How to clean pour over coffee maker
One of the great advantages of pour over coffee is that it’s simple, which means that pour over coffee equipment is naturally simple and therefore easy to clean.
Unlike espresso machines, which involve a number of complicated and sensitive parts (in order to extract the coffee using highly pressurized water), a pour over coffee maker – even an automated one – is far more resistant to damage. Still, it’s important to learn how to clean your pour over coffee maker so that it’ll serve you well for years to come.
How to clean a pour over coffee maker (drippers and flasks)
Washing your dripper is pretty much the same as washing your other dishes, since they’re usually made of glass, ceramic, or plastic. However, your Chemex or V60 aren’t dishwasher-safe so don’t put them in there.
Make sure you clean your drippers and flasks thoroughly to remove all leftover coffee sediments and stains, or your next brew will be tainted. Remove filters immediately after making the coffee to prevent staining.
How to clean a pour over coffee maker (automatic)
Most automatic pour over coffee makers contain three removable parts: the water tank, the filter basket/dripper, and the flask. These parts should be cleaned and rinsed after each use, or at least daily.
Built-in parts of an automatic pour over coffee maker that you can clean include the water spout and in some cases, the heating plate. Always wipe these clean to prevent clogging or stains.
Of course, you should also wipe the machine all over to remove stray splashes of coffee and keep it clean. You can use a bit of detergent on a sponge or towel, but remember to wipe clean with water.
Do not try to dismantle your pour over coffee maker in order to clean it. When in doubt, follow the instructions or user manual that comes with your machine.