Laziness is one of our worst enemies, isn't it? We brew coffee, drink it, and drink some more. So, are we too lazy to clean it up? We are very particular about coffee brewing equipment. However, we know that there are people who interfere with cleaning, just as the finger of each hand is not the same. While researching how to clean French Press, we knew that our paths would cross one day. This article is for you.
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Maybe it will take longer to read this post than cleaning your French Press, but consider it an investment in the future. You will soon learn how to clean your French Press using our vast knowledge.
How to Clean French Press?
We think we agree that the French Press didn't work in a dirty way. Dried coffee, a layer of grease... If you want to enjoy the best coffee, sit back and read the instructions. At the end of the article, we guarantee that you will make a show during the cleaning phase. First, let's take a look at the content of the article and our list of needs. How to clean the French Press?
- Requirement list
- Clean Up Your Old Coffee Grounds
- Completely Disassemble Your French Press
- Scrub And Rinse Each Part
- Reassemble Your French Press
- Frequently Asked Questions
- French Press
- water flowing faucet
- dish soap
- A sponge or brush
- A sieve or colander lined with paper towels
- Baking powder (optional)
- dishwasher (optional)
- Drying rack (optional)
Ok, if we have collected the necessary materials to clean the French Press, we start!
1. Clean Up Your Old Coffee Grounds
We are making a quick start to the process with the first article of our blog content called Cleaning the French Press . First of all, you need to get rid of the coffee grounds left in your press that you were too lazy to clean before. The sink looks like a great place for this cleaning process. However, there is something you should be aware of here. Coffee grounds are one of the easiest things to clog kitchen pipes. Therefore, we will do this with the help of a filter. If the strainer is too ajar, put the paper towel on top and clean the coffee grounds in the French Press in this way. In this way, the pipes are not clogged.
You can also separate the coffee grounds that you strain on a paper towel for different uses. Coffee grounds can be composted, beneficial to gardens and even used as an exfoliant.
2. Completely Disassemble Your French Press
After cleaning the remaining coffee in the French Press, it's time for fine cleaning. For this, you have to completely disassemble your French Press. For the most accurate cleaning, remove all detachable parts one by one. Most French Press consists of five parts. The other parts will be easily separated after removing the rod located at the base of the French Press, which usually has the same connection system.
3. Scrub And Rinse Each Part
After disassembling your brewing equipment, it's time to do a thorough cleaning. Unless otherwise stated in the instructions for use, the most suitable place for French Press cleaning may be the dishwasher. For example, in the cleaning instructions of Bodum French Press models, there is an instruction that large parts can be washed in the dishwasher.
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Let's say you're in a hurry for the next brew and want to drink coffee right away. Here comes the job. As soon as you grab the sponge or brush, turn to dish soap. Apart from hard steel materials, you can safely clean with a soft brush and dish sponge. Since most presses are made of borosilicate glass, it will withstand the cleaning process. Brush all the parts you removed, clean them well. Rinse it off after you're convinced it's clean.
Interestingly, some of the resources you can find on the internet say that you should not use soap during the cleaning phase. At this point, trust the user manual of the product you have. If there is no warning made by the manufacturer, you can safely start cleaning. Remember to condition the soap thoroughly after brushing.
If you are dealing with stubborn stains, soak them in a hot water mixture made with baking soda or dish soap for a few minutes. This will soften stubborn stains. With the brightening effect of baking soda, your French Press will look great after cleaning!
4. Reassemble Your French Press
We've left behind the tough parts about French Press cleaning. You can reassemble the parts that you have separated and cleaned in detail. We do not think that you will find it difficult to assemble your brewing equipment, which already has a very simple mechanism. However, if you need help, you can easily reach the right result with a short research on the internet.
5. Your French Press is Ready for New Brews!
If you're brewing coffee right after you've assembled all the parts of your brewing equipment, dampness shouldn't be a problem. However, if you are going to put your French Press on the shelf after cleaning, you have to wait for it to dry. Otherwise, put the parts separately and wait for them to dry. Even if you dry it with a paper towel, there may be damp spots that escape your eyes. To avoid oxidation, mildew or discoloration, allow time for the lower chamber and piston to dry before nesting them.
Note: Cleaning your French press immediately after use will make your job easier. You will clean in less time and you will be ready for the next brews!
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French Press is one of the most practical ways to reach a delicious coffee. If there is no warning made by the manufacturer, do not hesitate to clean it in the dishwasher after use. Entrust your coffee brewing equipment to state-of-the-art cleaning solutions and let it prepare you for your next brew. If you are in a hurry, it is not too difficult to clean by hand. It is very important not to neglect the cleaning process in order to achieve a good coffee in any condition. Bon appetit now!
Frequently Asked Questions
1- How often should I wash the French Press?
You should wash your French press after each use. Coffee oils turn rancid quickly and rancid oils can spoil the taste of your coffee! A clean French Press is necessary to make a good cup of coffee.
2- How do you clean the French Press with vinegar?
If you want to use vinegar to clean your french press, empty the grounds from the press. Then fill it with equal amounts of vinegar and boiling water. Allow the vinegar to soak for a few minutes before rinsing thoroughly. If you use vinegar with baking soda, remember that it can explode like a volcano with its reaction. The vinegar-baking soda combination will foam up and possibly overflow a little violently. Take care to do this in the sink.
3- How do you clean the mold in the French Press?
For French Press mold removal, disassemble your equipment as usual. If you are sensitive to mold, you can use gloves. If you are sensitive to mold, you may want to use gloves. If you don't have a dishwasher in your home, regular soap and water is sufficient to remove the mold. If available, you can wash it in the dishwasher. If you're having trouble removing mold from a French press filter, soak it in soapy water or a vinegar-hot water mixture for a few minutes before scrubbing. After a few minutes, continue the cleaning process where you left off.