Posted on May 1, 2017
Emile Haddad Seattle Coffee Enthusiast on Cleaning Coffee Equipment
Emile Haddad Seattle Coffee Lessons: 3 Tips for Cleaning Your Coffee Equipment
Hi there, this is Emile Haddad, your Seattle coffee expert. From roasting to brewing, many Seattle residents like myself made it their life’s mission to celebrate the humble coffee bean, the world’s second most traded commodity after oil. We love our coffee so much that we have nurtured our expertise in it to include how to clean trusty coffee equipment properly.
When you shop around for a French press or a Moka pot, chances are, the number of cleaning steps they come with is the last thing on your mind. However, something as basic as cleaning can spell the difference between a fine cup of coffee and horrid, almost undrinkable coffee. Generally, water and soap should suffice for cleaning, but heavy users of their coffee equipment may need to do additional steps to ensure their accessories remain spick and span for years to come.
1. Wipe the filter screen thoroughly regularly – Whether you use a French press or an Aeropress, cleaning the filter regularly is a must. It may seem cumbersome to have to remove it frequently, and wipe it when you can just rinse it with water and soap, but know that the cleanliness of the coffee filter can drastically affect the taste of your coffee. Water and soap may not be enough to remove those coffee grounds and sediments that have gotten stuck on the filter as well, which is why you have to gingerly take apart your French press, for instance, and then clean it.
Personally, cleaning the filter after every use is best, but if you plan to make several cups throughout the day, cleaning it after the final cup should be fine. You simply don’t want to wait until your coffee equipment smells funny before you do a deep rinse.
2. Use vinegar or baking soda – Speaking of deep rinses, you’ll need vinegar or baking soda to get rid of all those oils that have accumulated inside. For those just starting out in this hobby, the oils that have been extracted from the coffee beans are what give your coffee great taste and flavor. Rinsing your coffee equipment with hot water, in my opinion, is not enough. Instead you should rinse it with vinegar or a paste made from water and baking soda. In my experience, weekly cleanses of this type should be enough. Anything more frequent than that like every other day, for example, may not be necessary.
3. Never scrub stainless steel French presses – French presses are commonly made with glass, but the stainless steel type is fast catching on among home brewers. Cleaning stainless steel French presses isn’t any different from cleaning glass ones in the sense that you should do regular soap and water, and vinegar or baking soda cleanses. However, just keep in mind never to scrub stainless steel French presses. Not only do you risk damaging your equipment but you also risk creating an environment for the oils to stick to.
How do you clean your coffee equipment? Feel free to share your experiences with me, Emile Haddad, your Seattle coffee expert.