A clean brewer is essential – little adds less to a brew than last weeks used grounds that are trapped in the filters of a Cafetiere!
Take the filters action apart, give it a quick clean and put back together. Simple if done daily, a chore if left longer as the build up of black coffee oils will take some removing…and remind you of why you should have cleaned it in the first place!
Filters and Chemex:
So simple, just throw the paper away and rinse the cone. If using a metal cone/permanent filter, rinse it upside down to get the grounds out then pop it in the dishwasher, unless it’s instructions tell you otherwise.
Unscrew the bottom section that holds the filter paper, hold the tube and plunger over the bin then push the grounds and used filter straight into the bin. It should come out as a neat puck. Then just rinse and wash the unit in the sink.
You can reuse the papers two or three times, so give that a thorough rinse if you like. Very optional, but it’ll save yourself a few pennies and helps avoid a little more waste!
A rinse and a scrub is all these need – but never, ever, put your aluminium Moka in the dishwasher. It means instant death for the protective lacquer that not only keeps them looking smart but may well be helping to keep them safe to use.
Here’s a very useful tip. Try blowing the grounds in the filter out into the bin, turn it upside down and blow hard down the tube. It works a treat and avoids bending the top when you bash it against something to knock them out. Once the filter is out of true, the pots loses pressure so stops working properly, worth checking this if you’re having problems.