We’ve been revisiting the importance of keeping your brewing equipment clean. The residues and oils that naturally build up can taint your coffee and if they’re left unchecked for too long can ruin your brewing equipment. A regular equipment cleaning is inexpensive and a necessary part of the process of brewing great coffee. Mineral buildup can cause electric coffee makers to brew at a lower temperature, out of the recommended 195-205° range. We sell a few types of cleaners so we decided to do tests, with before and after shots, of brewing equipment. All the tests soaked in the cleaner for a few hours, some more than others depending on how dirty they were!
The project started because one of our employees took home some Urnex TABZ to clean an old glass Hario, and the difference was dramatic.
We found an old style The Technivorm is a Dutch-made electric drip brewer for the home that is known for it's good design, and good results. You can find them for sale on our site, the only standard electric drip carafe that was in need of a heavy cleaning. We also used our Plastic Bristle Brush to help clean the inside, as we do with our carafes for the office technivorm on a regular basis.
We also cleaned a very dirty Clever Coffee Dripper, that had coffee grounds and a filter sitting it in, with Cafiza. It’s important to keep the gasket and stopper clean, it’s one of the main problems we see with folks who don’t clean their Clevers on a regular basis.
We also left some coffee in a Yama glass carafe for a while and used TABZ to clean the cloudy and stained carafe.
before with Tabz solution after
Lastly, but not least, we also had an office mug that had various amounts of coffee sitting in it for over a week, resulting in a brown hue and a few coffee rings. We used Cafiza for the mug as well.
Cleaning your brewer is important. Cleaning your brewer is important. Yeah, we said it twice! Your coffee has been carefully grown, carefully picked, carefully sorted, carefully processed, carefully imported, carefully stored, carefully shipped to you, carefully roasted by you and carefully ground by you…so we ask that you continue the chain of quality by using clean equipment that will aid in getting you the world’s tastiest cup of coffee.
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