How to clean your French Press properly
Many coffee drinkers swear that a French Press makes the perfect cup of coffee. Without a paper filter like other coffee makers, more oil or fats are kept, providing a robust and rich flavor. However, in order to make an ideal cup of coffee, you should also keep your French Press clean. Check out the guide below for a quick clean-up.
What is a French Press
A French Press coffee maker is composed of a carafe, a lid, a plunger and a strainer as well. It works by steeping coffee grounds in the bottom of the carafe for a few minutes and then pressing down the plunger to separate them from the ready-to-drink coffee. Compared with other coffee makers, a French Press provides a deeper extraction, thus leaving the coffee more flavorful.
- 1. Wooden or plastic spatula
- 2. Microfiber cloth
- 3. Dish soap
- 4. Distilled white vinegar
- 5. Baking soda
How to quick clean your French Press
- 1. Remove the coffee grounds
It’s a good habit to dump out the coffee grounds on the bottom of the carafe after each use. Toss them into your trash can or compost bin. Don’t dump the grounds down the sink because they’ll clog the drain over time.
You can also use a wooden or plastic spatula to help remove the coffee grounds. Don’t use metal ones as they may damage the glass.
- 2. Rinse the French Press
Disassemble the French Press and then rinse each component. The corners of the filter and plunger are places to accumulate coffee grounds. Do rinse them thoroughly with warm water.
- 3. Add dish soap and hot water
Reassemble the components. Fill the carafe with hot water and drops of dish soap. Apply the plunger into the carafe by plunging it up and down a few times to remove extra oils or coffee ground remains.
- 4. Empty and rinse
Empty the soapy water and rinse thoroughly all the components with hot running water.
- 6. Dry the French Press
Let the French Press air dry on a drying rack or simply dry it with a microfiber cloth.
How to deep clean your French Press
To give your French Press a deep clean, firstly fill the sink or big bowl with half hot water and half distilled white vinegar. Soak all the parts of your French Press in the solution overnight. If there are still a few stains on the coffee maker, use the solution made from the warm water and baking soda to gently scrub the stains until they’re removed. Air-dry the French Press or dry it off with a microfiber cloth.