Coffee Makers: Why Routine Maintenance is Important
When you have a coffee maker at home, this should be maintained properly to ensure that you are consistently getting a delicious brew. Unfortunately, most of us don’t follow the requirements for maintenance and end up putting on the blame on coffee makers when they are not delivering the perfect pot of coffee.
The filter basket in the maker must be its original color, which means that a white basket must not have a tan color and a black basket must not be brown. When they are showing a different shade than the original color, this means that the maintenance is not carried out on a regular basis. These colors suggest leftover oils and deposits from the coffee that was released in the course of brewing.
The basket should be cleaned properly and often throughout regular maintenance to prevent stale oils from getting into the freshly made coffee.
In addition, the pot must be equally clean without any ring forming on the sides. These will be the same oils and deposits that would be left in the basket. When hot coffee is made in the pot, this residue will be released from the sides and mix with the fresh brew to give a bitter and acidic taste.
Therefore, all those components really should be cleaned prior to making a fresh pot of coffee. If not, all the other measures that you take to prepare your coffee such as getting the right measurements and using fresh water and beans will be for nothing. In the event that the basket or carafe is beyond help, then you can get a replacement.
It is also important to note that regular maintenance of coffee makers would include the water tank. Even though, you might be pouring water inside it every day, this does not mean that it will remain clean. Often times, the residues from the basket will get into the water tank. In case you are getting water from the city supply, then it’s highly likely that minerals could also get into the tank and this should be dealt with during routine maintenance.
Last but not least, examine the plug as well as the heating unit on the bottom of the maker during the routine maintenance. Check for wear or any signs of overheating or melting. In the event that you notice any form of damage, then it’s to look for a new machine.
In general, with proper care and regular maintenance coffee makers will last much longer and a give much better tasting pot of coffee.