No one wants to be scrubbing the coffee pot after enjoying a hot Java cup while reading a favorite book.
But the truth is, you don’t necessarily have to be scrubbing if you know a simple maintenance trick and an easy cleanup for when the system manages to get clogged up. If you own a percolator and love using it, then this article is a must-read for you.
A percolator – as lost and forgotten as this word may seem – is a stovetop coffee maker that was popular in the first part of the 20th century until its electric version cast a shadow over it in the 50s.
This old-fashioned coffee maker resembles a tall kettle, but it is equipped with a water reservoir at the bottom, a tube that runs to the coffee basket, and a vacuum environment that allows brewing.
It starts by saturating the coffee grounds before they are even filtered. The maker then creates a solvent, drawing hot water from the bottom up to the basket, through the coffee grounds. This looks like this: the water heats and rises through the etal tube. It then sprays the ground of coffee, passes through, and then goes back to the bottom chamber.
This process is repeated 6-8 times to create stronger and bitter-tasting coffee. At least that’s how the old-fashioned percolators work. The modern ones today, come with temperature controls, so they don’t use boiling water for brewing.
To make coffee with this maker, just follow these steps:
The trick is not to let it dry. Immediately after brewing, rinse everything under warm water to get rid of any coffee residue. This small step goes a long way, as it will considerably lower the need for frequent deep cleaning.
To clean it thoroughly, though, all you need are water and some white vinegar:
If there are persistent stains, you can repeat the vinegar-solution brewing twice, or you can sprinkle some baking soda before applying vinegar. The mixture will start to bubble. All you have to do is simply scrub with a brush, and that’s it.
For simple cleaning, all you have to do is to regularly rinse and wipe your filter basket.
If you cannot remove any persistent stains or gunk, try soaking it in a vinegary solution. Combine equal parts of water and white vinegar, and let your basket soak overnight. You can also use baking soda and spray some vinegar over, wait for bubbles to form, and then simply scrub the gunk off. Finish by cleaning with soapy water and rinsing it clean. Let air dry.
As you’ve noticed, we recommended white vinegar in the previous cleaning tips, and there is good reason for it. White vinegar doesn’t break the bank, it is acidic enough to penetrate hard stains, and most importantly, it doesn’t have a strong vinegary smell that cannot be removed.
If you’re wondering whether you can substitute it with Apple Cider Vinegar, the answer is – of course. Apple cider vinegar is just an effective cleaning agent and can maybe be better at getting rid of germs and bacteria, as it is high in antibiotic actions.
The only problem with apple cider vinegar would be the price and the smell. This acid is more expensive and leaves a strong and lingering smell. BUt of course, if you don’t mind spending a few extra bucks and rinsing for a couple more rounds, be our guest. Cleaning-wise, you shouldn’t have a problem. Quite the contrary!
Okay, you working bees, we’re sure you already know that the answer to this question is clear as day. But for the lazy coffee drinkers out there, here is an explanation:
Your coffee maker is one of the most commonly used pieces of equipment in your kitchen, and as such, it is a breeding ground for bacteria. But that is not the only reason. When water and coffee bind together, they encourage the development of mold. The longer the pot stays uncleaned, the more germs on the surface.
Cleaning up with vinegar will help you get rid of built-up stains, but also of coffee gunk, oils, and all sorts of disgusting stuff that you don’t like to end up in your cup. If you don’t want to be sipping on that, cleaning it thoroughly is a definite must.