Coffee makers can be an endless source of joy or a miserable way to start your day. In both instances, you love coffee, but it entirely depends on how well your coffee maker is running, if at all. Fighting with your coffee maker is only going to lead to frustration, so you need to take care of it.
Taking care of your coffee maker will only benefit both of you. Waking up and expecting a low-quality cup of coffee is no way to start your workday, so check out this step-by-step guide on how to properly maintain it.
Starting with an obvious suggestion is to never let it get worse in the first place. This is the ideal way to make sure that your coffee maker is in good shape and always brewing the way you want it to. The minute it comes out of the box you should be aware that it is an appliance and appliances can be very fragile if handled improperly. Always keep it stored somewhere safe and hopefully not prone to any accidents. Dust is also something you want to keep off and out of it, but if you use it regularly then this is not much of an issue.
To maintain a coffee maker, you need to know the coffee maker. They come in all different shapes, sizes, and functions so cleaning each one is entirely different. As you can see on this website, each machine operates differently so a thorough clean depends on how many pieces there are and what pieces are most important. Remember to always read the manual given too, so you do not end up doing something that you regret during the cleaning process. The difference between a percolator, a french press, and a drip-maker means different levels of effort to clean.
Most of the time you just need some soap, water, and a rag but the more intricate your coffee maker is, the harder it can be to get the job done. The most common coffee maker in most households is a drip-maker, which is easy to maintain if you just need to clean the pot and the base. As your machine gets more advanced, there may be a detection sensor to indicate when cleaning is needed. This happens for lime and scale build-up and is caused by the water needed to brew your coffee. This means you should take the removable parts off and wash them separately. Espresso machines should be turned off and wiped down regularly and the inside should be inspected often.
In the previous step, it is advised that the more intricate a coffee maker is, the more you need to do to clean it. This is also true for doing some inspection on the maker at occasional times. When something goes wrong with your coffee maker, you want to know what the issue is. This is why it is good to remember steps 1 and 2. Knowing your machine makes inspection much less confusing, and regularly maintaining it means you likely have a minuscule issue to deal with. Most of the time it just takes fixing the power cord or unscrewing a panel to get a better look, but if it is a more serious issue with a belt or the actual power source, you might need some help.
Most of the issues you run into should be easy to fix. Cleaning out the pot or chamber, making sure it is not collecting dust, keeping it turned off when not in use, but sometimes you will run into a problem you cannot fix yourself. This is when you should reach out to the support staff for the coffee maker’s brand to get help with instructions or send it in for maintenance. The worst thing that can happen is getting overconfident and you end up breaking your machine. It is best to set your pride aside and seek some help when it comes to keeping everything working smoothly.
Coffee makers are rewarding when you make sure that you maintain, and a total nightmare when your coffee tastes bad or it is not made at all. Using this step-by-step guide, you can see how easy it can be to keep your coffee maker running well. The worst thing to wake up to in the morning is not having any coffee, and the second-worst reason is that your machine is the culprit.