How To Make Good Coffee Using A Coffee Maker – 5 Tips

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Everyone who invests in a coffee maker should know how to make good coffee with it. You may think that the machine itself does the work, and all you have to do is to keep it supplied with capsules and water. In some cases, you can get away with this approach and still enjoy your coffee, but most likely you can improve on what you get with your coffee maker by implementing these few tips.

1. How To Make Good Coffee - Follow the Guidance You're Given

Coffee makers now, in many cases, are so advanced that they require special procedures to ensure that they produce coffee drinks of as high a quality as they are capable.

The manufacturers know their products better than anyone else. If their advice, for example, is to implement a cleaning cycle after every twenty brews, then do so. Don't, for example, try to stretch it to every twenty-five. Follow all the manufacturer's advice concerning the cleaning of the coffee maker and its component parts.

2. Use Filtered Water

No matter how good your coffee beans or grinds are, the water can spoil the great taste. Many coffee makers have water filters, but if yours doesn't then filter it before you pour it into the reservoir. Many coffee connoisseurs do this even if their coffee maker has a filter.

This will also help prolong the life of your coffee maker. Unfiltered water, besides containing numerous impurities that you're better off not ingesting, often contains calcium and other chemicals that can, over time, damage all the components of your machine that it comes into contact with.

3. Use High Quality Coffee and Filters

Using cheap coffee and filters is a false economy. Your brews will not only taste inferior, but your coffee maker will suffer as well. Choose a brand name paper filter if you prefer your coffee smooth with the minimum of residue, or a gold filter if you don't like taking the filter out each time.

4. Look For Solutions To Any Problem

If there's anything wrong with the coffee your machine is producing then look for a possible cause and solution before you pack it up for return to the seller.

Check that all the settings on your coffee maker are correct. If the coffee is not hot enough, try warming the milk beforehand. Is your cup too cold, and causing the brew to cool too much? Try warming that before using it (which is what all the top coffee houses do).

Are you emptying the drip tray and cleaning it frequently enough? What about the spout of the carafe? All these things need cleaning regularly if you're to learn how to make good coffee.

5. Help Your Coffee Maker

If you look after your coffee maker then it will most likely last longer and be more reliable. Try and avoid leaving unused water in it for lengthy periods, and never reuse water that has been heated up previously.

Remember that it's just a machine, and one that is powered by electricity and has to deal intimately with water and coffee grinds or capsules. It's not going to last forever, but you can ensure it still has a long, productive life by learning how to make good coffee with it.

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How To Clean A Coffee Maker

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How to clean a coffee maker - maybe not be as pleasant as making your coffee, but it's still quite easy.

You need two cups of distilled white vinegar and about the same amount of water. Add the water to the vinegar to make a vinegar-water solution.

Put a paper filter in the usual place where the filter goes, and pour the solution into the reservoir (but not through the filter!). Then just close the lid and start the usual brew cycle.

When it's finished, remove the filter. Let the solution in the coffee pot cool down and then clean the pot with an old, hard toothbrush while the solution is still in it. Use a scourer if necessary.

You'll find that most or all of the stains have come off and the pot is looking like new again. But you're not quite finished yet.

Refill your coffee pot with fresh water from the tap. Put a clean filter in position and pour the water from the pot into the reservoir (again, not through the filter). Run the coffee maker through another cycle before repeating with another pot of fresh water. That will make sure there's no vinegar left in the system.

How To Clean A Coffee Maker Glass Grounds Container

If it's just the glass grounds container you need to clean, then this is how you do it.

Rinse it first and then put some ice in it. Add some table salt and white vinegar. How much depends on the size of the pot, but usually a tablespoon or so of salt and a glass or two of white vinegar will be about right. Top it up with water, and leave it for a while. How long depends on how badly the container is stained. It could be anything from a few minutes to a couple of hours.

Rub some vinegar on top of the lid while you're in cleaning mode. Then pour some of the concoction away and use a scourer to rub the stains off. Empty it and rinse thoroughly under the tap.

You'll find there's no residue, and your grounds container is now as clean and fresh as when it left the factory.

Cleaning A Carafe

What about if you just want to clean a stained coffee carafe? This is easy too.

Put some powdered water softener in it and add hot water. Leave it a short while (again, the more stained it is the longer you should leave it). You may have to use a scouring sponge to get rid of the last remains of the discoloring. But there's no effort needed to speak of.

Now you have your carafe looking like new again. It's the same if you want to clean your thermal coffee container, but with that, you'll keep the lid on. And you'll probably have to remove the last of the stains with a scouring sponge.

So looking after your coffee maker and all its component parts isn't difficult or expensive. And you'll have better tasting coffee for longer. Your coffee maker will repay you by lasting longer and putting off the cost of a replacement. As well as giving you great coffee.

That's how to clean a coffee maker.

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