You invested in quality coffee equipment, purchased your favourite gourmet beans, and your home coffee station is set up with all the essentials: the right barista tools, designer coffee cups, and, of course, a “but first coffee” towel.
You are organised and ready to enjoy a deliciously perfect coffee every time, right? Well, not exactly.
Many elements can affect the quality of your coffee. Sure, appropriate equipment, the nature of the coffee beans and, of course, the barista’s technique are all important elements that will result in a quality coffee. However, there are also other factors that, although dreaded by many, should definitely be taken into consideration when attempting to create consistent quality coffee at home.
These factors are: regular equipment maintenance and the unpleasant task of cleaning your coffee equipment, that is your espresso machine and your coffee grinder.
Just like any other appliance around your home, your coffee grinder needs to be cleaned regularly to ensure that the accumulation of coffee gunk does not damage your machine and the beautiful coffee taste you are after.
So, here’s all you need to know about cleaning your burr coffee grinder.
Coffee beans are rich in flavour and oils. However, coffee is also a perishable product that decays over time. Now, when you pass your beans through a grinder, a small, yet considerable amount of particles is left behind in the grinder. In time, this decaying coffee gunk will wreak havoc on the mechanism of your machine and the taste and quality of your coffee.
Therefore, if your usual blend suddenly tastes rancid, maybe the growing colony of coffee particles living in the crevices of your grinder is to blame.
This is the question everyone asks, which should be answered with another question: how often do you use your grinder? Any respectable coffee shop will maintain a daily cleaning routine for their grinders. However, they also use their grinders—a lot.
In the same token, you should thoroughly clean your grinder immediately after use if you use your appliance scarcely.
To clear the confusion, here is the super easy cleaning routine we recommend.
Cleaning your coffee equipment is an important part of your coffee-making experience. That being said, we also know that, for some, it is a burden they would rather put off indefinitely. For this reason, we’ve come up with a simple, no-stress grinder cleaning routine that will keep your appliance running great and your coffee tasting wonderful!
Please ensure that you remove the coffee grinder plug before cleaning your appliance!
Keeping up with this routine will ensure that your quality coffee grinder will keep working as it should, so you can keep enjoying perfectly wonderful coffee, every time!