Time passes and before long a couple of months have passed, and it is time to get out the vinegar and clean the coffee maker again.
Over a period the bacteria, mold, impurities of the water, and coffee grime have built-up inside the coffee maker causing its effectiveness to be reduced and making it seem that the coffee does not taste the same.
There are dozens of descaling products on the market but why use them when red vinegar, white vinegar, or apple cider vinegar will all work just fine and serve the same purpose. Pure white vinegar is the best, and Apple Cider vinegar can be used just the same; however, it will be necessary to rinse the coffee maker several more times than if white vinegar were used.
If the coffee maker has not been cleaned in quite a while remember these points:
Take more time and run vinegar through it by using more cycles than if it were a new machine. Apple cider vinegar is more expensive than distilled white vinegar.
Now for the cleaning:
– Wipe all parts of the coffee maker that can be reached with a dampened cloth of vinegar water.
– Fill the reservoir for water up with one-part water and 1-2 parts vinegar.
– Begin the brewing cycle and when it is halfway through, pause it.
– Now, the coffee maker should sit there for twenty minutes.
– Finish the brewing cycle.
– Rinse out the pot then repeat steps 2-5 several times until you feel confident the water lines are descaled and clean.
– Run 2-3 complete brewing cycles with water alone to flush out all the vinegar from the coffee maker.
NOTE: Any brand or type of coffee maker can be cleaned of mineral deposits with just about any type of vinegar. More success you can have by using vinegar that has a higher concentration of acid. Most of the cooking kinds of vinegar are 4-5% acidic concentrations, but if using a cleaning type vinegar, like the Heinz brand, it will have a 6% concentration and will clean the water lines of the coffee maker much easier.
Vinegar can kill 90% of mold and 99.9% of bacteria. Vinegar being edible will not pose a health risk if it is ingested accidentally.
The heating element of the coffee maker or an espresso machine can undoubtedly suffer from mineral deposit build up as it gets harder and harder for the machine when it tries to heat the water to the consistent, correct temperature.
When a coffee machine is dirty, it will affect the life of the internal parts, but the clogged lines and mineral deposits will cause the water not to heat properly and can change the brewing temperature.
The mineral build up going on inside the machine can have an impact on how the coffee will taste when it is finished brewing.
It does not make sense that people will take such incredible care in every aspect of making coffee, but then neglect in keeping the machine in a decent state to work its full potential for brewing that perfect cup.
The current recommendation is to clean a coffee maker once a month to ensure that it stays in good shape, that the best-flavored coffee can be made, and the machine has a long lifespan.
To Clean a Keurig – It Should Be Done Every Three to Six Months:
Descale the Keurig to get rid of the hard water and minerals that have built up over time that can affect how well it will work. Start by filling the Keurig reservoir with 10 ounces white vinegar and water. Start the brewing cycle without using a K-cup and the Keurig, run as always, use a mug to catch the vinegar-water solution.
Repeat this entire process for the second time. Now, repeat this process for one more, last time, but use only clear water in the reservoir, running until all the water has been used up from the tank. There are other areas of the Keurig to be cleaned such as the needle, the cup stand and so forth that can be wiped down with a damp cloth that has been dampened in a vinegar and water solution.
Keep in mind that most tap water is unfiltered. It will contain several impurities. The number of pollutants will depend on location in the country. Hard water contains a lot of contaminants that machines cannot handle. Over time the contaminants can build up, and it will affect the coffee’s taste.
If descaling is not done for coffeemakers, it will only result in a nasty tasting coffee; the mineral build-up is known to harm the internal parts.