The Pour-over is essentially a plastic or ceramic cone that holds coffee grounds, over which you pour water that drips into a cup.
As there are different varieties of pour over coffee makers, there are also different cleaning techniques. There are times when you begin to note that the taste and high-quality of your coffee had changed; the first thing you should do would be to check your permanent coffee filter. These can accumulate and pack up muck and grime over time if it is not cleaned frequently or properly. They keep espresso grounds, oils, and mineral deposits that produce yeast, mold, and microorganism that can pose a threat to our health and wellness. The grime is accumulated over time and blocks the holes that allow your coffee drip from the filter.
In this article, I will share simple, tested, and environment-friendly techniques on how to clean your Pour over coffee maker. It helps clean your espresso filter immediately after use with just regular dish soap and water. This prevents the oils from cooling and plugging up the filter holes, which saves you from deeper cleanings frequently. This method is quick, effective, and saves time. Trust me; your espresso won’t even miss you for too long. Cleaning your espresso filter is easier and saves you time when it is done immediately after making your coffee. You can just empty out the grounds and throw it into your dish washer before it cools. This method is the easiest and highly effective.
However, if you are not disposed to cleaning your filters immediately after use or do not have enough time to do so, then there are other methods that are also high quality and convenient to follow.
Method 1: vinegar solution
• Soft bristle brush
Using vinegar to clean your filter is effortless, easy and painless. This is also because vinegar is already a house hold cleaning stamp for every family so there would be no reason to buy anything.
- Soak the dripper in equal portions of warm water and vinegar and allow the filter to soak for overnight or for a duration of 4– 5 hours. This allows the oils and mineral deposits to soften and makes it easy to wash away the grime and muck that has been stored up in your filter.
- Scrub gently with a tender bristle dishwashing brush to get rid of stains and wash away the broken down oils and minerals. The broken down oils and minerals deposits must have been softened properly from the soaking process which makes it very easy to wash off now. Wash your filter properly and repeat process for 2 or more times if you are not satisfied with your end result.
- Rinse with a lot of water and dry entirely with a damp dishtowel. You should repeat your rinse procedure for up to 3 times, this helps you get rid of any remaining trace of vinegar. Trust me, you certainly do not want any lingering taste of vinegar in your subsequent brew or espresso.
Method 2: baking soda and water
• Baking soda
• Warm water
• Soft bristle sponge with a handle.
Baking soda: If you do not have the time to soak your filter for a while or overnight, you can make use of your baking soda and sponge. Baking soda is also very effective and helps get rid of dirt and grime but requires a lot more effort than the other methods. Be rest assured though that this method is also as effective as the other methods.
- Pour a little baking soda into your filter and begin to scrub with your soft kitchen sponge. Keep going till you have eliminated as much muck as you can. This process might require a little bit of muscle to properly get rid of all the grime.
- Rinse with warm water and examine your work; if you notice any extra stains or patches left on your filter, repeat the process until it is spotless. Make sure you rinse your filter thoroughly after scrubbing with your Baking soda to eliminate any taste baking soda that might turn up in your next brew.
- Air dry thoroughly before your next use.
Note that it is not very advisable to use Baking soda for cleaning aluminum, so you should make sure to know what kind of filter you’re using before you start your cleaning process.
It is really effortless to clean this filters as you can easily spot where the stains are, make sure that you do not use harsh cleaners that can ruin your filters though. Vinegar and Baking soda are the best options but be careful not to use your Baking soda to wash aluminum. If your dripper is clean and well-kept, it will make you satisfied by making incredible coffee; it also extends your lifespan of your filter, which saves you money.