How to Clean a Coffee Press?
Making a coffee is not a big deal if you have good coffee maker with you. If you’ve ever used a coffee press, you must be familiar with the tiring task of cleaning this equipment. After every single use, a chunk of wet coffee grounds gets deposited on the bottom of this unit. When you cannot remove these grounds with your own hand, thanks to the compactness of this equipment, disposing them might well clog your sink.
Apart from removing the grounds, it is imperative to clean the coffee press thoroughly – on a regular basis – if you want to make the most out of it. Regular cleaning prevents the coffee press from brewing bitter tasting coffee. In addition, it also ensures the fact that you will get a tasteful cup of Java on every single use.
Here are a few step-wise instructions which will help you in cleaning a coffee press.
Step 1: Dump the Coffee Grounds
When you’re looking to clean your coffee press, start with dumping the coffee grounds. Even though it might look like a straightforward task, getting the grounds out of the small cylinder can be a real pain.
Pull out the filter and dump the coffee grounds over a compost/garbage. You might have to tap on the beaker’s bottom for achieving a thorough cleaning.
A small proportion of coffee grounds gets stuck in the cylinder’s bottom and no matter how hard you try, they will remain intact. In any such case, take a wooden spoon and use it to carve out every bit of the coffee grounds from the coffee press’ bottom.
You can also use a spatula spoon for this purpose but when it comes to metal spoon, you should never use it or it will left permanent scratches on your coffee maker.
Step 2: Disassemble
After removing the coffee grounds now is the time to disassemble the filter. In every coffee press, there are three separate filters: Spring, Mesh, and Cross. In order to achieve a flawless cleaning, separate all three of them. Remember, the coffee grounds normally gets stuck inside these 3 parts so you have to clean them separately and wholly.
Step 3: Cleaning
Once you disassemble the filter into three different parts, rinse every single one of them with a considerable amount of water. You can use a sponge or even a brush for cleaning out the separate parts of the coffee press.
As per the glass chamber, it should be rinsed with a soapy water until all the coffee grounds are removed from the unit’s interior.
Step 4: Drying
Take a dry cloth or towel and place all three parts on top of it. For optimal drying, leave them over there for some period of time so that they can come in contact with a considerable amount of air. If you’re in a bit of hurry, you can also use a towel for this purpose.
Coming towards the glass chamber, it should be dried with a dry towel. Complete drying is essential for the chamber in order to make sure that the next time you use it for brewing a cup of Joe, there is no water which can affect the taste of your coffee.
Step 5: Reassemble
It might look like a difficult task, but reassembling a coffee press is quite easy. You just have to start by sliding in the cleaned beaker inside its holder before joining the filters back in the reverse holder.
For assembling the filters, place the disk over a table or any other flat surface. Firstly, place the mesh filter, then spring filter followed by cross filter. Then connect them with the plunger with the help of a screw. Finally, place the plunger on top of the beaker and your favorite coffee press is good to go.
- Always use a soft cloth for cleaning your filter press. Avoid using metallic pads or it can cause cracks inside your equipment.
- It is recommended to keep all three filter parts separate during the process of drying.
- Use a compost bin for disposing of your coffee grounds. It will prevent you from the frustration of dealing with a clogged sink.
- If you’re not going to use a coffee press for quite some time, select a convenient place for storage. You can use a plastic bag or a kitchen compartment for this purpose.
- There is no better way to clean a coffee press than to do it by your own hand. When it ensures a comprehensive cleaning, it will also prevent this equipment from any kind of breakage.
- If your coffee press is termed as dishwasher safe by its manufacturer, always place it on the top rack of this unit.
There is no need to replace the filter screens every now and then. Even if you’re a regular user of the coffee press, you shouldn’t consider replacing this part for at least 1 year.