A Braun coffee maker is designed like many other drip brew coffee makers on the market, with a coffee pot, burner, basket, and water reservoir that make it simple to brew a pot of coffee. It is important to know how to clean a Braun coffee maker, since regular cleaning will improve the overall performance, make the coffee taste better, and can make the life of your coffee maker last much longer.
Cleaning the Pot
The coffee pot should be cleaned on a regular basis, each time a pot of coffee is brewed. It can be cleaned with warm water and dish soap, or even loaded into the dishwasher for a steam cleaning. Either way, it is important to clean it on a regular basis, to keep the glass clean and prevent burnt on coffee from getting permanently stuck to the glass.
It is also beneficial to run a vinegar solution through the coffee pot on a monthly basis, especially if hard water is being used to make coffee. The mineral deposits can stick to the inside of the coffee pot, and usually don’t come off when using only soap and water. Add a few tablespoons of vinegar to the coffee pot and fill it up with water, and swish it around in the pot for about twenty seconds. The pot should then be rinsed out with warm water and soap, to make sure and clean out any excess vinegar left behind.
The brew basket is removable in most Braun coffee makers, and it should be cleaned regularly to ensure each brew is perfect. It can sometimes contain coffee stains from coffee escaping the filter, which can actually get into a fresh pot and cause it to taste bitter. Like the coffee pot, it can be washed with warm soap and water, or loaded into a dishwasher to get a very hot clean.
Using a vinegar solution on the brew basket can also be beneficial, since hard water deposits can also form on the basket. You can fill up the basket with the vinegar solution, and push the valve underneath the basket where the coffee usually drips from. Although it can be a slow process, it cleans out the entire basket, including any build up that may be inside of the valve.
Cleaning the Interior
The water reservoir and inner tubing of the machine also need to be cleaned, but soap and water is not strong enough to clean these parts. It is best to run a vinegar solution through the machine about once per month, using 1 part of vinegar to 2 parts of water. It will clean out any cooked on coffee particles, hard water residue, or mineral deposits that have accumulated from using the coffee maker on a regular basis. A few pots of regular water should then be brewed through the coffee maker, to ensure that none of the vinegar solution is still in the machine after using it.
Learning how to clean a Braun coffee maker is very simple, since it is much like many other drip brew coffee makers on the market. As long as the coffee pot, removable parts, and interior of the coffee maker is cleaned on a regular basis, your coffee will taste great, your coffee maker will perform great, and it will last through hundreds of pots of coffee when it is well taken care of.