Coffee is the most popular drink on the planet Earth. That’s not an exaggeration, either. The International Coffee Organization estimates that people drink more than 400 billion cups of coffee each year.
People drink coffee all over the world, at all times of the day, in as many ways as can be imagined. One of the most popular methods for brewing coffee is the electric drip brewer. The trust drip coffee maker has been a stable in homes for decades. It’s helped people start their mornings with a perfectly brewed cup of joe since it was first invented in 1954.
Basically, everything gets stained when a person is brewing coffee.
With an electric drip brewer, all a person needs for a great cup of coffee is a scoop of coffee grounds and a few cups of water. The brewer does all the work, storing the coffee in a glass carafe, commonly called the “coffee pot”, that usually sits on top of a small hot plate.
The electric brewer isn’t the only coffee brewing method that uses glass to store coffee. A french press is also made of glass, and even pour-over is often brewed directly into a large glass carafe so it can be shared with friends and family.
Either way, coffee will stain the glass used to store the liquid. With an electric brewer, coffee will also stain, and can sometimes build up on, the inside of the machine itself. Cleaning everything that gets used to brew coffee is very important.
Anyone who’s used a glass carafe for an extended period of time will notice that eventually the glass begins to stain. The glass begins to turn brown in small patches, not unlike the stains that form on paper when a cup of coffee gets spilled. Even though glass is meant to be a safe and secure way to store coffee, it will stain, but that doesn’t mean anything has gone wrong.
Coffee stains just about everything. Tannins are the substance that give coffee its color. They’re also what makes coffee stain your teeth. Just like your teeth, a glass carafe will be stained by coffee’s tannins. The good news is that it’s easy to clean.
There’s two schools of thought when it comes to cleaning your coffee set-up after brewing. Those who like to be on top of things and get into regular habits prefer the first method, cleaning the set-up after every single use. Others prefer to simply rinse the glass — after all, that’s what it is made for — but they find that some stain still manage to build up over time.
The most straightforward thing to do is to rinse and wash at least the coffee pot after every single use. Glass is easy to keep clean — that’s the whole reason it’s used for mass-produced coffee machines in the first place. A simple rinse with warm water and dish soap will keep the coffee pot sparkling and clean. Make sure to rinse away all the soap, or there’ll be soap bubbles in the next cup of coffee the machine brews.
If the pot already has massive coffee stains, or build-up of another kind, there is a simple solution. First sprinkle baking soda on the inside of the pot. Then, add enough water to form a paste with the baking soda. The course texture of the newly-made paste will scrub away the stains and break apart any build up.
Either way, cleaning the machine on a regular basis is also important. The easiest method for keeping a drip brewing machine clean involves vinegar. Pour white vinegar into the water compartment of the machine and run it through. The heat and acidity will clean out the inside of the machine. Afterwards, run through several pots of clean water. This will wash away any leftover detritus and guarantee that the next cup of coffee does have any vinegar mixed in with it.
Following these simple processes will keep your coffee pot and all your machinery perfectly clean. That way you can focus on the important things, like drinking another great cup of coffee.