Hot, wet, moist and needed about twice a day….. COFFEE!!! While visiting a very handsome man recently in his home he offered to pour me some wine. As we walked into the kitchen I noticed his coffee pot needed some attention and I mean more than soap! If you have a Keurig/Coffee maker, or any kind of hot water drink maker at home, read this before your next pour. Our bodies can fight off bacteria if you sip some mold on accident but after awhile the bacteria in the hot steamy, wet place can grow enough to cause sickness.
COFFEE RUSH CAN TURN INTO BACTERIA SLUSH
The areas that the water sits in to go to the coffee beans is closed with heat and stays closed until you refill it with more water. Now whats going on behind the closed lid, door, compartment between the water and your coffee maker is nastier than Bourbon St after Mardi Gras. Slush in a coffee maker in the area that the water goes through has no where to breathe. Yes your coffee maker needs to breathe to live too!
HOW TO CLEAN THE CREVICES OF THE COFFEE POT EASILY
ROUTINE: the one thing we hate to be on unless we are being paid. Well consider this a paid job because you are paying yourself with cleanliness so you don’t have to miss work due to a bacterial issue.
Trade the coffee beans and water for a 1/2 mix of White Distilled Vinegar and water solution. Brew this mix as if it were your coffee.
Vinegar decalcifies and will remove the gunk build up from tap water. Mold spores are growing in the area of your Keurig/Coffee maker so the vinegar is going to not only decalcify it but disinfect it too.
Depending on how often you use your coffee maker depends on how often you need to do this step. The average routine can be monthly. Or if it is an office coffee pot we recommend weekly.
Add an equal part of water to vinegar and brew it as if it was your coffee. So wherever you would usually deposit the water you are going to deposit the equal part mix.
Brew it and let it sit for about 30 minutes. It may steam more than it does when you are making your coffee but that’s a good sign.
Do this step twice.
HOW TO AVOID BAD TASTING COFFEE
The final step is to now leave the areas that you deposit the water in open so that the hot steamy places can breathe and exhale in their cleanliness. Remember that routine cleanliness works better at keeping you and your family healthy rather than a every now and then cleaning because everyone is sick!
LOCAL COFFEE MAKER’S KNOW BEST
During the rush of SXSW in Austin we decided to rush on into a local coffee shop and ask a Barista their inside scoop on how to keep our coffee tasting fresh at home. They understand the rush, but also the routine better than we do, as they keep the flow steady and the pours strong.