Cleaning the coffee maker: This is how it’s done

If a fully automatic coffee maker is not cleaned properly, mould and bacteria can quickly form. This is not only unhygienic, but also affects the taste of the coffee. Read on to find out how to clean your coffee maker so that dirt and mould don’t stand a chance.

Daily rinsing

All automatic coffee makers today have an automatic cleaning system that flushes the pipes and brew group after use. Therefore, when you switch the machine off – and with some machines also when you switch it on – you should remember to place a cup or a collecting container under the coffee spout to catch the rinsing water.

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Clean manually every day

Unfortunately, not everything works automatically; a few things you’ll have to clean manually. The most susceptible to mould is the pomace container, i.e. the collection tray for coffee residues. It is therefore advisable to empty it daily and rinse it briefly under warm water.

Fill the water tank with fresh water every day and empty out the water left in the water tank after brewing.

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Rinse out the drip tray after each use. Mould can quickly form here too

Many coffee users also like to rinse out the brew group if it is removable. However, you don’t have to do this every day, once or twice a week is enough.

Instructions for weekly cleaning

Instructions for weekly cleaning

Once a week, you should give your coffee maker a more thorough cleaning.

Total Time: 1 minute

1. Rinse removable parts

If the parts such as the water tank, drip tray and coffee grounds container are dishwasher safe, put them in the dishwasher. If not, rinse them thoroughly with warm water and detergent.

2. Clean the brew group

Now it’s time for the brew group: remove it – if possible – and rinse it under warm running water. Do not use detergent so as not to impair the taste.

3. The inside of the coffee maker

Coffee powder residues also settle inside. Therefore, sweep all the parts you reach after removing the brew group with a brush. Alternatively, you can use a hoover on the lowest setting. Pay particular attention to the area behind the brew group and the sensors on the drip tray. If these are dirty, the Jura automatic coffee maker, for example, may display the error message ‘Empty tray’.

After two or three months, a coffee machine must be decalcified. You can find out how to do this in the next part of our series: Descaling an automatic coffee maker.

William C Arpin

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