SPY Guide: How to Clean Your Coffee Maker

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* Cleaning powder packets keep your coffee maker sparkling clean
* Rids your machine of taste-destroying mineral build ups
* Simply run the powder through your coffee maker once every few months

There are a host of regular-use machines around the house that require upkeep and cleaning from time to time. Whether it’s the dishwasher or the filters in your dryer, these tasks are important to maximize the lifespan of your appliances. Your coffee maker is no exception.

If anything, your coffee maker should be top of your maintenance list. As a device you use daily, imagine the grime that builds up inside the mechanisms. The major reason that your coffee maker requires regular cleaning is the buildup of mineral scale that occurs as you use it. This buildup can have a direct effect on the boiling element, preventing the water from reaching an optimal temperature for brewing coffee.

Without the proper temperatures, the brewing process fails to extract every flavor from the coffee beans. A serious mineral buildup can also lead to a reduced water flow. If left unattended, this can lead to your maker failing. Here’s how to keep your coffee maker clean and buildup-free.

1. Coffee and Espresso Maker Descaling Powder

Full Circle Coffee Machine Descaling Powder Packets are a simple and easy way to rid drip coffee makers, single cup coffee makers and manual/automatic espresso coffee machines of mineral buildup, keeping your machine working at its best.

Simply add the powder to your device like you would normally add coffee beans. The cleaning is completely odor-free and doesn’t leave an aftertaste like vinegar might. For the best results, clean your coffee maker once every three months. However, if you live with hard water, more frequent cleanings are advisable.

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2. French Press Cleaning Powder


For those with a French press or drip coffee maker, Full Circle also produces single use packets for your coffee device. You should clean a French press at least once a month or more frequently if you switch between a variety of coffee beans (for example – oily to dry/regular to decaf).

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Another good idea: consider getting better beans. Freshly-ground coffee will extract and filter cleaner, leaving less residue around for you to wipe or clean off. We like getting our beans from Coffee USA, which offers hundreds of unique coffees (and teas) that can be ordered online and delivered straight to your door.

Of course, it goes without saying that you should always toss out the coffee grinds and rinse out your coffee maker and filter after every use. The longer you leave the grinds in there, the harder it’ll be to get a good clean. Aside from causing buildup and grime, residual coffee grinds will also adversely affect your brew, making that fresh cup of coffee in the morning, anything but.

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