by running two full brew cycles using fresh water.

Wash the brew basket and carafe with soapy water and rinse with hot water or wash in the dishwasher if your coffee maker is dishwasher safe.

Reinstall the water filter. The filter should be replaced every two to three months for regular use.

According to manuals from a Braun coffee maker, using a water filter and exchanging it regularly might eliminate the need to decalcify. If your coffee maker takes longer than usual to brew, consider descaling.

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