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There’s nothing quite like brewing a delicious cup of coffee or even bullet proof coffee with your French press coffee maker. The rich coffee aroma, the ritual of the brewing process, and the final reward – a perfect cup of coffee that hits all the right notes.
How to Clean a French Press Coffee Maker
However, one thing that can take away from this delightful experience is a dirty French press. To ensure your coffee always tastes great, it’s important to keep your French press clean.
Here’s your step-by-step guide to cleaning a French press. Let’s dive in!
What You’ll Need to clean a French Press
You will need a few basic items to keep your french press clean and brewing the perfect cup of coffee.
- Hot Water
- White Vineagar
- Soapy Water
- Paper Towels
- Bottle Brush
- Stainless Steel or Metal Spoon
- Mesh Sieve
- Baking Soda
- Drying Rack
- Clean Kitchen Towel
- Dishwashing Liquid
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Daily Cleaning Method
Keeping your french press clean so your coffee tastes great is a daily process. Remember, if you don’t clean out your press, it will mold.
Let the french press cool
After brewing and enjoying your great cup of coffee, let the French press cool before you start the cleaning process. This is a good idea for both your safety and the longevity of your glass carafe, especially if it’s made of borosilicate glass.
Remove leftover coffee grounds
Pour the remaining coffee grounds into a compost bin. Use a metal spoon to scoop out as much of the ground coffee from the bottom of the carafe as possible. A quick tip here: a mesh sieve can make this task easier and less messy.
Rinse the french press
Give all parts of your french press a thorough rinse under lukewarm water. This includes the plunger assembly, the spiral plate, the cross plate, and the mesh filter. Make sure to remove any residual oils and leftover grounds.
clean with soapy water
Fill the carafe with a little water and a few drops of liquid dish soap. Using a soft sponge or a non-abrasive sponge, gently scrub the inside of the carafe, paying special attention to any coffee stains. Rinse everything again under clean water. Make sure there’s no soapy residue left.
Allow the french press to dry
Dry all the French press parts with a clean kitchen towel or leave them on a drying rack to air dry.
This daily cleaning process should keep your French press in good shape for your next use. However, for a deeper cleaning, follow the steps below.
deep cleaning a french press
Even with daily cleaning, you will still need to disassemble your french press on occasion for a deep cleaning. If you use your press daily, I recommend a deep cleaning once a month.
Prepare Cleaning Solution
For a deep cleaning, you’ll need an equal parts vinegar and water solution. White vinegar is excellent for removing coffee oils and hard water deposits. Fill up the carafe of the French press with this vinegar solution.
Soak the French press
Submerge the plunger base, mesh filter, and other metal parts in the vinegar solution. Let them soak overnight for best results.
Scrub the french press
After soaking, scrub all the components again with a little soap and a bottle brush. Pay special attention to the metal filter, plunger rod, and other French press parts that come into direct contact with the coffee beans.
Give all the parts a good rinse under cold water to ensure no vinegar solution or soap residue remains.
clean with baking soda
For stubborn coffee residue, use baking soda. Just sprinkle a little on a damp sponge and scrub gently. Baking soda is non-abrasive and will not scratch your glass carafe or stainless steel parts.Rinse one last time and dry as above.
There you have it! Your step-by-step instructions to the easiest way to clean a French press coffee maker. Remember, proper cleaning is key to brewing a delicious coffee every time. So, don’t skip these simple steps.
Whether you’re new to French presses or an old hand, these cleaning techniques will ensure you continue to enjoy your French press recipe for years to come. So, here’s to many more great cups of coffee from your perfectly clean French press!