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How to Clean Your Coffee Maker from Everyday Good Thinking @hamiltonbeach

10 – Better Tasting Coffee

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No one wants last month’s leftovers in today’s coffee, so make sure to clean your coffee maker every 30 days. Oil residue from coffee beans can build up; cleaning prevents off-flavors from affecting your coffee.

 

9 – Your Coffee Maker Lasts Longer

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Regular cleaning prevents water mineral deposits, which can shorten a coffee maker’s life, from building up in the heater.

 

8 – Speedy Brew Times

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Calcification from hard water can build up in the heater pipes, insulating them so the heater takes longer and increases brew times. Cleaning fixes this.

 

7 – Clean and Dry

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Discard wet grounds after brewing and don’t let them sit in the filter basket all day. Leave the lid up to after a washing to ensure a clean, dry environment.

 

6 – Coffee Windows Won’t Lie

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In some coffee maker reservoirs or coffee pots, there is a coffee level window showing how many cups of coffee are left. Regular cleaning prevents you from thinking there’s coffee left when there isn’t.

 

5 – Shine On

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Tannins in coffee can cause brown stains to build up on the interior of coffee pots. Regular cleaning keeps pots looking shiny and new.

 

4 – Office Mugs Aren’t Different

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A quick rinse doesn’t clean out the oil residue from daily coffee drinking. Send it through the dishwasher or wash it with hot, soapy water. If it’s still sporting coffee rings, mix equal parts of baking soda and water into a paste and scour the stains prior to washing.

 

3 – Buffy the Stain Slayer

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The appearance of your appliances can affect the overall look of your kitchen. Keep your kitchen looking sparkly and new by rubbing down the outside of your coffee maker.

 

2 – Clean Hidden Parts

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Don’t forget to clean all the pieces hiding inside your coffee maker. Clean the brew basket, any permanent filters, the drip tray and the hot plate. Check the manual to see which parts are dishwasher safe.

 

1 – If It Looks Good, You Look Good

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Have you ever visited a friend with a moldy coffee maker? It makes for awkward conversation, so keep your coffee pot clean. When guests go to brew coffee, you’ll look like a domestic goddess.

 

The Ultimate How-To Guide

How to Clean the 2-Way FlexBrew® Coffeemaker

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To clean 2-Way FlexBrew® Coffeemaker, select the carafe side.

How to Clean Your Coffee Maker from Everyday Good Thinking @hamiltonbeach

Pour ½ cup plain white vinegar and ½ cup cold water into the water reservoir.

How to Clean Your Coffee Maker from Everyday Good Thinking @hamiltonbeach

Press the ON button. After 30 seconds, press OFF to stop the brewing process. Wait 30 minutes.

How to Clean Your Coffee Maker from Everyday Good Thinking @hamiltonbeach

Press ON again and complete the brewing process with the vinegar and water mixture. Press OFF when finished.

How to Clean Your Coffee Maker from Everyday Good Thinking @hamiltonbeach

Run 2-3 more brew cycles with clean water only, allowing the machine to cool between cycles.

How to Clean Your Coffee Maker from Everyday Good Thinking @hamiltonbeach

How to Clean a Traditional 12 Cup Coffee Maker

To clean standard coffee makers, pour ½ cup plain white vinegar and ½ cup cold water into the water reservoir. Press the ON or BREW button. After 30 seconds, press OFF to stop the brewing process. Wait 30 minutes. Press ON again and complete the brewing process with the vinegar and water mixture. Press OFF when finished. Run 2-3 more brew cycles with clean water only, allowing the machine to cool between cycles.

 

How to Clean the Hot Plate

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If there are stubborn stains on the hot plate, lay a wet paper towel over the cooled plate to soak until stains are softened. Remove and wipe clean.

 

How to Clean Stainless Steel Exterior

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Wipe with a damp cloth in the direction of the metal grain. Buff with a dry, soft cloth to achieve a brilliant shine.

 



Coffee Week Part 3: Best Coffee Tips from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @HamiltonBeach

 

There are so many ways to prepare coffee and so many types of coffee available that sometimes getting a great cup seems overwhelming. Here are some tips that we’ve developed in the Test Kitchen to help you get the best cup of coffee possible every time you brew.

Water Quantity and Quality

  • Most coffee makers mark each cup approximately 6 ounces, not the American 8 ounce liquid measure. (Why a 6 oz cup? A “cup of coffee” is based on the Old English teacup that many hotels and tearooms still use today.)

  • Coffee is mostly water, so the quality of the water you use plays a key role in the taste of your coffee. For the best-tasting coffee, you should use filtered tap water or bottled water. Never use distilled water because it’s missing minerals that add to water’s taste and aid in extraction.

Coffee Beans and Grounds

  • As a rule of thumb, 1-2 tablespoons of coffee grounds per cup of coffee should be used, depending on your strength preference. A typical coffee scoop measures about 2 tablespoons in volume.

  • Whole bean coffee typically stays fresh longer than ground coffee because less of its surface area is exposed to air. To get the best results, look for coffee beans that were recently roasted and grind them every time you make a pot of or single-serve cup of coffee.

  • Grinding the beans every time you brew can preserve the fragrance, natural oils, flavor and freshness of the coffee. It’s is one of the most important and impactful things you can do when making coffee at home. Coffee grinders are affordable and can be used for other things, too, like grinding spices.

Coffee Filters

  • The coffee filter you select matters as well; you should purchase the best quality that you can afford.

  • Paper filters trap more sediment (which some people find bitter) and let you use any type of grind. Permanent filters require a coarser grind and allow more coffee oils to pass through, producing a stronger and more full-bodied cup of coffee.

How To Store Coffee

  • Coffee begins to lose its freshness immediately after it is roasted, and especially after it has been ground. Exposure to oxygen, moisture, heat, and light will reduce coffee’s freshness even further. For that reason, most coffee companies advise you to store coffee in an airtight, opaque, odor-neutral container and keep it at room temperature.

  • Never store coffee in the fridge or freezer as it breaks down the oils that impart flavor and aroma and, because it is porous, can then take on the flavors and aromas of its surroundings.

  • As a general rule, coffee stays fresh for about two weeks once opened. For this reason, it is better to purchase coffee in smaller quantities or in an amount that is proportionate to how quickly it will be used.

 

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This week, we are celebrating coffee week and today we are diving into the topic of hot coffee. There are hundreds of ways to make it, and everyone has their own version of the ideal cup. Do you drink your coffee black or do you take it with cream and sugar? Do you prefer it hot or closer to room temperature? Do you like flavors, whipped creams and syrups or do you prefer a more straightforward cup of joe? Do you prefer a light roast or a full-bodied dark roast? The combinations are endless.

Coffee can be made in a variety of ways, too. Do you use a coffee maker with a carafe or do you prefer the innovative Brewstation® Coffee Makers that dispense your coffee without the need for a carafe? Do you like a single-serve coffee maker like The Scoop® Single-Cup Coffee Maker (49981) or do you like to use single-serve packs in the FlexBrew® Single-Serve Coffee Maker (49995R)? You might prefer a latte or espresso to the traditional cup of coffee in the Espresso Maker (40715). Or maybe you prefer the 2-Way Brewer (49980Z) that lets you make a pot for home or a single-cup mug for mornings on the go. Again, the possibilities are numerous and everyone has a personal preference.

To learn more about all of Hamilton Beach’s coffee maker options, click here. Check out our post on iced coffee for some additional recipes. Read on for a few of our favorite hot coffee recipes, and check back later this week for some tips on how to brew your coffee, clean your coffee maker and get the perfect grind.

 Vietnamese Coffee @HamiltonBeach 

Vietnamese Coffee
SERVES: 6

Vietnamese coffee is a strong dark roast coffee that is paired with sweetened condensed milk. It’s history goes back hundreds of years, and this coffee is still served in Vietnamese restaurants today, where you can find it hot or iced. To make Vietnamese iced coffee, simply pour the drink over ice.
Ingredients
12 Tablespoons dark roast coffee
Coffee filter
Water – to 12 cup line
2 Tablespoons sweetened condensed milk per mug
Instructions
Pour water into water tank.
Place filter and coffee in filter basket.
Brew coffee.
Place 2 tablespoons sweetened condensed milk in each mug. Dispense coffee into mug and stir.
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Salted Caramel Mocha Coffee @HamiltonBeach 


Salted Caramel Mocha Coffee
SERVES: 1

Ingredients
3 Tablespoons ground coffee
12 ounces water
2 Tablespoons half and half
2 Tablespoons caramel ice cream topping
1 Tablespoon chocolate syrup
Whipped cream
Sea salt
Instructions
Scoop coffee into Scoop filter (do not fill above MAX line).
Fill mug with water and pour into coffeemaker.
Select BOLD setting. Brew coffee into mug.
Stir in half and half, caramel ice cream topping and chocolate syrup.
Top with whipped cream. Drizzle with caramel topping and sprinkle with sea salt.
Notes
If brewing a full carafe of coffee, pour 10-12 oz. of brewed coffee into a large mug. Add flavoring ingredients to taste and enjoy!
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Chocoloate Hazelnut Coffee @HamiltonBeach

 


Choco-Hazelnut Coffee
SERVES: 1

Ingredients
8 ounces brewed coffee
2 Tablespoons hazelnut syrup
1 Tablespoon chocolate sauce
Milk or cream to taste
Instructions
Mix chocolate sauce with brewed coffee.
Add hazelnut syrup and stir well.
Add milk or cream to taste and enjoy!
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We’re kicking off National Coffee Week with some of our favorite iced coffee recipes. Great iced coffee is a must in the summer months, but many people enjoy iced coffee year round, especially in warmer climates. It’s still very temperate in September, so try some of these recipes and let us know what you think.

If you have made extra coffee, don’t let it sit on the warming plate. Just remove the coffee and let it cool to room temperature before pouring into ice cube trays and freezing. Add the frozen cubes to your favorite iced coffee recipe so the flavor doesn’t get diluted.

If you have leftover iced coffee from one of the recipes below, pour the mix into ice pop molds and freeze. These make a great treat on a hot day or to use as a handy snack to pull out of the freezer for unexpected guests.

To learn more about Hamilton Beach coffee products, click here.

Caramel Mocha Iced Coffee @HamiltonBeach

 


Caramel Mocha Iced Coffee
SERVES: 8

Ingredients
2 cups milk
1/2 cup caramel topping
1/2 cup chocolate syrup
4 cups ice cubes
7 Tablespoons ground coffee
Instructions
Add milk, caramel topping and chocolate syrup to iced coffee pitcher; stir until well blended. Add ice.
Place brew basket with filter in pitcher; add coffee.
Fill water reservoir to water line. Top with lid, place over brew basket and turn on.
After brewing is complete, remove water reservoir and brew basket.
Stir iced coffee mixture. Top with lid and serve.
Notes
If you are not using one of our Iced Coffee Makers, brew double strength coffee. Place ice and flavoring ingredients in a pitcher. Pour in hot coffee and stir until blended.
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Vanilla Chai Iced Coffee @HamiltonBeach

 


Vanilla Chai Iced Coffee
SERVES: 8

We love to use the Iced Coffee Maker to make this coffee-based twist on chai.
Ingredients
2 cups milk
1/4 cup sugar
4 cups ice cubes
7 Tablespoons ground coffee
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon ground allspice
Instructions
Add milk and sugar to iced coffee pitcher; stir until well blended. Add ice.
Place brew basket with filter in pitcher; add coffee, vanilla, cinnamon and allspice.
Fill water reservoir to water line. Top with lid, place over brew basket and turn on.
After brewing is complete, remove water reservoir and brew basket.
Stir iced coffee mixture. Top with lid and serve.
Notes
If you are not using one of our Iced Coffee Makers, brew double strength coffee. Place ice and flavoring ingredients in a pitcher. Pour in hot coffee and stir until blended.
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Toasted Almond Iced Coffee @HamiltonBeach

 


Toasted Almond Iced Coffee

We recommend using the Iced Coffee Maker for quick preparation of your favorite iced coffee recipes. This nutty iced coffee will leave you feeling refreshed.
Ingredients
2 cups half and half
1/4 cup sugar
4 cups ice cubes
7 Tablespoons ground coffee
1 teaspoon almond extract
Instructions
Add half and half and sugar to iced coffee pitcher; stir until well blended. Add ice.
Place brew basket with filter in pitcher; add coffee and almond extract.
Fill water reservoir to water line. Top with lid, place over brew basket.
After brewing is complete, remove water reservoir and brew basket.
Stir iced coffee mixture. Top with lid and serve.
Notes
If you are not using one of our Iced Coffee Makers, brew double strength coffee. Place ice and flavoring ingredients in a pitcher. Pour in hot coffee and stir until blended.
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