Coffee hygiene

flasksWhile coffee has many great qualities, one disadvantage it’s known for is staining. While it’s easy to see the effects of this if you spill your drink on a white tablecloth or shirt, the staining building up on your coffee equipment could be more subtle. Over time though, your equipment could become tainted with stale coffee which could start to affect the taste of the drink.

Every so often, it’s a good idea to give your equipment a thorough clean and overhaul to keep your coffee tasting fresh.

For a filter coffee machine:

At least once a week, and more often if you drink a lot of coffee, take the plastic lid off the jug and clean both elements thoroughly with hot water and washing up liquid. Wipe the filter basket and outside of the machine with a damp cloth soaked in hot, soapy water then squeezed out. Rinse the cloth, wipe the machine again then dry it with a clean cloth. If you have a particularly bad build-up of residue, you can run the coffee machine through with hot water with two tablespoons of vinegar added. Afterwards, run it through again twice with water only.

For a cafetiere;

Disassemble the cafetiere completely, including unscrewing the plunger and removing the mesh filters. Wash everything thoroughly in hot soapy water, and dry it all thoroughly before reassembling.

If you’re using the same mug to have a second cup of coffee, it’s better to rinse it out with hot water and washing up liquid before pouring, to make sure there’s no stale residue.

Performing this simple maintenance regularly will stop coffee deposits building up, and keep your favourite drink tasting fresh. For a full range of coffee beans and coffee accessories all at great wholesale prices, please visit our website at